Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled elections Kogi and Bayelsa states on Saturday, November 16. Notably, the British government has warned its citizens to refrain from traveling in Kogi and Beyelsa states around the elections due to the risk of politically motivated violence.
Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions should be anticipated around polling sites and political gatherings. Clashes between supporters of different political parties, as well as associated arrests, cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Kogi and Bayelsa states are advised to monitor developments, avoid large, public gatherings and polling sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments .
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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