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Attacks by Unknown Gun Men targeting police officers and government employees in Rivers.

The two states in southeastern Nigeria are major crude oil-producing regions. Rivers State is the gateway to the oil-producing state of Nigeria in the Niger River Delta. Meanwhile, the river and Akwa Ibom state account for more than half of Nigeria’s oil production capacity of around 2 million barrels per day.

In late April, on the 24th and 25th, attacks also took place by unidentified armed groups targeting police officers and government employees in Rivers.

Launching from the Bloomberg website, the authorities blame the group for wanting to separate. Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state said in a statement “no intimidation or cruel attempt to carry out a savage attack will see the country succumb to an agenda of secession from those determined to plunge Nigeria into another unwarranted crisis,” he said.

Last week, the Nigerian Parliament spoke up to ask the presidency, armed forces and police to address rising insecurity. The lower house also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the country.

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