…Kaduna, Zamfara, Borno deadliest states …South-East most peaceful zone, North-West deadliest By Clifford Ndujihe, Politics Editor AS flames of violence and other forms of lives guzzling insecurity flicker in many parts of the country, Nigeria has literally become a killing field.
In the first six weeks of 2021, lives of no fewer than 1, 525 persons have been wasted across the country Vanguard’s investigation, and data obtained from the Nigeria Security Tracker, NST, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa programme, have shown.
The Nigeria Security Tracker tracks violence that is both causal and symptomatic of Nigeria’s political instability and citizen alienation. The data are based on weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media. The 1,525-death figure, which is conservative, covers only reported cases arising from the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, herdsmen crisis, kidnapping, communal and cult clashes, armed robbery, and brutality of security agents among others.
Many security breaches are not reported. It is also difficult to tell the number of abducted victims who die in captivity as unconfirmed reports put the number of those in various kidnap dens across the country at over 5000. The 1,525 deaths are about half of the 3,188 lives lost between January and December 2019, according to a report by Global Rights.
It is also four times the 348 people killed in violent attacks across Nigeria in December 2020, as reported by a non-governmental organisation, Nigeria Mourns. Currently, Nigeria is the third country most impacted by terrorism, going by the Global Terrorism Index 2020 after Afghanistan and Libya. The 2020 terrorism index report said though total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,245 in 2019, a 39 per cent decrease from the prior year.
Terror-related incidents also fell by 27 per cent, marking the lowest level of terrorist violence in Nigeria since 2011. Boko Haram, Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist group, recorded an increase in terrorist activity mainly targeted at civilians by 25 per cent from the prior year. Additionally, Fulani extremists were responsible for 26 per cent of terror-related deaths in Nigeria at 325 fatalities. The herdsmen crisis is one of the reasons the county is boiling now following prevailing incidents in many southern states especially Oyo, Ondo and Ogun.
Deaths in the states Of the country’s 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, only three had zero reported deaths linked to insecurity. The states are Bayelsa, Bauchi, and Kebbi. The most deadly states are Kaduna (409), Zamfara (267) and Borno (257). Kaduna and Zamfara are the hotbeds of banditry ravaging the North-West zone of the country while Borno is the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. States that recorded high deaths include: Yobe (76), Niger (73), Delta (46), Ebonyi (43), Katsina (41), Oyo (37), Plateau (31), Lagos (26), Rivers (24), Imo (23), Ogun (20), and Ondo (20). Others are Nasarawa (16), Cross River (15), Benue (12), Anambra (11), Akwa Ibom (11), Kogi (11), Kwara (8), Taraba (8), Osun (8), Abia (7), Edo (7), Sokoto (5), Adamawa (4), FCT Abuja (3), Kano (2), Gombe (1), Enugu (1), and Jigawa (1). According to the data, the South-East zone is the most peaceful zone with 85 reported deaths followed by the South-South, which had 103 deaths, and South-West, 112 deaths. Conversely, the North-West is the deadliest zone with 724 deaths, followed by its flanking North-East, which witnessed no fewer than 346 deaths and North-Central that had 155 deaths.
In the South-East, Ebonyi on account of the Effium-Ezza communal crisis recorded most deaths followed by Imo, which tally was spiked by the clashes between security forces and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Orlu. In the South-West, Oyo State was on the front burner due to the herdsmen and locals’ crisis in Ibarapa as well as Amotekun brushes with youths. Cult-related killings and other crimes took the tally of deaths in Lagos to 26.
In the South-South, Delta and Rivers were on the front-burner due to pirates’ activities in Rivers; and cult clashes and armed robbery-related killings in Delta. In sum, the three southern zones accounted for 300 or 18.19 per cent of the 1,525 deaths. The northern zones recorded 1,225 or 81.91 per cent of the tallied deaths.
A host of Nigerian leaders have decried the rising waves of insecurity in the country and tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on urgent action. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said on February 10 that Nigeria’s leaders had failed and must come together irrespective of political differences to save the country. ”Every time a citizen going about his business is killed or kidnapped, loses his property or livelihood, we have failed in our obligations,” he said. Senators, on the same day, spoke in like manner, saying that Nigeria was becoming a failed state on account of insecurity and asked President Buhari to issue an executive order on the need to flush out criminal herders.
