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Nigeria: Security

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Nigeria. (204325)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) reviews the security situation in Nigeria continually and its assessment is reflected in the FCO’s Travel Advice.

We advise against all travel to some of the Niger Delta States (Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers, including Port Harcourt) and riverine areas of the Cross River State. We advise British nationals in these states to leave. Additionally, the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Akwa Ibom State. This advice is due to the high risk to individuals of kidnapping, armed robbery and other armed attacks in these areas.

The FCO does not advise against travel to other areas of Nigeria. However, travellers should be aware of an increase in violent street crime in the south of the country. Demonstrations and outbreaks of localised civil unrest and violence can occur with little notice throughout the country. We continue to keep the security situation in Nigeria under review and update our travel advice accordingly.