ABUJA: THE Australian Embassy in Abuja has reviewed and reissued a travel advisory in some states across Nigeria owing to recent acts of terror. The review was disclosed in a document sent its citizens, and obtained by this publication on Thursday.
The Embassy advised Australian journalists interested in travelling to Nigeria to obtain special accreditation if working in areas of the Niger Delta or in conflict zones. “We have lowered the travel advice level for the states of Anambra, Cross Rivers, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo. We now advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in these states,” the embassy said.
It advised nationals against all travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Yobe States and to the riverine areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Rivers States.
“We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel elsewhere in Nigeria due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, the high risk of kidnapping, the unpredictable security situation, the heightened risk of violent civil unrest and the high level of violent crime. Journalists may require special accreditation if working in areas of the Niger Delta or in conflict zones and under Safety and security,” read the document said.
The Embassy also advises Australians to reconsider the need to travel to Nigeria due to the high threat of terrorist attack, high threat of kidnapping and unpredictable security situation. “We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Nigeria due to the high threat of terrorist attack, the high threat of kidnapping, the unpredictable security situation, the possibility of violent civil unrest and the high level of violent crime.”
It also Australian who decides to travel to Nigeria to exercise extreme caution because the security situation could deteriorate without warning. “You could be caught up in violence directed at others,” warned the Embassy.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY