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Do not underestimate warnings and restrictions given by the local government. This is especially true of the conflict areas mentioned above. As the US State Department advises, disregarding this information may land you in a very serious situation, both with the law and with your safety.
Travel by foreigners to conflict areas without prior consultation and coordination with local security authorities is not recommended, as the Nigerian government may see this activity as inappropriate and potentially illegal, and may detain violators. Nigerian authorities detained six U.S. citizens, including journalists, on six separate occasions in 2008. The Nigerian government questioned these U.S. citizens for lengthy periods without bringing formal charges, and ultimately deported them. Journalists, film-makers, and other professionals involved in the creation of news or information products require special accreditation from the Nigerian Ministry of Information for all film and media activities in the Niger Delta prior to entering the area. This special accreditation is in addition to the general press accreditation and valid Nigerian visa required to conduct such activities elsewhere in Nigeria. Read more…
Take the time during your trip-planning period to familiarize yourself with all security and safety concerns that you may encounter during your time in Nigeria. Understanding these realities early on will help you plan better.
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