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:
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.
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
Separatist groups have staged demonstrations in Abia, Anambra,
Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Rivers states, some of which have
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.