Between January and October 2022, over 4000 Nigerians have been killed and 2315 abducted. This is according to the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, published in their latest report. The report lists Benue and Taraba states as the most affected, with 463 and 450 deaths respectively, with the violence affecting mostly Christians. Kaduna state had 395 killed, while Niger had 314 and Plateau 312. In the same time period, Borno state recorded 240 deaths. The report asserts that the killings are as a result of the incursions being made by Nigeria’s Islamic terror Jihadist groups, with a large number of them being Fulani Herdsmen, along with homegrown Islamic terror groups such as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Boko Haram and Ansaru. The three Islamic terror groups are responsible for 450 deaths with the Fulani Herdsmen and their associates are responsible for another 370 Christian deaths in the time period January to October 2022. The report expands on the abductions also: “The 4020 Christian deaths in ten months further indicated 402 deaths per month and 13 deaths per day. In the area of the 2315 Christian abductions in ten months of 2022, it amounted to 231 Christian abductions per month and approximately eight abductions per day.” https://saharareporters.com/2022/11/09/benue-taraba-kaduna-top-states-jihadistterrorists-killings-abductions-nigeria-report

 

In an attack last week Monday, gunmen kidnapped at least 80 people and killed another in attacks in the northwest of Zamfara state. In Masu, Bukkuyum Local Government Area, bandits kidnapped people. Ismail Junjiri, whose wife was one of those kidnapped, says armed men showed up in the village on Monday morning, and rounded up scores of women and men and disappeared with them into the forest. Sarkin Fawa Masu, a traditional leader, says, “We had married women being abducted along with quite unknown number of innocent farmers.” some were later released, with about 27 still remaining in captivity. In another attack in Zonai, Gusau Local Government Area, some 20 people, working in their fields, were taken, according to Lawali Abdullahi Zonai, the head of the village. Also in Yar Tasha, gunmen killed 11 people and abducted at least seven farmers this previous Sunday. Zamfara state police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, did not respond to requests for comment. https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/2242360-nkorea-denies-arms-dealings-with-russia-says-it-has-noplans-to-do-so

 

