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Nigeria: U.S. Issues Travel Advisory To Citizens by DejiPlug(m): 9:41am On Sep 26, 2023
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The United States Deputy Treasury Secretary, Wally Adeyemo who visited Nigeria last week as part of U.S. efforts to strengthen economic ties between both countries and a day after President Bola Tinubu, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2023, advised Nigerians abroad to return home, has warned its citizens to reconsider travelling to Nigeria due to increased risk of crime such as terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and attack by armed gangs in the country.

An updated travel advisory issued on September 20 by the U.S. Department of State included a flat “do not travel” warning for Borno, Yobe, Kogi, and Adamawa states due to terrorism and kidnapping; Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states due to kidnapping.

Similar travel advisory was also issued for Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidnapping, and armed gangs.

Recall that recent attacks in the southeast such as the brutal killing of Late Professor Dora Akunyili’s husband, Dr Chike Akunyuli on the streets of Anambra, kidnapping and beheading of Anambra lawmaker, Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, kidnapping and killing of aged parents of Imo journalist, Joshua Ayanbola and many more have kept people living in these areas on edge. Meanwhile, despite the best efforts of the police and other security agencies to identify the perpetrators of these dastardly acts, many of them have continued with their wicked enterprise defying police.

Meanwhile, the United States Department of state while placing these states on Level 4 – the highest risk category, warned that the security situation in the states is fluid and unpredictable due to widespread terrorist activity, inter-communal violence, and kidnapping; and security operations to counter these threats may occur without warning.

“Kidnappings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads”, the advisory read.

“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather. Terrorists are known to work with local gangs to expand their reach.

“There is civil unrest and armed gangs in parts of Southern Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta and Southeast regions; and armed criminality and gangs, including kidnapping and assaults on Nigerian security services is also pervasive in this region.” It added.

This advisory further takes Nigeria few years backwards despite the efforts of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to build investors confidence and get more investment into the country.

President Tinubu during his speech at UNGA 2023 said the world would ignore Nigeria at its own peril, underscored the need for the global body to work with Africa to address the challenges of poverty and terrorism. He pledged not to rest until people had arisen out of poverty even if it required decisions at home that made him “temporarily unpopular.”

It is however not surprising that despite the assurances of mutual respect and possible collaboration from the United Nations General Assembly President, Dennis Francis, countries like the United States of America have and will continue to issue out warning to their citizens about Nigeria and other countries, seemingly not in a bid to discredit the country but to ensure her citizens make informed decisions and stay safe.

Re: Nigeria: U.S. Issues Travel Advisory To Citizens by pradoyeep: 9:42am On Sep 26, 2023
Re: Nigeria: U.S. Issues Travel Advisory To Citizens by DejiPlug(m): 3:04pm On Sep 26, 2023
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