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05 Aug 2019 | 09:15 AM UTC

Nigeria: Live ammunition reported at protests in Lagos August 5 /update 1

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Live ammunition reported at National Stadium protest as police disperse protesters August 5; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lagos

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Live ammunition has been reported at a protest organized by the Africa Action Congress (AAC) on Monday, August 5, at the National Stadium in Yaba, Lagos. Sporadic gunshots were heard as police tried to disperse crowds from the stadium and surrounding areas.

Media reports also indicate that security agents had previously surrounded the National Stadium in preparation for the protest.

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


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. 


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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