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) have released a statement pointing the finger at the Nigerian military, and accusing them of aiding and abetting Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in their invasions of forest in the south east and Igbo inhabited parts of Kogi, Nassarawa and Benue states, beginning in 2016. the report, released on 14 November, and signed by Intersociety principal officers; Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chinwe Umeche Esquire, Obianuju Joy Igboeli Esquire and Chidinma Udegbuman Esquire, and reads as follows: “The armed Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen’s jihadist incursion into the East particularly in forests, farmlands and bushes of Delta State, Edo State, Ebonyi State, Anambra State, Enugu State, Imo State, Abia State, Rivers State, Cross River State, Akwa Ibom and some parts of Bayelsa State and Igbo parts of Kogi, Nassarawa and Benue States in the North-Central was aided and abetted during the military operations starting from the first Nigerian military operation in 2016. This is to the extent that the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen were militarily aided to invade and occupy not less than 700 locations in the three Regions above mentioned. The jihadist invasion and occupation had taken place between beginning of 2016 and last quarter of 2018-with their reinforcements sustained since then under the watch and protection of the military; leading to emergence of counter jihadist non state actor armed opposition groups. The military siege and terror enveloping the joint communal forest (“Be Atunshi Forest”) of Egudene (Akpawfu), Amechi Idoodo and Amegunze Communities in Nkanu-East of Enugu State is a clear case in point. It was found by Intersociety in 2021 that the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen staged a fierce come back in 2021 aided by the military after being communally dislodged in March 2020. This also led to not less than six military raids, killings and civilian house property burnings or destructions in Akpawfu Community and environs since 2021. According to a former Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of ICT, Retired DIG Ozo Celestine Okoye, “Fulani Herdsmen armed with AK-47 Riffles had already occupied 332 locations in the South-East alone”. See the New Telegraph Newspaper of 27 th March 2021.” “There are no fewer than 81 Igbo communities presently under military siege and terror. The military siege and terror in the affected communities are perpetrated through permanent or temporal military occupation of the areas or constant military patrols with attendant atrocious and other internationally prohibited conducts. The communities are: Izombe/Oguta, Imo State; interior parts of Ogbaru, Anambra State; Amangwu-Ohafia and its neighbors in Ohafia; Uturu and its environs in Abia State; Asa, Ogwe, Isialangwa, Etche and Owerre-Nta in Abia State; Egudene (Akpawfu)/Amechi Idoodo/Amegunze in Nkanu-East, Enugu State; Amichi/Ebenator/Ukpor, Anambra State; Uli, Orsumoghu, Lilu, Amorka and Ihiala in Ihiala, Anambra State; Ihitenansa, Orsu-Ihiteukwa, Eziawa and Umuhu-Okabia in Orsu, Imo State; Awomama, Amiri and Akatta in Oru East; Omuma, Otulu and Mgbidi in Oru West, Imo State; Ajalli, Ufuma, Ndiokolo and Awgbu in Orumba North; Nando, Nsugbe, Aguleri, Igbariam, Umueri and Umuleri in Anambra East, Umunya and Nteje in Oyi; Omor, Igbakwu, Anaku and Omasi in Ayamelum; Agulu in Anaocha, Amansea, Achalla and Ebenebe in Awka South; Umunze, Owerre-Ezukala and Ogbunka in Orumba South, Anambra State; Ogwa and Mbaitoli in Mbaitoli, Imo State; Orlu and its environs in Imo State; Umunneochi and its environs in Abia State; Okigwe and its environs in Imo State; Isiukwuato and its environs in Abia State; Ohaji-Egbema and its environs in Imo State; Obigbo and Ikwere in Rivers State; Nsukka, Uzo-Uwani, Igbo-Eze North/South and Igbo-Etiti and parts of Isi-Uzo in Enugu State; Ozalla-Nkanu West and parts of Udi, Ani-Nri, Awgu and Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi Nsukka Axis in Enugu State; and Efium and Ezza in Ohaukwu, Egedege/Ishielu, Ishiagu, Afikpo, Onicha and Abakiliki metropolis in Ebonyi State. “The military siege and terror in the named 81 Igbo-Christian communities have not only become a reoccurring decimal but also heightened Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen attacks and attacks by well-armed street criminal entities. It was observed in the course of this Special Investigation that about 70% of the named communities host highest concentration of Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen invasion and their jihadist genocidal attacks since 2016 (Ukpabi-Nimbo). Many of the affected 81 communities are also under attacks by non-state actor street criminal entities including gangs of kidnappers, armed robbers, cultists, ritualists and criminal miners of solid minerals. In other words, the affected communities have continued to record the highest incidences of the trio of military terror, jihadist attacks and attacks by well-armed street criminal/counterfeiting entities. These are despite the fact that the communities record the highest presence or concentration of military and police deployments. It was further investigated and observed that the deployed security forces in the areas have been turning their guns and sworn duties against innocent and defenceless road users and local inhabitants and channel same into protecting the jihadist and street criminal gangs as well as aiding and abetting their criminalities including partaking in kidnapping, mining, robbery and jihadist attacks. Totality of these has forced the affected communities and visitor-road users into being militarily terrorized and inflicted with fears or severally killed, abducted, tortured, disappeared, sexually harassed-with their defenceless houses and other properties burned down or destroyed beyond repair and recognition.” “There has been systematic policy of disproportionate and discriminatory internal security and defence high ranking postings by Nigerian Government and the country’s internal security and defence establishments. This has been the case in the East since 2016. In investigations carried out by Intersociety in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022, it was observed that about 95% of the heads of security and defence formations in the East have been allocated to senior security and defence officers from outside the East who are mainly Muslims; a clear evidence of the Government of Nigeria’s “structural violence” against the East. This is to the extent that the current GOC, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt is Major Gen Aminu Chinade (Northern Muslim), GOC 82 Division, Enugu is Major Gen Umar Musa (Northern Muslim), 34 Brigade Commander, Obinze is Brig Gen Sani Suleiman (Northern Muslim), 14 Brigade Commander, Ohafia is Brig Gen Adegoke Adetuyi (South-West indigene), Brig Commander, 2 Brigade, Uyo is Brig Gen Abubakar Wase (Northern Muslim), Commander, 302 Artillery of Nigerian Army, Onitsha is Col M.B. Abubakar (Northern Muslim), Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola is Air Officer Commanding Ground Tactical Command, Enugu;

