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US Govt Warns Citizens To Avoid 14 Nigerian States In Travel Advisory

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The United States of America has issued a stern warning to its citizens to steer clear of 14 Nigerian states in its recent advisory

The latest advisory urged US citizens to have a rethink before travelling to Nigeria.

For its citizens, who insist on travelling, the United States advises them against visiting 14 states in Nigeria noting that the states are rife with terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

The states listed are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe State because of terrorism and kidnapping Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe and Zamfara state due to kidnapping.

US also banned its citizens from going to coastal areas of Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states because of crime, kidnapping and maritime crime.

In a country summary on Nigeria, the U.S. State Department wrote:

“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 U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads.

“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast.

“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, 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.

“There is civil unrest and low-level armed militancy in parts of Southern Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta region. Armed criminality, including kidnapping and maritime crime, is also pervasive in this region.

“Violence can flare up between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.”

They also offered its citizens security tips, while in Nigeria.

The tips include:

*See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.

*Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.

*Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed.

*Use caution when walking or driving at night.

*Keep a low profile.

*Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.

*Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

*Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.

*Monitor local media for breaking events, and be prepared to adjust your plans.

*Be aware of your surroundings.

*Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.

*Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.

*Review your personal security plans.

*Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

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Bill Gates Divorces Wife Melinda After 27 Years

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Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are ending their marriage of 27 years.

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates both took to twitter on Monday May 3, 2021, and tweeted a statement announcing that they’re going their separate ways.

The philanthropist further said that they both planned to continue to work side by side on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates wrote;

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.

We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life. – Melinda Gates and Bill Gates”

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