The United Kingdom (UK) has advised its nationals not to go to twelve Nigerian states due to security concerns.
This was revealed in a travel advisory issued by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).
The UK government cautioned its nationals that there is a significant risk of kidnapping in Nigeria for ideological, financial, or political gain.
Citizens have been warned to stay away from these twelve states; Borno, Yobe, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Zamfara, and Adamawa states.
The FCDO also advised its citizens against all but essential travel to Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi and Abia States respectively.
Part of the advisory read: “Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely targets for kidnap. Humanitarian hubs and humanitarian workers have been targeted during attacks in the North East, including Monguno, Borno State on 13 June 2020.
“The security environment in the North East has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping of humanitarian and private sector workers.
“There are also reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) have an active plan to kidnap foreigners. As well as in North-East Nigeria, extremist groups operate in some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states.
“If you are working or travelling in these States then you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping.”