US embassy issues travel advisory to its citizens, following Shiites protests in Abuja

The United States Government has advised its citizens to avoid large crowds in Abuja and Lagos following reports it received that members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are set to hold protests across Nigeria.

The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria issued the travel advisory on Friday evening, noting that last protest carried out by the Shiites in Abuja during the week had turned violent and advised its citizens to be careful.

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See the advisory below-

“The US Mission in Nigeria advises the US citizens that large demonstrations by protesters affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are expected in the coming days throughout the country, including Abuja and Lagos.  

Protests by this group in the Nigerian capital on July 9 became violent, including exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police, resulting in a couple of deaths.  The US Mission advises its citizens to avoid these demonstrations and remain in safe areas during these periods.  

“Avoid demonstrations and large crowds; be aware of your surroundings; monitor local media for updates; carry proper identification, including a US passport with a current Nigerian visa and review your personal security plans.”