Aba Youth Movement and its involvement in a protest held at the petroleum depot in Osisioma, in the vicinity of Aba between 1 and 9 February 2000; whether the protest resulted in fighting between the Igbos and the Hausas; whether the communal fighting caused great destrcution and whether Hausa soldiers were sent to Aba to restore law and order [NGA36063.E]

No references to a Aba Youth Movement could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Violent clashes occurred in Aba on 28 February 2000 as Igbo youth, who believed that most of the 200 victims of earlier Muslim and Christian confrontations in the northern state of Kaduna were Igbos, sought revenge by attacking Muslim Hausas and setting fire to their property (PANA 29 Feb. 2000; DPA 29 Feb. 2000; AFP 29 Feb. 2000).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 29 February 2000. "Bodies Litter Streets in Southern Nigerian Town." (NEXIS)

Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA). 29 February 2000. Hendrik Groth. "Nigerian Religious Unrest Conjures Up Spectre of Civil War." (NEXIS)

Panafrican News Agency (PANA). 29 February 2000. Paul Ejime. "Nigeria: Religious Riots Spread to South-eastern Nigeria." (Africa News/NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential

Africa Research Bulletin

IRB databases

Resource Centre Country Files : Nigeria

Internet sources including:

Africa Online

AllAfrica.com. Search facility

Amnesty International. Search facility

Newswatch [Lagos]. Search facility

Nigeria Media Monitor [Lagos]. Archives

The Post Express [Lagos]. Search facility

Relief web. Search facility

The Vanguard Daily [Lagos]. Search facility

World News Connection (WNC)