- Nigeria insecurity worsened in 2021 as the country witnessed some of the bloodiest attacks in its history
- Almost every geopolitical zone in the country suffered one form of attack or the other, from Boko Haram/ISWAP, IPOB separatists and bandits
- Also, the country also witnessed the highest number of school children abductions and hostage-taking since 2014
The year 2021 was a difficult one for Nigeria due to activities of bandits and the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The criminals, in their lawlessness made some states in the North-west and North-central the epicentres of killings in the country.
However, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration repeatedly claimed that Nigerians are more secure under it than under the previous administrations.
Here are 5 of the major attacks witnessed across the country in 2021, according to Premium Times.
1. Greenfield University abduction
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Bandits in April attacked Greenfield University, a private university in Kaduna State, and kidnapped many students.
2. Bethel Baptist school abduction
Bandits in the early hours of July 5 invaded Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, Kujama in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped 121 students of the school.
3. Kagara abduction
Bandits in February invaded Government Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State and abducted 42 persons, including 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their families.
4. FGC Yauri abduction
Armed bandits in June abducted two staff and 30 students of Government College (FGC), Yauri in Kebbi State, North-west Nigeria.
5. Burnt passengers in Sokoto
Armed gunmen in December ambushed a vehicle of 40 passengers travelling from Sabon Birni Local Government Area in Sokoto State and burnt them alive.
Jubilation in Zamfara as notorious kidnap lord releases over 50 abducted victims
In another report, a notorious and highly wanted kidnapper in Zamfara state has released 53 people who had been under his captivity for a long time.
Bello Turji made the release weeks after he had written a letter to the Shinkafi Emirate Council stating his willingness to turn a new leaf. Turji in his letter had said that he was willing to lay down his arms and embrace peace as warned by the state governor.
Some residents of the state said that the recent release of victims by Turji and his team is part of the dialogue with the kidnap lord with relevant authorities.