USA routinely advise her citizens to stay away from certain cities in countries where they live.
United States Government throws up this advisory after a detailed security analysis.
According to the statement, “The Department of State warns against travel in the Gulf of Guinea, because of the threat of piracy.
Officials must also apply for advance clearance by the U.S. mission for any travel to those states.
It added: “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups.
“U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.
“Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.”
“Separatist groups have staged demonstrations in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Rivers States, some of which have turned violent.
“Militant groups have destroyed oil production infrastructure in Bayelsa and Delta states.
“U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these states where these incidents have occurred.
“Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years.
“Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travelers.
“The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.”
Recall that USA had issued travel warnings to its citizens living in Turkey before the terror attack happened.
This time around, 20 Nigerian States appeared on USA’s watch list.
The United States Government listed Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as no-go areas.
Their reason for this designation is their “Inability of the US Mission to provide assistance to US citizens” in these states.
Other States includes Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano.
The list further includes Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.