|ThisDay Newspaper Office in Abuja|
At least one death and several casualties have been reported in an attack this morning at ThisDay office in Jabi, Abuja. This story is still developing but you might recall that the United States Embassy in Abuja put out a warning to its citizens about a potential attack on Nigeria’s capital, Abuja 9 days ago.
The warning which was contained in a statement dated 17th April, 2012 amongst other things read:
The U.S. Mission in Nigeria issues the following emergency message for the attention of all U.S. citizens in Abuja, Nigeria. The U.S. Embassy has received information that Boko Haram may be planning attacks in Abuja, Nigeria, including against hotels frequently visited by Westerners. The U.S. government has no additional information regarding the timing of these possible attacks. The Nigerian government is aware of the threat and is actively implementing security measures.
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise additional caution. Please maintain a high state of vigilance and personal security awareness, particularly in and around Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, near Nigerian government facilities, diplomatic missions, large gathering places, hotels, markets and malls, and places of worship. We advise all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U. S. Consulate General in Lagos at the numbers below. For additional information, please refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad.
It is yet to be confirmed who is behind these attacks but immediate suspicion would be on Boko Haram, the religious sect that has waged a campaign of terror in Nigeria for close to 5 years now.