The Government of Canada has warned its citizens against non-essential travel to the West African country.
It also cautioned its nationals 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, intercommunal 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”.