Ghana urges citizens to avoid Abuja, Nigeria’s FCT

The Republic of Ghana has, Wednesday, urged its citizens not to travel to Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, over security threats.

This is coming after the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Turkey, and Austria, had warned their citizens not to visit the nation’s capital.

An advisory issued by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration read: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to inform the traveling public about security developments in Abuja, Nigeria, and the subsequent directive by local authorities to hotels operating in residential buildings to shut down.

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“Accordingly, the public is advised to avoid non-essential travel to Abuja, due to the unpredictable security situation in the city, and the high danger of terrorism, criminality, inter-communal conflict, armed attacks, and kidnappings.

“Whilst advising travelers who must travel out of necessity to Abuja to take precautionary measures, the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the public when the situation improves.”

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It will be recalled that US Mission in October had directed its non-emergency staff to immediately depart from Nigeria over the fear of a possible terror attack in Abuja.

According to them “there is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations. The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice.”

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