The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has advised Ghanaians not to visit Abuja, Nigeria, unless it is absolutely necessary.
This declaration comes after local Abuja officials voiced concerns about security.
The government claims that hotels operating in residential structures in Abuja have been ordered to close owing to the significant risk of terrorism, crime, intercommunal violence, armed attacks, and kidnappings.
According to a statement made by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and seen by GhanaWeb, Ghanaians who decide it is worthwhile to visit Abuja must exercise care.
When the situation in Abuja gets better, the ministry promised to monitor the situation and notify the public.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to inform the travelling public about security developments in Abuja, Nigeria and the subsequent directive by local authorities to hotels operating in residential buildings to shut down. Accordingly, the public is advised to avoid non-essential travel to Abuja due to the unpredictable security situation in the city and the high danger of terrorism, criminality, inter-communal conflict, armed attacks and kidnappings,”
“Whilst advising travellers who must travel out of necessity to Abuja to take precautionary measures, the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the public when the situation improves,” the statement concluded.