#EndSARS: US Embassy shuts Consulate, warns citizens to avoid protest venues

United States Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, on Tuesday, warned American citizens to avoid visiting areas around protests and demonstrations.

The Embassy also urged US citizens to always check local media for updates and traffic advisories, while they continue to be vigilant.

The Embassy gave the warning in a press statement posted on its official website on Tuesday.

It partly read, “Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos.

“Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges. Some police stations have been targeted.

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“Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19 due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00 p.m. on October 20.

“Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow.”

The Embassy also urged US citizens to: avoid the areas of the demonstration, exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests and keep a low profile.

It also advised American citizens in Nigeria to observe other precautionary measures, including being aware of their surroundings, monitoring local media for updates as well as reviewing the travel advisory for Nigeria.

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