UK Tells Citizens to Avoid Banks, ATMs, 23 States in Nigeria.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom has issued a second travel advisory to its citizens in Nigeria, cautioning them against potential risks and violence in certain areas of the country.
In the advisory released on February 15, 2023, the FCDO warned against areas with banks and ATMs, as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s redesigning and issuance of new notes has led to cash shortages.
The FCDO advised UK citizens to ensure that the notes provided by currency exchange vendors are valid for the duration of their stay in Nigeria.
“We advise travellers in Nigeria to exercise their judgement, including being aware of any large crowds or potential disturbances,” the FCDO said.
There have been outbreaks of violence in some Southern states due to the cash shortage, and the advisory urged travelers to exercise caution and avoid large crowds or potential disturbances.
The UK government also warned of a spike in criminal activity, advising its nationals to be extra cautious, especially when withdrawing cash in crowded spaces and during night hours.
The FCDO advised against traveling to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River States due to the heightened risk of violence.
Furthermore, movement restrictions may be enforced ahead of the general elections, with an increased risk of protests and violence.
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