U.S. government advises citizens against traveling to Nigeria

August 9, 2020 |

Due to the worsening security situation across Nigeria, the U.S. government has advised its citizens against traveling to many states in Nigeria for security reasons, including terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime.

The U.S. government published this advice on the website of its Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The U.S. advised Americans not to travel to Nigeria’s states including Borno, Yobe, and the Northern part of Adamawa State for terrorism reasons.

Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa are the three states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency having claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2009 and displaced other millions.

The U.S. government also advised its citizens not to travel to Bauchi, Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Gombe, Yobe, and Kano states due to kidnappings, which has become rampant in many Nigerian states including these mentioned states.

For civil unrest, kidnapping, maritime crimes, and other crimes, the consulate listed the coastal areas of Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, and Delta states – with Port Harcourt an exception as vulnerable areas.

The consulate said Nigeria is known for violent crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, carjacking, and rape. 

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It also warned that due to security conditions, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to its citizens in many areas of Nigeria.

Besides the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno and its neighboring states, armed bandits are also randomly attacking northwestern states, kidnapping and killing people regularly. 

A lot of people have also been killed in violence in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State.

Amidst the worsening security situation, the Senate and the House of Representatives of Nigeria have demanded the sack of the service chiefs, who should have retired from the military according to military rules. President Buhari has repeatedly rejected the resolutions of the lawmakers.

At a security meeting on Monday, the president said that the military chiefs had done their best in spite of the security situation. He asked them to do more in order to resolve the multiple problems but resisted calls for their removal.

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