The United Kingdom has warned its citizens against travelling to twelve states in Nigeria due to security concerns.
This was revealed in a travel advisory issued in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Citizens are advised to stay clear of the following twelve states: Borno, Yobe, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Zamfara, and Adamawa states.
The FCDO also advised citizens to avoid all-important journeys towards Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi within 20 km of the border with Niger and Niger in Kebbi as well as Abia States, respectively.
A portion of the advice read: “Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, could be victims of kidnapping. Humanitarian hubs, as well as humanitarian personnel, have also been targeted in assaults within the North East, including Monguno, Borno State on 13 June 2020.
“The security situation for the North East has deteriorated since the year 2018 and there is a greater threat of kidnappings of humanitarian as well as private-sector workers.
“There are claims that Boko Haram as well as Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) have a plan of kidnapping and capturing foreigners. Along with North-East Nigeria, extremist groups operate in several states of the middle belt, and north, such as 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.”
It also warned that the UK government also issued a warning against murders and attacks in the South-East region.
“There have also been a number of attacks and targeted killings in the South-east and South-South regions of Nigeria, including in the states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Edo and Ebonyi. Some of these attacks have been on isolated roads and in remote locations, but there is a chance that they could occur in metropolitan areas,” the warning stated.
The government advised people travelling in these areas to be cautious and keep an eye on the local media and news sources for more details about curfews and curfews for local areas.