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#EndSARS: US Shuts Lagos Consulate, Warns Citizens to Avoid Protest Areas

The United States Government has shut its embassy in Lagos for two days over rising violence rocking the city. The US embassy disclosed this via its official Twitter handle @USinNigeria

The United States Government has shut its embassy in Lagos for two days over rising violence rocking the city. The US embassy disclosed this via its official Twitter handle @USinNigeria on Tuesday evening.

It also called on its citizens living in Nigeria to avoid areas of demonstration as the ongoing protest against police brutality escalate.

“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.

It stated: “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.

“We continue to urge all US 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.

“Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings,” it added.

Adedayo Akinwale

 

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