At least 415 Nigerians, including 132 security personnel have been killed in violent attacks including in July, a report released by NigeriaMourns has revealed.
According to the report, 1 out of every 3 persons killed was a security officer. It raised concerns of the fate of civilians who they are enthused to protect.
It disclosed that 185 deaths were attributed to banditry attacks and Boko Haram terrorism accounted for one 123 deaths, while the spike in communal violence in Southern Kaduna in the month of July, left more residents homeless, and at least 139 persons dead.
It regrets that the killings in southern Kaduna continued to spiral despite the curfew imposed by the government in a bid to nip the conflicts in the bud.
The report said the tension in southern Kaduna stems predominantly from conflicts on land resources and political control.
It also decried that the Killings in Katsina state have risen exponentially and have become worrisome which is largely fuelled by the porous border surrounding the state.
“While a lot of people were caught off guard by the recent sudden spike in violence in the state, it is important to note that the state had been vulnerable to attacks over the years because of its poor border control with Niger Republic, through which a thriving smuggling hub has occasioned the importation of arms and eased the movement of armed mercenaries”the report read.
The report further revealed that at least 23,000 residents of the state have fled to Niger Republic in fear for their lives in the last year.
“The wave of massacres in Southern Kaduna and Katsina state, further highlights the brittle nature of security in Nigeria. The degradation of security has risen exponentially in the past 20 years for a number of complex reasons which we will be discussing in subsequent publication. In this edition, we will focus on the crises in Southern Kaduna and Katsina state”, it read.
Other violent incidents within this period included coordinated banditry/pillage attacks particularly in Katsina state, unrelenting terrorism in the North East, and pockets of communal clashes.
Below are highlights of incidents that occurred in July:
In the first week of the month, armed bandits, numbering about 50, abducted 30 persons and killed two vigilante members in Nasarawa Local Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State. Accordin to the Chairman of the LGA, The vigilantes were ambushed when they had gone after the bandits as they attempted to rescue the victims of the abduction. Accounts revealed that the bandits had rode in on 25 motorcycles, blocked the Udege/Loko road unchallenged for hours, and kidnapped the victims.
As noted earlier, the crisis in Kaduna continued unabated. In this period, no fewer than 30 people were killed by armed militia in an attack on Chibuak and Kigudu 11 Communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. In another incident, armed bandits invaded Kukum-Daji village, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 24 people.
While the situation in Kogi state has been relatively contained, gunmen killed 14 villagers in an isolated attack on Agbudu village in Koton-Karfe area, Kogi State.
The situation in Katsina state also continued to be troubling. At least 23 soldiers were killed in an ambush by bandits, after an attack in a remote part of the Jibia district in Katsina State. In another developmet, no fewer than 18 persons were killed in Matazu Local Government Area of the State, when armed bandits attacked some villages in the region.
In Borno state, 37 soldiers lost their lives in Damboa, 20 in Kukawa, 15 soldiers in Ngala, 8 at Kondua, and 4 at Kaga); along with several civilians caught up in clashes with insurgents,. Days later, , in Konduga Seventeen Boko Haram militants were killed during the clash in Damboa, Borno. In a video that went viral, four aid workers who were abducted in transit by Boko Haram terrorists in June were shot dead, a month after their abduction.
Concerns around violent episodes often described as ‘herdsmen’attacks have also continued to feature throughout the month of July across various states, and particularly in the Middle Belt and North-West regions.
15 farmers were shot dead by armed herdsmen. The incident occurred while the victims were working on their farms in of Yargamji village, Katsina State. At least seven people were killed in Chembe Community of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State when suspected herdsmen attacked the community.
Suspected Fulani militias attacked a family in Exland (Gindin Akwati) of Gashish District, Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State and killed a man identified as Daniel Mwantiri.
At least 21 people, including at least one policeman, were killed and dozens of others were wounded after a group of suspected armed herdsmen attacked two communities in Sabon Gari Manchok, and Kaura Local Government Areas in Kaduna state.
Security Forces “Victory Records”
While the death toll from violent attacks has steadily risen in the past few months, Nigeria’s security agencies have also claimed the successful repeal of organized criminal groups, and have announced killing 176 terrorists. Below is a breakdown of the number of terrorists killed in each state:
Borno: Ngala (40) Damboa (17) Bama (20) Mobbar (7)
Zamfara: Zurmi (6) Maru (40) Talata-Mafara (20)
Katsina: Birnin-Magaji/Kiyaw (10) Dan Musa (4) Dutsinma (3)
Sokoto: Sabon Birni (5)
Plateau: Jos North (2)
Ebonyi: Ishielu (2)
“The big question is that is the government fulfilling its constitutional mandate as directed by the constitution? Has it been humane to the victims of mass violence across the country?
Are perpetrators being brought to justice?
What does Nigeria need to do to conquer this cancerous growth ?”