Kuje Prison Attack: US alerts citizens over increase in crime around Abuja, environs

Kuje Prison Attack: US alerts citizens over increase in crime around Abuja, environs

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Kuje prisons, the American Embassy in Nigeria has advised its nationals not to go on the airport route in Abuja or in any other state of Nigeria.

Equally important, the warning was issued after suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday night raided Kuje Prison and released some prisoners.

Correspondingly, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara; the riverine regions of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom; as well as Cross River are some of the states in this group.

Only essential travel to Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi, regions of Kebbi State; as well as Abia that are within 20 kilometres of the Niger border; non-riverine portions of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Plateau, and Taraba States, has been advised to citizens.

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Specifically, the US embassy in a statement on Wednesday, titled; ‘Abuja FCT prison break near the airport on July 5, 2022’, stated that crime has become endemic throughout Nigeria.

The statement read, “On the night of July 5, 2022, an attack on Kuje Prison freed a large portion of the estimated 1,000 prisoners. The prison lies approximately 27 miles southwest of the Central Business District.

“An increase in crime is expected in and around Abuja. It’s recommended that US citizens should maintain a high state of personal security awareness for the next two weeks and avoid unnecessary travel on the airport road.”

“Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria and tends to spike after dark.

”Avoiding locations and situations that increase the likelihood of being victimized is the best defence. Avoid displays of valuables and limit nighttime activity.

“Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack including knives, firearms, and vehicles to target crowds more effectively.

“Frequently, the terrorists’ aim is focused on unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as High-profile public events, political rallies, holiday events, demonstrations, hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists, etc,” the statement read.

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