The Australian government has warned its citizens against travelling to Nigeria over the recent flooding that has ravaged some parts of the country.
This was contained in a travel advisory issued to Australians on the consulate’s website.
“There have been significant casualties and widespread damage to infrastructure caused by severe flooding. Essential services may be disrupted. Follow the advice of local authorities and check the media for updates,” the advisory read.
“The potential for terrorism, kidnapping, crime and civil unrest remains high throughout Nigeria.
The consulate further alerted its citizens to research routes and get professional security advice and support before departing to Nigeria if there’s any need to be there.
However, the Australian consulate gave a long list of states in the country they want their citizens to avoid, including Abuja and its surrounding areas due to terrorist attacks and kidnapping threats.
“Reconsider your need to travel to Nigeria overall, including the capital Abuja and surrounding areas, due to high threats of terrorist attack and kidnapping, the volatile security situation, possible violent civil unrest and high levels of violent crime.
“Do not travel to Adamawa, Anambra, Akawa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross Rivers, Delta, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States.
Giving tips on what to do if, in the aforementioned states (locations), the consulate advised that its citizens should consider leaving immediately or get professional security advice as their travel policy might be void.