United States Embassy in Nigeria warns Americans in the country to “avoid areas affected by the protests”. An advisory on its website and social media handles says “multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria… We continue to urge all U.S. citizens to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and to check local media for updates and traffic advisories. Continue to be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests”.
The security alert which was issued after the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government says “Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges. Some police stations have been targeted. Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19 due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00 p.m. on October 20. Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow”.
In the message for American Citizens title “Demonstration Alert”, they are advised to “Avoid the areas of the demonstration(s) and take the following actions: Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests; Keep a low profile; Be aware of your surroundings;
Monitor local media for updates and Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria”.
This is the second time the American Embassy in Nigeria will issue a security alert over the #EndSARS protests in the last 7 days.
Though the American Government is yet to officially comment on the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady, Hillary Clinton in a tweet asks President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to stop killing #EndSARS protesters.
Her tweet comes hours after soldiers shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on the State. Her tweet reads “I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment”.
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