Ghana Disowns Advisory Against Travel To Abuja
The Ghanaian government has denied issuing a travel advisory to its citizens to keep away from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
A notice which bears the logo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana had been in circulation on Wednesday evening.
It indicated that the Nigerian government had asked some hotels to close, citing “the directive by local authorities to hotels operating in residential buildings to shut down”.
The ministry allegedly said there was a “high danger of terrorism, criminality, inter-communal conflict, armed attacks, and kidnappings” in the state.
”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.”
However, in a post on its Twitter handle, the ministry reacted that the statement was unauthorised.