Do Not Travel Near Kuje Prison – US Warns Its Citizens

Kuje prison

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has warned US citizens against travelling to places near the Medium Custodial Centre in Kuje, Abuja.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the warning comes as a result of Tuesday night’s attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on the prison that led to the release of 15 Boko Haram commanders and other inmates at the correctional centre.

In the latest travel advisory to its citizens, the US government stated that the escape of over 450 inmates of the prison facility prompted the warning.

The travel advisory was made known in a statement titled, ‘Abuja FCT prison break near the airport on July 5, 2022’ on Wednesday.

It reads, “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.

“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.

“Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack –including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to target crowds more effectively. Frequently, their aim is focused on unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

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“High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.), hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists, places of worship, schools, parks, shopping malls and markets and public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights).

“Actions to take: Be aware of your surroundings, Keep a low profile, carry proper identification, monitor local media for updates, review your personal security plans, always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked, and avoid large gatherings and protests, review alternative travel routes in case of unexpected protests or unrest, exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.”


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