The US Department of State has advised Americans to reconsider travelling to Nigeria “due to crime, t£rrorism, civil unrest, kidn@pping, and armed gangs.”
In its latest travel advisory shared on Wednesday, the US noted that some areas “have increased risk”.
It advised its citizens against travelling to Borno, Yobe, Kogi, and northern Adamawa states due to t£rrorism and kidna
@pping; Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states due to kidn@pping; Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidn@pping, and armed gangs.
“Vi%l£nt crime – such as armed robbery, a§§ault, carj@cking, kidn@pping, hostage taking, roadside banditry, and r@p£ – is common throughout the country.
Kidn@ppings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidn@pping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads.
T£rrorists continue plotting and carrying out att@cks in Nigeria. T£rrorists may att@ck with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather. T£rrorists are known to work with local gangs to expand their reach.
There is civil unrest and armed gangs in parts of Southern Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta and Southeast regions. Armed crimin@lity and gangs, including kidn@pping and a§§aults on Nigerian security services is also pervasive in this region.
Vi%lence can flare up between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions,” the advisory reads.