Event

Local authorities in Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area, Niger State, are imposing a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew starting January 15, following clashes that led to the death of the chief of Lambata village. The exact conditions of the curfew remain unclear; Officials are likely to restrict the movement of people and vehicles, as well as business activities. The measure is in effect until further notice. Lambata is located 8 km (5 miles) southeast of Minna, the administrative capital of the state of Niger.

Authorities are likely to maintain a heightened security presence to ensure compliance with the curfew and prevent further violence; associated localized trade and transport disruptions are likely. More violence is possible, while locals who oppose the move may organize protests.

Context

Local authorities in Nigeria often implement measures such as curfews in response to increased militant/criminal attacks, communal clashes, or riots. The exact reason for the violence in Niger province is unclear. Other similar curfews are currently in effect in the Ondo province of Nigeria.

Advice

Respect the curfew. Carry official identification at all times. Be courteous and cooperative if you are approached and questioned by security personnel. Plan for movement and business interruptions. Avoid all demonstrations. Maintain contact with diplomatic representations.