Earlier this week the US Embassy in Nigeria issued a warning that terrorist groups are planning to kidnap American and European nationals in Borno. A travel ban for Borno has been put in place for American government personnel.

If you are in or planning travel to Borno or other Nigerian states, make sure you have factored potential kidnaps and terror attacks into your travel risk management plan. If you are being sent to Nigeria for work, your company should have provided you with up to date security briefings and adequate training. If you do not feel prepared for your trip, talk to your boss as soon as possible. 

Official travel advice

From the US Embassy in Abuja

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja warns U.S. citizens of reports that a terrorist group plans to conduct kidnap operations against unidentified U.S. and European citizens currently located in Borno State, Nigeria.  U.S. government personnel are currently prohibited from traveling to Borno and the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Borno State is Level 4 – Do Not Travel.

Actions to Take: 

  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

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