Friday, 5 August 2016
US Embassy warns its citizens to stay off these twenty states in Nigeria.
The United States government has listed 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states and asked it's citizens not to go there.
The states are;
These three according to the US are "complete no-go areas"
It advised it's citizens against travelling to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks. The states are:
It stated that due to safety and security risk assessments, the embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to the states listed above; It also stated that officials must receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel to those states.
Vigilance should also be observed in places like churches, mosques, and other places of worship and locations where large crowds gather , such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.
The State Department noted that kidnappings remained a security concern throughout Nigeria, as criminal elements across the country orchestrated 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,” it concluded.