Calls for secession are mounting. Over the past week there was a protest of the Yoruba Nation held in Lagos on Saturday 3 July. The meeting was broken up by police, who killed a young woman who was caught in crossfire.

With international and local attention largely focussed on the arrest of Igbo secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu, the continuing incidents of violence in the south have gone unreported. We provide an updated list of incidents below: 2 July 2021 – A member of ISWAP, Mr Ibrahim Musa, was arrested by troops from AWATSE, during their patrols in Sango-Ota, Ogun State. The troops established routine patrols around the pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Mabgero, Akute, Gaun, and Wawa 1 and 2 areas. Ibrahim Musa was on his way to Lagos in an attempt to acquire items for ISWAPS missions in Maiduguri, before being arrested. Similarly, Mr Oyeshola Saheed was arrested for illegally supervising oil bunkering activities and named the financier and sponsor of these activities, Mr Akanbi. The spokesman for the Defence Military Operations (DMO), stated that they recovered 2 PKT’s, 44 AK-47 guns, 7 gun trucks, 7 anti-aircraft guns, multiple ammunition for various calibres, and other materials including clothing, food, weapon cleaning materials, blankets, materials for Improvised Explosive Devices, vehicles, and religious scripts. Further, 55 escapees surrendered themselves from terrorist camps to the troops at Darajemel, Borno State, they included 12 females, 27 children and 15 men. 2 July 2021 – The Nigerian Army invaded Ekpoffo and Akpugo communities in Enugu State, where over 100 armed forces blocked off roads to the communities, ransacked their houses, moving between residents homes and setting some ablaze, after abducting some of the youth to unknown locations. No reason was given for the invasion, however, villagers think it may be connected to the recent sacking of the armed Fulani militia from their communities. Members of the communities are relocating to the city center for safety and most of the youth have run away. Police officials refused to comment on the incident. 3 July 2021 – Around 16:45 three children, Abdullahi Abubakar, Abubakar Abdullahi and Abubakar Aminu were victims of an explosion in Shagari Close, Badarawa in Kaduna State. An Improvised Explosive Device was disguised in a common children’s drink, Viju Milk, which was used by these 3 children as a football. While they were playing, two of these bottles exploded and resulted in the death of Abubakar Aminu, while Abdullahi Abubakar is still in hospital and Abubakar Abdullahi was released with major injuries. The Command’s Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) ensure a holistic investigation is taking place and normalcy will be restored.


Additionally, on 4 July 2021, around 1 am the Divisional Police Headquarters in Saye Zaria LGA of Kaduna State was attacked in an attempt to overrun the station. However, the officers on duty were alert and met the attackers with firm resistance and forced them to retreat into the forest with some sustaining bullet wounds. 5 July 2021 – According to police, around 15:00 GMT, armed bandits attacked the Saye Tuberculosis and Leprosy Health Center in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, and kidnapped 8 medical center employees; local sources say 15 people were kidnapped. A police station was attacked with gunfire and set on fire as a distraction, while numerous armed men struck the Health Centers dormitories. Local sources confirm the attackers operate out of the Rugu forest, which spreads across Kaduna state, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger. These attacks are usually associated with material gain, however in the Northeast of Nigeria selected attackers have sworn allegiances to jihadist organisations, many miles away. 5 July 2021 – 140 students from the Bethel Baptist High School, in Kaduna State, were abducted by armed attackers while they were asleep. Emmanuel Paul, a teacher at the boarding school, confirmed only 25 students managed to escape while the gunmen overpowered the security guards and opened fire. Police validate that a tactical team is on a rescue mission to return all the students safely, however, since December over 1000 students alone have been abducted in Nigeria. Many victims have been released after negotiation, although some students are still being held or missing. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, refuses to pay any type of ransom money, however, the continuous attacks on the state suggest the armed bandits are trying to break the governors ruling. 5 July 2021 – The director-general of the schools quality assurance authority in Kaduna state, Umma Ahmed, issued a circular to close certain schools after the attack on the Bethel Baptist High School that morning. Key stakeholders and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), similarly closed certain vulnerable schools after hosting a meeting following that morning’s attack. Ahmed insists that if schools do not comply there will be “appropriate sanctions”. An anonymous principal that school was shut, stated that no meetings were held or any other forms of communications about the closure, only a circular was sent to them. 7 July 2021 – Currently the known total number of students that have been abducted has raised to 348 students from Kebbi, Niger and Kaduna State.

Some of these include:

– 136 students from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina in Niger state have yet to be released by the bandits as they cannot afford a ransom of N100m (abducted: 30 May 2021).

– 7 staff members and 83 students from the Federal Government College, Kebbi State remain in captivity. An additional 8 staff members and 94 students abducted 19 days after the first attack.

– 2 lecturers and 8 students in the Kaduna State-owned Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, in Zaire were abducted and continue to be held, as the kidnappers request an N22.5m ransom (10 June 2021).

A woman whose son was one of the victims of the numerous kidnappings received a phone call from an unidentified number. Her son was on the other end and all he could tell her was that the people who abducted him did not want ransom money from her, only for her to tell the government that four of their leaders are to be released from police custody immediately and the line went dead.

Atiku Bagudu, the governor of Kibbi State, was asked what they are doing about the kidnappings and Bagudu revealed that the security forces in the state report to the Federal Government and the governors have limitations in directing the security forces. Thus, the Federal Government needs to be more proactive in their approach to kidnappings.

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