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Soldiers kill dozens of civilians in Orlu, eastern Nigeria



Dozens of civilians have lost their lives in an ongoing military raid on the villages of Orlu, Imo State – in eastern Nigeria.

The incident began after Nigerian army clashed with the local vigilante group, Eastern Security Network, last week, a resident – Okwuonu Nnanna told Gazette Africa.

Government forces, early last month December 2021, began searching for operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a local security group established by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra.

“They discovered Eastern Security Network training camp at Orlu few weeks ago. They came to fight the ESN, those boy chased them out… On 9th Jan Army came and threw tear gas at Banana Junction Orlu and were chased out. So yesterday we saw almost 10 hilux of Nigerian Army and since today na shoot-at-sight ,” says a report.

Nigeria’s regions began establishing local vigilante groups in 2020 to combat worsening insecurity in the country, but the Nigerian military said the local vigilante group established by Kanu was illegal because he is a separatist leader.

“Many people have died since the soldiers began the raid last week, the survivors have fled their homes to safety,” said Judith Ekeke, a student at Imo State University, whose village was raided by soldiers.

A former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who confirmed the report said “the clash between soldiers and members ESN in Orlu, Imo state today has resulted in some deaths & this is unfortunate”.

Leader of the separatist group, Nnamdi Kanu also confirmed the report with a video that he posted on Twitter.

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Shooting between separatists, Cameroonian forces kills civilians



A soldier was killed on Monday by separatist fighters who seized his weapons and left his body in a bush.

A civilian was killed in a shootout between separatist fighters and government forces in Mbalangi, southwest Cameroon.

Four other civilians were injured in the incident on Tuesday.

Government forces were heading to clear a roadblock when the incident occurred, said Cameroon News Agency, which added that an explosive device had been detonated in Ediki.

A faction of separatists in Cameroon had announced a two-week lockdown which it said will begin on September 15 and end on October 2, 2021.

In the Tatum Bui division, in the north-western region of the country, a soldier was killed on Monday by separatist fighters who seized his weapons and left his body in a bush.

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The shootout between government forces and armed separatists seeking an independent state known as Ambazonia, has left scores of civilians dead and injured since the Cameroonian government headed by President Paul Biya failed in establishing a dialogue with aggrieved citizens.

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Nigeria recaptures 108 inmates after prison outbreak




Owerri prison after jailbreak 2021. On April 5, gunmen raided Owerri police headquarters, in Nigeria’s southern Imo state, freeing more than 1,800 inmates.

At least 108 out of 240 inmates who escaped from a prison in central Nigeria have been recaptured, a prison official said Tuesday.

Heavily armed gunmen stormed the Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, in Kogi State, late on Sunday, freeing scores of inmates.

It was unclear who the gunmen were but criminal gangs have terrorised central and northwest Nigeria for years.

“We have a total of 108 inmates rearrested,” Nigeria’s correctional service spokesman Francis Enobore told AFP by phone.

“But as the day progresses, the figure will definitely increase,” he added, saying “several processes have been activated to ensure all inmates are rearrested.”

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At about 2245 GMT on Sunday, the spokesman had said earlier in a statement, numerous attackers “engaged the armed guards in a fierce gun battle.”

The gunmen invaded the prison, which had 294 prisoners in custody at the time, including 224 pre-trial detainees.

A soldier and a police officer lost their lives in the attack, Enobore later added.

Large prison outbreaks are not uncommon in Nigeria.

On April 5, gunmen raided Owerri police headquarters, in Nigeria’s southern Imo state, freeing more than 1,800 inmates.

In addition to fighting criminal gangs who also kidnap people for ransom and rustle cattle, Nigeria’s security forces are facing a violent jihadist insurgency in the northeast and separatist agitation in the southeast.

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Biafran separatists to shut Nigeria’s eastern region on September 14



Youths rally in Anambra 2018, in support of the separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Biafran pro-independence group, has announced that the southeastern region of Nigeria will be closed on September 14, 2021, to mark what they call “saboteurs day”.

The separatist group said the “saboteurs day” is a day to remember— September 14, 2017, when government forces raided the home of its leader Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia, where they killed at least 28 civilians in an attempted assassinate the separatist leader.

It is also a day to remember all those who betrayed their comrades and sabotaged the struggle to restore the sovereign state of Biafra, said IPOB.

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No official statement is made on the issue by the Federal Government of Nigeria which has almost lost control of the eastern region of the country.

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB is still detained by the Nigerian authorities who had illegally repatriated him in July 2021 to Nigeria after his arrest in Kenya.

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