understands that a report by CNN quoted the State Department t have said it has labelled high-threat countries with a ‘K’, so as to communicate more clearly to US citizens the risks of kidnapping and hostage-taking by criminal and terrorist actors around the world.
The State Department said in a post on its website during the week, that apart from kidnapping, its citizens planning to visit Nigeria should also be wary of armed robbery, rape, carjacking civil unrest, terrorism and indiscriminate violence.
This online news platform understands that the Department also issued a level 4 travel alert for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states due to terrorism, saying US citizens should not travel to the three states.
The State Department pointed out that the security situation in the North-East was fluid and unpredictable, particularly in the three states.
“Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and piracy. Some areas have increased risk,” the post read.
“Do not travel to Borno and Yobe states and northern Adamawa State due to terrorism.
“Violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping and rape are common throughout the country. Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence,” it added.