The UK government has advised its citizens to exercise caution some plan to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests in Lagos and Abuja.
The government gave the advice in an advisory published on its website, urging its citizens to avoid any demonstration at this time.
Recall that in October 2020, Nigerians went to the streets seeking an end to police brutality and SARS but the protest turned violent as some thugs hijacked it, resulting in soldiers’ intervention at the Lekki toll gate.
However, some groups and individuals are planning to embark on a protest in commemoration of the one year anniversary of ENDSARS, though, the Lagos police Command in a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, warned against such protest or demonstration in the State.
The UK government has now 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.