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Insecurity: UK again tells citizens to shun FCT, over 20 states

By Linus Aleke
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), of the United Kingdom, has once again cautioned its citizens against travelling to no fewer than twenty-three states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following intelligence on heightened insecurity in the country.

The latest advisory which, came barely a few weeks after the US Embassy terror alert on FCT, triggered a gale of travelling advisory by other foreign nations including Germany, and expanded the scope to other geo-political zones, with exception of Southwest.

The British High Commission in Nigeria, in the advisory, said, the FCDO travel advice exists to inform British nationals so they can make decisions about travelling abroad.

The UK diplomatic mission to Nigeria said, there continues to be a number of states in Nigeria where they advise British Nationals against all but essential travel.

“These include Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi, Abia, Plateau, Taraba, within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi State and non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States. We also advise against all travel to Borno State, Yobe State, Adamawa State, Gombe State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Zamfara state, the riverine areas of Delta State, Bayelsa State, Rivers State, Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State,” the advisory read partly.

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The mission added that the UK keeps its Travel Advice under regular review and in making these assessments uses information from a wide range of sources.

According to the advisory, “the travel advice is constantly reviewed to make sure it reflects the current situation in Abuja and Nigeria. Although the FCDO Travel Advice no longer advises against all but essential travel to the Federal Capital Territory, including the city of Abuja, it makes clear that some risks remain. British Nationals should read the Travel Advice before travelling. Stay up to date with the latest changes to our travel advice for Nigeria”.

The advisory concluded that the British High Commission in Abuja is open from Tuesday 8 November 2022 as normal and offering its usual services.

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