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Australia warns against visit to Nigeria

07 June 2013, 10:10Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Australia dissuaded its citizens from traveling to Nigeria due to the political turmoil in some parts of the West African country.

Political and Economic Research Officer at the Australian High Commission to Nigeria, Mirella Ajibade, said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommended their citizens did not travel to a number of states in northern Nigeria and in the Niger Delta, due to heightened risks emanating from terrorist activities.

“The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not list Nigeria among countries its citizens should avoid totally. It recommends that they reconsider their travel plans to Nigeria at this time due to security risks in parts of the country such as crime levels, terrorist activity, kidnapping and local unrest,” said Ajibade.

He said Australia viewed terrorism as a global challenge, and supported Nigeria’s efforts to combat terrorism.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed as a result of terror acts blamed on the book Haram sect.

“Australia has supported the fight against terrorism by funding such activities as capacity building workshops on counter-radicalisation managed by the United Nations and supporting a study tour to Australia for Nigerian officials working in this field including exchanges of information with Australian experts.”

Australia is also a member of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum, and works with Nigeria on capacity building in that context.

– CAJ News



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