Kidnappers After US Citizens In Nigeria – Embassy

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The United States Embassy in Nigeria has said it has limited ability to provide emergency services to American citizens in many parts of Nigeria due to insecurity.

This was contained in an updated travel advisory alert issued by the embassy on Monday, which it titled, “Reissued with updates to staffing and do not travel areas.”

The embassy said violent crimes,  common across the country, was often targeting dual nationals who have returned to Nigeria.

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“Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, hostage taking, banditry, and rape – is common throughout the country.  Kidnappings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as US citizens with perceived wealth.  Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads.

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“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.  Terrorists are known to work with local gangs to expand their reach.”

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