‘Security unpredictable in Nigeria; avoid non-essential travel’ – Canada warns citizens


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Canada has warned its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria due to “unpredictable” security.

This was disclosed in a travel advisory published on the Canadian government’s website on Monday.

“Avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings,” the travel advisory read in part.

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Giving a breakdown, the Canadian government said, “Avoid all travel to the following regions due to the risk of terrorism, armed attacks, kidnapping, intercommunal and sectarian violence: The north-western states of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara, the north-central state of Plateau; the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe; the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers (with the exception of Rivers’ capital city, Port Harcourt, where we advise against non-essential travel)”

The government also advised its citizens travelling to Lagos, Calabar and Abuja to “exercise a high degree of caution…due to the incidence of crime”.

“The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad.

“We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad,” the Canadian government further told its citizens.


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