US Embassy Warns Citizens over Protests


Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has warned its citizens against visiting its Lagos consulate office over a planned protest of the killing of an African-American, Mr. George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer.

Video clips of the incident on the internet showed where a white police officer was kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes.

The incident sparked off a global outrage, with people marching on various states in the US, some of which led to looting and vandalism of shops, across the country.

As a result of this, the US government has imposed a curfew on over 25 states.

The US authorities also announced investigations into the death of the deceased and that the four police officers involved in the incident have been sacked.

Some Nigerians on Tuesday protested the murder of Floyd at the US embassy in Abuja, calling for an end to racial discrimination and injustice.

The Cable reported that in an alert published on its website, the US embassy advised its citizens to be aware of their surroundings and avoid areas surrounding the US consulate office building.

“The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has received reports that demonstrators plan to gather in front of the Consulate on Wednesday, June 03, 2020, to protest current events in the United States,” the alert read.

“Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

“Avoid the areas of  Walter Carrington Crescent, the U.S. Consulate General office building, and surrounding areas. 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. Wear a mask when in public spaces to protect yourself and others from the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” it said.