CP Mustapha Bala Mohammed is Commissioner of Police, Abia State (Northern Muslim), CP Ahmed Ammani is CP, Enugu State (Northern Muslim), CP Muhammed Ali is CP, Delta State (Northern Muslim), CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde is CP, Imo State (Northern Muslim) and CP Aliyu Garba is CP, Ebonyi State (Northern Muslim). These are just to mention but a few.

“As a matter of fact, too, none of the four serving Police AIGs in the East in charge of Zone 6 Calabar (Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola), Zone 13 Awka (Abutu Yaro), Zone 5 Benin (Lawan Jimeta) and Zone 9 Umuahia (Isaac Akinmoyede) is from the East. It is further observed that at least 90% of the principal officers in all the military (army, navy and air force), police and spy-police formations in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River, Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra and Abia States are in the hands of non-Easterners who are mainly Muslims. Totality of these explains the high incidence of hateful and discriminatory policing and soldiering in the East particularly in the South-East; to the extent that the ethnically and religiously lopsided security and defense chiefs in the East have designated citizens bearing Igbo-Christian names irrespective of their age bracket or gender as “criminal class”. “Intersociety has documented pieces of evidence showing how deployed security forces open fire on defenseless passers-by around the crime scenes; killing them and labeling them “gunned down unknown gunmen or IPOB/ESN members”. Soldiers also hide under flimsy excuses to launch deadly attacks on several communities, killing locals and setting their houses ablaze.

“Few days ago at Izombe-Oguta in Imo State, houses were burned down and scores killed on account of alleged killing of a Dangote Truck Driver by non state actor gunmen. In Isuofia-Aguata, Anambra State, a soldier escaping from the scene of unknown gunmen attack corked his riffle and killed a defenseless civilian running into his compound to escape the gunfire between soldiers and some armed persons. “The open partisanship and hateful policing and soldiering by the deployed security forces and their commanders are so alarming and shocking that non-Easterners especially members of Muslim population living in the East are more protected and secured much more than members of the indigenous Eastern Christian population. The study done by Intersociety in 2021/2022 to ascertain the ethnic and religious identity composition of the Nigeria’s top security, defense and justice headships clearly indicated that “out of 22 of such top positions, Muslims are in control of 18”. These have corrupted and bastardized the principle of neutrality and secularism in the procedural and operational codes or guidelines of the country’s security and defence forces particularly in the East especially since June 2015. “Today, “membership and sponsorship of IPOB/ESN” is recklessly and indiscriminately used by the deployed military and police crack squads in the East to unleash grisly and egregious terror on defenceless citizens of the region. The citizens in the Region are so profiled or discriminated against in the line of security duty that those arrested with Igbo-Christian names are instantly deemed as “condemned criminals” just because of their ethnic and religious identities “Members of other tribes particularly those bearing South-West (Yoruba) and Northern Muslim names are deemed ‘incapable of being felonious criminals” the East. Intersociety has also investigated and found that citizens arrested at social functions or entertainment arenas in the East are instantly tagged “IPOB/ESN members” or “mothers/fathers/wives/sons/daughters/in-laws/sisters/brothers/relatives/girlfriends of IPOB/ESN members”.

