News / Africa

Nigerian Town Under Curfew After Deadly Mosque, Church Attacks

VOA News
Residents in a south-central Nigeria town are under a dusk-to-dawn curfew after separate attacks at a church and mosque this week killed at least 22 people.
 
The sectarian violence took place in the city of Okene in Kogi State.
Okene, NigeriaOkene, Nigeria
x
Okene, Nigeria
Okene, Nigeria
On Monday, unidentified gunmen killed 19 people at a Christian church during a worship service. Late Tuesday, armed men killed two soldiers on patrol outside the city's central mosque. At least one other person was killed.
 
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
 
Okene is located about 280 kilometers southwest of the capital, Abuja, where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to travel on Thursday.
 
Human Right Watch is calling on Clinton to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to do more to quell the rising violence.
 
The rights group and government officials have blamed most of the violence on the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram.
Boko Haram Facts

  • Based in the northeastern city of Maiduguri
  • Began in 2002 as a non-violent Islamist splinter group
  • Launched uprising in 2009; leader was subsequently killed in police custody
  • Has killed hundreds in bombings and shootings since 2010
  • Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sinful"
  • Wants Nigeria to adopt strict Islamic law
  • Says it will kidnap women and children as part of its campaign
  • Has taken over parts of northeastern Nigeria
The U.S. government has designated three Boko Haram leaders as terrorists.
 
Human Rights Watch also urged Clinton to speak with Nigerian leaders about abuses by security forces, corruption and a lack of accountability.
 
Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation with about 160 million people. It is divided roughly in half between Muslims, who live mainly in the north and Christians, mostly living in the south.
 
Boko Haram does recognize the Nigerian government or constitution and says it wants to establish a strict Islamic state in the north.

You May Like

Video Snowstorm Sweeps Northeastern US

'This is nothing like we feared it would be,' New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says; he had warned storm could be one of worst in city history More

Millions of Displaced Nigerians Struggle With Daily Existence

Government acknowledges over a million people displaced in 2014 due to fight against Boko Haram insurgency More

Facebook: Internal Error to Blame for Outages

Temporary outage appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ff
August 13, 2012 12:10 PM
This is misinformation, misrepresentation and pervert analysis. Only Christians (Deeper Life Bible Church) worshipers were killed. I know of a truth that liberation is coming so soon. No one can outsmart the God Almighty.


by: salaphael from: benin
August 09, 2012 3:56 PM
Nigeria is a jungle where people survive by luck. Maybe the worst is yet to come i pray for the mercy of God


by: Anonymous
August 08, 2012 2:53 PM
Which mosque was attack? Stop dishing out false stories. The attack was on the Christians and no mosque was attack. Muslim soldiers are killings Christians everyday and everywhere. Christians should fight back now or never as this is a war declared by the muslims in Nigeria against the vibrant Christian population. The Christians should be afraid since the president has failed to halt this madness. After they kill Christians, they will impose curfew to prevent retaliation and the boko haram in Nigeria army will be in the forefront of enforcement. It is only the politicians that will be afraid of Nigeria breaking up. True federalism must apply now and let the desert muslims find their resources in the desert and lazy away there.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 08, 2012 12:48 PM
The Okene, Kogi State attack has nothing to do with sectarian violence. It is all in the plans of the boko haram brains and mentors to destabilize the country for the president without wit. Obasanjo would not take this shit in his time. That curfew imposed is just a diversionary measure aimed at stopping Christians from retaliating. But how long should this continue? The police and army have no intelligence, and even when informed about an impending attack by the muslims, they look the other way only to come back to implement a curfew to prevent a reprisal. In a country where the army and police are lopsided favoring the muslem cult, this evil must prevail. And without penalizing the main culprits - the governor, the police commissioner, and the DPO of the area where this attack took place is to be pursuing rat while the house is on fire. These should not only be sacked, they should also be prosecuted for negligence and complicity.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visiti
X
Aru Pande
January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
Video

Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Saudi, Yemen Developments Are Sudden Complications for Obama

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the collapse of Yemen’s government have cast further uncertainty on U.S. efforts to fight militants in the Middle East and also contain Iran’s influence in the region. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports on the new complications facing the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.
Video

Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid