Stella Dimoko UK Nationals Living In Nigeria Issued With Travel Advisory Over Certain Locations In Nigeria...


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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

UK Nationals Living In Nigeria Issued With Travel Advisory Over Certain Locations In Nigeria...

The United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday, August 4, released a travel advisory to nationals residing in Nigeria over specific locations due to the current spate of insecurity.

This advisory, publicised on the official website of the UK Foreign Office, stated that “the Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.”

Also, the statement urged Britons against travelling to the following places:

Borno State
Yobe State
Adamawa State
Gombe State
riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States
within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.

Furthermore, it advised against travelling to the following places except for essential reasons:

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
Bauchi State
Zamfara State
Kano State
Kaduna State
within 20km of the state border with Kaduna and Zamfara states in Niger State, west of the Kaduna River
Jigawa State
Katsina State
Kogi State
within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States
non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State
Abia State

The UK Foreign Office further stated that the current insecurity in Nigeria has necessitated the temporal 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 reads.
1st News had reported that a spokesman to the Presidency, Garba Shehu announced that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered airstrikes in Niger state against criminal groups operating out of the Dogon Gona forest area bordering Zamfara and Kaduna states.

It was further garnered that such missions are yet to be approved in Niger State, however, helicopter gunships have reportedly been operating in Kaduna State targeting cross border banditry, the UK Foreign Office confirmed.

“The al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Jamaat al Ansar al Muslimeen fi Bilad al Sudan, better known as Ansaru, claims to have killed at least 6 people, kidnapped dozens, and destroyed several vehicles during an ambush along the Kaduna-Zaira highway in Kaduna State in mid-January.”

Since January 2018, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has protested regularly in central Abuja and other cities.

According to the UK advisory, terrorist attacks often happen in the north east, particularly in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

“Humanitarian hubs have been targeted during attacks in the north east, including Monguno, Borno State on 13 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.
It also revealed the high threat of kidnappings throughout the country which “can be motivated by criminality or terrorism and could be carried out for financial or political gain.

“Anecdotal evidence suggests that the risk of kidnap increases after dark. The security environment in the northeast has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnap. Kidnaps in the northeast have included humanitarian and private-sector workers.”

The UK Foreign Office also revealed 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.”

It, therefore, warned its nationals to “be vigilant at all times and keep others informed of your travel plans If you’re working in Nigeria you should follow your employer’s security advice, make sure your accommodation is secure and review your security measures regularly.”

According to data provided by the website, “about 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year and most visits are trouble-free.”

from 1stnews.


  1. See our lives for outside! Oga o

  2. Hmmm...which way Nigeria? Bubu should change the service chief, e no listen .Na God hand we dey

  3. Lagos nko? They can't put a red flag there ,na there pepper dey Abi😐, kogi state is one of the safest state in Nigeria

    1. Dont provoke thunder this morning.

    2. PwetieπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.....if I hear that kogi state is the safest ehn

  4. The UK cares about It's citizen unlike some countries that do not place any premium on the life of it's people.

    1. The same UK government that hooked up Northern protectorate with Southern protectorate for their selfish interest. Why want their citizens now? 🀦‍♀️

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  5. Hmm, they should kuma leave naija na

  6. See what these greedy and senseless past and present people in government turned this country. Smh. This country could have been second to Dubai in tourism but see how it has scattered because of a few set of individuals who do not have been give the reprobate minds. Tueh

  7. Stella, why the 'rolling eyes' emojiπŸ™„?
    Is insecurity not the reality in Nigeria? Terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, raping topped with yahoo-yahoo and crowned with corruption!

    Yes, some of these plus racist-crimes exist in the UK and other countries but the difference most of the criminals are brought to justice.

  8. Hmmm, safety first.

  9. If there is anything the Buhari led govt has achieved, it’s securing the fct, Abuja was slowly turning to maiduguiri under Jonathan’s watch, a whole banex plaza was bombed, bomb scares on a daily, road blocks everywhere but since Buhari came in, Abuja is safer and no more road blocks.

    1. My dear he did not achieve anything. He was the bomb himself.

  10. Una Bai bai lol


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