The governments of the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) have warned their citizens to steer clear of venues of June 12 protests in Nigeria.
According to them, the warning became necessary because of the likelihood of an outbreak of violence at the venues.
The US Mission to Nigeria made its position known in an advisory published Friday titled, ‘Demonstration Alert: US Mission Nigeria (June 11, 2021) – Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day’.
“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 7am.
“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,” the advisory read in part.
In a similar advisory published on its website on Friday, the UK High Commission to Nigeria said, “On 12 June, protests over insecurity are planned in multiple locations, including large cities.
“You should remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations, protests or large gatherings and pay attention to local media and social media reports on protest locations.”
The advisory noted that the Nigeria Police Force launched the ‘Operation Restore Peace’ on May 19 to deal with the recent increase in insecurity in South-South and South-Eastern states.
“This may lead to an enhanced security presence on the ground. There is no indication as to how long this operation will last.
“You should exercise caution whilst travelling in the region,” the advisory added.
It noted that following reported attacks on security personnel and formations in Southern Nigeria, curfews were imposed.
It stated that in Anambra, the curfew was in place in six communities from 7 pm to 6 am while Ebonyi has a curfew covering all entry and exit points from 8 pm to 6 am.
The advisory further noted that in Rivers, the state-wide curfew was extended from May 11 and is now in place from 7 pm to 6 am.
“Other curfews may be announced at short notice.
“We advise you to follow local news and information outlets to remain informed,” the advisory further read.