UK advises against all but essential travel to Abuja amid security concerns
The United Kingdom has updated its security advisory to its nationals, advising against all except essential travel to the Federal Capital Territory.
On Wednesday, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice on the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Abuja.
“British nationals are advised to stay alert, avoid non-essential travel within the city and follow the local news and the advice of security authorities,” the memo said. “The British High Commission remains open for essential services. The travel advice will constantly be reviewed to make sure it reflects the current situation in Abuja and Nigeria.”
Other states in Nigeria that British nationals are advised against travel 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.
Australia, Canada and Ireland have all issued security advisories to their nationals living in Nigeria, particularly those in the Federal Capital Territory.
On Wednesday, the U.S. authorised relocating its government employees and their families from Abuja over potential terrorist attacks.
The U.S. Embassy warned that government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, bars, and hotels, could soon be attacked.
The capital has come under attack in recent months following the Boko Haram raid on Kuje Prison and an attack on the Presidential Guards Brigade at Bwari in which three elite officers were killed. In July, schools in the capital and neighbouring states were shut down over security concerns.
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