The United States Embassy in Nigeria has advised American nationals in Nigeria of anticipated protests following Nigeria’s elections on February 25 and March 11.
The Embassy also stated that, as in previous elections, restricted movement should be expected throughout the country during the elections.
The Embassy encouraged its nationals to avoid gatherings in a post on its website headlined ‘Security Alert – Possible Protests Leading to Elections and Restricted Movements on Election Days’, warning that they can turn violent with little or no notice.
It also encouraged Americans living in the nation to stock up on water and food for three days in case mobility restrictions extend beyond election day.
The notice partly read: “The Government of Nigeria will restrict the movement of all personal vehicles on election days across the country.
“Information from the Government of Nigeria indicates that only law enforcement personnel and Independent National Electoral Commission-accredited election observers will be allowed to move freely along the roads.
“Please be advised that movement restrictions may be extended at any time. Be alert to the Government of Nigeria’s information about the restrictions.”