This is a developing story from Nigeria. June12 Protest News Update In Nigeria And US Responds To Twitter Ban. via @YouTube #June12thProtest #KeepItOn #EndSARS
US alerts citizens to stay off protest grounds. Tensions are high, Buhari and the Nigerian authorities are beefing up security all across the country. All eyes are on Nigeria, Will this be the beginning of a break in Nigeria or a turning point?
The American embassy in Nigeria has asked its citizens to “avoid the areas of the demonstrations, exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, monitor local media for updates, and keep a low profile.” Meanwhile, the United state have issued a statement against the ban of twitter in Nigeria.
Last week, President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Sunday Asefon, had while lamenting the worsening insecurity and the ripple effects on students who fall victims to kidnapping, declared June 12 a day of protest across the country. This was re-echoed by a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and human rights activists calling for a boycott of government’s activities.
The United States embassy has asked its citizens in Nigeria to avoid potential protest grounds ahead of the June 12 demonstrations being planned by some Nigerian civic groups.
The mission in an advisory posted on its website on Friday noted that such protest locations in Lagos and Abuja would likely have police presence.
“Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day,” the advisory read in part.
It added, “Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.
“The likely locations for the protests in Abuja will be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle. In Lagos, the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park. Calls for the protests suggest they may begin as early as 07:00 a.m,” the chancery wrote.
The June 12 protest deliberately planned by civic groups and activists to coincide with Nigeria’s Democracy Day aims to pressure the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to address the worsening state of governance and the alarming rate of insecurity in the country.
The federal government and the authorities in various states have indicated their disapproval of the protest.
But civic groups, including the #RevolutionNow movement led by Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, have insisted that the demonstrations will hold in major cities including Lagos and Abuja.
Meanwhile, a coalition of civic groups on Friday urged the Nigerian government to respect the right to peaceful protests.
The coalition said Nigerians who have chosen to protest peacefully on June 12 must be allowed to do so without harassment from security agencies.
“The government and its security services must play by the rules and conduct themselves in ways that guarantee the safety and wellbeing of peaceful protesters,” the coalition of 40 civic groups said in a statement
Meanwhile, The police in Lagos say they are unaware of any planned protest on June 12 in the state and urged Lagosians to move on with their daily businesses.
This is contained in a statement released on Friday by Muyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson.
There have been calls for protests against bad governance, insecurity, killings, and the gag of the media by the Nigerian government to coincide with the June 12 Democracy Day event.
“The Lagos State Police Command wishes to state clearly that it is not aware of any planned protest in Lagos State to commemorate the 2021 Democracy Day on Saturday, 12th June, 2021,” the police said in the statement.
The Lagos police added that there is no “sit-at-home” order in the state, contrary to rumours in the public space that people should stay at home on Democracy Day.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore appeals to members of the public to disregard any sit-at-home order called by certain groups which is being circulated in the social media and go about their lawful businesses as the police and other security agencies have made necessary arrangement to maintain law and order across the state, ” the police said.
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