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Nigeria June 12 protests: What is happening in Nigeria, why are people protesting?

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They demand hefty ransoms for the release of their victims, with usual victims being defenceless school children, exploiting the weak security measures in place at schools and the lack of local Government control over security in their states.

The authorities say recent attacks on schools in the northwest have been carried out by armed robbers, cattle rustlers, Fulani herdsmen and other armed militia who are largely motivated by money seeking to cash in on huge ransoms the mass abductions have proved to be a lucrative source of income.

This focus on the mass abduction of school children is a worrying development as until recently victims had usually been road travellers in northwestern Nigeria.

The 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok secondary school by Boko Haram Islamist terrorists set a worrying trend of mass abductions, which spread beyond the North West of the country.



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