This weekly update spotlights organized criminality in the Niger Delta with a focus on criminal insurgency in Imo state. According to data (see map below), criminal insurgency – criminal subversion of state legitimacy – and counter-insurgent violence caused over 400 fatalities in Imo State between January 2019 and June 2022. Recent data indicates a rise in criminal insurgency in the State including targeted killing of civilians and government security personnel. In August 2022, for instance, hoodlums reportedly attacked a Divisional Police Headquarters with petrol bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and killed four police officers in Agwa community, Oguta LGA. Separately, in August, gunmen reportedly attacked a market and killed a commercial motorcyclist in Ogbaku community, Mbaitoli LGA. Also, in August, gunmen allegedly killed seven local security guards at different locations in Orogwe community, Owerri West LGA. Recently, on August 25, 2022, gunmen reportedly went on rampage, shot sporadically and burned several properties including houses, shops, and vehicles in Izombe community, Oguta LGA
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