‘ENDSARS’ PROTESTS DISRUPT LAGOS PORT COMPLEX OPERATIONS AND ROAD FREIGHT MOVEMENT

A new wave of protests could prove to be even more severe than the October demonstrations

Civil unrest in Nigeria amidst the EndSARS demonstrations has significantly disrupted the country’s road network and operations at the Lagos Port Complex, the country’s biggest and busiest seaport. Although protests subsided toward the end of October and into November, protesters are threatening to ignite a second wave of mass demonstration in some parts of Lagos and Abuja following a controversial court decision to freeze the bank accounts of almost 20 individuals and a public affairs company involved in the protests against SARS. As protesters prepare for a new round of protests, many police officers are refusing to return to duty in reaction to the killing of 22 police officers during the demonstrations in October. Armed robbers have taken advantage of the lack of security presence and have taken over major roads and highways throughout the country, attacking passing drivers and stealing the contents of the vehicles. A new wave of protests could prove to be even more severe than the October demonstrations. This Resilience360 report highlights the risks facing shippers who use Lagos as a gateway to the wider region, and what they can to mitigate the operational impact of the protests.

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