Several Yoruba groups demanding security reform are protesting in the streets of Abuja on Wednesday, July 17, following the July 12 murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere (the organization for Yoruba people in Nigeria). The Yoruba demonstrations come amid ongoing anti-government protests in Abuja by supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) demanding the release of their detained leader, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the capital over the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Abuja are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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