The government of Canada, citing strong security concerns, has warned its citizens not to travel to Nigeria.
The Justin Trudeau-led government, in a fresh travel advisory to its citizens, warned against non-essential travels to Nigeria due to the high level of insecurity and crime in the country.
Canadians who happened to be in Nigeria were advised to exercise a “high degree of caution.”
The travel advisory on Nigeria, issued on February 16, 2021, was rated as ‘Still Valid’ on February 21, 2021.
Canadians, in the travel advisory shared on a website of the Canadian government, travel.gc.ca, were advised 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 government of Canada, however, specifically warned the country’s nationals to “avoid all travel” to some parts of Nigeria, particularly the North-Western states including Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara, as well as well as the North-Eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe.
Other states Canadians were advised to avoid in Nigeria included Plateau, in the North-Central, and Niger Delta states – Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.
Two South-Eastern states – Imo and Anambra – were equally classified as places to avoid by Canadians in Nigeria.
The travel advisory noted that acts of terrorism and kidnapping were likely to occur in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states.
This is coming at a time when Nigeria I experiencing an increase in the rate of kidnap in Nigeria, especially in the northern region of the country.