Monday, October 17, 2011

U.S. warns its citizens against trips to Nigeria

The United States yesterday drew the attention of its citizens to the risks associated with visiting Nigeria and asked them to avoid non-essential trips to the country.

The U.S. Department of State, which issued the warning, particularly pointed out 10 states in the country that were very risky because of the growing incidents of kidnapping, armed robbery and other armed attacks.

The risky states are: Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers, Abia, Edo, Imo; the city of Jos in Plateau State, Bauchi and Borno states.

A statement by the State Department says that violent crime committed in Nigeria by individuals and gangs, as well as by persons wearing police and military uniforms, remained a problem throughout the country.

The advisory recalled several violent crimes that have been unleashed on the nation by armed gangs and religious sects, among them the bombing of the United Nations building and the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja as well and other locations in the country.

The statement further maintained that travel by foreigners to areas considered by the Nigerian government to be conflict areas without prior consultation and coordination with local security authorities was not recommended.

"The Nigerian government may view such travel as inappropriate and potentially illegal, and it may detain violators," it noted.


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