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Demonstration Alert: Abuja (Nigeria), Islamic Movement of Nigeria Protests in Abuja

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria (Central Business District, including the area between the Hilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

 

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations in Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been reported on July 10.  Protests by this group on July 9 became violent, including exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police.   U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid roads in and around Abuja until further notice.  The U.S. Embassy is also advising its personnel to remain at work or home until further notice.

 

Actions to Take:

 

·       Avoid the Central Business District, including the area between the Hilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

·       Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

·       Be aware of your surroundings.

·       Monitor local media for updates.

·       Carry proper Identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa.

·       Review your personal security plans.

 

Assistance:

·         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, at +234 (9) 461-4328 [ACS only], Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (9) 461-4000 and press zero. Email at AbujaACS@state.gov for American services.

 

·        Contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, located 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, at +234 (1) 460-3600 (ACS only), Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (1) 460 3400.  Email LagosACS@state.gov for American Services.

 

·        Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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