US Warns Citizens Against Traveling To These 20 States In Nigeria (See List)

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The United States has cautioned its
citizens to avoid all travel to 20 states
for security reasons, stating that the
security there remains fluid and
unpredictable.
The Department of State, specifically warned Americans against travel to
Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states,
noting that it’s ability to provide
assistance to US citizens in the three
states remains severely limited.
The Department of State in a travel warning on its website on Wednesday,
strongly urged US citizens in Nigeria to
consider their own personal security
and to keep personal safety in the
forefront of their travel planning.
The Department recommended against all but essential travel to 17
other states due to the risk of
kidnappings, robberies, and other
armed attacks.
The states are, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta,
Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger,
Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.
“Based on safety and security risk
assessments, the Embassy maintains
restrictions for travel by US officials to
the states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the US
Mission for any travel to those states,”
it stated.
The Force Public Relations Officer,
Donald Awunah, could not be reached
on Thursday for reaction to the security alert. He had yet to respond to
an SMS as of the time of filing this
report.
The Department further advised all US
citizens to be particularly vigilant
around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and 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 travelers.
It explained that security measures in
the country is heightened due to
threats posed by extremist groups,
and “U.S. citizens may encounter police
and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks
throughout the country.”
The mission pointed out that the Boko
Haram group, designated as a Foreign
Terrorist Organization by the
Department of State, had claimed responsibility for many attacks in the
country.
It also informed Americans that local
government curfews are intermittently
in effect in several states in the North.