IBADAN, Nigeria (Dow Jones)–Nigeria said Monday that there was no threat of terrorists attacks of any sort on an embassy or diplomatic mission in the country.
Dora Akunyili, minister of information, said the “terror alert” by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria over the weekend was “uncalled for, there is nothing on the ground to show that any embassy or diplomatic mission in Nigeria was in danger of attack of any sort.”
The U.S. Embassy, on Sunday, issued a message to U.S. citizens living in Nigeria, saying it had received reports of a possible strike against missions located close to the U.S. Consulate-General in Lagos.
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has received reports about possible attacks against diplomatic missions in Lagos located on Walter Carrington Crescent,” the message said.
Akunyili said there had never been a time when an embassy or diplomatic mission was bombed or attacked in Nigeria, adding that the release by the U.S. embassy “gives a false picture of the security situation in Nigeria.”
She added “even in the Niger Delta, hostage-taking is on the decline because of government policies which are aimed at accelerating development of the region.”
“This alert is unfair to our country and gives a wrong impression about our people,” Akunyili said.
She said Nigerians and foreigners in the country should go about their duties, as there were no critical threats in the form of any terrorist attack.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, the main militant group in the region, which had kidnapped several local and foreign oil workers and destroyed oil and gas pipelines, said over the weekend that it had no hand in any planned attack on embassies or diplomatic missions in Nigeria.