Abuja - Australia dissuaded its citizens from traveling to Nigeria owing to the political volatility in the country.
The travel alert Peter Showell, the Consular Trainer at Foreign Affairs and Trade issued on Thursday morning, argued alleged militants might be planning to kidnap expatriates in the Kashimbila area in the Taraba State, one of several states that are a bedrock of terror activities blamed on the Boko Haram sect.
“We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nigeria at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, the high risk of kidnapping, the unpredictable security situation, the heightened risk of violent civil unrest and the high level of violent crime,” Showell warned.
If Australians decided to travel to Nigeria, he said, they should exercise extreme caution as the security situation could deteriorate without warning and they could be caught in the crossfire.
The warning came on the wake of extremist groups recently threatening to carry out attacks against government facilities and personnel, hotels, educational facilities, prominent foreign individuals, churches and other places of worship, media offices, markets and mass transit facilities.
“Future terrorist attacks are likely and could be indiscriminate, targeting government and security institutions, international organisations, diplomatic premises, financial institutions, oil facilities and infrastructure as well as public areas such as markets, hotels, licensed premises, shopping centres, places of worship and other areas frequented by Westerners,” Showell said.
Among the potentially volatile areas he mentioned include Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Yobe and Adamawa.
"If Australians are in these areas, they should leave immediately," said Showell.