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Australian and Canadian authorities have warned their citizens to be on high security alert while traveling to and moving around Nigeria.
This followed a similar alarm by the US and UK, warning of a likely terrorist attack in Abuja.
The US followed up the warning by directing an evacuation of its citizens and embassy staff in Nigeria.
The Australian government in its advisory asked her citizens to reassess the need to embark on a travel to Nigeria.
The Australian government named Abuja and areas surrounding it as places prone to attack by terrorists and kidnapping.
It stated, “The potential for terrorism, kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest remains high throughout Nigeria. If, despite our advice, you undertake travel within Nigeria, research routes and get professional security advice and support before departing.”
The advisory added that people who have to travel to Nigeria are at risk of terrorist attacks, kidnappings violent civil unrest, and crime.
The Canadian authorities in its warning, asked citizens to reconsider non-essential travel to Nigeria, “including in Abuja, due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks, and kidnappings”.
Meanwhile, security personnel have been reported to be working hard to thwart any plans by non-state actors to attack the country’s capital and its surroundings
Source: Daily Trust