UK speaks ahead #EndSARS protest anniversary, Nnamdi Kanu's trial

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#EndSARS and Nnamdi Kanu

The United Kingdom has released important information for its citizens in Nigeria ahead of #EndSARS one year anniversary and the trial of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The UK government in a statement on its website warned its citizens to beware and avoid crowded areas during the #EndSARS anniversary and Kanu trial, as there would be heavy security presence during those periods.

#EndSARS protest anniversary is October 20 while Kanu’s trial comes up on October 21, 2021.

According to the UK government, “events to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests are likely to take place nationally, week commencing 18 October. There may be protests and a heightened security presence in major cities such as Lagos and Abuja.

“In parallel, the high profile trial date of a separatist leader is also scheduled for 21 October in Abuja. There may be additional protests and a heightened security presence in Abuja and in the South East for this reason. In all areas affected, you should monitor local media, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.”

It added that from 3 September 2021, the Nigerian Commission mandated for all telecommunication operators in Nigeria to stop extending services to Zamfara State.

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“”This includes a suspension of all mobile telecommunications including WiFi. A number of other state governments, including Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger have also implemented a partial shutdown of telecom services. See more information under ‘Northern Nigeria’ in the Safety and security page.

Since 9 August, there has been an increase in protests and demonstrations in the South East region of Nigeria. Protests, including “Stay at Home” protests, are likely during October in the South East region. There have been reports of violence during Stay at Home protests previously. You should monitor local media, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings and follow any instructions from local police and security forces.

There have been a number of attacks and targeted killings in the South East and South South regions of Nigeria, including in the states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Edo and Ebonyi. Some of these attacks have been on isolated roads and in remote locations, but there is a chance that they could occur in metropolitan areas.

“There is also a heightened risk of indiscriminate attacks on police and security infrastructure, which may inadvertently affect bystanders. A number of states have imposed curfews. Travelers to these regions are advised to exercise caution if travelling in remote areas at night and follow local news and information outlets for further information, including on local curfews,” it warned its citizens.