- As panic grows over the internal security crisis in Nigeria, the UK government has warned its citizens against visiting some states
- The UK said the warning becomes necessary as insurgent groups now channel attacks towards humanitarian hubs
- Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno are among the Nigerian states the UK issued the travel advisory against
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Amid rising insecurity in the country, the government of the United Kindom has warned its citizens against travelling to some states in Nigeria.
The UK gave the travel advisory to its nationals in Nigeria in a statement on its foreign office website, saying northwest, northeast and south-south regions are no longer safe.
The states include Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Niger, Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Kogi, Abia and Rivers.
Other states to avoid according to the travel advisory are; Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.
The UK authority said the ceaseless attacks in some of the states in the northwest and northeast have made humanitarian hubs the targets of the bandits and Boko Haram insurgents.
“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 UK authority emphatically warned.
The warning is coming barely 48 hours after Nigeria was told by the US to be at alert over attempts by Al-Qaeda insurgent group to penetrate northwest of the country.
Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command in Africa, made this disclosure, saying Al-Qaeda is expanding to other parts of West Africa.
He said the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence and added that the violent extremist group is making Africa its next destination.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the murder of five humanitarian workers on Wednesday, July 22, in Borno state by Boko Haram still continued to generate fury and outrage from global bodies.
The United States Mission in Nigeria expressed sadness over the development which it said came on the "backdrop of deteriorating conditions for millions of Nigerians."
In a statement by the US Mission on its website, the death of the humanitarian workers was described as a colossal loss for Nigeria and a huge setback in the fight against terrorism.
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