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24 Sep 2019 | 10:13 AM UTC

Nigeria: Possible protest in Abuja September 24

Nigeria News Alert

Possible protest in front of the High Court in Abuja September 24 in support of opposition activist Omoyele Sowore; heightened security expected and clashes possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Abuja

Event

Supporters of opposition activist Omoyele Sowore are likely to protest in front of the Federal High Court in Abuja as of Tuesday, September 24, amid Sowore's trial, to denounce his arrest and demand his immediate release.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the protest. Clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.

Context

Similar protests were held nationwide on August 5, 14, leading to clashes between protesters and security forces, notably in Lagos, where security forces reportedly used live ammunition to disperse crowds.  

Sowore was arrested by Department of State Services officers in Lagos on August 3, ahead of the planned August 5 mass protests under the title "#RevolutionNow" to demand greater democracy and governance. He has been charged with treason and money laundering.

Advice

Individuals in Abuja 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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