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01.06.2021 news Private Security Firm Erroneously Leaks List of Nigeria’s High-Risk States

Published 1st Jun, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

A private security firm, PR24 Nigeria Limited, has listed the risk level of all the states in Nigeria, with 14 states rated high-risk while three were listed as being extreme.

The firm created keys which ranged from Level 1 (being the safest) and Level 5 (being the most dangerous).

Only Lagos State was assessed at Level 2, meaning that travellers should exercise increased levels of caution. The three states in Level 5 are Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states. Travel to those states was not advised.

The 14 states listed as high-risk fell under Level 4. These are states in the North-Central, such as Plateau and Taraba; the North-West, such as Kaduna, Zamfara, and Sokoto; and states from the South-East, such as Imo State and Enugu.

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FIJ observed that states from the South-West were assessed as medium risk, meaning that while travel security and journey management was advised, it was still relatively safe.

FIJ reached out to PR24 for comments on who made the assessment, what parameters were used and what experience did such people have in terms of security, but it said that the security assessment was erroneously made public. It further said the report was a private document that was meant for limited use within the operating context of a specific sector.

“The stats used are an aggregation of open-source reports and other operational networks,” an official said. “The aggregations are purely for private use and not public consumption.”

The reports of insecurity rocking the country have confirmed for many what they already thought to be true regarding the security situation of the country. On May 30 and 31, reports of Nigerian security forces picking up young men from hostels at the Imo State University, ahead of the Biafran commemoration, heightened the security situation in the country.

Another report of over 200 school children kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger State has added to the list of student kidnappings in the northern part of the country. The kidnapping comes days after students from a private university in Kaduna State, Greenfield University, were released.

Published 1st Jun, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

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