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11 Jan 2019 | 03:55 AM UTC

Nigeria: Ten dead in intercommunal clashes in Kogi state January 10

Nigeria News Alert

At least ten people killed in intercommunal clashes in Bassa (Kogi state) on January 10

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Kogi state

Event

Violent intercommunal clashes broke out in Bassa local government area (Kogi state) on Thursday, January 10. According to local sources, at least ten people were killed in the fighting, which took place in the village of Lokoja. Security forces have been deployed to the area. Further clashes are possible in Kogi state in the coming days.

Context

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.

Advice

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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