This weekly update spotlights lethal violence in the Niger Delta with a focus on the growing threat of gun related violence in Cross River State. According to data (see map below), gun violence caused over 150 fatalities in Cross River State between January 2018 and March 2022. Recent incidents indicate a rise in gun violence in the state, particularly targeted killing of government security operatives by gunmen. In March 2022, for instance, gunmen reportedly attacked a security checkpoint and killed two police officers in Obubra town, Obubra LGA. In May, suspected militants reportedly killed a marine police officer and injured several others during a gun battle at Ikang jetty in Bakassi LGA. Separately, in May, gunmen reportedly killed a police officer at the venue of the primary election of a major political party in Obudu town, Obudu LGA. Also, in May, gunmen suspected to be Ambazonia separatist militias reportedly killed seven motorcyclists in Bashu community, Boki LGA. Recently, on June 02, 2022, gunmen reportedly killed a policeman, abducted a shop owner and robbed several residents in Calabar, the state capital.
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