You May Lose Your Belongings – FG Tells Nigerians Travelling Abroad
The minister stated that the warning was essential for the safety of Nigerian visitors visiting the US and Europe.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The Ministry of Information and Culture has warned Nigerians traveling to Europe and America to be cautious with their possessions.
On November 28, 2022, the advice was given by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, as part of the “PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series.”
The series, which began airing in October, is intended to highlight the accomplishments of the Buhari Administration.
He said it has come to the attention of the government that Nigerian travelers to the US and countries in Europe “are having their belongings, especially money and international passports, stolen at an increasingly high rate.”
The minister disclosed that Nigerians visiting Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, had been the most recent victims of this situation.
According to the Federal Government, these victims were robbed of their cash, passports, and other valuables at upscale stores, mainly on Oxford’s high street.
The government said that other Nigerians had also experienced passport and money theft in the US and the UK.
“We have therefore decided to advise Nigerians traveling to Europe and the United States to take extra precautions to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.”
But he quickly clarified that this information is just meant to serve as guidance to anyone who might be considering traveling to the US or Europe, not as a limitation on travel.
“This is not your typical travel advisory. Issuing such is the prerogative of our embassies/high commissions as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
The minister claimed that the warning was essential for the safety of Nigerian tourists visiting the US and Europe.
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