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US Govt alerts citizens in Nigeria over planned June 12 demonstration

By Oludare Mayowa

The United States government has advised its citizens in Nigeria to avoid areas of demonstrations ahead of the planned nationwide protest called by some civil society group and slated for June 12.

Nigeria has declared June 12 democracy day and it’s expected to be marked by various activities by both governments and some civil society group.

However, some civil society groups and activists have called for a nationwide demonstration to protest the state of insecurity and bad governance in the country.

In a statement posted on its website, US Mission Nigeria titled; “Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 11, 2021) – Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day,” the mission cautioned Americans in the country to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.”

The statement listed possible locations of the protest in Abuja to be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle.

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And in Lagos, the mission said the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park and may likely take place by 7 am.

The statement also advised them to monitor local media for updates while they keep a low profile.

Details of the statement below:

“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.”

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