UK Alerts on Possible Terrorists’ Attacks in Nigeria

UK Alerts on Possible Terrorists’ Attacks in Nigeria

•Warns citizens to avoid some states

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The United Kingdom has raised an alarm over the likelihood of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, including indiscriminate attacks at crowded public locations.

It advised its citizens against undertaking trips to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara States and riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.

In the advisory by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Britons were also advised against undertaking non-essential trips to Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi States and within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi State, Abia State, non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States, Plateau State, Taraba State, Anambra State and Imo State

The advisory noted that around 117,000 British tourists visit Nigeria every year, adding that most of the visits were usually trouble-free.

It, however, noted that, “a small number of British people encounter problems.”

“You should take sensible precautions to protect your safety,” it urged.

The advisory further read: “On 3 November, 2023, the US Embassy in Nigeria issued notice of an increased threat to major hotels in Nigeria’s larger cities.

“UK Travel Advice notes that terrorists are very likely to attempt attacks in Nigeria, including indiscriminate attacks against crowded public locations.

“Discretion and judgement should be used with regard to activity in public places including large hotels, with visitors encouraged to remain vigilant and alert while paying attention to their surroundings at all times.

“Off-cycle State level elections will take place in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi on 11 November 2023. Based on past election practice it is likely that movement restrictions will be enforced within those three States from midnight to 6PM on 11 November. “Movement restrictions may be extended at any time. It is likely that personal vehicles will be blocked from attempted road movement on the election day. There is a heightened risk of rallies and demonstrations which could turn violent.”

It added: “The Nigeria-Niger land border has been closed and commercial flights between Nigeria and Niger have been prohibited by the Nigerian authorities, in response to the political situation in Niger.

“Flight times between Nigeria and other neighbouring countries may also be affected.

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Most attacks occur in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in the north-east. There have also been significant attacks in other states, including in Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kogi, Niger, and the Federal Capital Territory. Further attacks are likely and could occur at any time.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests as well as places visited by tourists. Attacks are more likely to attack crowded locations or symbolic targets; such as places of worship. There is a heightened risk during religious events, public holidays or election periods.

“There is a high threat of criminal and terrorist kidnap throughout Nigeria.

“Incidents of banditry and inter-communal violence occur frequently throughout Nigeria. Attacks can occur without warning.

“Political rallies, protests and violent demonstrations can occur with little notice throughout the country. International news events can sometimes trigger anti-Western demonstrations. There is the potential for increased tension on Fridays.”

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