As of the morning of Friday, February 9, protests are ongoing in Lagos to denounce increased toll fees. The protests reportedly began at 07:00 (local time) and are taking place at the Lekki-Epe and Lekki-Ikoyi toll gates, on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, respectively. The Lekki-Epe Expressway is the main road connecting mainland Lagos and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) and police had announced that they would forcefully disperse any groups attempting to block the road; as such, clashes cannot be ruled out. An increased security presence as well as significant traffic disruptions are also to be expected.
The price hike took effect on February 1.
Individuals in Lagos are advised to monitor developments to the situation, plan alternative road travel, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of associated violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly concerning in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (e.g. states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Jigawa as well as parts of Kano and Adamawa states) and the southern Niger Delta region (e.g. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.
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