Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, stated that the recent travel advisory on Nigeria’s security situation was consistent with the United Kingdom government’s security assistance to Nigeria and Africa.
Laing made the announcement while appearing as a special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum on Sunday in Abuja.
Laing stated that the initial threat that prompted the advice warning British citizens about the security threat in Abuja had been managed and that the advice had been reverted.
“Until we were made aware of the specific security in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was always green, and we have now reverted to green.”
“However, we are confident that the specific threat we were concerned about has been addressed.”
“Of course, the Nigerian government must take the lead on this; the various agencies are working incredibly hard to gather intelligence to process and follow leads.”
“Our job as the UK is to support Nigeria, and we have a security defense partnership with Nigeria that covers a wide range of issues.”
“One aspect is counter-terrorism assistance.” So we provide military training, such as counter-explosives training, so that your soldiers can spot explosives and dismantle them if they see one.
“So, we’re here to help, but it’s obviously up to the Nigerian government and military to take the lead on security,” Laing said.
In response to a question about whether the UK government consulted with Nigerian security agencies before issuing the travel warning, Laing stated that the UK informed the Nigerian government before making it public.
“However, we have a duty to notify our citizens if we are concerned about a security threat.” Of course, that information is available to everyone, and anyone can sign up for a travel alert from us.
“So, you have travel advice, everyone has travel advice, and so we talked carefully to the Nigerian government, but we also have to alert our citizens and indeed anyone who wants to read,” Laing said.