Do not travel to Anambra, six other states – UK warns citizens

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The United Kingdom (UK) has warned its citizens not to travel to specific states in Nigeria following the attack on the US (US) embassy convoy in Anambra.

Nigeria said the alert comes two days after an attack on the convoy of US consulate employees in Ogbaru local government area by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Tuesday.

Recall that the convoy was carrying nine Nigerians: five US Mission staff members in Nigeria and four Nigeria Police Force members, who were traveling ahead of a scheduled visit by US Mission staff to a US-funded flood control project. United States in Anambra.

Unfortunately, no fewer than four members of the convoy lost their lives.

The UK, through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), a department of the UK government, warned citizens on Thursday not to travel to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River. The advice was,
“The FCDO advises against all travel to the riverine areas (i.e. riverine and wetland areas accessible by boat, but not by road) of the Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.

“The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Abia State and non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States and now to Anambra State in Ogbaru area, near Delta State.

“This follows an attack on a US diplomatic convoy on May 16, 2023. The incident is under investigation.”

“Secessionist groups are active in the southeast and there are frequent attacks and violent clashes with the army and other security forces.

“Although strangers are not normally targeted, there is a risk of being caught in an attack. You should pay attention to local government announcements and media coverage,” he said.

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