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The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has told Americans that calls for the June 12 Democracy Day protests suggest such may begin as early as 7 am and therefore advised Americans in Nigeria to avoid any protest nationwide.

The U.S. gave the warning in a statement on Friday.

It said police presence and response can be expected nationwide and asked its citizens to exercise caution and avoid areas of demonstration.

The statement read in part, “Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day.

“Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.

“The likely locations for the protests in Abuja will be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle. In Lagos, the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park. Calls for the protests suggest they may begin as early as 7 am.

“Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media for updates. Keep a low profile.”

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