Britain advises citizens against traveling to 12 Nigerian states

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The United Kingdom has advised its citizens in Nigeria to steer clear of 12 states in Nigeria, saying Boko Haram insurgents were likely to kidnap foreign nationals.

According to various reports, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, which announced this in a travel advisory for its nationals weekend, said there was a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria for ideological, financial or political gain.

The states include Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.

The advisory read:  “The groups have previously shown intent and capability to conduct kidnaps in Nigeria. Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely targets for kidnap.

The British government also advised its citizens to be careful as events to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests might lead to additional protests in Lagos and Abuja, adding also that the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, scheduled for October 21 might lead to protests and heightened security presence in Abuja and the South-East.