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US warns its Citizens against Traveling to Nigeria, says’ Nigeria is Known for Terrorism, Kidnapping, Rape

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The United States Government has advised its citizen to reconsider travelling to Nigeria due to Covid-19, terrorism, kidnapping, civil unrest, and maritime crime.

According to Premium Times, The U.S. government gave the advisory on its Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had on Thursday during its routine briefing announced the gradual reopening of international flights and train services across the country.

The U.S. specifically advised its citizens not to travel to Borno, Yobe, and northern part of Adamawa State due to terrorism.

It also listed Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe States as areas vulnerable to kidnapping.

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

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

“Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence,” it said.

“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack 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.”

“Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.”

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

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