At least eight people, including a journalist, have been killed in recent weeks as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria continues to protest in multiple cities across the nation. (For more news from Nigeria, please click through here.)
If you are in Nigeria or will be heading there soon, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Official travel advice
#Nigeria: There have been violent demonstrations in #Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and reports of gunfire exchanged between protesters and the Nigerian Police. https://t.co/zHvolf6sJn pic.twitter.com/xUFBvojFej
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) July 23, 2019
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Since January 2018, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have protested regularly in central Abuja and other cities. These protests, particularly in Abuja, have the potential to turn violent. On 22 July 2019, violent protests in Abuja resulted in a number of deaths, including a police officer and a journalist. Tensions continue to be high. Protests are also likely to continue in Lagos, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Zaria. You should monitor local media, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings and follow any instructions from local police and security forces.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nigeria
Police, media & protesters were reportedly killed in yesterday’s protests in central Abuja.
— Australian High Commission, Abuja (@AusHCAbuja) July 23, 2019
Further news and information
- Washington Post: Why Shiite Muslim protesters and Nigeria’s security forces keep clashing
- FRANCE 24: Six Shiite protesters dead in clashes with Nigerian police: witnesses
- Malay Mail: Eight dead, including reporter, in Nigeria Shiite protest clashes
- CNN: Protests turn deadly as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clash with police
- Human Rights Watch: Nigeria: Deadly Crackdown on Shia Protest
- Vanguard: Who are the IMN Shiite protesters marching in Nigeria?
Shiites’ Protest: UK Government Warns Citizens Travelling To Nigeria | Sahara Reporters
The Shia group is demanding the release of its leader detained by the President Muhammadu Buhari government despite court orders for his release.
READ MORE: https://t.co/U5Znp34OZY pic.twitter.com/8Cd2aqQeDJ
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 24, 2019
Nigerian police fired unlawfully on a peaceful protest this week, killing eleven protesters, a journalist, and a police officer. The protest was by the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria seeking release of its leader who has been detained since 2015. https://t.co/HbXZ6O8Dcy
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 24, 2019
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