Friday, January 21

#EndSARS: UK warns of fresh protests in South-East, Lagos, others

Ahead of the first anniversary of public protests by Nigerian youths against police brutality, code named EndSARS, and the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, the United Kingdom has warned its citizens in the country to avoid large gatherings.

According to a statement published on its website on Friday, the UK told its citizens to monitor the local media for information on possible protests in different parts of the country.

The statement read in part, “Events to mark the one-year anniversary of #EndSARS protests are likely to take place nationally, week commencing 18 October. There may be protests and a heightened security presence in major cities such as Lagos and Abuja.

“In parallel, the high-profile trial date of a separatist leader is also scheduled for 21 October in Abuja. There may be additional protests and a heightened security presence in Abuja and in the South-East for this reason. In all areas affected, you should monitor local media, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.”

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“Since August 9, there has been an increase in protests and demonstrations in the South-East region of Nigeria. Protests, including ‘Stay at Home’ protests, are likely during October in the South East region. There have been reports of violence during Stay at Home protests previously. You should monitor local media, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings and follow any instructions from local police and security forces.

The statement added “There have been a number of attacks and targeted killings in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria, including in the states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Edo and Ebonyi. Some of these attacks have been on isolated roads and in remote locations, but there is a chance that they could occur in metropolitan areas.

“There is also a heightened risk of indiscriminate attacks on police and security infrastructure, which may inadvertently affect bystanders. A number of states have imposed curfews. Travelers to these regions are advised to exercise caution if travelling in remote areas at night and follow local news and information outlets for further information, including on local curfews.”

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