EndSARS: US warns its nationals to stay off violent areas, closes consulate

EndSARS: US warns its nationals to stay off violent areas, closes consulate

- The US authorities have warned their citizens to "be vigilant" as EndSARS protest takes a violent turn

- The advisory was issued in a statement on Tuesday, October 20, as Lagos government imposed a curfew to avoid anarchy

- The US also announced that it has shut down its consulate general in Lagos state over reported hoodlums' attacks

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The government of the United States has warned its nationals in Nigeria to stay off areas of protests amid heightened tension generated by the ongoing EndSARS demonstrations.

This warning was given in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 20, following reports of violence and alleged shooting of the protesters.

US government noted the protest, which started as peaceful, has been hijacked as some places including police stations are now being targeted by suspected hoodlums.

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EndSARS: US warns its nationals to stay off violent areas, closes consulate
The US authorities have warned their citizens to be vigilant. Credit: Twitter (USinNigeria).
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It urged its citizens to "be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests" in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos state.

The US government also said it has closed its consulate general in Lagos for the rest of Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21.

Legit.ng notes that the US' advisory is coming on the heels of reactions trailing continuous attacks on protesters and some government places.

Part of the statement read:

"Some police stations have been targeted. 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."

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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continue to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.

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The decision was announced on Tuesday in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the protest has been hijacked, said the government will not watch and allow anarchy in Lagos state.

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