U.S issues warning to citizens to avoid 20 states: Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto, Delta, Bayelsa included.

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_State.svgThe United States has warned its citizens against travelling to 20 Nigerian states.

The states deemed insecure include Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

According to a travel warning issued on Wednesday by the US department of state, any American citizen who travels to any of the aforementioned states does so at the detriment of his/her security.

“The ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states remains severely limited. The Department recommends against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks.

“The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.

“Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.”

The US department of state also notified its citizens of the possibility of Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria while noting that “kidnapping remains a security concern” in most parts of the country.

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