The United States Embassy in Nigeria has advised its citizens not to visit its consulate office in Lagos State due to a planned protest over the death of George Floyd, an African-American man.
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The US Embassy published the alert on its website on Tuesday.
Floyd died on Monday after a Minneapolis white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
The incident triggered protests in various states in the US, as well as some prominent cities in the world such as London.
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The US Embassy stated that it has been alerted on a possible demonstration on Wednesday over the incident at its Lagos consulate and advised its citizens to avoid areas surrounding the US consulate office building.
It also urged US citizens to avoid any demonstration and large gatherings.
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The alert read: “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.
“Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.
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“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.”