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23 Jul 2019 | 05:44 PM UTC

Nigeria: Protest in Abuja July 23 over alleged killings of Nigerians in South Africa

Nigeria News Alert

Protest in Abuja July 23 over alleged killings of Nigerians in South Africa; similar protests possible over the near term amid heightened security presence

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Abuja

Event

Protesters reportedly gathered in front of Shoprite in the Apo area of Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, to protest alleged killings of Nigerians in South Africa and demand that authorities protect Nigerian diaspora communities. The gates to the store were closed as an unspecified number of demonstrators held placards denouncing xenophobic attacks.

Lingering traffic and business disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Similar protests are possible in Abuja over the near term amid a heightened security presence.

Context

Tensions over alleged xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians in South Africa have increased with the recent killing of Nigerian insurance broker Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu in South Africa. The number of Nigerians estimated to have been killed in such attacks has exceeded 200 between 2016 and 2019.

Advice

Individuals in Abuja are advised to monitor developments, avoid protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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