On 29 January 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Fourah Bay College, Freetown

“Event: Sources in the area of Fourah Bay College are reporting there are violent confrontations at the school, and an increased number of police maintaining order is expected. An enlarged security presence and continued confrontations will likely congest traffic on the main road leading through the college and could present a dangerous situation for people transiting through the campus area.

“US embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the Fourah Bay College area today. If you live in the area, and must travel there, please exercise extreme caution.”