The United States of America has warned its citizens against travelling to Nigeria over the coronavirus pandemic.
The warning was contained in a travel advisory obtained on its website .
The advisory , which was dated August 6 , also cautioned US citizens from travelling to 12 states in Nigeria over security challenges .
“ Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to COVID – 19. Some areas have increased risk, ” it noted.
Among the security challenges listed in the advisory are terrorism , civil unrest , kidnapping , and maritime crime .
In a statement , titled , “Country Summary ” , the US citizens were warned not to travel to Borno and Yobe and Adamawa states due to terrorism .
They were also asked to avoid Adamawa , Bauchi , Borno , Gombe , Kaduna, Kano , and Yobe states due to kidnapping
Other states listed are Akwa Ibom , Bayelsa , Cross Rivers , Delta , and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to civil unrest , kidnapping , and maritime crime .
“ Do not travel to Adamawa , Bauchi , Borno , Gombe , Kaduna, Kano , and Yobe states .
The security situation in Northwest and Northeast Nigeria is fluid and unpredictable , particularly in the states listed above due to widespread inter – communal violence and kidnapping .
“Terrorist groups based in the Northeast target churches , schools , mosques , government installations , educational institutions, and entertainment venues.
Approximately two million Nigerians have been displaced as a result of the violence in Northeast Nigeria.
“ Do not travel to coastal areas of Akwa Ibom , Bayelsa , Cross Rivers , Delta , and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) – Crime is rampant throughout Southern Nigeria , and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping and maritime crime , along with violent civil unrest and attacks against expatriate oil workers and facilities , ” it read.
While giving a summary of security situation in Nigeria, it added , “Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault , carjacking, kidnapping , and rape – is common throughout the country.
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Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.
“ 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.
There is maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea . ”
The statement also warned that “ the US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions . ”
It listed over 12 checklists to the US citizens who decide to travel to Nigeria .
Among the precautions are “ carry proper identification , including a US passport with a current Nigerian visa if needed .
“ Exercise caution when walking or driving at night .
Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.
“ Do not physically resist any robbery attempt .
Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs .
“ Monitor local media for breaking events , and be prepared to adjust your plans.
Be aware of your surroundings .
“ Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners .
Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.
“ Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Nigeria . ”
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