The situation in the South East of Nigeria continues to deteriorate alarmingly, with a daily increase in attacks by Fulani militia, and violence by security forces. Imo State is in a state of siege, with soldiers opening fire on civilians. All across the region police stations and courts have been burned down. Most people in the South East do not travel at night anymore, and are afraid to leave their houses except when absolutely necessary. An undercurrent of ethnicity is being seen, with Fulani militia in Benue State specifically targeting Igbo speaking communities. Already there are large numbers of internally displaced people. The picture at left shows forcefully displaced youth sleeping in a forest in Imo State.

Below we give a summary of reported incidents over the period 24 May to 1 June 2021.

24 May 2021 – at 4 am on Monday, four police officers were killed and the Divisional Police Headquarters was set on fire in Iwollo, Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state. The policemen who resisted against the criminals were shot at and others sustained various injuries. Daniel Ndukwe, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the event and ensured a manhunt has been launched, appealing to the public for any further information. The State Commissioner, Mohammed Aliyu, his management team, and Tactical and Operational Commanders visited the station for an on-the-spot assessment.

25 May 2021 – A video is released showing an endless herd of cows migrating from Ebonyi through Wanikade in Yala LGA, northern Cross River state. A text message went out as early as 3 am to warn people of the mass cow migration that was occurring. The residents did not know who was directing the cows or the reasoning for the event, and when questioning the herders, it was found that they did not know their final destination, only Al Haji knew. It has not even been 24-hours since the Governor of Cross River state joined the APC, leaving the residents to question if this is APC’s doing and if it is the developmental plan the Governor spoke of to align the state for its future development and security. Interestingly, the road connects to Benue state, but instead, the cows are branching off into the famous Wanikade market. Wanikade security is out in full force insisting that no group of cows are going to stay in the area. Similarly, as the cows pass the St. John’s Catholic Church, members of the church, particularly the youth, align themselves along the route to prevent the cows from coming near the church compound and neighbouring farms.

25 May 2021 – A suicide bomber exploded, around 12 pm, when his suicide vest blew up his body in Afikpo town, Ebonyi state. Just before the incident, the suicide bomber made an attempt to enter Amaizu Primary School, however he was turned away as he did not have a valid reason for entering the premises. Immediately, he began running to a nearby bush where the vest subsequently exploded and his disfigured dead body lay in the open. Panic spread through the community, as the biggest market in the area, Eke Market Afikpo, was nearby. Stanley Okoro, the commissioner for internal security, did not have further details but confirmed the incident.

27 May 2021 – Fear that the 2023 general elections for Nigeria are going to be in jeopardy, as many parts of Nigeria are experiencing a civil war, states a human rights lawyer Femi Fulani. The constitutional amendment can only be meaningful if stability and peace are achieved in Nigeria. Currently, this is not the case, as seen police stations and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices are being burnt to the ground, proving an atmosphere of political instability.

28 May 2021 – A video released shows 3 military vans that are fully loaded and transporting innocent civilians corpses that were killed by the armed Fulani militia in Owerri. The vans are transporting the bodies for a burial that will take place at the Relief Market Cemetery.

28 May 2021 – Armed Fulani militia have killed more than 100 people and displaced more than 600 residents in communities of Benue State alone. In Kwaghaondo village, 13 people were killed and over 600 displaced as the armed Fulani militia invade the village, murder the residents on sight and claim their land. They continue to move towards the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Benue State, additionally killing 36 people from Shikaan village, which is extremely close to the council headquarters. Furthermore, on Saturday the armed Fulani militia murdered no less than 100 people in attacks in Utang, Mberey, Mbayongo and Yoyo wards within the state.

29 May 2021 – The police station in Umuahia, the Abia State capital was attacked by armed Fulani militia where they opened fire and set the building alight. Not all details have been released yet.

29 May 2021 – Around 1 am to 2 am armed Fulani militia destroyed the Atta Divisional Police Headquarters, Atta Magistrate, the High Court and vandalized the neighbourhoods health care centre in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State. The community heard gunshot continuously for about one hour before the government facilities were set alight. Only one week prior, Chijioke Duruonyeokwu, the president-general of the community house was burnt down and his wife was murdered.

29 May 2021 – The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) proscribed a ‘sit-at-home’ order between the south-east states, halting social and economic activities in Imo state from 29 May 2021 to 31 May 2021. Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, stated that the ‘sit-at-home’ order was implemented to pay respect to all the Biafrans who were killed during the 3-year civil war in Nigeria. The state commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, assured there would be adequate security implemented and residents should not fear leaving their homes, urging the communities to ignore the order. Mass delays occurred on the Niger Bridge, Onitsha in Anambra state, where travellers reported sitting for hours waiting to pass through security checks. A commercial driver, Kelechi Onwudiwe, believes the soldiers deliberately caused traffic to find members of IPOB. However, the Anambra police public relations officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, assures that these are routine security checks.

