On Friday, September 4, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) warned the Nigerian federal government that it faces large-scale nationwide protests if the government did not reverse a recent price increase on petrol and electricity. A related protest was reported in the southwestern Osun state on Friday, with demonstrators gathering in Osogbo's Freedom Park. Power companies have been requested to halt any tariff increases until the first quarter of 2021 due to the country's "economic challenges". However, those receiving more than 12 hours of electricity of supply per day have been required to pay an increased charge from Tuesday, September 1.
Further protests are likely over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions are to be expected near protest sites.
Those in Lagos are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations and gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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