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US Embassy warns citizens about June 12 protests in Abuja, Lagos

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The United States Government has alerted its citizens over possible security threats posed by planned protests on June 12.

In a statement released on Friday, the US Embassy said there would be heavy police presence amid the protest and other events scheduled to mark the Democracy Day. 

“Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day,” it said in the statement. 

“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 statement read.

After raising the alert, the Embassy then released a set of guidelines for its citizens to follow to protect themselves. These guidelines included: Avoiding the areas of the demonstrations, exercising caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, monitoring local media for updates and keeping a low profile” 

Several groups have planned to protest on Democracy Day to express their grievances with the Buhari-led administration. 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had also planned to protest the insecurity and mass kidnappings in schools but they pulled out of the protest on Friday morning. 

The student union President, Sunday Asefon, said the union got information that some politicians with different agenda had planned to hijack the protest and agitate for their own selfish agenda.

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