6 places you must never visit in Nigeria – UK government advises residents (FULL LIST)

The UK government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released travel advise on many Nigerian states.

Below is a list of Nigerian states they are advised never to travel to:

1. Borno state

2. Yobe state

3. Adamawa state

4. Gombe state

5. Riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states

6. Within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara state

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The red parts of the map should be avoided at all costs according to the UK government

The red parts of the map should be avoided at all costs according to the UK government

The FCO also advises that all tourists should not travel to the following states unless absolutely essential:

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1. Bauchi state

2. Zamfara state

3. Kano state

4. Kaduna state

5. Jigawa state

6. Katsina state

7. Kogi state

8. within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi states

9. Jos City in Plateau state

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10. Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau state

11. Non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers state

12. Abia state

Below are some reasons given by the FCO:

1. Terrorism

There is a continuing high threat from terrorism. Most attacks occur in the north east, particularly in Borno (including central Maiduguri and along access routes into the city), Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe States.

Also, There have also been significant attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Bauchi, Abuja and Gombe. Further attacks could occur anywhere. Major towns and cities remain particularly at risk, including Kano and Kaduna, and Abuja as the federal capital.

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2. Public places

The UK government also says attacks have taken place in public or crowded places, including places of worship, markets and displacement camps.

Terrorists should avoid public places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and insecure public spaces like markets and transport hubs.

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3. Kidnap

There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria especially in the Kogi region. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere in Nigeria. Kidnaps can be for financial or political gain, and can be motivated by criminality or terrorism.

4. Violent crime

The government also advised tourists that demonstrations and civil unrest can occur at short notice so they should follow news reports and be alert to developments and if they become aware of any nearby protests, they should leave the area immediately.

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5. Natural disasters

The FCO also warns that flash flooding can occur during the wet season (June to October). There is a greater risk from water-borne diseases during the rainy season.

Meanwhile the Nigerian Ministry of Transportation has announced the closure of Abuja airport (Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport) from March 8 to 18 April 2017. This is for essential runway maintenance.

NAIJ.com made a video of the Abuja airport and the ongoing work on it. Watch the video below:

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