Amidst the worsening security situation across Nigeria, the U.S. government has advised its citizens not to travel to many states in Nigeria for security reasons.The reasons include terrorism, kidnapping, civil unrest and maritime crime.
The U.S. government published this advisory on the website of its Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
The U.S. advised Americans not to travel to Borno, Yobe and the Northern part of Adamawa State due to terrorism.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the three states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2009 and displaced millions of others.
The U.S. also advised its citizens not to travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states due to kidnappings.
Kidnapping for ransom has become rampant in many Nigerian states including the listed states,
For maritime crimes, civil unrest, kidnapping and other crimes, the consulate listed the coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states – with the exception of Port Harcourt – as vulnerable areas.
While giving its summary of Nigeria, the consulate said the country is known for violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape.
It also warned that the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions.