At least 20 people were killed in recent raids in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi state in Northeast Nigeria. Alkaleri is the same area where Nigeria’s President not long ago kicked off oil exploitation.
The district head of Yelwan Duguri, Adamu Mohammed Duguri, disclosed the incident and the attacks on communities during a condolence visit on Thursday by the Governor of the state, Bala Mohammed.
According to the traditional leader, the casualties were recorded in the Rimi community, where the worst attack occurred. While an attempt by the attackers in Kafin Duguri failed due to resistance from the villagers.
“You are known to be men, you should not allow these bad elements to subdue you, defend your land and liberate yourselves. You should rise up, take up arms and defend yourselves,” the Governor was quoted to have said.
The Local Government Area, which is part of the locations of oil drilling in the Kolmani river field, is facing violent raids, cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, twelve members of an armed group were killed in a firefight with security forces conducting an operation.
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