By Yusuf Alli and Onyedi Ojiabor, Abuja
Nigerians travelling to the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom (UK) and Europe have been advised to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.
Information Culture and Tourism Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the advice yesterday in Abuja at the opening of the fifth edition of the ‘President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series’.
He said the Fed Government was worried at the rate Nigerians have being losing cash, international passports and belongings in the two countries.
The minister said: “Permit me to quickly make an announcement. It has come to the attention of the government that Nigerian travellers to the United States and some countries in Europe are having their belongings, especially money and international passports, stolen at an increasingly high rate.
“The most recent victims of this are travelers to the UK, most of whom were dispossessed of their belongings at highbrow shops, particularly in the high street of Oxford.
“We have therefore decided to advise Nigerians travelling to Europe and the United States to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings.
“It is merely a piece of advice to Nigerians who may be visiting the affected parts of the world.”
But none of the embassies was willing last night to respond to the minister’s claims.
A top diplomat said: “It is an attention-seeking statement because his assumptions were contradictory and baseless.
“He didn’t present statistics of victims or any shred of evidence to buttress his phantom claims.
“The good thing is that he didn’t talk of security breaches or threats. He decided to embark on a wild goose chase.”
Another source from one of the European countries simply said: “No comment at all.”
A third source added: “Only the minister can explain his motive. No facts and figures.”
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