The United States has warned its citizens in its latest travel advisories, to avoid some 14 Nigerian States battling with terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.
Naija News reports that the US State Department urged its Citizens to ‘’ Reconsider travel to Nigeria’’.
In its updated advisory, the US added at least 116 Countries this week to its ‘’level Four’’: Do not travel advisory list.
The UK,Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others are on the list , citing a ‘’very high level of COVID-19’’.
Before Tuesday, the State Department listed 34 out of about 200 countries as ‘’Do Not Travel’’.
The State Department now lists 150 countries at Level Four. Nigeria is categorized as Level 3 in the travel advisory.
‘’The centers for disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to COVID-19 in the country’’, the State Department said.
It then listed areas the American Visitor should avoid while in Nigeria.
These are:Borno, Yobe, and northern Adamawa States due to terrorism and kidnapping,
Bauchi,Gombe,Kaduna,Kano Katsina and Zamfara States due to kidnapping. It also warned its citizens from visiting Coastal areas of Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa,Cross River,Delta and Rivers States(with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidnapping, and maritime crime.
In a country summary on Nigeria, the US State Department wrote:
‘’ Violent crime- such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking,kidnapping , hostage taking and banditry are common throughout the country.