Steer clear of 22 states in Nigeria, US, UK, Canada warn citizens
Despite the increased tempo of the campaign against insurgency in the North East of Nigeria, Western nations are not yet comfortable with the safety situation in most of the state’s in and around the area.
For the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, most of those states remain no go areas for their people who take their safety as of prime importance.
Theyhave naming ained their travery advisory to their citizens to steer clear of of 13 states in the North.
But their advisories are not limited to northern states only, they covered some southern states with issues of kidnappings and insurgency.
The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office lists these states include Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Zamfara, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. About 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria every year.
The FCO further advised against travelling to Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, Sokoto, Kebbi, Plateau and Abia states, except for “essential travel.” The US government specifically warned its citizens against travelling to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in a travel alert to its citizens on Saturday. It said, “The Department of State warns US citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that the US citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in North-East Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.
The US Department of State strongly urges the US citizens in Nigeria to consider their personal security and to keep personal safety at the forefront of their travel planning.”
In its travel advice, the Canadian government still categorises Nigeria as being a point of “high threat of terrorism.” “There is a high threat of terrorism in the northern states of Gombe, Yobe, Borno, Kano, Adamawa and Kaduna, where the extremist group Boko Haram, which often claims responsibility for terrorist attacks, is based.
Boko Haram-attributed attacks, which regularly result in significant loss of life and injuries, increased in 2014. Explosions have taken place in busy public areas, including in or near markets in Jos, Maiduguri and Kano. “A state of emergency is in effect in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Additional security personnel have been deployed to these states.
Curfews are in effect in Maiduguri and other cities in the North-East, and are subject to change,” it said. Apart from the threat of Boko Haram attacks, the countries also warned their nationals about the risk of being kidnapped “Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country (Nigeria). Several high-profile kidnappings occurred in 2014-2015involving US citizens and other foreign nationals. “In September 2014, two US citizens were kidnapped in Port Harcourt in two separate incidents. In February 2015, a US citizen was kidnapped in Kogi. In May 2015, two US citizens were kidnapped in Ondo and Anambra states in separate incidents,” the US Department of State said.
– Agency reports
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