Today In Nigerian History;17th August


On this day in 2007,  Nigerian authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Port Harcourt after security forces and gang members clashed in battles that left dozens dead.

Security forces on the day before had  attacked the camp of a leading Nigerian oil-region gang member whose fighters were implicated by police in a recent gunbattle that left more than a dozen people dead, according to AP.
The military and police attacked a base for fighters linked to Soboma George early Wednesday and arrested unspecified militants, said the military spokesman, Sagir Musa. Residents said gunfire continued into daylight hours in the city of Port Harcourt, the oil-region’s largest city.

Lawlessness across the southern region has flourished since militants intensified their activity in late 2005.