An heavy deployment of security forces, along with road closures have been reported in front of the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja, as of Wednesday, September 11. These measures have been implemented as the Court is ruling on the suit filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubarkar, who is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari during the February 23 general elections.
The announcement of the verdict will likely spark political demonstrations and associated transportation and business disruptions in Abuja and Nigeria in general over the coming days amid a heightened security presence. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.
President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party won the presidential election, with 56 percent of the vote against 41 percent for the opposition presidential candidate Abubakar. Abubakar challenged the results in court, claiming the vote was marred with fraud.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, refrain from discussing sensitive political topics in public or on social media, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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