Unidentified gunmen reportedly launched an attack on a school hostel at the University of Jos (Plateau state) shortly before 20:00 (local time) of Sunday, September 30. Unconfirmed reports indicate that there have been fatalities. Nearby residents have been advised to remain indoors. Details are still emerging.
Individuals in Jos are advised to adhere to all local directives (e.g. shelter in place orders) and to avoid the area surrounding the university until local authorities have confirmed that the situation has been contained.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly concerning in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (i.e. states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Jigawa, and Kano states) and the southern Niger Delta region (i.e. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). It is also advisable to avoid nonessential travel to Zamfara, Sokoto, Plateau, and Kaduna states. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.
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