The US government warned its citizens not to travel to Nigeria for safety reasons. In a consultation published on the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US Department of State, Americans are warned not to travel to Borno, and northern Adamawa due to terrorism. It is also recommended that Americans not go to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano state because of kidnapping.
The consulate listed coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states with the exception of Port Harcourt as areas prone to maritime crimes, civil unrest, kidnapping and other crimes going on in this areas.
They further said that Nigeria is known for violent crimes such as robbery, rape, assault, carjacking, kidnapping and cybercrimes. It read;
“Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.
“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.
“Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.”