Violent intercommunal clashes broke out in the Bassa local government area of Kogi state in the early hours (local time) of Monday, October 8. According to local sources, at least 17 people were killed in the attack, which took place in the village of Mozum. Security forces have been deployed to the area. Further clashes are possible in Kogi state in the coming days.
Ethnic and sectarian clashes are common in Nigeria. Central Nigeria and adjacent areas have become the scene of almost daily clashes between farmers and the largely nomadic herders in a battle for land and resources. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recently reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence in Nigeria are higher than those related to terrorism - also a major security concern in the country.
Individuals in Kogi state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and home governments.
In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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