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04 Aug 2019 | 05:51 PM UTC

Nigeria: Political demonstrations expected nationwide August 5

Nigeria News Alert

Africa Action Congress (AAC) party to stage nationwide demonstrations on August 5; heightened security measures likely after arrest of AAC leader

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lagos, Nigeria

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Event

The Africa Action Congress (AAC) opposition party has called for nationwide protests on Monday, August 5, to demand political change and to denounce the arrest of party leader Omoyele Sowore. The exact time and location of the protests were not immediately available. Supporters of the AAC party are expected to rally in Lagos and other major urban areas under the banner "#RevolutionNow."

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near all protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.

Context

Africa Action Congress (AAC) leader and politician Omoyele Sowore was arrested by Department of State Services officers in Lagos on Saturday, August 3, ahead of the planned August 5 protests. The government has reportedly denied any connection between Sowore's arrest and the upcoming demonstrations. AAC has called for mass demonstrations under the title "#RevolutionNow" to denounce the results of the February 2019 election, which they claim were rigged. 

Advice

Individuals in Lagos and other urban areas 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 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.

 

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