World Nigeria: armed men open fire on an army checkpoint near Abuja

02:10  30 july  2022
02:10  30 july  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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They arrived at Moto in Zuma Rock, on the border between Abuja and the State of Niger, Thursday, July 28. These alleged terrorists took the soldiers by surprise, before being postponed with the arrival of reinforcements from the Zuma military base. The Nigerian army did not communicate on the possible number of victims.

With our correspondent in Abuja, Moïse Gomis

of bursts in burst and coming from multiple directions: the soldiers in a faction on the checkpoint of Zuma Rock were cold picked by armed men on Thursday evening around 8:30 p.m. This checkpoint being located on the Abuja-Kaduna motorway, it is both an entry and key exit point of the Nigerian capital.

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Despite the fed on the attackers, the soldiers were able to call reinforcement from the nearby military base. Witnesses indicate that the exchanges of fire would have lasted almost an hour, before the alleged terrorists abandon their mission before the resistance of the defense forces.

Then resuming their motorcycle, the armed men fell back on shops in neighborhoods of the town of Madalla, still in this large suburb of the Nigerian capital. And the criminal group scattered in the wild, leaving the surrounding soldiers and the inhabitants of the surroundings, unaccustomed to an armed attack at only a few tens of kilometers from Abuja, the political center and therefore the heart of Nigeria.

Degradation of security in Abuja

apparently, Abuja is not a threatened citadel. However, in the space of less than a month, three spectacular armed attacks sound as warnings for the 4 million people residing or working in the capital of Nigeria and the Cédéao.

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  Nigeria’s fragile security architecture is collapsing The government needs to take swift action to prevent further security failures similar to those experienced on June 5.Late on July 5, heavily armed men on motorcycles raided the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre on the outskirts of Abuja and released more than 900 inmates, including more than 60 Boko Haram members in detention. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) – an offshoot of Boko Haram now allied with the ISIL (ISIS) group – claimed responsibility for the attack.

The raid Thursday evening by armed men on the military checkpoint of Zuma Rock intervened only a few hours after the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the chief of staff of the Faruk Yahaya armies. A meeting where the latter explained to the Nigerian head of state a new plan to reduce insecurity in the country.

A week ago, a presidential guard patrol fell into an ambush of alleged terrorists along the Bwari-Kubwa road, still in Abuja, causing the death of six soldiers. 24 hours earlier, an attack in a community close to Kwali, stirred this city in the suburbs of Abuja. The public high school of this town asked parents to evacuate their children. In the cascade, several other Abuja schools have also closed. Finally, on July 5, 66 alleged active members of Boko Haram and ISWAP, escaped from Kuje prison under detonations and bombs.

For the time being, life continues almost normally and without curfews in the federal capital. Nevertheless, the army begins to collaborate with the police to control automobile trips after dark.

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