UK Government Warns Citizens Not to Travel To 12 States In Nigeria
The United Kingdom (UK) has advised its citizens not to travel to twelve States in Nigeria. This was stated in a travel advisory issued by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).
Kidnapping is a serious threat throughout Nigeria. Kidnappings can be motivated by criminality or terrorism, and they can be committed for ideological, financial, or political gain. According to anecdotal evidence, the risk of kidnapping rises after dark.
The statement stated:
“The groups have previously shown intent and capability to conduct kidnaps in Nigeria. Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely targets for kidnap. Humanitarian hubs and humanitarian workers have been targeted during attacks in the North East, including Monguno, Borno State on 13 June 2020,” the advisory reads.
“The security environment in the North East has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnap. Kidnaps in the North East have included humanitarian and private-sector workers. There are also reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are continuing to actively plan to kidnap foreigners. As well as in North-East Nigeria, extremist groups operate in some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states. If you’re working or travelling in these States then you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping.”
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