The Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed has warned Nigerians traveling to the United States, the United Kingdom and some European countries to beware of thieves targeting their personal belongings.
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The minister issued the warning on Monday while speaking in Abuja at the fifth edition of the ‘President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series’.
According to him, the travel advisory became imperative because of recent developments where Nigerian travelling to the US, the UK and some countries in Europe were having their belongings, especially money and international passports, stolen.
Mohammed said: “It has come to the attention of the government that Nigerian travelers to the United States and some countries in Europe are having their belongings, especially money and international passports, stolen at an increasingly high rate.
“The most recent victims of this are travelers to the UK, most of whom were dispossessed of their belongings at high brow shops, particularly in the high street of Oxford.
“We have therefore decided to advise Nigerians traveling to Europe and the United States to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.
“This is not your typical travel advisory. Issuing such is the prerogative of our embassies/high commissions as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is merely a piece of advice to Nigerians who may be visiting the affected parts of the world.”
Lai Mohammed’s advice comes one month after the US and UK authorities issued a travel advisory to citizens over a likely terror threat in Abuja, Nigeria.