US Declares 20 Nigerian States Unsafe (SEE Names of States)




The United States Government has listed 20 of Nigerian
states as unsafe and asked its citizens living in the country
to stay away from them.
The government cited Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as a
complete no-go area saying “the ability of the US Mission to
provide assistance to US citizens” in those states remains
severely limited.
Members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect recently renewed
attacks in Borno State, while Fulani herdsmen have scaled
up killing of villagers and farmers in Adamawa State.
The travel warning, published on Wednesday, replaced an
earlier one dated February 5, 2016.
The Department of State also “recommends against all but
essential travel to the following states due to the risk of
kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks:
The States are:
Borno
Adamawa
Yobe
– the first three as no-go area
Bauchi,
Bayelsa,
Delta,
Edo,
Gombe,
Imo,
Jigawa,
Kaduna,
Kano,
Katsina,
Kebbi,
Kogi,
Niger,
Plateau,
Rivers,
Sokoto,
and Zamfara.
The statement particularly urged vigilance around
government security facilities; churches, mosques, other
places of worship; locations where large crowds may
gather such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets,
shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates
and foreign travellers.
The Department of State noted that kidnappings remained a
security concern throughout Nigeria, as criminal elements
across the country orchestrated kidnappings for ransom;
Islamic extremists, operating predominantly in the North,
also have been known to conduct kidnappings.
Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals,
including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil
facilities, residential compounds, airports, and public
roadways.

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