This edition of the weekly update spotlights growing anti-police insurgency in the Niger Delta with a focus on targeted attacks on security facilities and personnel in Rivers State. According to data (see map below), violence against security forces caused over 120 fatalities in Rivers State between 2018 and 2020. Recent incidents indicate an increase in targeted violence against security forces in the State, purportedly driven by growing anti-police insurgency in south-eastern Nigeria. In April, for instance, more than 12 security personnel were reportedly killed in a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen at different locations in Rivers State. In one of the incidents, gunmen reportedly killed eight security personnel at different security checkpoints along Omagwa/Isiokpo/Elele-Owerri expressway in Ikwerre LGA. Separately, in April, gunmen reportedly attacked a military camp and killed four soldiers in Omenema community, Abua/Odual LGA. Recently, on May 07, 2021, seven policemen were reportedly killed in a series of attacks on police stations and security checkpoints at different locations in Obio/Akpor and Emohua LGAs.
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