Nigeria

NIGERIA – FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY – ABUJA – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/18 12:00

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has cautioned the Police officers, particularly the Lagos State Command, who are planning to protest over their unpaid six-month salary arrears to cease their actions. This follows after the Officers of Nigeria Police Officers, Lagos State Command, announced plans to protest over non-payment of their arrears between January 2022 and June 2022 and threatened to embark on protest. General Baba stated that the unpaid salaries were due to the shortage of funds released by the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Baba further assured the officers that their unpaid salaries will be issued as soon as the funds is released by the Federal Government.

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NIGERIA – FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY – ABUJA – TRAVEL 2023/01/17 19:30

The United Kingdom (UK) Government has issued an updated travel advisory to UK citizens in Nigeria today, 17 January 2023. The travel advisory notes that a heightened risk of terrorist attacks is prevalent in various regions of the country. Attacks are likely to be indiscriminate and affect western interests, as well as places visited by tourists and foreign nationals resident in Nigeria. The majority of attacks are conducted by Boko Haram or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) and occur in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in the North East. Significant attacks have also been recorded in other states, including Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi and Taraba States. The risk of terrorism across Nigeria includes the capital city Abuja and the surrounding Federal Capital Territory area. Previously, armed groups have targeted public places with large gatherings, including places of worship, markets, shopping centres, hotels, restaurants, football viewing centres, displacement camps, transport terminals, and Government buildings, among others. Methods of attack have previously included coordinated armed assaults, rocket attacks, assassinations, kidnapping, use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), bombings and arson. Terrorist groups have also been known to construct illegal vehicle checkpoints on major supply and commercial routes, such as the A3 Maiduguri-Damaturu Road. British nationals are also considered targets of kidnappings, including individuals engaged in tourism, humanitarian aid work, journalism, government or business sectors. Citizens are advised to avoid places with political or other significant public gatherings and remain vigilant at all times. A heightened security presence often indicates areas of particularly high risk. Travellers are also advised to avoid affected areas in the immediate aftermath of an attack and avoid regular patterns of travel or movement.

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NIGERIA – KATSINA – DJIBIA – ATTACK 2023/01/17 09:00

Attack reported in the Jajar Kanwa village, in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State. Suspected terrorists attacked the village and shot sporadically at the residents, and killed three people. Two other residents sustained injuries during the attack. Local sources indicate that the terrorists looted several goods and properties and abducted seven people. The State Police Public Relations Officer, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), State Police Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident and stated that the terrorists have been operative in Katsina to Zamfara due to the ongoing operations in Sokoto and Zamfara.

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NIGERIA – FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY – ABUJA – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/17 06:15

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, is expected to address the Chatham House, based in London, on Tuesday, 17 January 2023. Yakubu is expected to discuss the preparations and priorities for ensuring electoral integrity and inclusion. Yakubu is also expected to discuss the challenges and plans for upcoming general elections, including election security and the use of a new technological system.

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NIGERIA – KWARA – OKO ERIN – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/17 06:05

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to travel to Kwara State today, 17 January 2023. All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council Spokesperson Festus Keyamo has stated that the Head of State is set to attend the campaign rally of Bola Tinubu, standard bearer of the ruling party. This follows ahead of Nigeria’s General Elections on 25 February 2023 to elect the President and Vice President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

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NIGERIA – LAGOS – LAGOS – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/16 13:30

Nigeria is expected to host the Exercise Obangame Express 2023 (OE23) launching ceremony in Lagos on 23 January 2023. The largest multinational maritime exercise in Western and Central Africa is expected to commence its 12th year with 29 participating nations. Conducted by the United States (US) Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) and sponsored by the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE23 aims to improve regional cooperation, information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of participating nations against Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) fishing and other maritime-based illicit activity. OE23, one of three NAVAF-facilitated regional exercises, provides collaborative opportunities for African and US forces and international partners to address shared transnational maritime concerns. NAVAF’s ongoing maritime security cooperation with African countries focuses on maritime safety and security through increased maritime awareness, response capabilities, and infrastructure. Nigeria is scheduled to host the 2023 exercise in Lagos. The exercise is expected to include multiple at-sea and ashore training events throughout the Gulf of Guinea and the Southern Atlantic Ocean, including exchanges on boarding techniques, search and rescue operations, medical casualty response, radio communication, and information management procedures.

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NIGERIA – FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY – ABUJA – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/16 12:20

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart Abuja for Nouakchott, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to attend a two-day African Conference on Peace today, 16 January 2023. According to a statement released by the Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, President Buhari will receive an African Award for Strengthening Peace on Tuesday, 17 January 2023, for his efforts in promoting peace in the continent through inventions, counsels and conciliatory position presented by the Abu Dhabi Peace Forum. President Buhari is being accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi, National Security Adviser Major-General Mohammed B. Monguno and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and is scheduled to return in the country on Wednesday, 18 January 2023.

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NIGERIA – SOKOTO – SOKOTO – ANNOUNCEMENT 2023/01/16 06:00

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has announced that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to travel to Sokoto State today, 16 January 2023. APC Council Spokesperson Festus Keyamo has stated that the Head of State is set to attend the campaign rally of Bola Tinubu, standard bearer of the ruling party. This follows ahead of Nigeria’s General Elections on 25 February 2023 to elect the President and Vice President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

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NIGERIA – ENUGU – ENUGU – ATTACK 2023/01/15 21:10

Attack reported at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the Enugu South Local Government Area (LGA). An unidentified armed group suspected to be affiliated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have launched an attack targeting Police officers stationed at the INEC office. At least one officer has sustained fatal injuries during the incident. Another officer has been transported to a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries. The suspects have reportedly also set fire to the office’s security building. Additional Police officers on duty at the office have repelled the attack. Enugu Police are expected to launch a security operation in the area to apprehend the perpetrators.

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NIGERIA – ANAMBRA – AWO IDEMIRI – SMALL ARMS FIRE 2023/01/15 20:45

Shooting reported in the locality of Ihiala, near the Beno Filling station in the Anambra State. Local sources indicated that vehicular movement along the Onitsha-Owerri Road had been suspended due to insecurity. The situation remains unknown at this stage. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

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