Indeed, Nigeria’s last military Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, retd, warned on Wednesday that Nigeria is on the highway to disintegration unless insecurity is decisively tackled. ”In the last two weeks or so, tension has been growing in the country and the embers of disunity, anarchy and disintegration are spreading fast and if care is not taken, this might lead us to a point of no return,” he warned.
How Nigerians were killed in the zones South-East – 85 South-South – 103 South-West – 112 North-Central – 155 North-East – 346 North-West – 724 How 1,525 lives were wasted in six weeks January 1: Seven farmers were killed by bandits in Mashegu LGA of Niger State. Many were left injured during the attack on the farmers in their farms in Babban Rami.
January 1: A 20-year old woman, Mrs. Suwaiba Shuaibu, lured and stabbed her teenage rival, Miss Aisha Kabir, 17, to death because her husband proposed to marry Aisha.
January 2: Unknown men killed Quadri Okunola, popularly called Kudeti, a father of three at Macaulay/Odudu, along Igbogbo/ Bayeku road ikorodu, Lagos.
January 2: One person was killed in Osogbo Osun State, when cult groups clashed during a carnival party at Isale-Osun area of the town.
January 2: Bandit killed a chief executive officer of a filling station and his two cousins in Idere, Ibarapa North LGA, Oyo State.
January 2: Bandits invaded kawaran Rafiu village in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State and killed the chief Imam of the village, Danleeman Isah. Also killed was the Sarkin Yaki of Godogodo, Yohanna Abu.
January 2: Bandits killed 19 persons in Giwa, Kaduna.
January 2: Gunmen killed three and kidnapped two in Ibarapa, Oyo.
January 2: Robbers killed two civilians and police officers killed two robbers in Ughelli, Delta.
January 2: Military airstrikes killed “several” Boko Haram militants at two separate locations (estimated at 20) in Bama, Borno State.
January 3: Suspected internet fraudsters killed a girl, 18, in a hotel at Owa community in Ika North LGA of Delta State
January 3: No fewer than 19 people were killed in a two-day attack in Kaduna. Twelve of the victims were indigenes of Kaya, Gura LGA.
January 3: Boko Haram killed six soldiers and one civilian in Chibok, Borno. January 3: Bandits killed nine in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State.
January 4: Nigerian troops killed “several” bandits estimated at 20 in Birnin-Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, and ChikunLGAs in Kaduna.
January 4: Four people were shot while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in a bloody violence in some parts of Ibadan, Oyo State.
January 4: Police men killed two suspected members of a three man robbery gang in Ughelli, Delta State.
January 4: Bandits killed nine people including three infants in Zankoro, Kaduna State.
January 4: Two passengers were killed and many others were declared missing following an attack on two commercial boats on Bonny Waterways, Rivers State
January 5: Gunmen killed one and kidnapped 20 in Toto, Nassarawa.
January 5: Boko Haram attacked Askira/Uba, Borno but were repelled by military airstrikes that killed “several” (estimated at 10) militants.
January 5: Pirates killed two in Bonny, Rivers.
January 5: Gunmen killed former education secretary of Nasarawa local government, Malawi Salisu at Mungi sharp corner, Buga Gwari, Gadabuke, Toto local council. The hoodlums abducted no fewer than 20 people traveling in three vehicles and took them into the bush. Salihu was among those abducted. His body was later found in the bush near the road
January 6: Bandits killed a police man and kidnapped five others in attacks in Shiroro and Raji local governments in Niger State
January 6: Gombe state police command killed a kidnap suspect identified as Ustas during gunshot exchange with police men at Pinga, Gombe
January 6: Bandits killed four in Chikun, Kaduna.
January 6: Amotekun killed three civilians in Ibarapa, Oyo.
January 6: Boko Haram killed commuters (no number given, estimated at 10) in Nganzai, Borno
January 6: Military airstrikes killed “several” (estimated at 10) Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Borno
January 6: Four persons reportedly lost their lives during inter-communal conflict between Abankang and Alok communities in Ikom LGA, Cross River State
January 7: Gunmen abducted a traveller and killed his driver along Ise/Isua/Akoko Highway in Ondo State
January 7 Bandits attacked Katarma village in Chikun local Government, Kaduna, killed four persons and kidnapped many women
January 7: Three persons were feared dead during a bloody clash between youths and Amotekun operatives at Tapa, Oyo State
January 7: A mob set ablaze a suspected ritualist said to be in possession of a human heart at Orile, Lagos.
