Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari issued voluntary evacuation orders for Nigerian citizens in South Africa on Monday, September 9, following recent xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Pretoria which have left at least 10 people dead. At least 400 Nigerians are to be evacuated on Wednesday, September 11, with more evacuations possible over the coming days and weeks.
Further protests and acts of violence towards South African interests are possible in Nigeria over the coming days. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the South African diplomatic missions in Nigeria.
In retaliation to the spate of xenophobic violence ongoing in South Africa, notably targeting Nigerian immigrants, protesters on September 3 stormed a branch of the MTN South African telecommunications company in Lagos; other businesses owned by South Africans, such as malls, were also looted. One protester was reportedly killed.
Individuals in Nigeria should monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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