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Reviewed: 17 July 2013, 10:15 NZDT
Still current at: 09 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the States of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Yobe and Adamawa and we advise against all travel. There is a very high threat of kidnapping in these areas, and an ongoing significant threat from terrorism. Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to leave immediately. On 14 May 2013, the Nigerian President declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Andamawa states.
There is extreme risk to your security in Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers (including Port Harcourt and Bonny Isand), Abia, Akwa Ibom and Anambra in the south east of the country and we advise against all travel. The significant risk of kidnapping, ongoing militant activity, and armed attacks against foreign oil companies and expatriate workers, localised conflict and violent civil unrest present an extreme risk to safety in these areas.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Nigeria due to the threat from kidnapping, terrorism and violent crime. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
There is a threat of kidnapping throughout Nigeria, but particularly in northern Nigeria, where most of the recent kidnappings have occurred, and in the Niger Delta states. Expatriate workers at oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta states are at particular risk of kidnapping, which is typically financially motivated. New Zealanders working in the Niger Delta states against our advice are advised to seek professional security advice and ensure appropriate personal security measures are in place at all times.
Terror attacks occur regularly in Nigeria. Common targets include churches and mosques during times of worship, government and security institutions, and police stations. New Zealanders in Nigeria should be aware that any increase in violence between security forces and terrorist groups is likely to increase the possibility of terrorism throughout Nigeria. Many attacks have occurred around religious or public holidays in public and crowded places. We recommend particular vigilance during these periods.
There are high rates of violent crime such as armed robbery, carjacking and kidnapping for ransom throughout Nigeria. Crime is more prevalent at night, particularly in Lagos and on the main highways.
New Zealanders in Nigeria are advised to be security conscious at all times and should avoid walking and travelling at night, particularly to isolated areas. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
When driving you should keep doors locked, windows up and keep any valuables out of sight. As victims of robbery are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as cameras, electronic devices and jewellery. We recommend using prearranged transport only or making bookings through your hotel.
Commercial and internet fraud is common in Nigeria. New Zealanders should be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.
A number of deaths and injuries have occurred as a result of violent civil unrest in Nigeria. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all large public gatherings, protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to lead to violence. If you are in an area affected by unrest, you should leave the immediate vicinity, stay indoors and monitor the media to stay informed of developments.
Piracy, including against off-shore oil rigs, is a significant problem in Nigerian waters. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Nigeria, the ability of the government to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited, particularly in areas where we advise against all travel.
Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour in Nigeria to avoid offending local sensitivities.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Nigeria should have comprehensive travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Nigeria are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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