January 8: Soldiers killed five civilians during a clash in Baruten, Kwara.
January 8: The Nigeria Customs Service killed three commercial drivers at a checkpoint in Baruten, Kwara State.
January 8: Gunmen attacked a police station and killed three police officers in Ezza South, Ebonyi.
January 8: Two passengers were killed in a pirate attack on two commercial boats around Dema Abbey Community on Bonny waterways
January 9: Amotekun operatives killed seven in Ibarapa North, Oyo.
January 9: Gunmen killed three in Kauru, Kaduna. January 9: 28 Boko Haram militants and 13 soldiers were killed during a clash in Gujba, Yobe; in a separate incident, Nigerian soldiers killed another 30 militants in Gujba.
January 9: Nigerian troops killed 50 bandits in Kaura-Namode, Zamfara.
January 9: Gunmen killed one person while attempting to snatch his vehicle at the ever-busy Zoo Raod in Kano Metropolis.
January 10: Gunmen killed three mobile police officers in Ughelli North, Delta.
January 10: Gunmen killed two in Riyom, Plateau.
January 10: Nigerian troops killed five bandits and lost one soldier in Faskari, Katsina.
January 10: Three suspected thieves were burnt at different locations in Calabar, Cross River State.
January 10: A man died after his estranged lover bathed him with petrol and set him on fire in Makurdi, Benue State.
January 10: Gunmen opened fire on a couple, killing the lady in the process at Ekuigbo, Ethiope, Delta State.
January 11: Five soldiers and six Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Damboa, Borno.
January 11: Gunmen killed a councillorship candidate and kidnapped two others in Oshimili South, Delta.
January 11:A Boko Haram suicide bombers killed himself and six Nigerian soldiers in Damboa, Borno.
January 11: A female corps member, Chidimma Odume, macheted and killed her lover at Abak Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
January 11: Inter-communal clash between the people of Edondon and Ohumuruket in Obubra LGA, Cross River claimed no fewer than four lives
January11: Two people were feared dead, while three others were missing after suspected pirates attacked two passenger boats along the coastal waters of Aru-Gbanaama and Polokiri in Bonny LGA of Rivers State.
January 12: Gunmen killed two in Kauru, Kaduna.
January 12: Military airstrikes killed “several” (estimated at 10) Boko Haram militants in Kaga, Borno.
January 12: Suspected land grabbers killed four in Ikorodu, Lagos.
January 12: Security forces killed four bandits in Shiroro, Niger State.
January 12: Two villagers were killed in an ambush by gunmen between Bakin Kogi and Narido village in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State
January 10-January 12: Cult clashes resulted in 14 deaths in Ikorodu, Lagos.
January 12: At least five persons have been reportedly shot dead in a renewed clash between the people of Emede and Igbide clans in Isoko South LGA, Delta.
January 12: Mr. Obiezu,the younger brother to Imo State Accountant General, Valentine Obiezu, was killed after failed attempt to kidnap him at his village, Akatta, Oru East LGA.
January 12: The remains of a farmer, Wole Agbola, who was abducted, was discovered in the bush in Aba-Odo, Oyo State a few kilometres from where he was abducted after his family paid N2million ransom.
January 12: A soldier and 10 bandits were killed in a clash between troops and bandits at various locations in Katsina. A clash at Batsari LGA claimed five bandits, while another five went down at Maigora, Faskari LGA.
January 13: Bandits killed two in Igabi, Kaduna.
January 13: An Amotekun operative killed one civilian in Ibadan North, Oyo.
January 13: Military airstrikes killed “several” (estimated at 10) Boko Haram militants in Konduga, Borno.
January 13: Suspected herders killed two at Iniongwu village in Guma LGA, Benue State.
January: Robbers shot and killed Pastor Kelvin Orumor, the General Overseer of Kingdom Advancement Christian Centre, at Edjeba area of Warri, Delta State.
January 14: Bandits killed two farmers at Chikaji Village in Igabi LGA, Kaduna.
January 14: Military airstrikes killed “several” (estimated at 10) Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno.
January 14: Boko Haram landmines killed five soldiers in Chibok, Borno.
January 14: Nigerian troops killed “scores” (estimated at 40) of bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.
January 14 Officials of DSS beat a policeman, Fawale Rauf, 33, to death at River Side area of Osogbo, Osun State.
January 15: Communal violence led to two deaths in Ibarapa North, Oyo.
