The government of the United Kingdom has advised its citizens against travelling to some states in Nigeria due to security crises.
In a travel advisory released on Thursday, December 2, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advised its citizens against all travel to the following states:
- Borno state
- Yobe state
- Adamawa state
- Gombe state
- Kaduna state
- Katsina state
- Zamfara state
- Delta state (riverine areas)
- Bayelsa state (riverine areas)
- Rivers state (riverine areas)
- Akwa Ibom state (riverine areas)
- Cross River state (riverine areas)
The FCDO wrote:
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"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Most attacks are conducted by Boko Haram or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) and occur in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the North East.
"The groups have previously shown intent and capability to conduct kidnaps in Nigeria. Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely targets for kidnap."
It also advised against all but essential travel to the following states:
- Bauchi state
- Kano state
- Jigawa state
- Niger state
- Sokoto state
- Kogi state
- Within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi state
- Abia state
- Non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states
Terrorists kidnap passengers in Borno, move them into Sambisa forest
Meanwhile, amid the release of the UK travel advisory, about 15 passengers who were travelling along the Gumsuri village in Damboa local government area of Borno have been kidnapped by insurgents of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).
Sources who spoke with Daily Trust revealed that among the victims were staff members of an International Non-Governmental Organisation.
It was also gathered that the attackers who were dressed in military uniforms mounted illegal checkpoints on the highway leading to Adamawa state. Apart from seizing three trucks loaded with sand, the terrorists also moved their victims to the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
ISWAP abducts Borno government officials while supervising road construction
Similarly, no fewer than five officials of the Borno state government were abducted by ISWAP while supervising the construction of Chibok-Damboa road on Wednesday, December 1.
It was gathered that the incident occurred near Wovi, a remote village in Chibok local government area of the northeastern state.
An anonymous source was also cited in the report as saying that one of the abducted staff, a driver, escaped.