- Global Rights' report has revealed that 3,188 Nigerians were atrociously killed in 2019
- The report was given by the former NHRC chairman, Chidi Odinkalu, during a press conference
- Borno state has the highest number of casualty figure list with 728, according to the report
A report by the Global Rights, an international non-governmental organisation championing human rights capacity building, indicates that about 3,188 Nigerians were reportedly atrociously killed in 2019.
The report, according to Channels TV, showed that 3,188 Nigerians, including 2,707 civilians and 481 security operatives were killed.
Legit.ng gathered that the report, presented to journalists by a former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, and a co-convener of the Bring-Back-Our-Girls campaigner, Aisha Yesufu, said this was due to violent incidents in the country.
The reports showed Borno state topping the casualty figure list with 728, while Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, and Taraba recorded 450, 280, 254 and 181 respectively.
In a thread of tweets, the Global Rights said that in February 2019, at least 238 persons died, adding that a fair number of the violent incidences nationwide were attributable to the acrimoniously contested presidential elections.
It noted that at least 213 civilians, 21 soldiers and 4 police officers were killed, saying that in March 2019, at least 276 people were killed in violent incidents across the nation.
The NGO noted that the incidents occurred largely with the background of the state-level elections which were held that month, and relatedly, about 45% of the deaths were incidental to the polls.
Global Rights added that in April 2019, at least 412 persons were killed, stressing that in that month, it observed a shocking rise in the number of deaths resulting from the menace of ‘bandits’ that had widened their dragnets beyond Zamfara, Katsina, and Katsina states to other parts of the north.
It added that in May 2019, at least 310 deaths including the extrajudicial killings of citizens by security forces in different parts of the country were recorded. Iconic at the period was the brutal murder of Kolade Johnson by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
According to the report, in Lagos state, security forces also suffered losses, adding that at least 7 military bases in the northeast were overrun by Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents and that at least 53 Nigerian soldiers lost their lives in the unfortunate incidents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that photo emerged of medical doctors attached to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) battling all night to save the latest victims of terror attacks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
It was reported that the photo was shared on Twitter by Eloi Fillion, the head of ICRC delegation in Nigeria.
Jiddari-Polo, a suburb near Maiduguri, was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on the evening of Wednesday, February 12.
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