The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, UK, has issued a terror alert to its citizens living in Nigeria or planning to visit the country to be more vigilant during the Easter period.
This is coming with the increased incidences of isolated pockets of suicide bombings in Borno, the epi-centre of the Boko Haram terrorism.
The British Foreign Travel Advice page on the government’s website was updated on Friday, April 7, 2017 and “You should be particularly vigilant around the Easter period,” was added to the travel warning with a map.
It then provided an updated list of possible places that could be targeted by terrorist attacks in the country.
“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to: Borno; Yobe; Adamawa; Gombe; riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.
“The FCO also advises against all but essential travel to: Bauchi; Zamfara; Kano; Kaduna; Jigawa; Katsina; Kogi within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi states; Jos City in Plateau State; Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau; non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states; and Abia State,” the office said.
It noted that there was a continuing high threat from terrorism, adding that most attacks occurred in the North-East, particularly in Borno (including central Maiduguri and along access routes into the city), Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states.
The British government warned that major Northern towns and cities remained particularly at risk, including Kano, Kaduna, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.