America, UK Warns Citizens Against TripsTo Nigeria
The United States Government has warned
its citizens against travelling to Nigeria,
particularly during the holiday season,
saying they could be kidnapped, robbed or
attacked by gunmen.
The U.S. Department of States in a warning
message to Americans recommended against
trip to Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Gombe,
Yobe, Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno, and Kano states.
The Department also warned against travel to
the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of
â€œBased on safety and security risk assessments,
the Embassy has placed further restrictions for
travel by U.S. officials to all northern Nigerian
states (in addition to those listed above),â€ the
The U.S. said its officials must receive advance
clearance by the U.S. Mission for travel in the
above states as being mission-essential.
â€œU.S. citizens should be aware that, in light of the
continuing violence, extremists may expand their
operations beyond northern Nigeria to the
countryâ€™s middle and southern states.
Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for
Nigeria dated June 21, 2012,â€ the government
The message reminded US citizens that in 2012,
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for many
attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria.
â€œBoko Haram is responsible for killing or
wounding thousands of people. Multiple Suicide Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices
(SVBIED) targeted churches, government
installations, educational institutions, and
entertainment venues in Adamawa, Bauchi,
Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba,
and Yobe states,â€ the US said in warning its
America said kidnappings continue to be a
security concern that exists throughout the
â€œIn the first six months of 2012, five foreign
nationals, including two U.S. citizens, were
kidnapped in Kwara, Imo, Enugu, Delta, and
â€œNine foreign nationals have died in connection
with these abductions, including three who were
kÃlled by their captors during military-led raids,â€
the US said.
The government said local authorities and
expatriate businesses operating in Nigeria assert
that the number of kidnapping incidents
throughout Nigeria is underreported.
â€œCrime is a risk throughout the country,â€ the
message said, adding that U.S. citizen visitors
and residents have experienced armed
muggings, assaults, burglaries, car-jackings,
rapes, kidnappings, and extortion.
â€œHome invasions also remain a serious threat,
with armed robbers accessing even guarded
compounds by scaling perimeter walls,
following residents or visitors or subduing
guards to gain entry to homes or apartments.
Armed robbers in Lagos have also accessed
waterfront compounds by boat,â€ the
The US said traveling outside of major cities after
dark is not recommended because of both crime
and road safety concerns.
â€œAttacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the
Gulf of Guinea have increased in recent years.
Armed gangs have boarded both commercial
and private vessels to rob travelers. The Nigerian
Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal
acts at sea,â€ the US said.
The government said beginning in September
2012, extremists attacked cellular telephone
towers in Northern Nigeria, damaging over 50
towers and degrading cellular telephone and
internet communications nationwide.
â€œAdditional attacks could further weaken the
ability of citizens to communicate through
cellular telephones and the internet,â€ the US
warned, adding that land line telephone
communications in Nigeria remain extremely
â€œU.S. citizens should attempt to arrange for
multiple means of communication during
emergencies,â€ the US said.
The United Kingdom has also warned its citizens
against travelling to Nigeria.
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