Civil unrest continues in Nigeria

As many as 500 people were killed during civil unrest following the presidential elections. Many of the deaths occurred in Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf and Kafanchan. Allegations of election fraud provoked violent demonstrations in the northern part of the country. Churches, mosques, homes and shops have been set on fire and as many as 40,000 people have been displaced. A military-enforced curfew has controlled the violence in major cities but more remote towns remain vulnerable.

With upcoming elections for governor of most of Nigeria's states, there is concern for more election related violence.

Travellers should be aware of the risk of civil unrest associated with the elections in Nigeria and exercise considerable caution. Demonstrations should be avoided since they can become violent quickly. Many countries are advising their citizens to avoid all unnecessary travel to Nigeria.

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