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General News of Tuesday, 7 November 2023


Terror Alert: Canadian embassy shuts operations in Nigeria, warns citizens against travelling

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Canada has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria and advised against nonessential travel due to security concerns.

This move follows similar actions taken by the United States and the United Kingdom, AOL reported.

A fire at the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria resulted in casualties, but the Nigerian President's spokesperson did not provide specific numbers.

The statement reads: "President Tinubu prays for the repose of the departed souls and wishes all injured persons a rapid and full recovery."

The High Commission of Canada did not comment on the fire but announced a suspension of operations.

The embassy's travel advisory cited unpredictable security conditions, terrorism, crime, inter-communal conflicts, armed attacks, and kidnappings as reasons for caution.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, focused on economic issues, has not yet detailed a plan to address the country's widespread insecurity, including insurgency and kidnappings. The United States and the United Kingdom also expressed concerns about security in Nigeria, particularly in major cities.

It's worth noting that Western countries often issue travel warnings in Nigeria, which the Nigerian government often dismisses.