In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Nigeria
Nigeria has been seeing increased terrorist activity from Boko Haram, an extremist group which has been declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State and because of their activities, tourists are advised to avoid travel to certain Nigerian states, mostly in the northern and northeastern part of the country, such as Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara.
In addition to this, demonstrations and civil unrest are not uncommon in the rest of Nigeria as well. If there is any inkling that something like this should go down in your area, leave it immediately as these are known to get very violent, very quickly.
Kidnappings are also known to happen in Nigeria, in northern parts of the country by terrorists and in southern parts by criminal groups who often target foreigners. Violent crimes of other nature is also possible throughout Nigeria, such as armed muggings and robberies, extortion, assaults and even rape. To make things even worse, many travelers report that the local police force is corrupt and that they are slow to respond.
If you are traveling to Nigeria, you should be alert at all times, never display opulence and try to avoid areas that are particularly notorious for crime.