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UK government warns citizens to stay away from 12 states in Nigeria over insecurity

The United Kingdom (UK) has warmed its citizens to stay away from twelve states in Nigeria, due to security challenges. This was made known in a travel advisory released by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

In the publication, the UK government advised its citizens of a high risk of abduction throughout Nigeria for ideological, financial or political gain.

The listed states the citizens are to stay away from, are Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara.

The citizens are also advised to make only essential travel to Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi within 20 km of the border with Niger in Kebbi and Abia States respectively.

According to the advisory, "Foreign Nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely target for kidnap. Humanitarian hubs and humanitarian workers have been targeted during attacks in the Northeast , including Monguno, Borno on 13th June,2020.

"The security environment in the Northeast has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping of humanitarian and private sector workers.

"There are also reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa(ISWA) have an active plan to kidnap foreigners. As well as in Northeast Nigeria, extremist groups operate in some northern and middlebelt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa States. If you are working or traveling in the states , then you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping".

The UK government also advised those traveling to some states in the Southeast and South-south regions to be vigilant and keep themselves abreast with local news and information outlets for further information, including on local curfews.

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