Terrorism: America Warns Against Attacks On Sheraton Hotel Nigeria
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, May 02, (THEWILL) â€' The United States Government has warned its citizens of an alleged plan by terrorists to target the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, the commercial hub of the oil-rich West African nation.
The US warning is coming barely 24 hours after terrorists detonated a car packed with explosives opposite the Nyanya Bus Station, which was bombed a about three weeks ago. At least 80 people were killed in both attacks, just few miles from Abuja, the nation's capital city.
The United States Department of State in two separate notes, also cautioned U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommended that U.S. citizens avoid all travels to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Nigerian government.
The U.S. said, 'As of late April, groups associated with terrorism allegedly planned to mount an unspecified attack against the Sheraton Hotel in Nigeria, near the city of Lagos.'
The statement on its website said, 'There was no further information regarding which of the two Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was the possible target, or if both of the Sheraton Hotels are possible targets. There is no further information regarding the timing or method of attack. U.S. citizens are cautioned to avoid these hotels at this time.
'The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to keep personal safety and health in the forefront of your planning. We remind U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.'
In another note on Friday, it said: 'The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria alerts U.S. citizens to the occurrence of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. The event will be held in Abuja May 7- May 9, 2014. There will be a heavy security presence throughout Abuja during the week of the event and additional security checkpoints and traffic delays can be expected.
'WEF officials and Nigerian authorities have designated several areas within the Abuja city center as secure zones, including the International Convention Centre, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Eagle Square, and several major hotels. Additional security checks and access restrictions can be expected in these areas.
'The detonation of two separate vehicle-borne explosive devices on April 14 and May 1 in the Abuja suburb of Nyanya underscores the continued need for vigilance, particularly around churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather; hotels; markets; malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.
'We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have internet access, you can enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.'