The United Kingdom government has issued a warning to its citizens in Nigeria to stay away from 24 states in Nigeria prone to terror attacks and insecurity issues.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
Riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River States
Within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.The FCO further advised against all but essential travel to:
Within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States
Non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia State.
The UK Government adviced British nationals to avoid crowds including political meetings, religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced persons.
“ATTACKS COULD BE INDISCRIMINATE AND COULD AFFECT WESTERN INTERESTS AS WELL AS PLACES VISITED BY TOURISTS. BESIDES ABUJA, OTHER MAJOR TOWNS AND CITIES REMAIN PARTICULARLY AT RISK, INCLUDING KANO AND KADUNA,” IT STATED.
The FCO noted that there was a high threat of kidnap throughout the country, adding that abductions could be motivated by criminality or terrorism, and could be carried out for financial or political gain. It stated:
“THE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT IN THE NORTHEAST HAS DETERIORATED SINCE 2018 AND THERE IS A HEIGHTENED RISK OF KIDNAP.
“THERE IS ALSO A HIGH THREAT OF CRIMINAL KIDNAP IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION AND KOGI STATE. IF YOU TRAVEL TO AREAS TO WHICH THE FCO ADVISE AGAINST TRAVEL, YOU ARE PARTICULARLY AT RISK AND WILL NEED A HIGH LEVEL OF SECURITY.