January 15: Nigerian troops killed “scores” (estimated at 40) of Boko Haram militants in Marte, Borno.
January 15: Bandits killed five police officers and kidnapped thirteen others in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.
January 16: Bandits killed one in Igabi LGA, three in Chikun LGA, and one in Giwa LGA in Kaduna.
January 16: Soldiers killed five civilians, and one soldier was killed in retaliation in Maiduguri, Borno.
January 16: Bandits killed a livestock guard and shot NSCDC officer in Makurdi, Benue
January 16: Communal violence led to two deaths in Anambra East, Anambra. January 16 Deputy Registrar of FUTA, Dr Amos Arijesuyo died from gunshot wounds he sustained after he was attacked by gunmen along Ilesa-Akure Highway while returning to Akure from Ibadan.
January 16: Two were killed and scores injured in a renewed crisis between Umueri and Aguleri communities of Anambra State.
January 17: Kidnappers killed a man, Elliot Ofa and kidnapped three others at Ethiope West LGA, Delta State.
January 17: Bandits killed 10 during an attack on Janbako, a community in Maradun LGA, Zamfara State.
January 17: Bandits killed five including an 80-year old woman and a village head in separate attacks on two villages of Chikun as well as travellers in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State.
January 17: Five riot policemen were killed in an ambush on the highway in Kaduna State.
January 17: 24 people were killed as bandits and cultists went on rampage in Borno, Benue, Cross River and Niger. A soldier and five civilians died in a clash in Maiduguri. Late Gana’s loyalists attacked a Benue community and killed three persons. Bakassi cult clash claimed four lives in Cross River. A Catholic priest was killed by bandits in Niger with his brother and 17 others kidnapped. January 17: 35 bandits were killed by troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji in different encounters in Zamfara and Katsina states.
January 17: Seven vigilantes in Mashogu LGA of Niger State were killed in an ambush by bandits January 17: Bandits killed 10 including one soldier, and five bandits were killed in Maradun, Zamfara.
January 17: Gunmen killed two police officers and two others in Port Harcourt, Rivers. January 17: Nigerian troops killed 30 bandits and lost one soldier in Bungudu, Zamfara.
January 17: Bandits killed one in Igabi LGA, killed one and kidnapped one in Zaria LGA, and killed two in Giwa LGA in Kaduna.
January 17: Two persons were gunned down in Ughelli North LGA of Delta State during cults clash at a popular hotel along Warri-Ekuigb Road.
January 18: Two bandits were killed by troops along Sabon-Iche-Kagarko Raod, Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State.
January 18: Gunmen killed a policeman, injured two others and carted away two guns in Borokiri, Port Harcourt.
January 18: No fewer than five persons were killed and seven others were injured in a renewed hostility over land between Uko Ntenge and Uko Akpan communities in Mbo LGA of Akwa Ibom State.
January 18: Police officers killed two kidnappers in Mangu, Plateau.
January 18: Nigerian troops killed two bandits in Kagarko, Kaduna
January 18: Sectarian violence led to seven deaths in Mbo, Akwa Ibom.
January 18: Nine soldiers and five Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Nasarawa.
January 18: Bandits killed 35 in Maru, Zamfara.
January 18: Bandits killed seven vigilantes in Mashegu, Niger State.
January 19: A 55-year old man, Ishau Falana, beat his reative, Badmus Rafiu, to death at Oluwasogo area of Ijaka Isale, Ayetoro, Ogun State.
January 19: Gunmen killed a young man, Ajitwewunmeshe Emmah in Igarra, Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State.
January 20: Nigerian troops killed five Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Borno.
January 20: Bandits killed two in Chikun LGA, one in Giwa LGA, and one in Igabi LGA in Kaduna.
January 21: Bandits killed 13 and kidnapped 11 in Bungudu, Zamfara.
January 21: Yansakai, an outlawed vigilante group, killed two herdsmen in Maradun, Zamfara.
January 21 Bandits killed four people in isolated locations of Giwa, Chikun and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna State
January 21: A 23-year old man, Samuel Ajibade, was beaten to death over alleged phone theft by three suspects at Iju Ola, Ado-Odo/Ota LGA of Ogun State.
January 22: Four suspected kidnappers were killed in exchange of gunfire with soldiers on Owo-Ifon Highway, Ondo State.
January 23: A communal clash resulted in 40 deaths in Ohaukwu, Ebonyi.
January 23: Pirates killed one sailor and kidnapped 15 off the coast of Nigeria (estimated at Bonny, Rivers).
