Ghana disowns alert advising against non-essential travel to Nigeria


Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has disowned a security advisory issued on Wednesday, warning her citizens from travelling to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It indicated that Nigeria asked some hotels to close, citing “the directive by local authorities to hotels operating in residential buildings to shut down.”

It also said there was a “high danger of terrorism, criminality, inter-communal conflict, armed attacks, and kidnappings.”

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to refer to the travel advisory published this evening, Wednesday 16th November, 2022 advising against non-essential travel to Abuja and wishes to state that the statement was unauthorized,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Ministry is not aware of any threat targeted at Ghanaians who continue to live in harmony with their Nigerian brothers and sisters.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration regrets any inconvenience this may have caused to the travelling public,” the statement added.

Earlier, the US, UK and Canadian governments had issued a security alert warning of increased terror attacks in Nigeria, particularly, the federal capital territory (FCT).

According to the alert published on the US website, the country warned its citizens in Nigeria against visiting recreational centres, hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, and government buildings, including schools, markets as well as places of worship said to be targeted by terrorists.

However, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) , in an updated advisory released on November 7, dropped its warning against travel to the FCT but warned of a small level of risk in the country’s capital.

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