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ISIS, Boko Haram plans to disrupt 2019 elections – U.S warns

The United States Embassy has issued a security alert to Nigerians as the 2019 general elections draw closer. This comes after recent terrorist attacks in the Northern part of the country.

In a statement, the US Embassy disclosed that terrorist groups, ISIS West Africa and Boko Haram plan to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections, although it has not received any specific threats.

Read the full statement below:

There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast. ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as well as places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls. While we have no specific threat information to the U.S. Embassy or within Nigeria during the election season, U.S. citizens in Nigeria should remember to follow personal security precautions on a regular basis.

Actions to Take:

Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible road blocks throughout the country

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

Exercise caution when walking or driving at night

Review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability

Avoid crowds and demonstrations.

Be aware of your surroundings

Keep a low profile

Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs

Review your personal security plans

Monitor local media for updates.