January 23: Military airstrikes killed “many” (estimated at 20) bandits in Chikun, Kaduna.
January 23: One person was feared dead while scores were wounded in a clash between Nigeria Army and Eastern Security Network of IPOB in Orlu, Imo State.
January 24: Bandits killed a seven-month pregnant woman, Aisha, along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
January 24: Two persons were shot and killed when armed robbed robbed traders along Bazunu Street, Warri South LGA of Delta State.
January 24: The death toll in the Effium, Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State communal clash rose to 40.
January 24: Two persons were killed during clashes between cultists at Coker-Aguda LCDA of Lagos.
January 24: Two persons, a soldier and a policeman, were killed when gunmen attacked a military checkpoint at Oton, a suburb of Sapele LGA of Delta State.
January 24: Five people died and 10 were abducted when gunmen attacked Kaffin-Koro and adjoining villages of Paikoro LGA of Niger State.
January 24: Kidnappers killed and dumped Chairman of Ardo Kola LGA of Taraba State.
January 24: Two suspected motorcycle thieves were burnt to death by mobs in two locations in Makurdi, Benue State.
January 24: A police officer who reportedly went to arrest a hemp smoker along Jos street in Kafanchan, Jema’a Lga of Kaduna State was killed in the process
January 24: Three persons were killed and 15 women were abducted in an attack by bandits in some communities in Munya and Paikoro LGAs of Niger State.
January 25: A 60 year old woman, who sold roasted plantain at Ilupeju area of Ibadan, Oyo State was hit by a stray bullet during a bloody clash between two rival cults.
January 24: Gunmen killed one police officer and one soldier in Sapele, Delta.
January 24: Bandits killed seven in Maradun, Zamfara.
January 24: A man killed his brother with a pestle at Kiribo, Ondo State
January 25: One soldier and nine civilians were killed during a clash between the military and ESN of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Orlu, Imo.
January 25: Gunmen killed two police officers in Karim-Lamido, Taraba.
January 25: Nigerian troops killed five Boko Haram militants in the town of Chindila, Yobe (no LGA given/found).
January 25: Nigerian troops killed three Boko Haram militants in the town of Mayankari, Borno (no LGA given/found).
January 25: A member of a local vigilante group in Rivers State known as OSPAC, shot and killed a woman, Mrs Beatrice Obisike, at a burial ceremony ina community in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.
January 26: Bandits killed three in Zurmi, Zamfara.
January 26: Gunmen killed two policemen in Karim Lamido LGA of Taraba State
January 26: Gunmen killed two people, a community leader in Ugbori, Warri South LGA; and a mason in Orerokpe, Okpe LGA of Delta State.
January 26: Three persons were reportedly killed and four others were abducted in a renewed clash between the people of Usaka Uko in Ikwuano LGA of Abia and Nkari people of Ini LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
January 27: Robbers killed a motorcyclist around Leventis, Sango area of Ibadan, Oyo State after snatching his bike.
January 27: A man, Chukwuemeka Obijofa,
28, killed his wife and four-year old son with a shovel in Benue.
January 27: Bandits killed ten in Faskari, Katsina.
January 27: Cult clashes resulted in four deaths in Warri South, Delta.
January 27: Four persons were reportedly shot dead in cult clashes in two Delta communities. One of the deceased was shot in Ekurede Itsekiri community while the other three were killed in Egbokodo near Ubeji. Both communities are in Warri South LGA, Delta State.
January 28: Bandits attacked Magarya, a community in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State, killing three persons, burning several houses and rustling 100 cattle.
January 28: Troops using fighter jets bombed bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Giwa, Igabi and Chikun LGAs of Kaduna State. Bandits killed four persons in Igabi and Chikun.
January 28: A woman was strangled by his son in Dilchim, a community in Michika LGA of Adamawa State.
January 28: A hunter, Mr. Ukachukwu Nweke, 65, killed his wofe, Patricia, 55, and his 29-year old son, Obinna, in Anambra and committed suicide.
January 28: Barely 48 hours after President Buhari appointed new service chiefs, bandits went on rampage in Niger, Kaduna and Taraba states killing five persons and kidnapping 83 people including 27 wedding guests. January 28: Bandits kidnapped fifty in Shiroro LGA and killed one and kidnapped six in Lapai LGA in Niger State.
January 28: Two were killed when gunmen attacked a police station in Ibadan, Oyo.
