JUNE 12: US MISSION IN NIGERIA WARNS AMERICANS TO AVOID NATIONWIDE PROTEST
The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has warned Americans to avoid any nationwide protest on June 12, Nigeria's Democracy Democracy Day.
The U.S. gave the warning in a statement on Friday.
It said police presence and response can be expected nationwide, urging its citizens to exercise caution and avoid areas of demonstration.
The statement reads; “Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day
“Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.
“The likely locations for the protests in Abuja will be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle. In Lagos, the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park. Calls for the protests suggest they may begin as early as 7 am.
“Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media for updates. Keep a low profile.”
Recall that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) suspended its proposed nationwide protest earlier today, citing security reasons.
There is increased apprehension across most cities in Nigeria as the nation’s Democracy Day approaches.
Eons Intelligence reported on Thursday that the Yoruba Nation agitators are planning to hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the Southwest region. The pro-Yoruba nation protesters have held rallies across Southwest states including Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, and Ondo, led by Sunday Igboho.
In anxiety of Saturday’s protest, which many have tagged the ‘Mother of all Protests’, several public events have been abruptly canceled over fears of violence.