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United States Government shuts its embassy over #EndSARS protests

The United States Government has shut its embassy in Lagos following the crisis that has erupted in the state as a result of the #EndSARS protests.

The US mission said Tuesday that Americans in the country should avoid protest grounds and exercise caution when in large gatherings, and also keep a low profile.

The nationwide #EndSARS protest across cities and internationally by young people is to kick against the activities by the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police force.

In a security alert published on its website on Tuesday, the US asked its citizens to remain vigilant amid the protests.

The alert read: “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.

“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 further asked its citizens to: “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.”

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