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Insecurity: Zamfara, Borno, Katsina as Nigeria’s deadliest states in May–Report

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•310 Nigerians: 22 military, seven police personnel killed

•Bandits-herdsmen by far the deadliest group

Senator Iroegbu

An estimated number of lives lost in the month of May 2019 as a result on growing insecurity is 310 with Zamfara, Borno and Katsina as the deadliest states, according a media tracking report by a group, Nigeria Mourns

In the report released on Thursday titled: ‘Global Rights Media tracking on Mass atrocities for May 2019’, the group recorded that out of these number of deaths included about 22 soldiers and seven police personnel.

The state by state breakdown of the report disclosed that the North Western State of Zamfara, the epicentre of banditry with 67 fatalities piped Borno State, the North Eastern enclave of Boko Haram terrorists to second place with 64 deaths and Katsina, another state from North West came third with 54 deaths.

These are deaths reported in the media as tracked per state: Zamfara – 67, Kaduna – 7, Rivers – 18, Delta – 1, Lagos – 1, Cross River – 2, Ogun – 4, Adamawa – 5, Katsina – 51, Nasarawa – 1, Borno – 64, Kogi – 1, Ebonyi – 5, Taraba – 29, Plateau – 12, Anambra – 2, Abia – 1, Sokoto – 1, Edo – 12, and Jigawa – 26.

One of important fact revealed by the report is that bandits-herdsmen were by far the deadliest group in the month of May, killing Nigerians from Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna to Taraba States, and the followed by Boko Haram terrorists and its splinter group, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Part of the report read: “From Rivers state in the geopolitical South-south region of Nigeria, to Zamfara in the North-west region, the month of May saw an overwhelming increase in the degree and extent of mass killings around the country.

“Despite claims of control over insecurity by security heads and the President, several attacks from insurgents, bandits, cultists, herdsmen, amongst others, have occurred, leaving a host of casualties and the reported deaths of 310 citizens.”

“It is worrisome that the government of Nigeria has been unable to beef up its security architecture to ameliorate these recurring attacks, nor have they been able to prosecute a single person to account for these crimes.

“Even more worrisome is the fact that citizens have lost confidence in the ability of the government to safeguard the lives and property of its citizens, and as they continue to live in fear of attacks, many have taken to securing arms to protect themselves. One can only imagine the implications this has in a country that is already overrun by pockets of violence, and a surge in the proliferation of arms.

“The recurring violent incidents brings to mind several questions, among which are: why do these attacks abound despite the deployment of security personnel to troubled areas of the country? How useful are the intelligentsia of the security forces to the prevention of these mass atrocities?”

“As we reflect on the questions above, it is imperative that we continue to demand government’s responsibility to protect the lives of its citizens, and justice for the crimes perpetrated. The security of every Nigerian live must be prioritized, for security is our human right!”

Read the report:



Global Rights Media tracking on Mass atrocities for May 2019
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview

News

Incidents of herdsmen rampage

Incidents of Boko Haram attack

Incidents of banditry

Incidents of politically related violence

Incidents of communal clashes

Incidents of cult clashes

Incidents of force brutality

Incidents of mob action

Death reported in the media per state

Total number of casualties

Number of security personnel killed


 
Overview

From Rivers state in the geopolitical South-south region of Nigeria, to Zamfara in the North-west region, the month of May saw an overwhelming increase in the degree and extent of mass killings around the country.

Despite claims of control over insecurity by security heads and the President, several attacks from insurgents, bandits, cultists, herdsmen, amongst others, have occurred, leaving a host of casualties and the reported deaths of 310 citizens.

It is worrisome that the government of Nigeria has been unable to beef up its security architecture to ameliorate these recurring attacks, nor have they been able to prosecute a single person to account for these crimes.

Even more worrisome is the fact that citizens have lost confidence in the ability of the government to safeguard the lives and property of its citizens, and as they continue to live in fear of attacks, many have taken to securing arms to protect themselves. One can only imagine the implications this has in a country that is already overrun by pockets of violence, and a surge in the proliferation of arms.

The recurring violent incidents brings to mind several questions, among which are: why do these attacks abound despite the deployment of security personnel to troubled areas of the country? How useful are the intelligentsia of the security forces to the prevention of these mass atrocities?

As we reflect on the questions above, it is imperative that we continue to demand government’s responsibility to protect the lives of its citizens, and justice for the crimes perpetrated. The security of every Nigerian live must be prioritized, for security is our human right!

