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Department of State Issues a Travel Warning to Nigeria

Posted By : Big Brother on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 | 04:20

The Department of State warns U.S. people of the risks of travel to these Nigeria ; Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states attributable to the proclamation on may 14th, 2013, by the govt. of the Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Nigeria of States of Emergency in those 3 states. the power of the Mission to produce help to U.S. people in those states remains severely restricted.

The Department additionally continues to advocate against all essential visits to the subsequent states owing to the danger of kidnappings, robberies, and different armed attacks:  Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara. The Department also warns against visits to the Gulf of Guinea attributable to the threat of piracy based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to all or any northern Nigerian states (in addition to those listed above); officials should receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel deemed as mission-essential. U.S. citizens ought to remember that extremists might expand their operations on the far side of the northern Federal Republic of Nigeria to the country’s middle and southern states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated December 21st, 2012.
An extremist group primarily based in the northeast of Nigeria called Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for several attacks, in northern Nigeria, that have killed and wounded thousands of individuals throughout the past 3 years. Multiple Suicide Vehicle-borne improvised Explosive Devices (SVBIED) targeted churches, government installations, educational establishments, and amusement venues in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba, and Yobe states.

The security scenario within the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The United States of America Department of State powerfully urges United States of America citizens in Nigeria to think about their own personal security and . personal safety within the forefront of their plans.
The Department strongly advises United States of America citizens who visit or reside in Nigeria to inscribe in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). United States of America citizens without internet access might enroll directly with the closest U.S. embassy or diplomatic building. The United States of America Embassy in national capital is found at: Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District area. The Embassy is open MondayThursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The United States of America consulate General in lagos is found at: 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, VictoriaIsland. The consulate is open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
US citizens ought to contact the U.S. Embassy in abuja or the United States of America consulate General in Lagos for up-to-date info on any restrictions. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja may be reached by Phone, together with including emergencies, at 234(9) 461-4000. The United States of America consulate General in Lagos is reached by Phone, including late emergencies, at 234(1) 460-3600 or 234 (1) 460-3400.
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