Ireland tags Nigeria security ‘high degree of caution’ for Irish travellers

Adamawa, Yobe, Abia, Borno others top list

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Ireland department of foreign affairs has described travel warnings to her citizen travelling or living in Nigeria as High Degree of Cautiob. By this, the department advised its citizen to exercise extreme caution while travelling to some part of the west africa country.
Among crimes listed as cautious include terrorism, kidnapping, political violence and religious crisis.
According ti the embassy’s website, it advises thus “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Nigeria”

“We advise against all travel to the following areas:
Adamawa state
Bauchi state
Borno state
Gombe state
Yobe state
The coastal and river areas of the Niger Delta states (Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Cross River and Rivers states).
The part of Zamfara state within 20km of the border with Niger.
We advise against all but essential travel to the following areas:

Abia State
Akwa Ibom State
Bayelsa State
Delta State
Katsina State
Kebbi State
Kogi State
Jigawa State
Jos city, Riyom and Barkin Ladi in Plateau State
Rivers State
Sokoto State
Zamfara State
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There are reports of criminal intent to target areas around international hotels in Abuja. It is likely that these potential attacks would be carried out by armed gangs. At this time of heightened threat, avoid loitering outside hotel security cordons and be extra vigilant when travelling in their vicinity.

There are reports of an ongoing outbreak of Meningitis in the North West and North Central regions of Nigeria. There is therefore an urgent need to be on the alert and to understand how to recognise the potential symptoms of this disease. More information on the disease and its symptoms is available online the World Health Organisation. Any travellers who experience the symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

The security situation remains uncertain.

Be aware that there is an ongoing bombing campaign by the Boko Haram insurgency which has caused substantial loss of life.

In the event that you encounter difficulties in the areas where the Department advises against all or all but essential travel to, any assistance that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or our Embassy in Abuja may be able to provide, is likely to be extremely limited. Before considering travel to these areas, we advise you to take professional security advice.

For all other areas, we advise you to take additional security precautions. These might include: having the name and phone number of the driver collecting you at the airport; being wary of any last-minute driver changes; planning in advance how you are getting to and back from each meeting; considering a security escort if travelling in rural areas or at night-time; varying your routines; keeping others informed of your travel plans; following the security advice of your employer; staying only in secure accommodation; and reviewing your security measures regularly.

In parts of Nigeria, particularly the northern states and the Niger Delta area, there is a high threat from domestic terrorism.

There is a high risk of kidnapping throughout Nigeria. We advise to take security precautions along the lines mentioned above. In addition, when arranging appointments in Nigeria, ensure that the attendees are known to you and that the meeting is held in a secure location. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere. There are reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are continuing to actively plan to kidnap foreigners, including in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis.

The Middle Belt states often experience outbreaks of localised violence, linked to civil unrest, land disputes and elections and occurring at short notice. Such outbreaks can often be quickly followed by localised curfews imposed by the authorities. You are advised to avoid large crowds, political rallies, demonstrations and any large public gathering.

Travellers to Nigeria should bear these factors in mind and pay careful attention to local news prior to travel to Nigeria.

Citizens travelling for essential business, or who are currently resident in Nigeria, should register their details” the information on the website said.

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