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Insecurity: Don’t Travel To Borno, Yobe, 19 Other States In Nigeria, UK Government Warns British Nationals

*** Says Security Environment In The Northeast Deteriorated Since 2018

British nationals have been warned against travelling to about 21 states in Nigeria over the spate of insecurity in the country.

In a travel warning posted on its website, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO, of the United Kingdom, UK, said the warming became imperative consequent upon what it termed worsening security situation occasioned by the Boko Haram terrorists attacks in the North East, armed banditry in the North-West and militancy in the South-South.

In specific terms, the British government advised its nationals against traveling to Borno; Yobe; Adamawa; Gombe; and the riverine areas of Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.

It further cautioned against journey to within 20km of the border with Niger and Zamfara states.

The British government equally advised against all but essential travel to Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi and within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi states including the non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia States.

The British nationals were equally urged 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.

According to the British government, “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.

“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.”

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