A higher danger of terrorist attacks prompted the United States to ask non-emergency U.S. Government workers and their families to leave Abuja, Nigeria.
The decision was made public in a revised State Department advice asking Americans to think twice before visiting the African nation due to crime, terrorism, and other dangers.
Nigeria is engaged in combat, particularly in the northeast, with an Islamist insurgency. In July, the Islamic State made an attack on an Abuja jail that resulted in the release of 440 prisoners; This sparked concerns about the insurgency’s potential growth.
The United States warned its nationals from visiting a number of Nigerian states; including Borno and Yobe in the northeast, in addition to Abuja.