January 28: Bandits killed one in Igabi LGA, three in Kajuru LGA, and 12 in Giwa LGA in Kaduna.
January 28: Bandits killed 11 and kidnapped five in Faskari, Katsina. January 28: Military airstrikes killed “many” bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Chikun, and Giwa LGAs in Kaduna (estimated at 60).
January 28: Gunmen attacked a police van and killed a policeman at Uratta Junction along Aba-Port Harcourt highway, Abia
January 29: Boko Haram killed two soldiers and kidnapped two police officers in Dikwa, Borno.
January 29: Amotekun killed five civilians in Ibadan, Oyo
January 29: Nigerian troops killed seven Boko Haram militants in Bama LGA and four militants in Mafa LGA in Borno.
January 29: Bandits attacked a Fulani settlement at Na’ Ikko village in GIWA LGA of Kaduna State, killed 12 persons and razed many houses.
January 30: Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed one and kidnapped one in Akure North, Ondo.
January 30: A 26-year old student of Delta State Polytechnic, Ochuko Frank, was macheted to death by cultists in Oghara, Delta State.
January 30: Prince Elonuya Dennis Abuda, who was based in the USA was abducted and killed by kidnappers after collecting N10milion ransom at Benin Bypass, Edo styate
January 31: One person was killed and three others were injured in an orgy of violence that broke out over the chairmanship of Ekogbere community in Burutu LGA, Delta State.
January 31: Boko Haram killed two police officers and one Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member, and kidnapped two police officers in Magumeri, Borno.
January 31: Bandits killed one in Zangon-Kataf, Kaduna.
January 31: Bandits killed two and kidnapped two in Giwa, Kaduna.
January 31: Bandits killed five in Sabon Birni, Sokoto.
February 1: Airstrikes killed “several” (estimated at 10) bandits in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA), “several” (estimated at ten) bandits in Ikara LGA, and two bandits in Zaria LGA in Kaduna.
February 1: Hoodlums attacked the house of Seriki Fulani in Egua, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State, Alhaji Adamu Oloru, killing obne person and many cows.
February 1: Bandits killed two in Lere LGA and one in Birnin-Gwari LGA in Kaduna.
February 1: Gunmen killed one police officer in Isiala Ngwa North, Abia.
February 1: Bandits killed 27 and kidnapped 40 in Shiroro, Niger State.
February 1: Gunmen killed one police officer and kidnapped three Chinese nationals in Atakumosa West, Osun.
February 1: Bandits killed two persons in Fatika District, Giwa LGA of Kaduna State.
February 1: Police killed two members of a suspected robbery syndicate in Adamawa
February 1: bandits killed a man during an attack at a recreation centre in Wawan Rafi village zangon-Kataf, Kaduna
February 1: Gunmen killed four in Aba, Abia.
February 1: Gun men burnt a police station and killed an officer in Umuoba community, Abia
February 1:A man was tied and killed in his workshop at Egbu Road, Owerri, Imo State.
February 1: Herdsmen killed three in Orhionmwon, Edo.
February 2: Police officers killed three bandits in Dutsin-Ma, Katsina.
February 2: One person was shot dead while three sustained injuries during a clash betwenn smugglers and Customs officials at Obafemi/Owode LGA of Ogun State
February 2: An OPC member was killed by herders in the bush during a search for a kidnapped farmer at Iju, Akure North LGA, Ondo State
February 2: Sectarian violence led to seven deaths in Bassa, Plateau
February 2: Bandits killed three persons in separate attatcks in Lere and Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State
February 3: Bandits killed two in Bassa, Plateau.
February 3: The police killed two robbery suspects at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State
February 3: Bandits killed two in Igabi, Kaduna.
February 3: Gun men invaded a market in Awo Omama, Oru East LGA, Imo State and killed two persons and injured many while chasing one of their members
February 3: Nigerian troops killed 32 bandits in Shinkafi, Zamfara.
February 4: Gunmen killed three at a church in Ihiala, Anambra.
February 4: Gunmen killed five in Khana, Rivers.
February 4: Sectarian violence led to 12 deaths in Bassa, Plateau.
February 4: Gunmen killed a young man travelling on a bike at Nedele, Emohua LGA, Rivers State.
February 4: Nigerian troops killed “a number” (estimated at 10) of Boko Haram militants in Ngala, Borno.
February 4: Bandits a man, Yusuf Suleiman 28 days after his wedding at Abba, Zaria LGA, Kaduna
February 5: Bandits killed six in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.
February 5: Two police officers and one gunman were killed during an attack on a police station in Obowo, Imo.
February 5: Bandits killed two and kidnapped five in Zaria, Kaduna.
February 5: Police officers killed six cultists in Egbado North, Ogun.
February 5: Nigerian troops killed 20 bandits in Shinkafi, Zamfara.
February 6: Bandits killed 14 in Birnin-Gwari LGA and five in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna.
February 6: Police officers killed two in Surulere, Lagos.
February 6: A communal clash led to two deaths in Irepodun, Osun.
February 6: A young man was killed in Iyara axis of Warri, Delta State
February 6: Gunmen killed one police officer and one civilian in Warri South, Delta
February 6: Former Owerri NBA chairman was macheted to death by assailants in his office in Imo
February 7: Sectarian violence led to 11 deaths in Ajaokuta, Kogi.
February 7:Three persons were killed and five abducted by kidnappers at various locations in Peji, Kuje Area of Abuja
February 7: Suspected herders killed a man, Dele Olowoniyi during an attack on Oha village,Imeko-Afon LGA, Ogun State
February 7: Hoodlums killed APC ward chairman in Gboko, Benue State
February 7: one person was killed and three were seriously injured when rival APC factions in Jigawa clashed during the visit of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.
February 7: Hoodlums attacked Obowo Police Division, IMO and killed two policemen while trying to free their detained members.
February 7: A clash between two gangs- Agarawu and Onola boys claimed the life of a young man identified as Tiroo in Lagos Island, Lagos
February 7: Gunmen killed a mobile police man in NPA Area of Warrior, Delta State
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February 7: A suspected member of a criminal gang known as Shila Boys in Jimeta, Yola North LGA, Adamawa was killed by a mob for robbing and stabbing a lady.
February 8: Herdsmen killed six in Bassa, Plateau.
February 8: Two robbery suspects were set ablaze in Akuma, Oru East LGA, Imo State.
February 8: Bandits killed 10 in Birnin-Gwari LGA, one in Giwa LGA, seven in Chikun LGA, one in Igabi LGA, and five in Kauru LGA in Kaduna
February *: Kidnappers attacked a funeral convoy at benin Bypass, Edo, kidnapped the brother of the deceased and killed the driver
February 9: Kidnappers abducted seven in Ethiope East, Delta.
February 9: Nigerian troops killed 19 Boko Haram militants in Kala/Balge, Borno.
February 9: The Nigerian Air Force killed “several” bandits in both Birnin-Gwari LGA and Giwa LGA (estimated at 20) in Kaduna.
February 9: Bandits killed 23 persons in Kaduna in diffent attacks in Birnin-Gwari, Chikun, Igabi and kauri LGAs.
February 9: Boko Haram killed three soldiers and injured two in Goniri, Geidam, Borno
February 10: Gunmen killed three at a town hall meeting in Idemili North, Anambra.
February 10: Sectarian violence led to the deaths of two police officers in Takum, Taraba.
February 10: Violence around a university student election led to the deaths of two students in Owo, Ondo.
February 10: Nigerian troops killed 31 Boko Haram militants in Askira/Uba, Borno.
February 10: Suspected ritualists beheaded a farmer and removed parts of his body at Orodo, Mbaitoli, Imo
February 11: Gunmen attacked a mobile police checkpoint in Chanchanji village, takum LGA of Taraba, killed a police man and injured four others
February 11: Hoodlums stabbed a 98 year old woman, Oyibo Ogidi to death at Amafor, Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South LGA, Enugu
February 11: A commercial sex worker stabbbed her client to death in a hotel at Umuguma, Owerri, Imo State.
February 11: Herdsmen killed two farmers at Owode- Ketu community in Yeea North LGA, Ogun
February 11: Herdsmen killed two in Owo, Ondo.
February 11: Herdsmen killed two in Egbado North, Ogun.
February 11: Gunmen killed three in Oyigbo, Rivers.
February 11: Herders attacked operatives of Amotekun and killed two people along Ute Road, Owo LGA, Ondo. They had earlier killed a farmer identified as Lanre, which made locals to invite Amotekun
February 12: A man, Tunde Alabi was killed when hoodlums suspects to be smugglers attacked Customs men and security agents at Oja-Odan, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State
February 12: Herdsmen killed four in Egbado North, Ogun.
