Insecurity: Avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria, Canada warns citizens

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Amid the security challenges in Nigeria , the Government of Canada has warned its citizens against non- essential travel to the West African country.

It also cautioned its nationals resident in Nigeria to exercise high level vigilance so as not become victims of the insecurity in Nigeria .

In a travel advisory published on its official websites , the Canadian government urged citizens to “ 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 advisory further read , “ 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 ; and

“ 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 Canadian government also urged its nationals in Nigeria to “ exercise a high degree of caution in the cities of Abuja , Calabar and Lagos due to the incidence of crime ” .

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