The US Government is waving a red flag for its citizens, urging them to rethink travel plans to certain parts of Nigeria.
US Voices Concern
The United States Department of State has sounded an alarm about travelling to Nigeria. Their main worry
There’s a long list of concerns from crimes, terror attacks, public unrest, abductions, to armed groups causing chaos in several spots of the nation.
Not all parts of Nigeria are on this warning list. But a few states stand out:
- For terrorism and kidnapping: Borno, Yobe, Kogi, and northern Adamawa.
- For kidnappings: Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara.
- For crime and gang issues: Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers (Port Harcourt is an exception).
There’s also talk about violent crimes. We’re looking at things like:
- Car thefts
- Banditry along roads
U.S. folks who look wealthy or have ties to both the U.S. and Nigeria? They’re often the target for kidnappers wanting money.
And terror threats? They remain high. Places where lots of people hang out – malls, markets, hotels, worship places, eateries, schools, government spots, and transport places – these are all danger zones. Some terror groups even join hands with local gangs to spread fear.
The South of Nigeria isn’t free from worry either. Especially in the Niger Delta and Southeast, where civil unrest and armed groups make headlines. Crimes, including abductions and attacks on security forces, are regular news. And, sometimes, even small disputes between farmers and herders can turn bloody.
If you’re an American in Nigeria, there’s a big problem: The U.S. government might not always be able to help if there’s an emergency. Why? Because in many Nigerian areas, safety is a big question.
Still thinking of heading to Nigeria? The advice is clear:
- Carry the right ID. Don’t forget a U.S. passport and a fresh Nigerian visa if needed.
- Always be alert. Keep an eye on local news and be ready to change your plans.
- Stay away from big political events or protests. Safety first.