The United Kingdom has advised its citizens to be cautious, as events to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests may result in more protests in Lagos and Abuja.
This was contained in an advisory published by the UK government.
In October 2020, Nigerians took to the streets, demonstrating against police brutality and corruption
However, the protest turned violent as some thugs hijacked it, resulting in soldiers’ intervention at the Lekki toll gate.
Some groups and individuals are planning to embark on a protest in commemoration of the one year anniversary of ENDSARS.
The UK government also urged its citizens to take note of the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), scheduled for October 21, adding that it may lead to protests and heightened security presence in Abuja and in the south-east.
Part of the advisory read: “Since 9 August, there has been an increase in protests and demonstrations in the South East region of Nigeria. Protests, including “Stay at Home” protests, are likely during October in the South East region. There have been reports of violence during Stay at Home protests previously. You should monitor local media, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings and follow any instructions from local police and security forces.
“In parallel, the high profile trial date of a separatist leader is also scheduled for 21 October in Abuja. There may be additional protests and a heightened security presence in Abuja and in the South East for this reason. In all areas affected, ensure to monitor local media, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.
“Travellers to these regions are advised to exercise caution if travelling in remote areas at night and follow local news and information outlets for further information, including on local curfews.
“If you are working in Nigeria you should follow your employer’s security advice, make sure your accommodation is secured and review your security measures regularly.”
The UK government added that consular support will be offered in Nigeria although limited in states where the FCDO has existing advice against all travel and all but essential travel.