The US has approved the withdrawal of its diplomats from the Nigerian capital

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The US has approved the withdrawal of its diplomats from the Nigerian capital

Due to the “increased risk” that acts of terrorism will be committed – The approval applies to non-essential diplomatic personnel and members of their families, the US State Department clarified

The State Department on Tuesday approved the withdrawal of non-essential members of the US diplomatic staff from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, due to the “increased risk” of terrorist acts.

The approval concerns non-essential diplomatic personnel and members of their families, the US State Department clarified, noting that this is not an evacuation order and that restrictions on the movement of Americans to Africa’s most populous country remain in effect.

Several embassies of Western countries, including the American one, recommended yesterday Monday to their nationals to limit their travel to Nigeria due to the “increased threat”, without going into details.

Following Western warnings, Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) assured that “all necessary precautions have been taken”.

The warnings concerned the possibility of attacks on government buildings, places of worship or schools.

Fighters pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for several attacks in states not far from the federal capital in the past six months.

Insecurity in much of Nigeria is among the most pressing issues for voters who will elect the country’s next president in February 2023.

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