India has issued a travel warning to its nationals in Nigeria urging them to be cautious while visiting the oil-rich nation’s troubled north-eastern region, where a state of emergency had been declared last month.

The High Commission of India in Nigeria, on its website, urged its nationals living in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states “to weigh their options and consider relocation until the security situation settles down.”

The emergency rule had been declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in the three states on May 14 after the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram continued their campaign of terror by killing security, government officials, traditional rulers and civilians.

More than 2,000 persons have been killed since 2009 when terror groups started their activities in the country.

The high commission advised those planning to visit the three states to consider postponing their visits until security situation settles down.

“Indian nationals who decide to continue living in or visit these states are cautioned to be extra vigilant and take all possible security measures for their protection,” the statement said.

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