Protests to denounce police abuse and to demand reforms are scheduled to take place in major urban areas throughout Nigeria on Friday, April 5, including in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, and Akure starting at 09:00 (local time). Various civil society groups are organizing the rallies under the banner “#EndSARS,” which have been calling for the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) units to be disbanded. In Abuja, protesters will gather outside of the police headquarters. Demonstrators in Lagos will meet outside the Fela Shrine while the protest in Ibadan will take place at the J-Allen Junction. In Akure, rallies are expected to be held at Fasoranti Park, near the ShopRite Roundabout. Other associated demonstrations are also possible in other major urban areas throughout Nigeria on Friday and in the coming days. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites.
Civil society groups have been calling for police reforms since 2018. The groups called for mass demonstrations after a man was killed by a stray bullet fired by SACS officers in the Mangoro area of Lagos state on March 30.
Individuals in Nigeria, particularly in the abovementioned cities, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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