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U.S. says Edo, Rivers, Kogi and these 17 other Nigerian states are not safe to visit


The United States Department of State has issued a new travel warning to its citizens against travelling to some parts of Nigeria.

The travel warning, which was posted on the website of their websites, called on the U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the North-east where Boko Haram continues to attack soft targets.

It also pointed out the upsurge in violent crimes in Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara. And the recent agitations in parts of the South-east, South-west and South-south.
The Department also warned its citizens from traveling to the Gulf of Guniea over the threat of piracy and other crimes.

Read the travel warning below:

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated February 5, 2016.
The ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states remains severely limited. The Department recommends against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks:  Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara. The Department also warns against travel in the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of piracy. Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to the states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel to those states. 

The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.

Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. Its members have killed or wounded thousands of people in the past five years. Boko Haram has targeted churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment venues in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba, the Federal Capital Territory, and Yobe states.  Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.

Various local government curfews are intermittently in effect in several states in the North. All U.S. citizens should remain aware of current situations including curfews, travel restrictions, and states of emergency in the areas they are in or plan to visit. This information is commonly announced via the news media, but at times it can change with very little notice. Please take the time to find out this information for your area.

Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country. Criminal elements throughout Nigeria orchestrate kidnappings for ransom; Islamic extremists, operating predominantly in the North, also have been known to conduct kidnappings. Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil facilities, residential compounds, airports, and public roadways.
Separatist groups have staged demonstrations in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Rivers states, some of which have turned violent. 

Militant groups have destroyed oil production infrastructure in Bayelsa and Delta states.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these states where these incidents have occurred.
Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years.  Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travelers. The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.

9 comments:

  1. Security tips from outside d shore of Nigeria are more reliable than ours. Above all, God is only SURE security, except d Lord watch over d city, d watcmen wake but in vain.D whole world lies @ d feet of d wicked.

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  2. Oh Lord have mercy on us all!
    Which kain news be this? Ehn *Eye rolling*

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  3. Oh Lord have mercy on us all!
    Which kain news be this? Ehn *Eye rolling*

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  4. Oh good to know. By the way, I am just coming from the personal blog of Angel Eze she shared her personal experiences of her travelling around the world with a lot of beautiful pictures. Click on the post tittled "My Personal World Travelling Experiences" Just Google "Angel Eze's Blogvine" to go into her personal lifestyle blog. Angel Eze's Blogvine is awesome guys! Kemi when are you coming to London? Would love to host you.

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  5. Oh good to know. By the way, I am just coming from the personal blog of Angel Eze she shared her personal experiences of her travelling around the world with a lot of beautiful pictures. Click on the post tittled "My Personal World Travelling Experiences" Just Google "Angel Eze's Blogvine" to go into her personal lifestyle blog. Angel Eze's Blogvine is awesome guys! Kemi when are you coming to London? Would love to host you.

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  6. But in truth nowhere is safe in this country....

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  7. But to be sincere, nowhere is 100% safe now globally
    Even the so call United State of America not that safe
    May the Almighty God be protecting everyone of us wherever we found ourselves
    AMEN

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  8. Where's safe in this country??? Let God just have mercy!

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