HENDERSON, Nev., Aug. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of State has issued an updated travel warning dated August 4 recommending U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Nigeria. The potential for kidnappings, armed robberies and attacks remain high while government assistance is limited. There is also a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and warnings to avoid government facilities, churches, mosques, bars, hotels, markets and other places where people gather. Extremist groups frequently target U.S. citizens making additional security necessary. The group claiming responsibility for recent attacks are the Boko Haram who are based in the northeast of the country. The violence has led to numerous injuries and deaths over the last five years, causing thousands of locals to flee their homes.
U.S. citizens traveling or living in Nigeria should be aware of local curfews, travel restrictions and any developing situations. The Department of State website keeps up-to-date with the latest information. Situations can deteriorate rapidly making it vital to keep up with the latest warnings.