Monday, November 17, 2014

Nigeria update

The vigilantes and hunters that claimed back Chibok have been strengthened by the Mobile Police and army to hold on to Chibok. Let’s pray for success in repeating that in Mubi, Gwoza and other north eastern towns of Borno and Adamawa.  Holding on to these gains will be really difficult in present circumstances.  Several hundred thousands of displaced people need to be able to return to their towns and villages even though many homes have been destroyed.

Nov 12 a female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Federal College of Education, Kontagoro.  She was the only casualty. 
Nov 14 many displaced people in Cameroon were forced out of their camps so returned to Yola but many are homeless.
Nov 12 and 14 Fulani militants attacked Oga village in Wamba LGA & Fadaman Bauna of Nasarawa State.  With little of no support from army or police people are forced to take the law into their own hands to defend themselves.
Nov 14 a bomb blast rocked Kano at the NNPC Petrol Station along the Maiduguri road during rush hour.  There are no details of casualties.
Nov 15 and Sunday 16 Fulani and other muslim jihadists attacked Alakio in Nasarawa State, killing non- muslims.
Nov 16 another female suicide bomber blew herself up at Azare, Bauchi State, killing around 25 people and injuring 60 others.  A similar bomber killed many on the 7th in Azare.
Nov 17 a Special Task Force soldier shot and killed an Operation Rainbow security man in Barakin Ladi in Plateau which sparked a protest from a crowd of women blocking the main highway for many hours.  No explanation for the shooting was given.
Also Nov 17 a gunman attacked Liawa primary and secondary school in Minna town of Niger State.

The BBC have carried the report that the Emir of Kano at Friday prayers encouraged people to defend themselves against the jihadist, virtually encouraging the population to arm themselves - which is understandable but terrifying.

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