By Emmanuel Adeleke
Federal Government has advised Nigerians travelling to Europe and United States of America to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, said the advisory followed the recent attack on Nigerians in London and the stealing of their belongings, including passports.
“It has come to the attention of the government that
Nigerians travelling to the United States and some countries in Europe are having their belongings, especially, money and international passports, stolen at an increasingly high rate.
“The most recent victims of this are travellers to the UK, most of whom were dispossessed of their belongings at high brow shops, particularly in the high street of Oxford.
“We have therefore decided to advise Nigerians travelling to Europe and the United States to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.
“This is not your typical travel advisory. Issuing such is the prerogative of our embassies/high commissions as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is merely a piece of advice to Nigerians who may be visiting the affected parts of the world,” the minister said.