Arrested suspected street felons (.i.e. armed robbery suspects and suspected cultists, hired killers, property thieves, rapists, drug/human traffickers, kidnappers, murderers, carjackers, shoplifters, cyber criminals, solid mineral criminal miners etc.) are routinely paraded publicly as “IPOB/ESN members” and later shot and killed or detained and tortured to death or held incommunicado for years without trial. Heavily pregnant mothers or those in the hospital labour wards are tagged “wives or sisters of IPOB/ESN members” and abducted and humiliated,” https://newsexpressngr.com/news/171317

 

A Catholic priest, who was abducted, was rescued by the local community. Rev Fr Cyril Okafor was taken by kidnappers on Tuesday 14 November, from Holy Ghost Adoration Center, Igboukwu, Anambra state. He was recovered in Umueri. In a statement released by President General of Umueri community, Amb Chief Johnny Chukwudi Metchie, Fr Okafor was rescued at about 4 am on Wednesday 15 November, when a vigilante team intercepted the kidnappers. The statement says the priest was taken to Enugu and then to Nteje by the kidnappers before he was dumped in an abandoned house in Umueri. Amb Metchie warms that criminal elements should stay away from Umueri, and Omambala region, saying that the joint task force would be on their tails. He also encouraged community members to remain vigilant and to work with local security where able to ensure that these types of crimes are reduced. “While investigation is going on, we beg everyone to be alert and report any suspicious person to the vigilante group. Get to know your neighbor and be worried when you see an unknown face in any abandoned or uncompleted building,” he says. https://metrodailyng.com/vigilante-rescue-anambras-abducted-catholic-priest-fr-cyril-okafor/

 

Intersociety has accused the Nigerian Army and navy of allegedly killing at least eight unarmed, defenseless and innocent people in the Umuona and Isuofia, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, and injuring many more. This was apparently in retaliation for recent attacks on military at a military checkpoints by unknown gunmen. According to Intersociety, “no fewer than eight unarmed and defenseless citizens were gunned down by personnel of the Nigerian Military comprising Nigerian Army and Nigerian navy at Umuona and Isuofia in Aguata Local Government of Anambra State. the latest kills by the Military started 10-30 minutes after the last week Saturday (12 November 2022) attack by non-state actor armed persons commonly referred as “unknown gunmen”, at a military checkpoint located at Isuofia-Unuona Roundabout (Afor-Uzo Junction) by St Patrick Catholic Church in Isuofia; the hometown of Gov Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state. The military checkpoint is originally manned by Nigerian Naval personnel from the Onitsha (Ogbaru) Base. the Nigerian Military personnel involved in the mass killing are personnel of the Nigerian Navy and soldiers of the Nigerian Army (Onitsha 302 Artillery Regiment and General Support) who had also during the shooting, shot and injured scores of unarmed and defenseless citizens. according to findings by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (intersociety), the unknown gunmen had in the morning (at about 9am) of Saturday 12 th Nov 2022 launched an impromptu attack at Isuofia Military checkpoint, killing a soldier. The attack lasted less than ten minutes after which the unknown gunmen escaped uncaught through Isuofia-Umuona Road into Aguluzigbo using Umuona-Agulazigbo Bypass. The unknown gunmen had escaped by jumping and dodging potholes and bumps in high speed. The shooting incident created panics and fears, disrupting vehicular and pedestrian movements and grounded other social activities in Isuofia and environs. Shockingly, about ten minutes after the attack at Isuofia, survived soldiers joined by others went on terminal or deadly shooting spree, creating more panics and forcing defenseless citizens to flee for safety. it was in the process that four defenseless citizens were shot dead including a cyclist, a teenage boy going to his mother’s shop where she fries beans cake, a half-dead man shattered by military bullets, bundled into military vehicle by soldiers and a man running into his compound for safety and shot and killed by an armed soldier escaping from the scene. About 20-30 minutes later, soldiers regrouped and headed to Orie-Umuona Market Square by St Maria De Goretti Catholic Church, Umuona where they opened fire on defenseless citizens running for safety, killing four and injuring scores. One of the slain citizens, and indigene of Unuona escaping from shooting bullets, was pursued by a soldier into a family compound where he was dragged out, shot on his sensitive head-body region and killed instantly. The soldiers instantly picked three of the corpses on the spot while another slain body lying lifeless close to St Maria de Goretti Catholic Church, Umuona, was later picked and dumped in a military patrol van and taken away. Hours later, the Nigerian Military authorities costumed and camouflaged the unarmed dead bodies and publicly displayed them as: gunned down unknown gunmen”. this, the military personnel did, in addition to shattering the back windscreen of a Venzer car possibly abandoned for safety by an innocent road user and displayed same as “a vehicle recovered from the unknown gunmen”. intersociety reiterates that citizens from the east face “class criminalization, stigmatization and hate policing and soldiering (while the country is) silently undergoing war of annihilation and religious conquest in the hands of ethically and religiously radicalized security and defense agencies, agents and commanders. today, the unarmed and defenseless population in the East are recklessly and indiscriminately singled out and targeted for brutalization, degradation, abduction and mass killing in revenge for loss of security personnel killed by “known gunmen” and “unknown gunmen”. Therefore, Nigerian military and other security agencies and their commanders deployed in the east must leave the defenseless easterners alone and go after the non-state actor fighting parties troubling them and exposing their gross incompetence, crudity ad barbarism. They must also stop class criminalization and operational hatred against eastern civilian population and their defenseless properties. The flooding of eastern Nigeria with 90% Muslim security and defense officers and rank and file must also stop. we make bold to say that Eastern Nigeria is silently undergoing war of annihilation and religious conquest in the hands of ethnically and religiously radicalized security and defense agencies, agents and commanders.” https://afripost.ng/2022/11/19/military-fingered-in-killing-unarmed-citizens-in-soludos-hometowntagging-them-gunmen/amp/

