Security forces have reportedly fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse protesters in Abuja on Tuesday, November 12. Local media indicates a heightened security presence around the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) in the Asokoro district as of Tuesday evening (local time), ahead of a demonstration denouncing the continued detention of the "#Revolution Now" protest leader Omoyele Sowore.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the protest. Clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.
Similar protests were held nationwide on August 5 and 14, leading to clashes between protesters and security forces, notably in Lagos, where security forces reportedly used live ammunition to disperse crowds.
Sowore was arrested by Department of State Services officers in Lagos on August 3, ahead of the planned August 5 mass protests under the title "#RevolutionNow" to demand greater democracy and governance. He has been charged with treason and money laundering.
Individuals in Abuja and other urban areas are advised to monitor 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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