The United States of America has issued a warning to its citizens in Nigeria to avoid protest areas and exercise extreme caution when trapped unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
The US Mission in Nigeria has also announced the closure of its consulate in Lagos for Tuesday and Wednesday, following the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government.
In a travel warning published on its website, the US Embassy observed that most demonstrations had been peaceful, but added that some had become violent, leading to the shutdown of major roads and bridges.
The publication read;
“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 4pm on October 20.
“Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).
“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.”