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07 Nov 2020 | 02:46 AM UTC

Nigeria: Police brutality protest takes place in Abuja November 6

Nigeria News Alert

Police brutality protest takes place in Abuja on November 6; avoid protest sites

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria, Abuja

Event

A protest against alleged police brutality took place in Abuja on Friday, November 6, two weeks after mass unrest was reported nationwide. Local sources report that four protesters were arrested in front of the National Assembly, as a small crowd gathered and marched through the streets. Social media sources indicate that the crowd was dispersed by security forces with live fire. No casualties were reported.

Continued protests against police brutality are likely over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation are likely in the vicinity of gatherings.

Context

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

Advice

Those in Lagos are advised to anticipate disruptions, minimize time spent in the vicinity of the gathering, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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