U.S. Department of State Updates Nigeria Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe states.

The department of State cites security situation in northeast Nigeria remains shaky and unpredictable.

Also, very poor transportation infrastructure makes it difficult for the U.S. Mission to provide consular services in these states.

All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not solely rely on U.S. government assistance.

Due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks, citizens should also avoid all but essential travel to: Bayelsa, Delta, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara states.

This replaces the Travel Warning dated August 3, 2016.

Boko Haram, an extremist group linked to the Islamic State based in the northeast, has targeted churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment venues in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba, the Federal Capital Territory, and Yobe states.

The extremist group has forced hundreds of thousands of Nigerians to flee while thousands have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.

Those travelling or already in Nigeria asked to remain vigilant at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners. Markets, hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of worship may become targets for terrorist attacks.

Travel to the Gulf of Guinea should also be avoided because of the threat of piracy.

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