Protests to denounce police brutality between social activists and security forces were reported in Abuja on Tuesday, October 13. The gatherings took place at the Three Arms Zone area that comprises the State House Aso Villa, the National Assembly, and the Supreme Court with the Federal Secretariat Complex. The protesters were calling for authorities to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), claiming the unit is responsible for illegally detaining people and other acts of brutality.
Transport disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected in the vicinity of the demonstration. Further associated protests are likely across Nigeria in the near term.
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.
Those in Abuja are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of the demonstration, anticipate disruptions to overland transport, and adhere to all instructions issued by 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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