A coalition of civil society groups from the Lekki area of Lagos state issued an ultimatum to the state government on Thursday, October 24, to demand a response to recent flooding. The groups have threatened to organize mass protests if the government fails to address ongoing flooding, poor road conditions, and tolling in the Ibeju-Lekki and Eti-Osa local government areas. A townhall meeting for community members and interest groups is scheduled to take place in Lekki at the Jakande Open Field starting at 10:00 (local time) on Saturday, October 26. Associated demonstrations are possible following the meeting. A heightened security presence is also anticipated around the event.
Heavy rain in recent weeks has caused significant flooding throughout Lagos state. The group leaders claim that the state government has not taken the necessary step to protect residents and has failed to meet its responsibilities to the people.
Individuals in Lagos state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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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