November 29, 2023

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The US urges “Reconsider Travel” to Nigeria, warns against visiting 14 states

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Mr Joe Biden, President, United States of America, USA

The government of the United States of America, USA, has urged its citizens to ‘Reconsider Travel’ to Nigeria. The government adduced the following reasons for her directives; “reasons of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, abduction, and maritime crime” as the basis for the travel advice and sounded a very stern alarm against visiting 14 of the 36 states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, FRN.

Also, the statement from the US State department advised her citizens specifically not to travel to the following states in the North East, Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states for the reason of terrorism and incessant abduction.

Other states in Nigeria that US citizens have been warned not to ever venture to visit include, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara states. Also, the reason adduced was abduction with a glaring aura of impunity.

The travel bans also included other states in the coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers states (but with the exception of Port Harcourt). The reasons cited were the sake of violent crime, incessant abduction, and maritime crime.

The US Department of State in her Travel Advisory Document gave an overview of gross disorderliness that hold sway in Nigeria such as “violent crime – like armed robbery, assault, carjacking, abduction, hostage taking, terrorism, and rape are very common throughout the country”.

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, (Rtd), President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Travel Advisory Document stated that “Kidnappings for ransom is a common phenomenon and most times perpetrators target dual national citizens who just returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gangs also stop victims on interstate roads.”

The US Department of State in her expository advisory document highlighted that, “terrorists continue to plot and carry out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeastern part”.

Highlighting the modus operandi of the criminals who obviously are on the prowl, the Department of State narrated that, “terrorists often attack with little or no prior warning, they target shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather”.

The Travel advisory expatiated that the terrorists work with local gangs to expand their reach.

On the Southern Part of Nigeria, the US State Department reported that civil unrest was a feature and also low-level armed militancy was a frequent occurrence, especially in the Niger Delta region. Armed criminality, including kidnapping and maritime crime, the US Department described as a common occurrence.

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