The United States has warned its people to avoid 14 Nigerian states in its new travel advisory.
The revised advisory advised American citizens to “reconsider travel to Nigeria”.
Those who plan on traveling should avoid 14 states in Nigeria, which are riddled with insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping, according to the US.
Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are classified because of insurgency and kidnapping; Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara states are listed because of kidnapping.
Due to crime, abduction, and maritime crime, it also prohibited American citizens from visiting the coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt).
The United States of America published a country summary on Nigeria. According to the State Department,
“Armed robbery, burglary, carjacking, abduction, hostage-taking, banditry, and rape are all common crimes in the United States.
“Ransom kidnappings are common, and they often target dual nationals returning to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with a perceived wealth. On interstate highways, kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims.
“In Nigeria, terrorists continue to plan and carry out attacks, especially in the northeast.
“Terrorists can target shopping malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather with little or no notice.” Terrorists have been known to collaborate with local gangs in order to broaden their scope.
“In parts of Southern Nigeria, especially the Niger Delta region, there is civil unrest and low-level armed militancy.” In this country, armed criminality, like kidnapping and maritime crime, is rampant.
“Violence can flare up between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.”
The US also offered its citizens security tips, while in Nigeria.
The tips are:
- See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night.
- Keep a low profile.
- Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Monitor local media for breaking events, and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
- Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.