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16 Oct 2020 | 08:03 PM UTC

Nigeria: Protesters block bridge in Lagos October 16 /update 8

Nigeria News Alert

#EndSARS protesters block Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on October 16; heightened security presence and overland disruptions expected in the immediate term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/17/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lagos

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Event

Protesters in Lagos partially closed one of Lagos' main bridges on Friday, October 16. As part of ongoing demonstrations associated with the #EndSARS protest movement against police brutality, a crowd gathered on the Third Mainland Bridge at around 17:30 (local time). The bridge is one of the major routes connecting Lagos Island to the mainland and the protests caused significant overland disruption in the area. The protests were reportedly ongoing as of Friday evening.

Further overland disruptions are expected in the area in the immediate term. A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the demonstration and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

A series of protests organized by the #ENDSARS social media campaign have been held across Nigeria over the past few months and have intensified in recent days, with demonstrations having often led to clashes between protesters and security forces. Unrest has continued despite an announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that SARS would be disbanded and replaced by a new agency called SWAT, a move which protesters have rejected.

Advice

Those in Lagos 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.

 

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