Search

 

Cablegate: Violent Disturbance in Central

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ABUJA 000389

SIPDIS


SENSITIVE


DEPT FOR DS/IP/AF, DS/DSS/ITA & DS/IP/FPO
LAGOS FOR RSO


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC NI
SUBJECT: VIOLENT DISTURBANCE IN CENTRAL
ABUJA

1. (SBU) On 20 February 2003, a GON Federal
Task Force entered Area 1 of central Abuja
and attempted to "clean up" the area by
dismantling numerous illegal/unlicensed
shops. Violence quickly erupted between the
unlicensed traders and security forces.
Tires were set ablaze in the street which
temporarily blocked traffic and one
individual was shot and killed by police. An
angry mob attempted to parade the corpse to
a nearby police command but was dispersed by
security forces. The disturbance lasted
approximately two hours before police
restored order.


2. (SBU) Although this incident was not
directed against official U.S. personnel, it
is reported because it occurred only a few
kilometers from the site of the New Embassy
Compound (NEC).


3. (SBU) The GON's dismantling of illegal
and unlicensed shops often spark significant
disturbances within the capital.


JETER

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>