Prince Charles
The Nigerian leader receives the next in line to the British throne

Security concerns in Jos, Plateau State, forced Prince Charles to cancel his planned trip to the state following months of deadly clashes between herders and farmers.

The Prince and his wife, Camilla, arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja on Tuesday, on the tail end of a West African tour that has included Gambia and Ghana.

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They were expected to travel to Jos on Thursday, the last day of their stay, to discuss peace-building and conflict resolution.

“Due to operational constraints beyond our control, we have decided at this time not to include Jos during their royal highnesses’ visit to Nigeria,” said a British foreign office spokeswoman on Monday.

“We are delighted to have an exciting programme of activity in Abuja and Lagos which will showcase those issues close to the Prince’s and the Duchess’s hearts.

“The decision was taken upon advice from the Nigerian government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit.”

Jos, the Plateau state capital of about one million people, is nestled in the hills of central Nigeria and has frequently been a scene of violence.