#EndSARS: US Embassy shuts Consulate General, caution citizens on safety

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The United States Embassy and Consulate General has warned it’s citizens within the Consular districts of Abuja and Lagos following the violent #EndSARS protests that erupted.

The Statement warned it’s Citizens to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
The statement further advised it’s citizens to check local media for updates and trafic advisory.

The Embassy issued the statement  through a press release published on the United States official website on Tuesday.

Part of the statement reads, “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.

“We continue to urge all U.S. citizens to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and to check local media for updates and traffic advisories.  Continue to be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests”, it noted.

The Embassy further advised on actions citizens should take during the period.

Actions To Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstration(s)
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria

For assistance, visit: 

U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
+234 (9) 461-4328 and after hours +234 (9) 461-4000 press zero.

U.S. Consulate Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (1) 460 3400 during business hours and after-hours

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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