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Nigeria Travel Advisory: Imo State



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Imo State is located in the southeast region of the country. Formed in 1976 when it split from the former East-Central State, Imo State is bordered by Abia State on the east, Delta State to the West, Anambra State on the north, and Rivers State to the south.

The state capital, Owerri, is often described as the entertainment capital of Nigeria.

Travel Advisory: June 2021

As the agitations by IPOB and affiliate ESN elements enters a new phase, several attacks by ‘unknown’ gunmen have been recorded against law enforcement formations in Awo Omamma Community, Oru East LGA, Idemili Community in Orsu LGA, and Obowo Divisional Police headquarters in Umuolowu, Isiala Mbano Divisional headquarters in Umuelemai and the Aboh Mbaise Divisional headquarters in Aboh Mbaise LGA.

The state also carries a high risk of militancy and travellers are advised to actively avoid possible flashpoints of violence.

With elements suspected to be Eastern Security Network (ESN) active in the state, large gatherings carry higher levels of risk due to possible GSF raids in a bid to apprehend members of the proscribed group.

Kidnap is also a major threat in the state, and kidnap syndicates are now increasingly active within the metropolis, as they seek to exploit the gaps and secondary insecurity outcomes created by the attacks on law enforcement.

Additional layers of security may be required to ensure personal safety while travelling within the area and general business travel should be within the hours of 0900 to 1700hrs.

Importantly, alternatives to physical meetings involving travel into the state should be explored.

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