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Advisory on non-essential trips to Abuja unauthorised, says Ghana

The Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said that it is not aware of any security alert warning its citizen against non-essential…

The Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said that it is not aware of any security alert warning its citizen against non-essential travel to Nigeria. 

The ministry noted this in a statement on Wednesday in Accra, the country’s capital city.

The US, UK and Canadian governments had issued a security alert warning of increased terror attacks in Nigeria, particularly, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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

However, the Ghana ministry said an unauthorised travel advisory restricting Ghanaians from travelling to Nigeria for unimportant matters was published on November 16.

But hours after the news went viral, Ghana issued a new statement, distancing itself from the previous one.

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

“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.”