The Australian government has declared twenty Nigerian states including the federal capital territory, Abuja as red zones, warning its citizens to avoid them for cogent reasons.
In a statement released on Wednesday on the country’s travel advisory website, the Australian government sighted insecurity, and natural disasters including floods among others as reasons why the citizens should avoid visiting Nigeria, better still the listed states for the time being.
The states declared as red zones by the Australian government include Adamawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross Rivers, Delta, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States.
The world’s sixth-largest country maintained that terrorism, kidnapping and other criminal activities, as well as the recent floods which have ravaged parts of the country, were the reasons its citizens should reconsider making trips to the most African populous country.
It, however, advised its people that they must make a thorough study about the routes to use and get professional security advice if their trips to Nigeria are important.
“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 potential for terrorism, kidnapping, crime and civil unrest remains high throughout Nigeria. If, despite our advice, you undertake travel within Nigeria, research routes and get professional security advice and support before departing,” the country noted in the statement.
It added: “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.”