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13 Oct 2020 | 12:54 PM UTC

Nigeria: Ongoing protests reported in Kaduna and other urban centers on October 13 /update 5

Nigeria News Alert

Ongoing ANTI-SARS protests reported in Kaduna and other urban centers on October 13; disruption likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Kaduna, Nigeria

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Event

Ongoing protests have been reported in the Barnawa area of Kaduna as of Tuesday, October 13. The demonstrations are reportedly linked to recent protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests are being held to call for further security reforms in the country. Associated protests have been taking place throughout urban centers in Nigeria, including in Lagos, Aba, Uyo, Benin City, Port Harcourt, and Abuja.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the protests. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. Localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the protest.

Context

A series of protests organized by the #ENDSARS social media campaign has been held across Nigeria in recent months and the demonstrations have often led to clashes between protesters and security forces. Solidarity protests have also taken place worldwide. 

Advice

Those in Kaduna are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate localized disruptions, 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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