3:48 pm - Friday August 23, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: UNITED STATES Government issues alert, warns American citizens in Nigeria: ‘Avoid large crowds, Demonstration by Islamic Movement Sect’ * U.S. Mission advise citizens to avoid violent gatherings, remain in safe areas * ‘American citizens should avoid crowdy areas, be aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates and carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa’-U.S. Mission in Nigeria BY EUGENE CHUKA, DIPLOMATIC EDITOR, LAGOS & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF


BREAKING NEWS:

UNITED STATES Government issues alert, warns American citizens in Nigeria: ‘Avoid large crowds, Demonstration by Islamic Movement Sect’

* U.S. Mission advise citizens to avoid violent gatherings, remain in safe areas

* ‘American citizens should avoid crowdy areas, be aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates and carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa’-U.S. Mission in Nigeria

BY EUGENE CHUKA, DIPLOMATIC EDITOR, LAGOS & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

GOING BY THE VIOLENCE THAT ACCOPANIED THE VIOLENT DEMOSTRATION ORCHESTRATED IN THE NAME OF ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA, IMN, otherwise known as ‘Shiites’, the United States has advised its citizens in Nigeria to avoid large crowds and demonstration by the sect to stay safe.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, where it alerted its citizens to “expected” protest by members of the sect across the country, including Lagos and Abuja. It therefore urged its citizens in Nigeria to review their personal security plans.

The statement read: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria advises U.S. 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 U.S. Mission advises its citizens to avoid these demonstrations and remain in safe areas during these periods.”

The US added that it citizens should avoid demonstrations and large crowds, be aware of their surroundings, monitor local media for updates and carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa.

*Additional reports in THISDAY

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