June 12: US mission in Nigeria warns citizens to avoid protest areas & keep low profile
By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
The United States of America Consulate in Nigeria has warned American citizens, more especially, those of them in Abuja and Lagos to be security conscious and stay away from protest areas as thousands of Nigerians will be taking to the streets to protest over bad governance and insecurity on June 12 2021.
In a statement on the official website of the US Mission in Nigeria, it urged its citizens to avoid areas of the demonstrations, exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, monitor local media for updates and keep a low profile.
The statement read in part, “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 07:00 a.m.
“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.”