In an updated Travel Advisory from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), British nationals have been warned to avoid travelling to 22 states in Nigeria.
This is even as its Travel Advice for Abuja was downgraded from ‘Amber’ to ‘Green’ and advised against all but essential travel to Nigeria’s political capital.
FCDO warned that there continues to be a number of states in Nigeria where British Nationals are advised against all but essential travel.
“There continues to be a number of states in Nigeria where we advise British Nationals against all but essential travel,” the statement read.
“These 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.
We also advise against all travel to Borno State, Yobe State, Adamawa State, Gombe State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Zamfara state, and the riverine areas of Delta State, Bayelsa State, Rivers State, Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State.”
The FCDO said its travel advice is constantly reviewed to make sure it reflects the current situation in Abuja and Nigeria.
The statement also noted that the British High Commission in Abuja is open from Tuesday 8 November 2022 for normal services.
The UK and the United States had in October warned of possible terror attacks in Abuja, especially at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds gather. Both countries also commenced the evacuation of their citizens from the Nigerian political capital.
However, the Federal Government dismissed the terror alerts, saying the government won’t be stampeded and that Nigeria is safer than in May 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.