By Eric Elezuo
The government of the United States of America has advised its citizens in Nigeria to avoid Abuja roads till further notice following anticipated demonstration by the religious sect, Islamic Movement of Nigeria, better known as Shiites.
This is contained in a release by the American Embassy in Abuja, made available to The Boss.
The release read:
“The U.S Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations in Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been reported on July 10. Protests by this group on July 9 became violent, including exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid roads in and around Abuja until further notice. The U.S. Embassy is also advising its personnel to remain at work or home until further notice.”
The instruction specifically asked that the Central Business District, including the area between the Hilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be avoided.
The Mission further asked its citizens to adhere to the following:
· 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.
It will be recalled that the Shiites invaded the National Assembly in a violence demostration on Tuesday. Many were reportedly injured.
They were asking for the release of their leader. El-Zakzaky, who had been held incommunicado since December 2015.