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Six killed at southern Nigerian police station - spokesman

CommoditiesMay 09, 2021 23:12
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ONITSHA, Nigeria May 9 (Reuters) - Armed attackers killed
six people at a police station in southern Nigeria, a police
spokesman said on Sunday, bringing the total number of officers
killed over the weekend to 12 amid escalating violence
nationwide.
The attack early on Saturday morning in Akwa Ibom state
killed five officers and one of their wives, spokesman Odiko
Mcdon told Reuters.
The killings followed three attacks on Friday night in the
southern oil hub of Rivers state where seven officers were
killed. Rivers is the home to Port Harcourt, the gateway to the
oil-rich Delta region - while Akwa Ibom state is also oil
producing.
Rising violence across Nigeria, Africa's most populous
nation and its biggest economy, has alarmed residents and
observers. Parliament last week called for a comprehensive
response to mounting insecurity and the lower house urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency.
Since December, bandits have kidnapped more than 700 people
from schools in the northwest, Islamist militants have killed
scores of soldiers and civilians in the northeast and kidnapping
and crime have increased nationwide.

(Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha, writing By Libby George;
editing by Diane Craft)

Six killed at southern Nigerian police station - spokesman
 

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