Police React To UK’s Warning Against Travelling To 21 States In Nigeria

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Police in Nigeria have countered claims by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom that some states in Nigeria were unsafe, Concise News reports.

The FCO, according to a statement on its website, listed Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, “riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States within 20 kilometres of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.

It also warned against travelling to Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi and within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States, non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia States.

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“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Most attacks occur in the northeast, particularly in Borno (including central Maiduguri and along access routes connecting the city to other major towns and along the Niger border, including in Damasak), Yobe, including the eastern LGAs bordering Borno State both north and south of the Damaturu road), and Adamawa States,” the FCO statement read.

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But spokesman for the Nigerian police, DSP Frank Mba, faulted the claims by the FCO.

“While the Nigeria Police acknowledge that Nigeria is not without some security challenges, just like other nations of the world, including the advanced democracies, we wish to restate that Nigeria remains one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. It is a safe country with its own peculiar socio-economic and security challenges,” Mba said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“We therefore wish to reassure Nigerians and the international community of their safety and the commitment of the police and other security agencies to continue to provide effective security services to the nation.”

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