NEWS

HERDSMEN RAMPAGE


May 3           
4 killed during Farmer/Herdsmen clash in Ogun
4 persons were killed during a chaotic clash between farmers and herdsmen in Iwoye-Ketu town, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Read More:https://www.sunnewsonline.com/farmers-herdsmen-clash-4-killed-2-policemen-shot-in-ogun/

May 7
3 hacked to death by suspected herdsmen in Jema’a, Southern Kaduna
3 unidentified persons were found dead in their farm. It has been alleged that they were killed by assailants who invaded their farms in Gerti village, Kaninkon Chiefdom.
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/three-allegedly-killed-as-assailants-invade-farms-in-jemaa-southern-kaduna/

May 8
5 Killed by Suspected Herdsmen Taraba Villages
At least 5 persons were killed, following an attack by suspected herdsmen in Murbai community of Ardo kola Local Government Area (LGA) in Taraba State.
Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/08/five-persons-killed-as-suspected-herdsmen-raid-taraba-villages/
 
May 8
11 killed in Reprisal Attack by Alleged Herdsmen on Taraba Villages
11 persons were killed after suspected herdsmen stormed Murbai, Kisbap, Sembe, and Yawai – Abbare villages of Ardo-Kola and Jalingo Local Government Areas of Taraba State, to avenge the death of a herder who was allegedly killed.
Read morehttp://saharareporters.com/2019/05/08/herdsmen-butcher-11-reprisal-attack-taraba-villages

May 20
Man killed by suspected herdsmen in Delta
A farmer identified as Albert Chikwe was reportedly shot dead by suspected Herdsmen, in Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/herdsmen-kill-delta-farmer/

BOKO HARAM                     


May 1
Boko Haram terrorists kill 14 loggers in Borno
14 bodies of men killed by Boko Haram insurgents were discovered at Duwabayi village, near the garrison town of Monguno in Borno state, two days after they launched an attack on a military base.
Read morehttps://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/boko-haram-kill-14-loggers-in-borno/

May 3
15 soldiers killed during a Boko Haram attack in Borno
15 soldiers were reported killed during an attack in a military base in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.
Read more: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/328426-15-soldiers-killed-19-wounded-as-boko-haram-attacks-another-nigerian-military-base.html

May 4
5 Nigerian soldiers killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
5 soldiers were killed in a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists during an attack on the military base in Magumeri in Borno State.
Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/five-soldiers-killed-as-boko-haram-engage-troops-in-magumeri/

May 8
4 Nigerian Soldiers, others killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri
At least 11 persons, including 4 soldiers were killed after Boko Haram militants attacked outskirts of Maiduguri.
Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/08/update-boko-haram-kill-4-soldiers-6-others-late-night-maiduguri-attack

May 9
Boko Haram kill 7 in Borno
7 persons were killed as Boko Haram ran an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of vehicles in Maiduguri.
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/boko-haram-beats-security-checks-kills-7-in-borno/

May 9
9 killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
9 persons were killed as Boko Haram Militants attacked and destroyed power transmission station in Molai, Maiduguri, and carted away the military gun truck stationed there.
Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/09/boko-haram-kills-nine-in-borno/
 
May 11
4 Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri
At least 4 persons were shot dead as Boko Haram terrorists attacked Moranti village, Borno State.
Read morehttp://saharareporters.com/2019/05/11/four-killed-many-wounded-fresh-attack-maiduguri

May 19
2 killed by Boko Haram in Borno IDP Camp
Boko Haram militants attacked Madu Muasaha camp, in Dikwa Town, Borno State. They opened fire on the residents and killed 2 refugees who were eating before sunrise, ahead of the Muslim Ramadan fast. 
Read more: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/20/world/boko-haram-gunmen-kill-two-nigerian-refugee-camp-attack-flee/#.XOUkAVJKjIU

May 24
3 soldiers killed, 6 missing after Boko Haram Attack
3 Nigerian troops were killed after Boko Haram attacked military base in Borno.
Read more: https://borneobulletin.com.bn/three-nigerian-troops-killed-in-boko-haram-base-attack/
 
 
May 26
20 persons killed during Boko Haram Ambush in Borno
At least 20 people were killed and others are missing after militants ambushed a convoy transporting civilians from Sabon Gari to displacement camps in Damboa in Borno State.
Read more: https://thedefensepost.com/2019/05/26/nigeria-boko-haram-ambush-convoy-sabon-gari-damboa-borno/

May 28
Boko Haram terrorists slaughter 7 villagers in Borno
7 persons were killed and 2 critically injured when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Jere local council area of Borno state.
Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/27/boko-haram-kills-7-villagers-borno-steals-food
 

BANDITRY


May 1
1 killed during an attack in Zamfara
A man was killed and two women were kidnapped, during a banditry attack, in a secondary school secondary school in Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area.
Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-gunmen-attack-womens-school-in-zamfara/
 
