Security Alert – Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

Location: Nigeria

Event: Precautions for Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas of Nigeria

Foreigners working the conflict-affected areas of Nigeria should take all necessary precaution to prevent attacks, kidnappings, or other associated actions by terrorist organizations seeking to retaliate for the death of Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham overall amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Conflict-affected areas of Nigeria include, but are not limited to, Borno and Yobe States, and Northern Adamawa State.

Actions to Take: 

  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.
  • Review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability.
  • Exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa.
  • Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria.