The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria announced on Thursday, April 11, that security forces evacuated a town in Borno state earlier in the week. According to the UN, up to 10,000 people were relocated from Jakana to Maiduguri without warning on the night (local time) of Monday, April 8. However, local officials initially stated that around 2000 people were moved. Military officials said that the town was evacuated as part of ongoing operations in the area to target Boko Haram militants.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. the states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) is highly susceptible to attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram and Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP). Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks have been on the rise since June 2017.
Individuals in Borno state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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