Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria and surrounding areas. IMN is protesting in the FCT.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid roads in and around Abuja FCT until further notice. There have been reports of exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police and protesters have breached the outer perimeter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).  The U.S. Embassy is also advising its personnel to remain at work or home until further notice.

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that there have been violent demonstrations in Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and that there have been reports of exchanges of gunfire between protestors and the Nigerian Police. IMN protesters have breached the outer perimeter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and gunfire was reported in/adjacent to the MFA complex. Also, a sub-station of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the federal secretariat has been set on fire. There have been reports of protesters burning tires and setting fire to cars parked on the street and a separate group of protesters, suspected IMN, were near the National Mosque. Police are deploying tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Citizens are advised to remain in place until further notice. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the areas of the MFA complex, the National Mosque 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.

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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