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Australia dissuades citizens from Nigeria violence

10 February 2015, 19:10

Abuja - Australia has warned its citizens in Nigeria of the escalating terror and the possibility of violence amid the rescheduling of the polls.

The caution was carried in a travel advice, obtained by this publication in Abuja, sent to citizens on Tuesday.

“General elections in Nigeria, originally scheduled for 14 February 2015, have been postponed to 28 March 2015. You (citizens) should exercise a heightened level of caution in the lead up to and during the election period and avoid political events, rallies and protests given the potential for violence,” read part of the document.

Also read: Election to be postponed amidst Boko Haram violence

Australia warned citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in the states of Anambra, Cross Rivers, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ovo and not to travel to the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Yobe states and to the riverine areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Rivers

The Embassy also advised Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nigeria due to the high threat of Boko Haram attacks and threats of abductions.

“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Nigeria due to the high threat of terrorist attack, the high threat of kidnapping, the unpredictable security situation, the possibility of violent civil unrest and the high level of violent crime.”

- CAJ News


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