US warns citizens on risks of traveling to Nigeria; lists country as hotbed for kidnapping

- The US State Department has warned US citizens on the risks of traveling to Nigeria

- The department announced the introduction of a new risk indicator and listed Nigeria as a hotbed for kidnapping, hostage-taking

- The US also listed 34 other countries where its citizens are at risk of being victims of such criminal activities

The US Department of State has warned US citizens on the risks of traveling to Nigeria.

In a post on its website, the state department announced an update to safety and security for US citizens traveling abroad.

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Legit.ng notes that the department announced the introduction of a new risk indicator in order to communicate more clearly to US citizens, the risks of kidnapping and hostage taking by criminal and terrorist actors around the world.

The statement read: “The new “K” indicator is part of our ongoing commitment to provide clear and comprehensive travel safety information to US citizens so they can make informed travel decisions.

“The department issues travel advisories for every country around the world, offering standardized levels of advice based on established risk indicators such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, natural disasters, health, and other potential risks.

“The travel advisories for 35 countries have been updated to include a “K” indicator for the risk of kidnapping and/or hostage taking.”

The department further outlined the countries where the “K” indicator apply to include Nigeria and 34 other countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon and Libya.

Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Yemen are the other countries listed.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Department of State Security (DSS) rescued an American, Tawanda Lynn Jackson, who was held hostage by one Mathew Adedoyin, her acquaintance whom she had met on social media.

The prime suspect and his accomplice were paraded at the DSS Lagos Command.

The command’s director, Betty Adoki, said Jackson, 46, who had arrived Lagos and was received at the airport by Adedoyin, was held hostage and allegedly raped several times by the suspect.

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