As Nigeria’s security situation grows more alarming, the United Kingdom has joined the growing list of countries warning their citizens about the dangers of traveling to the once thriving West African state.
The latest warnings come from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Common-wealth office, and specifically lists 21 states all over the country that are marked as “high risk.”
The instance of the recent warnings, which came out on Monday 17th June 19, 2019, on the office’s website, is due to increased activity of bandits, Fulani herdsmen, and the perennial Boko Haram insurgent problem. Formerly concentrated in the North-East of the country, the attacks and abductions have crept down southward, putting South Western states like Osun, Ondo and Ekiti right in the center of the troubles.
Apart from the North-East troubles, the communiqué also key-posted the slow revival of the formerly comatose Niger Delta militancy.
States listed by the FCO particularly include in the North-East: Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Bauchi with some reservations. In the Niger Delta area, the states at risk include Awka Ibom, Delta, Cross Rivers, and Rivers state.
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Also on the list are areas within 20 km of the borders of Niger republic. British visitors were also advised to go to certain areas only on very important business. These states include Zamfara, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kogi, Bayelsa, and Abia states.
Said the website:
“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,”
Since 2018, further deterioration in the nation’s security has made Nigeria virtually a pariah in terms of international tourism. Types of criminality include abductions for monetary reward or political reasons, as well as for voodoo purposes.
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Though, the second term of M. Buhari, Nigeria’s President, has publically committed to the fight against security challenges and corruption, the general mood of the country hinges on widespread uncertainty and fear of the next attack.
“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,” the FCO concluded.
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