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‘Go home for Christ is risen’ — Gunmen free prisoners, set Nigerian prison on fire

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No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but residents told Gazette Africa that the gunmen told the detainees to "Go home for Christ is risen" before releasing them.

OWERRI — An unknown number of prisoners were released in the early hours of Monday as unidentified gunmen attack a Nigerian prison in southeast Imo state, setting it on fire.

The headquarters of the State Police Command in Owerri was also attacked by the gunmen who set fire to almost all vehicles at the station.

Vehicles burnt at the police headquarters

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but residents told Gazette Africa that the gunmen told the detainees to “Go home for Christ is risen” before releasing them.

Formations and police officers, including soldiers, had been attacked in the country since October 2020 after government forces used force against protesters demanding an end to police brutality and the dismantling of a notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria

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UMUAHIA — An office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was set ablaze on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Amaekpu Ohafia Abia State, in south-eastern Nigeria.

The incident occurred amid several reports of attacks on police facilities and government forces in the country.

No casualties were recorded in the attack suspected of being carried out by armed hoodlums, authorities said.

Meanwhile, residents told Gazette Africa that the attack lasted for about 30 minutes, forcing the officers to flee to safety.

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Fulani herders kidnap students in southern Nigeria

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Members of a "bandit" gang pose with weapons at their forest hideout in northwestern Zamfara state, Nigeria, Feb. 22, 2021.

An unknown number of students from Abia State University were kidnapped on Wednesday by gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders.

They were kidnapped along Okigwe-Uturu Road, on the border between Abia and Imo State, in the east of the country.

“Fulani herdsmen who wore military uniforms moved the students to Lokpa. No one knows if they are still alive or not,” a commercial driver told Gazette Africa.

Abia State Information Commissioner John Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said “the students were moving in a minivan from Okigwe to Uturu between 7 pm and 8 pm when they ran into the armed gang who marched them into the nearby forest along with other yet-to-be-identified travellers.

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“Two of the students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others are still being held at a yet-to-be-identified location.”

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, rights activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) condemned the kidnapping, calling it provocative and cowardly.

The head of IPOB ordered the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional non-state security force, to hunt the Fulani herders and rescue the kidnapped students.

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Jihadists kill 31 soldiers in Northeast Nigeria

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At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.

Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), arriving in around 20 vehicles, attacked the convoy on Sunday in the town of Mainok outside the regional capital Maiduguri, killing troops and seizing weapons before storming a nearby base, the two sources said.

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