The United States (U.S) Department of State has issued a new travel warning to its citizens living in Nigeria against travelling to some parts of Nigeria.
The travel warning published on the website of the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, replaced an earlier one released last February. In the travel warning, 20 out of Nigeria’s 36 states were declared unsafe and US citizens warned to stay away from them.
The states listed includes: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara, parts of the South-east, South-west and South-south, which have recently recorded some sort of agitations.
Part of the statement read:
“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.
“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 warned its citizens from traveling to the Gulf of Guniea over the threat of piracy and other crimes
The U.S. Mission also advised all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship and locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.
It added that its citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country due to the security threats posed extremist groups.