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20 Apr 2020 | 02:01 PM UTC

Nigeria: Residents apprehend attacker following armed robbery in Gbagada (Lagos state) April 20

Residents apprehend individual following armed robbery in Gbagada (Lagos state) April 20; heightened tensions likely over the near term

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Event

On Monday, April 20, residents apprehended at least one attacker following an armed robbery in the New Garage area of Gbagada (Lagos state). Further details were not immediately reported.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the affected area over the near term. The attack is expected to create tension in the area, which may be amplified if security forces conduct mass arrests of residents and passers-by.

Context

The attack follows a recent spike in criminal gang activity in Lagos state. Most attacks are executed at night; however, daytime attacks have also been recently recorded. Criminals in Lagos state often move in large groups to attack residents, including robbing, looting, and the destruction of properties. As a result, there has been an increase in the deployment of security forces across the state alongside air patrols to help prevent further attacks.

Advice

Individuals in Gbagada (Lagos state) are advised to monitor developments, report suspicious objects and behavior to police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.