NewsOne Nigeria reports that the United States Embassy in Nigeria has cautioned American citizens to reconsider traveling to Nigeria due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime.
This online news platform understands that the US in a notice shared on its official website and Twitter, cautioned its citizens residing in Nigeria against intra and inter state movements as crimes tend to increase during holidays in the country.
“We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in Nigeria. Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria, ranging from petty street crime to carjacking, and crime levels tend to increase during the holidays,” the embassy wrote, highlighting danger zones in the country.
NewsOne Nigeria learned that US cautioned its citizens residing in Nigeria against traveling to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states for fear of terrorism and kidnap.
The US in its notice, also identified Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states as “unsafe coastal areas” out of fear of possible civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime.
“Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape – is common throughout the country. 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 North-east. 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,” the embassy noted.
Below is the breakdown of the 12 states the US has warned its citizens against
8. Akwa Ibom
10. Cross Rivers