May 3
Gunmen raid Adamawa villages, kill 5
Gunmen attacked Murposa, Bankam and Wuro Hausa areas of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing five members of the community.
Read morehttps://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-raid-adamawa-villages-kill-5/
 
May 4
1 killed as gunmen invaded Nasarawa commissioner’s Lafia home
Gunmen attacked the Lafia residence of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Higher Education, Chief Clement Uhembe, and killed a 400-level student of the Federal University, Lafia,
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-invade-nasarawa-commissioners-lafia-home-kill-student/

May 5
Two Policemen, Gunman Killed during gun duel in Rivers
Two policemen and an unidentified gunman were killed during a gun battle between policemen and unknown gunmen at a night club located along Woji Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Read morehttps://leadership.ng/2019/05/06/two-policemen-gunman-killed-in-gun-duel-in-rivers/

May 7
35 Killed by gunmen in Zamfara
A terror attack was witnessed in Shinkafi Local Givernment Area of Zamfara State after armed bandits murdered 35 innocent people in their homes.
Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/07/35-reportedly-killed-many-injured-fresh-zamfara-banditry-attack/
 
May 9
District Head killed as gunmen raided Police Station in Sokoto
Bandits attacked the only police station in Balle village of Gudu local government area of Sokoto State, killed the district head, and set some vehicles ablaze.
Read more: https://leadership.ng/2019/05/09/bandits-kill-district-head-attack-police-station-in-sokoto/

May 10
Ex footballer killed by Gunmen in Abia
Unknown gunmen allegedly killed an Ex-player of Enyimba International Football Club of Aba identified as Christian Jacob in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State.
Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/11/gunmen-kill-ex-eyimba-football-club-player-christian-jacob

May 13
6 Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) members killed by bandits in Zamfara
Bandits attacked and killed 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara.
Read morehttps://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/329789-bandits-kill-six-civilian-jtf-in-zamfara.html

May 13
1 killed, 3 Injured during an attack on Katsina Village
Armed bandits attacked Wagini village, Batsari LGA, shot and killed one Saidu Garba and injured three others.
Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/13/bandits-kill-one-injure-three-in-katsina-village-attack/

May 15
2 killed, 7 abducted in Zamfara 
Gunmen invaded Kanoma village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara, killed 2 persons and abducted seven others.
Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/15/bandits-abduct-3-month-old-baby-7-others-kill-2-zamfara/

May 14
Gunmen Kill 20 In Katsina Villages
Not less than 20 people were reportedly killed by gunmen in Dan Marke Z, Dan Sabau and Karya, villages in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/16/gunmen-kill-20-katsina-villages
 
May 16
7 killed by gunmen in Taraba councils
The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state command, David Misal, confirmed the death of 7 persons by unknown gunmen in Wukari and Donga council areas of Taraba State.
Read morehttps://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-kill-seven-persons-in-taraba-councils/

May 18
Igbinedion University lecturer killed by Gunmen
A lecturer in the Igbinedion University, Okada, identified as Kelvin Izebeokhai was killed by gunmen, operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.
Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/19/gunmen-kill-igbinedion-varsity-lecturer/
 
May 19
1 killed, 17 abducted after Gunmen raided Church in Kaduna 
At least 1 person was killed and 17 others were abducted during an attack on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Birin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/20/gunmen-raid-church-kaduna-during-choir-rehearsal-kill-1-abduct-17-others

May 20
1 Killed by gunmen in Plateau
The Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the death of Mr Mahan Ishaya, a 42 year-old man, who was shot dead by Gunmen in Daffo town of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state.
Read morehttps://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-kill-1-injure-3-others-in-bokkos-plateau-state/

May 21
26 persons killed by gunmen in Katsina
Bandits on Tuesday attacked some communities in Katsina State, killing no fewer than 26 persons, leaving scores with varying degrees of injuries.
Read morehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/21/bandits-attack-katsina-communities-kill-26/

May 28
Gunmen kill family of 6 in Jos
Unknown gunmen stormed Dangwal village, Ganawuri district of Riyom local government of Plateau state and slaughtered a family of 6.
Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-family-of-six-in-jos/
 
May 28
One killed, three kidnapped in Bandit attacks on villages in Katsina
One person was killed during an attack launched by bandits on Biya-ka-Kwana village in Batsari council area of Katsina State.
Read more: https://guardian.ng/news/one-killed-three-kidnapped-in-bandit-attacks-on-katsina-villages/

May 28
23 killed by bandits in Zamfara State
At least 23 people were killed in retaliatory attacks by bandits on Kabaje and Tunga communities in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/bandits-kill-23-in-brazen-retaliatory-attacks-on-2-zamfara-communities/
 
