The government of United States of America has issued a damning travel advisory against Nigeria warning its citizens that Nigeria is plagued with security issues.
The warning is published by U.S Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The advisory alert Americans on grave consequences that could result from travelling to Borno, Yobe and the Northern part of Adamawa State due to terrorism.
Americans were also advised against travelling to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe states due to kidnappings.
The consulate listed coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states with the exception of Port Harcourt as areas prone to maritime crimes, civil unrest, kidnapping and other crimes.
The consulate further said that Nigeria is known for violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping and rape. It read;
“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.”
Americans were also told that the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions.
In a related development, the U.S has lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued in March against all international travels by Americans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of State announced the decision in a statement on Thursday, August 6, citing improving health and safety conditions in some countries.
The country is now returning to its previous system of travel advice based on country-specific conditions ranging from levels 1-4.
The Department of State said: “This is in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.
“It will also provide U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country.
“We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.”
It advised Americans intending to embark on international travels to check the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s), on its website.
The statement adds: “We are closely monitoring health and safety conditions across the globe, working in partnership with the CDC and other agencies. As always, we will regularly update our destination-specific advice to U.S. travelers as conditions evolve.”