At least 15 dead in fresh violence in Nigeria

Nigeria- At least 15 people have been killed in violence in northern and central Nigeria, police and local officials said on Thursday, this is the latest unrest to hit the regions that were slowly go back to some form of stability.

Police in Zamfara state said they suspected cattle thieves, killed 10 in raids on four remote villages on Wednesday. However a local resident said the death toll was much higher and nomadic cattle herders have killed five in Benue state since Tuesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure to resolve the unrest in the region as elections near in February next 2019. Bushiri elected in 2015 on a promise to be tough on insecurity.

Police across the north and central states have announced more security for the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, including extra patrols and officers.

In the past Eid celebrations have been hit by attacks from Boko Haram Islamists, fears are that that this will happen in other areas hit by unrest.

In Zamfara, armed militia stormed villages in the Birnin Magaji area in an apparent revenge attack after a local militia killed one of their own.

Police spokesman Mohammed Shehu told AFP, “10 people were killed by the bandits”. “From our reports, the attackers fled to the Rugu forest in neighbouring Katsina state,” he added.

Local resident Dantani Bube, who lives in Dutsin Wake village, said disagreed with this number and said, “We lost 26 people in the attacks on Dutsin Wake, Oho, Badambaji and Kabingiro.”

Lawwali Maishanu another local said 17 were killed in Dutsin Wake, seven in Oho and one in Badambaji and one in Kabingiro

Photo Credit- Human Rights Watch

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