The United Kingdom has issued a travel advisory to its citizens visiting Nigeria. It mentioned 12 states in the West African country to avoid.
The advisory from the UK through its Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) comes amid the possibility of terrorists carrying out attacks in Nigeria and events to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests.
In a statement published on its website “updated October 15, 2021” and “still current at October 16, 2021,” expressed concern over protests and a heightened security presence in major cities due to the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The foreign government also urged its citizens to monitor local media, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.
The UK listed the Nigerian states as:
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1. Borno state
2. Yobe state
3. Adamawa state
4. Gombe state
5. Kaduna state
6. Katsina state
7. Zamfara state
Riverine areas of
8. Delta state
9. Bayelsa state
10. Rivers state
11. Akwa Ibom state
12. Cross River state
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
1. Bauchi state
2. Kano state
3. Jigawa state
4. Niger state
5. Sokoto state
6. Kogi state
7. Within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi state
8. Abia state
9. Non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states
Abu Musab Al-Barnawi: Military finally confirms death of notorious ISWAP leader
Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, on Thursday, October 14, confirmed the death of the leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.
General Irabor made this revelation during the ministerial briefing organised by the presidential communications team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Before now, it was reported that Al-Barnawi had been killed in Borno state.
There were two versions of the story of Al-Barnawi’s death with one saying he was killed by Nigerian troops and the other version saying he died during a rival war within the ISWAP camp.
Nigerian Army continues robust operations against terrorists
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Thursday, September 9, stated that counterterrorism troops in the northeast have arrested a ‘high profile Boko Haram member’ and raided one of the terror group’s logistics bases in the northeast.
The bases were said to have been used for the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) materials in Damboa and Gashua in Borno and Yobe states respectively.
Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the successful actions were a consequence of ‘robust operations’ by Operation Hadin Kai troops.