On Friday, December 14, Nigerian military officials issued a statement announcing they had banned the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) from operating in the northeastern region of the country until further notice. The Maiduguri-based Theatre Command for Operation Lafiya Dole claims UNICEF was banned from operating in the area for "training selected persons for clandestine activities" and for making allegations of human rights violations against the military. Further bans against international organizations operating in the area are possible in the near term.
Individuals in Nigeria, particularly in the northeastern states, are advised to monitor the situation and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and particularly poor in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (e.g. states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Jigawa as well as parts of Kano and Adamawa states) and the southern Niger Delta region (e.g. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.
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