Ghana has warned its citizens against travelling to Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory capital (FCT), citing unpredictable security situations in the FCT.
In a statement released on Wednesday by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, cited by Nigerian Tribune, Ghana advised its citizens to take precautionary measures if they must travel to the FCT out of necessity.
According to the statement: “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”.
This is coming after American, United Kingdom and other foreign embassies in Nigeria, gave the same terror alert to their citizens in the country and those intending to visit the country.
The Ghanian Foreign and Regional Integration Ministry cited the warning Nigerian Tribune reported on November, 3 2022, as the cause of the alert, where the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), via Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency (AMMC), said it would take all necessary punitive measures against hotels operating in residential areas in Abuja after the expiration of a two-week ultimatum given to them.
AMMC had in the said report regretted that these unregistered hospitality facilities provides avenues for criminal elements to hide and perpetrate their crimes, and insisted that all hotels, and the likes, must henceforth profile all their guests and liaise with relevant security agencies with a view to nipping the crimes and criminalities in the bud.
As at the time of filling the report, Police Public Relations Officer of FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, was yet to respond when contacted about the incident.
By Fatima Abubakar.