The Nigerian army announced on Sunday, September 22, that identification cards are now required to travel to the country's northeastern states. Strict identification checks will also be carried out for travelers moving through the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. The decision was made in an effort to identify members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State that are allegedly hiding in the towns and villages of the region.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. the states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) 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.
Individuals travelling to northeastern states 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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