A handout picture released by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on January 8, 2014 shows NEMA members inspecting the site where a fuel tanker overtuned and burst into flames in the Apapa district of Lagos. AFP PHOTO/NEMA
LAGOS, Nigeria: An alarming new U.S. travel advisory warns Nigeria's Islamic uprising could expand out of the north and warns against travel to 16 of the West African nation's 37 states where Americans have suffered violent crimes from kidnappings and rape to home invasions.
The advisory posted at the U.S. State Department website and dated Jan. 8 tells citizens to expect little help from law enforcers known for harassing and shaking down foreigners and Nigerians at checkpoints.
It says U.S. missionaries in northern Nigeria have received "night letters" - covertly distributed specific written threats to their safety.
Home invasions remain a threat with armed robbers getting into even guarded compounds.
The advisory warns of increasing piracy in Nigerian waters in the Gulf of Guinea, where armed gangs operate despite the Nigerian Navy.
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorism plot in California but a...
South Africa remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with Nigeria after Abuja recalled its ambassador to...
The United States said Thursday that any deal reached with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions would be "fundamentally...
An alarming new U.S. travel advisory warns Nigeria's Islamic uprising could expand out of the north and warns against...
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE