Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Ngozi James

No fewer than 8,372 Nigerians were killed in violent attacks across the country in 2021, a new report has revealed.

A breakdown of the report published by beacon consulting, a security firm, shows that the North West suffered the highest with 3051 deaths, followed by the North East with 1895 casualties, North Central 1684 victims, South East 853, South-South 448 and South West 441.

The breakdown further shows that 36.4 percent of the yearly fatality figures affected the North West region, 22.6 percent the North East and 20.1 percent in the North Central. This, the report notes, puts the total percentage of fatalities for Northern Nigeria at 79.2 percent.

In addition, an analysis of the states most affected by the fatalities shows the spread across 31 states and the FCT, with Borno state recording the highest fatalities at 1508 deaths.

Further, an analysis of the kidnappings for January 01 – December 31, 2021, shows that Nigeria recorded a total of 5018 abductions across the country. A breakdown of these abductions according to the geopolitical regions shows that the North West suffered the highest with 3101 incidents, followed by the North Central with 1082, North East 276 victims, South-South 245, South West 223 and South East 91.

The breakdown further shows that 61.8 percent of the yearly abduction figures affected the North West region, 21.6 percent the North Central and 5.5 percent the North East. This puts the total percentage of kidnapping incidents in northern Nigeria for January – December 2021 at 88.9 percent.

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