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US, Again, Asks Employees’ Family Members To Leave Abuja Over Terrorist Attacks



US, Again, Asks Employees' Family Members To Leave Abuja Over Terrorist Attacks

As the fear of attacks by terrorists heightens in Abuja, the United States has asked family members of its employees resident in the area to leave.

The warning is contained in the latest travel advisory issued by the US Consulate in Nigeria.

The first of such warning was issued on Sunday after which at least nine foreign missions raised the alarm that Abuja was being targeted for attacks.

Among the nations that have raised the alarm are UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Denmark, Bulgaria, India and Germany.

READ ALSO: US Orders Relocation Of Employees From Abuja Over Terrorist Attacks

But the Federal Government has assured Nigerians that the nation’s capital is safe.

Despite this, there have been unconfirmed reports of foreigners leaving the country in droves.

On Thursday, one of the biggest malls in Abuja shut down indefinitely, citing safety concerns.
In an update to the alert which said the US mission was ready to evacuate its citizens from Nigeria over terror fear, the embassy asked employees’ family members to leave Abuja.

“The Travel Advisory for Nigeria has been updated due to a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Abuja.  We recommend U.S. citizens do not travel to Abuja at this time.  In addition, on October 27, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government employees from Abuja due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks, following on the October 25 authorization of departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members from Abuja due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks,” read a notice on the US embassy website.

“U.S. citizens should consider departing Abuja using available commercial options.  U.S. citizens who wish to depart but are unable to secure commercial options to do so can contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos at for assistance.

“The U.S. Embassy Abuja is only able to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Abuja. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is providing all routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. U.S. Citizens in Nigeria who require assistance should contact or +234 1 460 3410.”

Those willing to travel to Nigeria were given the following guidelines:

Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed.

READ ALSO: Panic As U.K, U.S Warn Of Terrorist Attacks In Abuja

Use caution when walking or driving at night.

Keep a low profile.

Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.

Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.

Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.

Review your personal security plans.

Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

Establish a “proof of life” protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax).

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.

Follow the Department of State on Facebook  and Twitter .

Review the Country Security Report  for Nigeria.

Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist .

Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information  related to your travel.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.

On Thursday night, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, placed his men on alert nationwide and released emergency numbers to the public.


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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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