In the latest foreign travel advice to its citizens, the United Kingdom (UK) advised its citizens residing or visiting Nigeria against going to 19 states in Nigeria during the election period.
the UK noted that due to high tensions which may arise in these states ahead, during or after the elections may result to violence against her citizens. The UK noted that the election could be disrupted on very short notice with protests and demonstrations.
UK also added that attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests, as well as places visited by tourists.
The spokesperson also noted that “Presidential elections will take place in Nigeria on 16 February. In the run-up to the in, protests in Abuja and other Nigerian cities including Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Rivers are becoming increasingly frequent. Public gatherings and demonstrations may take place at short notice and have the potential to turn violent. You should avoid rallies, public gatherings, and tensions which, and monitor local media.
“The presidential elections could lead to the disruption of travel as a result of potential curfews or road blocks over the weekend of 16 and 17 February. Travel restrictions could also affect passengers arriving or departing from Lagos and Abuja international airports.”
The state which were identified as potential ares where violence could occure are; Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River, and within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.
Others are: Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Abia, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi, non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers.
The UK also predicted the possibilities of terrorist attacks and kidnapping in the country.
The UK advised its citizens to “avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people”.