UPDATED: UK Warns Its Citizens Against Traveling To 16 Nigerian States Over Insecurities
The heightened state of insecurity in Nigeria following clashes between the Nigerian Police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has forced the government of the United Kingdom to issue a travel advisory to its citizens resident in Nigeria.
The UK government had issued a warning to its citizens in Nigeria to stay away from 24 states in Nigeria prone to terror attacks and insecurity issues.
However, in an updated travel advisory published on its website on Wednesday, the UK government advised it’s citizens to avoid crowded places and specifically advised against traveling to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states.
Other states listed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office include; Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano State, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina and Kogi States.
According to the UK government, the updated travel advisory was issued because “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria” adding that “attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests as well as places visited by tourists”.