Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Residents protest against further lockdown measures in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria, April 15. Further protests, clashes possible.

This alert affects Warri

This alert began 15 Apr 2020 12:28 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Apr 2020 12:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Sapele (map)
  • Date: April 15
  • Impact: Further protests, violence possible

Summary
Residents have been protesting in Sapele, Delta State, against the Delta State government's decision to extend ongoing restrictions related to stemming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) April 15. Women and youths marched into Sapele center during the early hours before reportedly being dispersed by security forces. Further reporting suggests that at least one person has been shot during this incident.

An increased security presence is likely to remain across Sapele at least through the end of April 15. Security forces have reportedly used violence, including clashes with live gunfire, to forcibly implement restrictions in Delta State in recent weeks. Further protests are possible if fatalities are confirmed as a result of this incident.

Advice
Monitor for updates on possible further protests and locations. Adhere to all COVID-19 related restrictions and advisories and avoid all demonstrations as a precaution. Keep away from areas with a heavy security presence due to the threat of further clashes.