Security alert: Delta tackles British High Commissioner over kidnap

The Delta State Government has tackled the British High Commission in Nigeria over a statement on the security situation in the state.

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office had advised its citizens in Nigeria to steer clear of 12 states in the country, saying Boko Haram insurgents were likely to kidnap foreign nationals

The states are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.

Reacting to the statement, the state Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, urged members of the public to disregard it and insisted that Delta State was safe.

He said, “We are surprised that the British High Commission has included Delta in the statement.

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“We wish to urge the general public to disregard the advisory, because our Delta is safe and peaceful.

“Delta is welcoming to tourists and investors all year round. There is no threat to security in Delta.

“We don’t know where and why the advisory is coming from, but we want to believe that it may have been an error.”

The commissioner noted that only recently, the British High Commissioner visited Delta and even toured some communities in the state without any army tank accompanying him.

Aniagwu said Boko Haram was restricted to the northern part of the country and not the southern part and Delta State in particular.

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