Patrick Doyle says Lagos hotel target of terrorists

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Patrick Doyle says Lagos hotel target of terrorists

Nollywood actor, Patrick Doyle, has said that there were strong indications of a terrorists attack on a popular hotel in Lagos State.

Doyle made this disclosure on his Facebook account on Monday, where he urged his followers to pray along with him to avert the impending danger.

The veteran actor, who did not reveal the source of the information, stated that the attack would target an undisclosed hotel.

He simply wrote: “Never done this before but I feel a need to call for intercessory prayers to avert a terrorist attack against a prominent hotel in Lagos.”

Patrick Doyle says Lagos hotel target of terrorists

Due to insecurity in the country, terrorist attacks have been prominent in the North-East while insecurity issues in Lagos and other Southern states borders on gunmen and hoodlum clash.

In the wake of the Boko Haram terror attacks in the North, big hotels in Lagos have beefed up security by introducing advanced checks on vehicles and persons accessing their premises.

A recent travel advisory on Nigeria by the UK High Commission reads: ”

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests, as well as places visited by tourists. Most attacks are conducted by Boko Haram or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) and occur in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in the North East.

As of 24 December 2021 there is reporting of an increased terrorist threat in Abuja for the remainder of the year.

 

 

Humanitarian staff and assets have been targeted during attacks in the North East, including in garrison towns and on roads. Humanitarian sites have also been targeted. There is a continued threat from extremist groups operating in the region. The al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Jamaat al Ansar al Muslimeen fi Bilad al Sudan, better known as Ansaru, has previously carried out attacks and kidnappings, including that of westerners, across northern Nigeria. The most recent attack was in mid-January 2020 when Ansaru claimed to have killed at least six people, kidnapped dozens, and destroyed several vehicles during an ambush along the Kaduna-Zaira highway in Kaduna State. Details remain unclear.

Most attacks take place in northern and North East Nigeria; there has been an increase in insurgent attacks in Borno State. However, there have been a significant number of attacks elsewhere. Significant attacks have occurred in Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Jos and Bauchi States and in the Federal capital, Abuja. Further attacks are likely. Public places where crowds gather have been targeted, including places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, football viewing centres, displacement camps, transport terminals, government buildings, security and educational institutions (schools, further education colleges and universities are all regular targets), and international organisations. Attacks have taken place around religious and public holidays in public or crowded places, including places of worship as well as during election periods.

You should avoid places where there are political or other large public gatherings. Be vigilant, remain alert and pay attention to your surroundings at all times. You should follow local news reports and be alert to developments particularly around religious and public holidays. A heavy security presence often indicates areas of particularly high risk. You should avoid affected areas in the immediate aftermath of an attack. You should avoid regular patterns of travel or movement, and aim to only travel during daylight hours.”