May 29
Not less than 26 persons slaughtered by bandits in Jigawa
26 people were reportedly killed by suspected bandits during a mob clash in Kabaje and Tunga communities of Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/bandits-mob-kill-26-kidnap-3-in-jigawa-katsina/
 

POLITICALLY RELATED VIOLENCE


May 4
1 killed during clash between APC and PDP supporters in Kogi
A man identified as Ismaila, Yakubu Agba, who served as the APC youth leader in Dekina local government was killed in a clash between the parties.
Read morehttps://www.sunnewsonline.com/kogi-guber-1-dies-as-pdp-apc-supporters-clash/
 
May 10
APC Chieftain assassinated in Rivers                             
An All Progressive Congress Chieftain identified as Benson Omunakwe was killed by suspected gunmen in Rivers State.
Read morehttps://dailypost.ng/2019/05/10/gunmen-assassinate-apc-chieftain-rivers/
 

INCIDENTS OF COMMUNAL CLASH


May 3
4 killed in Ebonyi/Benue land dispute
4 people who were identified to have been part of the peace committee from Ebonyi State were killed over a long term land dispute between the two communities in Ebonyi and Benue States.
Read More: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/4-killed-in-ebonyi-benue-land-dispute/

May 9
6 dead, houses razed as 2 communities clash in Taraba
6 persons were killed and several houses burned down, in a communal clash between Kona and Fulani groups in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/09/six-dead-houses-razed-two-communities-clash-taraba/

May 27
Five people killed, 12 houses burnt in fresh Plateau crisis
Residents of Dutse Uku and Angwan Damisa in Jos North Local Government, protested after the lifeless body of a man identified as Mr Enoch was discovered. 5 people were killed as a result of the clash.
Read morehttps://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/north-central/331938-five-people-killed-12-houses-burnt-in-fresh-plateau-crisis-police.html
 

INCIDENTS OF CULT CLASH


May 2 
Cultists go on rampage in Lagos, kill guard
A security man identified as Abiodun was killed during a raging cult war in Lagos
Read morehttps://guardian.ng/news/cultists-go-on-rampage-in-lagos-kill-guard/
 
May 9
Not less than 11 people killed during renewed cult war in Edo
At least 11 people were killed during a raging cult battle between rival gangs in Edo State
Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/edo-11-die-in-renewed-cult-war/

May 13
2 persons murdered during a cult clash in Calabar
Two persons were reportedly killed following a renewed cult clash between Axe men and Klans confraternity in Calabar South LGA of Cross River State.
Read more: https://leadership.ng/2019/05/12/two-die-in-c-river-cult-clash/

May 20
15 killed; some beheaded by cultists in Rivers
At least, 15 persons were killed and some beheaded by suspected cultists in Kono Bo-ue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State in a cult clash in the area.
Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/20/armed-men-storm-rivers-community-kill-15/
 

FORCE BRUTALITY


May 15                         
Lawyer killed by VIO officials in Ebonyi
Officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) allegedly killed a lawyer, identified as Geoffrey Mgbada, along Ezza road, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.
Read morehttps://www.legit.ng/1238427-umahi-takes-action-vio-members-kill-lawyer-ebonyi.html

May 20
1 Killed after police shoot into angry crowd in Kaduna
A man was killed after Policemen shot sporadically into a crowd, in order to prevent a mob action in Kaduna.
Read more: https://punchng.com/police-kill-one-injure-four-while-dispersing-crowd-who-lynched-suspected-kidnapper-in-kaduna/

May 23
2 killed as Police shoot MASSOB protesters in Onitsha
2 members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) lost their lives, as police shot into a crowd of protesters in Anambra State.
Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/2-die-in-police-massob-clash-in-onitsha/
 

MOB ACTION


May 20
2 killed by angry mob in Kaduna
Angry mob lynched two people for raising false alarm in Kawo overhead bridge Kaduna State.
Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/20/mob-kills-two-in-kaduna-over-false-abduction-alarm/
 
DEATHS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA PER STATE–

Zamfara – 67

Kaduna – 7

Rivers – 18

Delta – 1

Lagos – 1

Cross River – 2

Ogun – 4

Adamawa – 5

Katsina – 51

Nasarawa – 1

Borno – 64

Kogi – 1

Ebonyi – 5

Taraba – 29

Plateau – 12

Anambra – 2

Abia – 1

Sokoto – 1

Edo – 12

Jigawa – 26

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS – 310
NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED – POLICE (2) SOLDIERS (22).

Credits| Nigeria Mourns


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