Information Nigeria had reports that warning comes two days after an attack on the convoy of U.S. consulate workers in Ogbaru Local Government Area by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Tuesday.
Recall that the convoy carried nine Nigerian nationals: five employees of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria and four members of the Nigeria Police Force, who were travelling in advance of a planned visit by U.S. Mission personnel to a U.S.-funded flood response project in Anambra.
Sadly, nothing less than four members of the convoy were killed.
The UK issuing the warning through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), a department of the government of the United Kingdom on Thursday, cautioned the nationals against traveling to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River.
The advice read,
“The FCDO advise against all travel to the riverine areas (ie the river and swamp locations accessible by boat, but not by road) of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
“The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Abia State and non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States and now also to Anambra State in the Ogbaru area, close to Delta state.
“This follows an attack on a US diplomatic convoy on 16 May 2023. The incident is under investigation.”
“Secessionist groups are active in the South East and attacks and violent clashes often occur with the military and other security forces.
“Although foreign nationals are not normally targeted, there is a risk you could be caught in an attack. You should be alert to local government announcements and media reporting,” it added.