US Warns of Possible Disruption of Forthcoming Elections by Bolo Haram, ISWA’s Attacks

If the observation of the United States of America that Boko Haram in collaboration with Islamic State of West Africa, are planning to disrupt the forthcoming general elections in the country, then Nigeria has a big problem on its hands.
This is even as the US has warned its citizens in Nigeria to beware of the two groups.
In a statement published on its website on the 18th of January 2019, the US said the insurgent groups plan to attack public places and government infrastructures.
According to the alert, the embassy said it did not have information on whether such attacks were targeted at its embassy or not, but U.S. citizens in Nigeria should remember to follow personal security precautions on a regular basis.
“There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast” the statement reads.
“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”.
It also said US citizens should avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile and to stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.
The embassy further urged its citizens to carry proper identification, including a US passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed and to exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
The 2019 general elections start February 16 with presidential and National Assembly elections follow by governorship and state Assemblies polls March 2.

Author: News Editor

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