On 14 May 2013, the Nigerian Government declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. Military operations are now ongoing in the 3 States and curfews have been announced.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Nigeria. There is a threat of retaliatory attacks following the declared state of emergency and subsequent military operations in Nigeria. There is also a threat of retaliatory attacks in Nigeria due to its participation in the intervention in Mali.
There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere in Nigeria. Kidnaps can be for financial or political gain, and can be motivated by criminality or terrorism.
The level of consular assistance available to British nationals in areas where we advise against all or all but essential travel is limited.
Demonstrations and civil unrest can occur at short notice. Follow news reports and be alert to developments. If you become aware of any nearby protests you should leave the area immediately. A number of curfews are in force. See Local travel and Political situation
Before considering any travel, take professional security advice. Be vigilant at all times, keep others informed of your travel plans and vary your routines. You should follow your employer’s security advice, make sure your accommodation is secure and review your security measures regularly.
Violent crime is common in the south of the country, including Lagos. See Crime
Flash flooding can occur during the wet season (June to October). There is a greater risk from water-borne diseases during the rainy season.