Year of Tears: 3,125 Killed, 2,703 Abducted in 11 Months, Report Claims
- Report claims that about 3,125 innocent Nigerians have been killed, by criminal elements in the north
- Going further, the report also stated that about 2,703 innocent Nigerians were abducted during the period
- The most affected states when it comes to the issue of insecurity are Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Niger and Borno
In what will continue to sadden Nigerians, a report has shown that no fewer than 3,125 innocent persons were killed and 2,703 abducted by bandits in northern Nigeria in the last 11 months.
Punch Newspaper reports that the figures were obtained from the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ an American think tank.
It said the report was also complemented by quarterly reports released by the Kaduna state Government from January to September.
The most affected states are Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Niger and Borno.
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It reported that an aggregate by the Kaduna government shows that no fewer than 888 people were killed and 2,553 others kidnapped in the state between January and September 2021.
Here is a breakdown of killings and abductions
January (Different part of north.) - 256 people were killed and 309 abducted by bandits, terrorists and herdsmen
February (Zamfara) 338 were murdered and 489 abducted including 317 schoolchildren of Jangebe.
March (northern part) 308 persons were killed while 510 were kidnapped. Those abducted included 39 students in Kaduna and 100 miners in Zamfara State.
April (northern Nigeria) 371 innocent lives were lost while 296 were abducted including 23 students of Greenfield University were snatched.
May (northern Nigeria) 404 people were killed by gunmen out of whom 100 were killed in Benue state alone. The number of abductions in the same month in the North was 317 including 208 Niger State students and 40 Muslim worshippers.
June (Northern Nigeria) 201 persons were reported abducted while 432 persons were murdered.
July - 243 and 164 were killed and murdered respectively.
August - 215 people were reported killed while 169 were kidnapped.
September - 54 were reported abducted and 148 were said to have been killed.
October - 220 people were murdered in October while 64 were abducted.
November 41 were abducted and 148 innocent lives lost.
December (still counting) not less than 42 have been murdered while 89 abducted.
However, it should be noted that the figures above might vary from the actual figures because some of these killings are kidnappings are not reported.
Brace up for a challenging year, IGP tells police officers
Meanwhile, a call has gone out to police officers in the country to brace up for a challenging time ahead in the coming year.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alikali Baba, on Monday, urged strategic police managers in the Nigerian Police Force to brace up for the internal security challenges that the year 2022 will present.
Legit.ng gathered that IGP said that 2022 would likely be a challenging year as it is the year that precedes the 2023 general elections, saying that the force would experience threats from different political areas.
Suspected bandits attack villagers in Plateau State
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that not less than 10 people were killed when individuals suspected to be bandits attacked Pinau town in Wase local government area of Plateau state. Others sustained injuries of varying degrees Sunday evening.
The attack occurred shortly after villagers finished from the weekly community market where they had gone to buy and sell. Hamman Sale, a member of the community who confirmed the incident, revealed that the bandits were from Zamfara state.
The spokesperson of the Plateau state police command, Gabriel Ubah, who is an assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident.