2023: US Embassy issues security alert on Nigeria’s elections

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has forewarned its citizens in Nigeria on possible protests in the aftermath of Nigeria’s elections scheduled on February 25 and March 11.

The Embassy also said that as it was usually practised during past elections, restricted movements should be expected to be imposed nationwide during the polls.

In a notice on its website titled ‘Security Alert – Possible Protests Leading to Elections and Restricted Movements on Election Days’, the Embassy advised its nationals to avoid rallies, warning they can turn violent with little or no notice.

It also advised American citizens in the country to have three days of water and food at home in case movement restrictions extend beyond election days.

The notice partly read: “The Government of Nigeria will restrict the movement of all personal vehicles on election days across the country,” adding that: “Information from the Government of Nigeria indicates that only law enforcement personnel and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)-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.”

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