The United States of America has warned Nigerians and Muslim faithful celebrating Eid-al-Fitr to be watchful as there are plans of a possible terrorist attack on prayer grounds and hotels in Lagos State by the deadly Islāmic group.
The US Mission in Nigeria, in a statement on its website, said terror groups planned to attack hotels and waterfronts visited by expatriates during the holiday.
“The US Mission in Nigeria advises that groups associated with terrorist activities might be planning attacks on hotels in Lagos frequented by international visitors, including those located on waterfronts, during the Eid-al-Fitr holidays,” the United States Consulate to Nigeria said in a statement.
The US warning, posted on its embassy’s website, which was not specific, was not the first warning about possible attacks on locations frequented by expatriates.
It stated, “The US Mission in Nigeria reminds you to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
”According to an AFP report, a similar security warning was given in December last year and in May 2014, when diplomats were warned of possible attacks on two Sheraton hotels in Lagos.
Meanwhile, both the federal and state government have upped security during the festive period and also in hotels such as Sheraton Hotel Lagos, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama, Abuja, NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja and Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.