The United Kingdom, UK, has on Thursday, advised its citizens in Nigeria, against travelling to the North-East, North-West, and South-South States in the country, warning that they are not safe places at the moment, due to the current spate of insecurity in the regions,
The States are: Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Niger, Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Kogi, Abia, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River.
The travel advisory to its nationals residing in Nigeria, was publicised on the official website of the UK Foreign Office, stating that: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all, but essential international travel.”
It added that the insecurity in Nigeria, necessitated the temporary withdrawal of a small number of UK staff and dependents at the British High Commission in Abuja, and the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.
“Both locations will continue to carry out essential work, including providing 24/7 consular assistance, and support to British people in Nigeria”, the statement noted.
The UK Foreign Office, which confirmed that helicopter gunships have been operating in Kaduna State, targeting cross border banditry, said that Al Qaeda linked terrorist groups have been reported to be operating in Kaduna.
“Humanitarian hubs have been targeted during attacks in the North-East, including Monguno, Borno State, on 13th June, 2020.
“There have also been significant attacks in Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Jos, and Bauchi States, and in the Federal Capital, Abuja. Further attacks are likely”, the office warned.