It has been ten years since Boko Haram insurgents invaded the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, where many residents say life has been set back decades.
Nigeria is in a delicate internal situation where terrorism is no longer the sole cause of instability. Boko Haram killed 30 people in a suicide attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria's second-largest city, on Saturday. The explosion also follows a series of diminished conventional Boko Haram attacks, but also a warning that suicide bombings and homemade bombings could continue. This is the latest incident to highlight the growing danger to civilians along the main road linking Borno state to the rest of Nigeria.
If you have received an email from the British High Commission in Nigeria asking for your bank details and money, please contact us immediately. If you are asked by a relative or friend to transfer money to Nigeria, make sure it is not part of a scam and that you properly check with the person who receives the money from whom you are requesting a transfer. Sign up for updates and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates on this and other topics.
If you work in northern Nigeria, you should make sure your employer gives you information about where you live, work and work in northeastern Nigeria. If you plan to cross into Nigeria by land, please check with the local authorities for the latest information. When arranging a meeting in Nigeria, hold it in a safe place and make sure that you know the participants. There is no need to get out of the North East in an emergency, even if you work or live there.
Additional checks should be carried out at border crossings, particularly in the north of the country, and at all other entry points into Nigeria.
The FCDO advises against the re-entry of illegal immigrants at all border crossings, especially in the north-west and south-east of Nigeria. The F CDOs advise the immediate removal of all illegal aliens and their families from their homes and other places of residence.
Insecurity in rural areas in the north-west of the country is a problem Nigeria must deal with if it is to prevent the spread of Boko Haram and ISWAP. Extreme violence by armed opposition groups is being exacerbated in this context, and the civilian population in northeastern Nigeria has been targeted. If you are resident in Nigeria, live or work in Nigeria and are concerned about the security situation in your home state or any other part of your country, watch developments and announcements by your government as the threat of retaliatory attacks increases. Nigerian military against Boko Haram: Amnesty International has documented the continued arbitrary detention by the military during the conflict between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram.
People receive scam emails - emails purporting to come from the British High Commission in Nigeria. British citizens visiting friends and relatives are particularly vulnerable to being kidnapped for ransom and are often perceived as more prosperous than locals. Although some kidnappings are terrorism-related, ransom demands are common, with foreigners and high-ranking Nigerians frequently targeted.
Nigeria's current constitution was adopted in 1999 and restored democratic rule in Nigeria, ending 30 years of military rule. The Nigerian army receives military support from the United States, supported by the State Department and the United Nations Security Council. The Niger Delta is one of the most violent areas in the country, with high levels of violence and poverty.
Maiduguri has an international airport that remains open, but the city is under a nighttime curfew and trucks are prevented from entering the city. President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency across northeastern Nigeria, including Borno state, on March 31, 2014 in response to the Boko Haram attack. The Nigerian army has been battling Boko Haram, with fragile peace returning in some cities, pushing the militants from their strongholds in cities to outskirts such as Kano, the state's capital, and the northeastern city of Maiduguru. The city remains under military control, led by the Nigerian army under the command of General Muhammadu Buhari, a former chief of staff to Nigerian President General Yahya Waziri Abubakar. On 30 March 2015, after a series of terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria, including in Borno state, President Badruddin Abdulla, the head of military operations in Nigeria and a senior military officer, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria. Heavy goods vehicles are prevented from entering the city: all cities have an overnight curfew, and lorry traffic is prevented from entering and leaving the city. A state of emergency was declared on Saturday 29 March 2016, three days after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency over northeastern Nigeria, including Borno state.
Boko Haram carried out attacks in Maiduguri and Borno state, cutting them off from the rest of Nigeria. Reports of increasing isolation in Maiduguri followed the closure of power lines into the city.