 

A parish priest in Ogoja, Cross River State, has been kidnapped. Fr Peter Abang Ochang, the priest of St Stephen Roman Catholic Mission church, was kidnapped in the state of Nasarawa, along with some members of St Jude Society. He and the St Jude members were on their way to Abuja on 24 November, when they were attacked and taken by force into the bush. The news of their kidnapping was released by Fr Fidelis Kajibia, the administrator of St Benedict, Igoli Ogoja, which was later confirmed by the diocesan council of education in the Catholic diocese of Ogoja, through its president, Peter Nandi Bette, on his Facebook page. Police have yet to confirm the incident.

In another case, Fr Victor Ishiwu, parish priest of St Jude Church in Eburummiri, Ibagwa-Aka, Igbo-Eze South local government area of Enugu state, who was kidnapped on 19 November, has been released. “Father Victor was released in the mountains two days ago. He is in good health,” says Father Benjamin Achi, director of communications for the Enugu diocese. http://www.fides.org/en/news/73094AFRICA_NIGERIA_New_kidnapping_of_a_priest_together_with_a_group_of_faithful_released_another_priest_kidna pped_last_week

 

In Agu-Amede, Mgbuji, and Umujiovu-Eboh communities in EhaAmufu, in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area Enugu State, herdsmen have reportedly killed three people. The attacks took place last week on Friday and Saturday. This brings to 20 the number of people the herdsmen are accused of killing. The spokesman for Mgbuji, Chijioke Ogbodo, said two villagers were killed when they were monitoring the exit routes in the community. “Three of our boys monitoring the exit routes were attacked on Friday by armed Fulani herdsmen who killed two of them. Luckily, one escaped and returned to inform him community otherwise may would have been massacred. This one happened during the state governor’s visit to the community. Since they started attacking our community, neither the police nor the military had arrested any of them. We received information this morning also that they are coming for another attack. As I speak to you, many residents have relocated to other communities for safety.” relaying information about the attack on Agu-Amede community, Ogenyi Odo, had this to say: “On Sunday around 7:12am, Sunday Ogbuabour, and his son, Ifeanyi, were going to the farm when seven armed herdsmen attacked them. He was killed but his son escaped with machete cuts. We are at the mercy of Fulani armed herdsmen. Our people are afraid of going to farm. So many people have been forced into IDPs camps. How can soldiers and policemen be here and these terrorists will continue to have unhindered access to be attacking our community.” Daniel Ndukwe, Police Public Relations Officer, did not have any response to the attacks. https://punchng.com/again-herdsmen-invadeenugu-communities-kill-three/

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