June 12: US advises citizens to avoid protest ground
As Nigerians gear up for a proposed massive Democracy Day protest on June 12, 2021, the United States Mission in Nigeria has advised its citizens in the country to avoid protest grounds across the country.
WUZUPNIGERIA reported that several groups, including the #RevolutionNow led by Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, the Concerned Nigerians group led by Deji Adeyanju, amongst others are expected to hold protests against maladministration, insecurity, the suspension of Twitter, and anti-Buhari protests amongst others.
However, in an advisory issued on Friday titled, 'Demonstration Alert: US Mission Nigeria (June 11, 2021) – Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day,' the embassy urged Americans in Nigeria to avoid places like the Unity Fountain, Abuja; and Lekki tollgate plaza and Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos.
"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 7am.
"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," the statement read partly.