- US department of state warns its citizens to ‘reconsider travelling to Nigeria’
- Says Nigeria among countries on the “K” indicator
The US Department of state has warned its citizens about travelling to some countries where there are cases of kidnapping and hostage-taking. Nigeria is one of them.
According to the U.S government, such countries are known for the following security threat:
- violent crime,
- armed robbery,
- civil unrest,
Nigeria is one of the countries where the above security threat are prevalent, particularly in the Northern part of the country.
In a travel advisory published on on its official website, Nigeria was listed among 35 countries with a “K” indicator that indicates where its citizens could be at risk of getting kidnapped or taken hostage.
“The new “K” indicator is part of our ongoing commitment to provide clear and comprehensive travel safety information to U.S. citizens so they can make informed travel decisions,” the department said.
The countries are:
- Burkina Faso,
- Central African Republic,
- Democratic Republic of the Congo,
- Papua New Guinea,
- Russian Federation,
- South Sudan,
- Trinidad and Tobago,
- Ukraine (in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine),
- Venezuela, and
While Nigeria was placed on level 3, the US department of state issued a level 4 travel alert for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“The security situation in northeast Nigeria is fluid and unpredictable, particularly in Borno and Yobe States and northern Adamawa State,” the department said.
“Terrorist groups based in the Northeast target churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment venues. Approximately two million of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of the violence in northeast Nigeria.”
The 35 countries were placed in four levels of travel with respect to their safety and security risk.
- Exercise normal precautions
- Exercise increased caution
- Reconsider travel
- Do not travel
Even as the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to end the activities of Boko Haram in the North East, they still carry out deadly attacks which the government and Nigerian troops call “soft target.’