US Embassy Abuja Security Alert: DSS calls for calm

Says measures in place to forestall such incidence

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said there is no cause for alarm over the US embassy alert on terror attacks in Abuja.

The intelligence agency was responding to the security alerts issued by the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) on the possibility of increased terrorist attacks in Nigeria.

Recall that reports during the weekend had it that the US Embassy raised the alarm in a security alert issued to its nationals, saying targets may include, but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, and international organisations, amongst others. The US said it would offer reduced services at its embassy in the FCT until further notice and asked its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel and review security plans.

Yesterday, the UK also updated its terrorism alert to citizens in Nigeria. The British High Commission in Abuja said only critical staff will be allowed access to its facility yesterday. Following the alerts issued by the US and UK, the government of Canada also warned its citizens to avoid the FCT and other parts due to the “unpredictable” security situation.

However, in an issued statement released yesterday by the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the agency said similar warnings had been issued in the past, while it called for calm.

“While advising that necessary precautions are taken by all and sundry, the populace is enjoined to remain alert and assist security agencies with useful information regarding threats and suspicious criminal acts around them. Meanwhile, the Service calls for calm as it works with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to maintain peace and order in and beyond Abuja”, the statement partly read.

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