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Zamfara – Absent From High-Risk Nigerian Destinations

CLAIM: Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara claimed that the United States of America has removed the state from the list of terrorist states in Nigeria.

In the December 2017 advisory from the US Consulate, Zamfara was listed as a high-risk state in Nigeria. Subsequently, on October 29th, Zamfara is currently absent from said records. 

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On Monday, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state said that the United States of America removed Zamfara from the list of terrorist states, a week prior.

“The American government had, just last week, exempted Zamfara State from dangerous places in Nigeria following the effort of this administration to bring to an end all forms of banditry and kidnapping activities”

Governor Bello Matawalle

He added that he would not hesitate to “take drastic action” against any person or group who “tries to undermine the security arrangements”- put in place by his government.

Verification

Our findings led to a December 2017 advisory from the U.S. Embassy Consulate. The statement advised against travel to certain high-risk states in Nigeria – Zamfara included. The report surmised this to the unpredictable nature of Boko Haram as well as poor transportation infrastructure within said states. 

Subsequently, on October 29th, the United States of America (USA) via its official website gave some travel advice to its citizens to avoid certain areas and states of Nigeria. This was due to the high level of insecurity in those areas. Zamfara which was present in the previous listing remained absent in this succeeding record.

In the same vein, further search showed that the United Kingdom had also issued the same travel warning to its citizens. This was done through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on September 11th.

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