30 May 2021 – 50 people attending Enugu church were marched away in a single line formation by the Nigerian army and police as they were suspected of being members of IPOB.

21 – 25 May 2021 – Terrorist attacks contributed to killing 27 innocent civilians in Northern Plateau State, Nigeria. Wiki Moses and her two young children were part of the deceased.

23 May 2021 – armed Fulani militia came down from the villages Kwi and Dong in Jos North, Plateau State, where they murdered 16 civilians and castrated many more. Around 9pm, the Rantiya Police Division Headquarters was within earshot distance, being 2.5 miles away from the village and heard the shooting in the village begin. Police officers did not want to enter the shoot out until an armoured personnel carrier was secured, even though they could hear the shooting occurring, stated a top police official of the state . Police entered Dong after the shooting, around 10:30pm, and found 8 of the residents dead, along with a family of six. Additionally, the first respondents could not assist, as they were waiting for APC resources to arrive. Further, seven residents were found dead in Kwi. A human rights lawyer, Solomon Dalyop, confirmed the Nigerian Army only arrived to the scene at 8 am the following morning, even though the Maxwell Khobe army base is only 1 mile away from Dong.

25 May 2021 – Mangawa Bulus was one of three people killed after leaving a funeral in Miango. Bulus was a 32 year old male who was known to be an amazing gospel singer. After a week of attacks on Plateau by the armed Fulani militia, four friends attended a funeral for victims of the wave of slaughters. On their walk home, they were met with further bullets and Mangawa Bulus was hit in the neck and unable to make it to the hospital in time. The week-long attacks on Northern Plateau were targeted towards farmers with an aim to prevent them going to their fields during planting season, risking a significant chance of future food shortages.

The barbarity of the attacks are under-reported by Western media sources, creating an illusion of ‘silent-slaughters’, especially because the criminals are being portrayed as ‘bandits’ or ‘herders’ instead of armed Fulani militia and ‘jihadists’. Officials within the Africa bureau in the State Department and the US Ambassador in Nigeria are in denial about the intensity of atrocities occurring.

29 May 2021 – Many Christians and children are being butchered to death by armed Fulani militia in their attacks through Nigeria. Solomon Mandiks, a Christian rights advocate and resident of Kwi village, spoke of watching the armed Fulani militia “butcher” 14 Christians, 8 of them were members of his family. In a different attack that occurred on the same day, in Dong village, 8 other Christians were killed by the same tactics. The attackers are heard to shout “Allahu Akbar” and communicate with each other in the Fulani language. Pastor Jonathan Kyoomnom Bala, pastor of the ECWA Church in Dong, said that the Nigerian police and soldiers do not help when attacks are occurring and only arrive after the killing spree has happened.

30 May 2021 –  A video is released showing the Nigerian army continuously shooting towards innocent Biafrans as they run for their lives in Oboama Enyiogugu Mbaise, Imo State.

30 May 2021 – Nigerian police are seen on a live video escorting and arresting numerous men, while they were praying at Owerri road Asata Enugu State, Nigeria. These men are walking in a single file line with the hands above their heads, only holding bibles.

31 May 2021 – in a video, 3 unknown gunmen take a man take a man out of a car and continue to shoot and kill him in clear daylight, leaving his body on the side of the road in a built up area in Enugu State, Nigeria.

31 May 2021 – Ahmed Gulak made a short video few days prior, where he called on President Buhari to “remove, arrest and prosecute Major General [Babagana] Munguno” the National Security Advisor. Gulak makes claims that he is corrupt and stealing money from the people, stating that Babagana Munguno does not have Nigeria and her peoples interests at heart. After a few days of Gulak releasing his video, he was murdered in Imo State, suspected to rope IPOB members in. Questions arise about those who invited him to Owerri knowing more than what they are letting on, as Gulak suspiciously left his hotel room around midnight with no security presence.

1 June 2021 – Gunmen burnt down five police stations, by throwing explosives and injuring police officers on duty, in a single week in Imo State. The Isu Divisional Police Headquarters, located in Amandugba, was first targeted on the Monday, where it was torched after a gun battle and a few police officers on duty were injured.  The Omuma Divisional Police Headquarters in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, was the fifth police facility to be set on fire within a week, the others include the Izombe, Atta, Orji and the Isu headquarters.

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