Terror Threat: US Grants ‘Authorised Departure Status’ to Embassy Employees, Family Members in Abuja
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The United States government has granted authorised departure status to US citizens in Abuja.
The authorised departure permits the voluntary departure of family members and certain employees of its embassy in Abuja due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
The US consulate and embassy made this known in a security notice issued Wednesday.
The notice followed a security alert issued recently about mpending terror attacks in the country, especially the nation’s capital by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terror group.
It stated: “The U.S. Department of State granted authorized departure status to Embassy Abuja, which permits the voluntary departure of family members and certain employees due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Nigeria.
“The U.S Consulate in Lagos continues to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria.”
It further urged its citizens to have a personal emergency action plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
It said, “Take advantage of commercial transportation options, if you wish to depart Nigeria. Monitor local media for breaking news on the security situation. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile.”