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Why The U.S. Government Warns Its Citizens To 'Reconsider' Travel To Nigeria.

The U.S. State Department has urge its citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Nigeria, not because of Covid-19 but for security reasons.

As a matter of fact, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 1 travel health notice for Nigeria due to Covid-19 indicating a low level of Covid-19 in the country. Meaning that Nigeria is safe when it comes to issues of Covid-19 in country because there's reduced incidence of Covid-19.

The US government advises its citizens not to travel to the following States in Nigeria no matter what.

* Borno, Yobe and northern adamawa States due to terrorism and kidnapping.

* Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Zamfara States due to kidnapping.

* Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers State (with exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidnapping and maritime crime.

The U.S. Government concluded that violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, hostage-taking, banditry and rape is common throughout the country. Kidnapping for Ransom occur frequently often targeting dual-national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for visit as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gang have also stopped victims on interstate roads.

The rate of terrorism in Nigeria is increasing on daily basis especially in the North Eastern part of the country. Terrorist attack with little or no warning. They target shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs and other places that attract crowds.

There is civil unrest and low-level armed militancy in parts of southern Nigeria especially in the Niger Delta regions. Armed criminality including kidnapping and maritime crime is also very common in these regions.

Violence can flare up between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.

The Department of State advises that if citizens should insist on traveling to Nigeria, they should:

1) See the US embassy web page regarding Covid-19.

2) Visit CDC'S webpage on travel and Covid-19.

3) Carry proper identification including a U.S. passport with current Nigerian visa if needed.

4) Use caution when walking or driving at night.

5) Keep a low profile.

6) Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.

7) Do not physically resist any robbery attempts.

8) Be extra vigilant when visiting bank's or ATMs.

9) Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust to plans.

10) Be aware of your surroundings.

11) Stay alert in locations frequented by westerners

12) Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings

13) Review your personal security plans.

14) Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. Government assistance.

15) Establish a "proof of Life" protocol with your loved ones so that if you're taken hostage your love ones knows specific questions to (and answers) to ask the hostage takers to be sure you are alive.

16) Enrol in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program ( STEP) to receive alert and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

17) Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.

18) Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

19) Review the crime and safety reports for Nigeria.

20) Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situation. Review the travelers checklist.

The US government warns its citizens of the risk of travel to Nigeria because very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the U.S. mission to provide consular services for these States.

The rates of violence and insecurity in Nigeria is truly at its peak it has discouraged several foreign investors. I hope our government have a breakthrough on how to tackle this issue.

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