EndSARS crisis: UK shuts embassies

EndSARS crisis: UK shuts embassies

- The UK has shut all its embassies in Nigeria over EndSARS protests

- Protests against the police brutality went awry on Tuesday, October 20, as many persons lost their lives across the country

- The UK noted that the closure of its offices was to ensure the safety of staff and visa applicants

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Sequel to the EndSARS protests that rocked every nook and cranny of the country, the United Kingdom has ordered the immediate closure of its embassies in Nigeria.

The demonstrations, which began as a peaceful march two weeks ago, have degenerated into something people never expected in various states, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties, The Cable reports.

Over the past three days, attacks have been launched by suspected hoodlums on government-owned institutions and private businesses. Some properties have been razed as people continue to clamour for an end to police brutality.

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The headquarters of the UK embassy in Nigeria was shut over EndSARS protests. Source: TheCable.
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It would be recalled that police stations were set on fire in Edo on Monday, October 19, while two prisons were broken into, leading to the escape of inmates from custody.

The protests, however, took a major turn on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, when some soldiers opened fire on protesters who were at the Lekki tollgate.

In a statement issued on its website on Wednesday, October 21, the UK noted that the closure of its offices is to ensure the safety of staff and visa applicants.

The statement read:

"The closure will be maintained for an initial 48 hours, while applicants who have already booked appointments have been advised to reschedule.
“Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centres will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum.
“For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

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Although the peaceful demonstrations have been suspended in some states, hoodlums have taken to the streets to launch attacks on government-owned institutions.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Sanwo-Olu apologised to the residents of Lagos state following the shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20, by security operatives.

It was reported that Sanwo-Olu said when the state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Lagos state and the youths defied the directives, there was no leader of the protesting group to talk to.

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