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18 Nov 2020 | 08:43 AM UTC

Protests against police brutality to be held in Abuja November 18

Nigeria News Alert

Activists plan to protest against police brutality in Abuja on November 18; heightened security presence expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Abuja

Event

Protests against police brutality have been called for in Abuja on Wednesday, November 18. One demonstration is set to take place at Berger Under Bridge at 10:00 (local time), with further protests likely in other parts of the city. Further associated rallies may take place across Nigeria on Wednesday.

The demonstrations are likely to be accompanied by a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

A series of protests organized through the #EndSARS social media campaign have been held across Nigeria over the past few months to denounce the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad and denounce police brutality. The demonstrations peaked in October and led to fatal clashes between protesters and security forces. Unrest 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. The government also banned demonstrations and introduced curfews, which saw the demonstrations abating somewhat into November.

Advice

Those in Abuja 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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