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UK, US Advice Citizens To Avoid Abuja Airport Road Over Likely Crime Increase After Kuje Prison Terrorists Attack



Following attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWA) on the Kuje Correctional Center, in Abuja, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have warned their citizens in Nigeria to avoid Abuja Airport Road.

ISWAP an offshoot of Boko Haram, had on Tuesday night attacked the prison, where scores of prisoners including members of the terror sect were imprisoned.

The Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office on the UK government website Wednesday advised British nationals in Nigeria that the best defence against insurgency and terrorist attacks in the West African country is to stay away from violent situations and locations in the country.

“Be vigilant and take local advice on areas to avoid. Take particular care if you’re visiting crowded public places or attending events which attract large crowds.

“You should be extra vigilant if attending upcoming sporting events, which are likely to have heightened security and large crowds of people,” the UK government warned its citizens,” it said.

The US Government also advised its citizens to maintain high-security awareness for the next two weeks and avoid unnecessary travel on the Abuja Airport Road.

“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 is recommended that U.S. citizens should maintain a high state of personal security awareness for the next two weeks and avoid unnecessary travel on the airport road.

“If you’re working in Nigeria, you should follow your employer’s local security guidelines. You are strongly advised to take professional security advice, be vigilant at all times and review your security measures regularly. Keep others informed of your travel plans and vary your routines. Make sure your accommodation is secure and consider pre-deployment training or travelling under close protection,” the US government travel advisory to its citizens said.