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24 Sep 2019 | 09:49 AM UTC

Nigeria: Identification cards now required to travel to northeastern states September 22

Nigeria News Alert

Identification cards now required to travel to northeastern states September 22; heightened security presence to be expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Yobe state, Borno State, Nigeria, Adamawa state

Event

The Nigerian army announced on Sunday, September 22, that identification cards will now be required to travel into the country's northeastern states as part of an operation of ''Positive Identification''. Strict identification checks will also be carried out for travelers moving through the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. Other states in the region such as Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe States were not mentioned as part of the operation. The decision was taken in an effort to identify members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State (IS) that are allegedly hiding in the towns and villages of the region.

Context

The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e.  Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states) is highly susceptible to attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram and Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP). Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks have been on the rise since June 2017.

Advice

Individuals traveling to the northeastern states of the country are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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