Canada Cautions Citizens against Non-essential Travel to Nigeria

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By Segun James

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

It also cautioned its citizens 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, inter-communal 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”.