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22 Sep 2018 | 01:49 PM UTC

Nigeria: Independence Day celebration on October 1

Nigeria News Alert

Heightened security ahead of Independence Day on October 1; business and traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria


Nigeria will hold Independence Day celebrations on Monday, October 1, to celebrate the country's 58th anniversary of independence from British. Events will be held nationwide, with the largest celebrations taking place in Lagos in Abuja. Business and traffic disruptions are expected throughout the country during the holiday.


In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (e.g. states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Jigawa as well as parts of Kano and Adamawa states) and the southern Niger Delta region (e.g. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.


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