February 12: Sectarian violence led to three deaths in Akinyele, Oyo. February 12: Boko Haram killed four in Biu, Borno.
February 12: Nigerian troops killed two Boko Haram commanders in Gwoza, Borno.
February 12: Boko Haram killed three Nigerian soldiers in Kukawa, Borno.
February 12: A clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders at Shasha market, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State led to the death of a pregnant woman
February 12: A woman killed herself after killing her lover for impregnating another woamn in Amukpe, sapele, Delta
February 13: Bandits attacked Baka village, Igabi LGA, Kaduna and killed a father and his son, who resisted being kidnapped.
February 13: Four OPC members beat a 35-year old man to death dueing an argument in bariga, Lagos
February 14: Bandits killed three passengers in Yakowa village in Chikun LGA of Kaduna; and abducted 18 passengers in Yakila village in Rafi LGA, Niger State
February 14: Troops of 271 Nigerian Air Force foiled an ambush by bandits at Ungwan laya near Birning-Gwari, Kaduna and killed 24 bandits
February 14: Herdsmen killed three farmers at Ijugbere village in Owo, Ondo February 14: A police inspector was killed by gunmen at the premises of a penticostal church along Oviri-Ogor Road, Ughelli, Delta State
February 16: The village head of Kusherki in Rafi local government area of Niger state, Alhaji Masud Abubakar has been killed along with 10 other villagers by bandits. Not only that, the bandits also kidnapped twenty villagers from different communities in the area while the wife of slain traditional ruler was among those kidnapped according to Vanguard
Why FG Lacks The Gut To check Bandits, Farooq Kperogi Exposes Malami
Naming and shaming of sponsors of terrorism is unconstitutional but the naming and shaming of the “sponsors” of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho isn’t.
On July 18, 2021, so-called bandits shot down an Alpha Jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on the boundary between Zamfara and Kaduna states. Then on October 7, 2021, the Wall Street Journal, whose news section is adjudged one of America’s most credible, got a scoop that the Nigerian Air Force paid N20 million to bandits to buy back “an antiaircraft gun” that the bandits had seized from the Nigerian military in a clash.
The antiaircraft gun, the paper said, “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown….”
On October 20, 2021, the bandits, whom the Wall Street Journal says have “collaborators inside the army” and who are “better equipped with larger-capacity advanced weaponry than national security agencies,” detonated explosives on the Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks and caused the indefinite suspension of rail transportation between Abuja and Kaduna.
What has become transparently apparent in the last few months is that the plague of so-called Fulani herdsmen banditry is way deeper and more complex than we have persuaded ourselves to believe. The menace we self-deceptively and simplistically attenuate as mere “banditry” is nothing short of well-oiled, deep-rooted, well-practiced, and well-organised mercenary terrorism whose tentacles have spread to unthought-of social territories of the Nigerian society.
Early this month, I had a lengthy conversation with a well-placed Nigerian government official on a whole host of issues, including the escalating, never-ending scourge of mass abductions for ransom in vast swathes of the country. In the course of our conversation, he casually shared with me a disturbing story that, for me, strikes at the core of why terroristic banditry won’t go away anytime soon.
He was involved in negotiations for the release of abductees some months back. The multi-million-naira ransom paid to the “abductors,” he said, went through a tortuous chain of command that finally ended up with some armed, well-nourished, out-of-state individuals. In other words, although the kidnappers were bucolic Fulani, the people who finally received the ransom weren’t.
In any case, as most people know, most of the cattle that the Fulani herders rear don’t belong to them; they belong to wealthy city dwellers (and some prosperous rural folks) from all over Nigeria.
Well, the anecdote that the government official shared with me recalls a viral video of a “bandit” in one of the northwestern states swearing in Hausa that “bandits” aren’t independent actors, that they are armed and financed by well-placed people in the society who take advantage of their poverty and disaffiliation from mainstream society to recruit them.
To be clear, I am not by any means absolving Fulani herders from responsibility for kidnapping. I just want to transcend the surface on which we have dwelled for far too long.
I also connected the dots between what the government official told me and a message that trended in Nigerian social media circles in May 2019 about a woman who was threatened with abduction but given the option to pay N5 million into a bank account to avert her kidnap.
A portion of the narration is worth reproducing without authorial intervention: “She took it up. Went to the bank with some assistance from influential friends. They asked that the account be flagged…. Bank did checks. Bank said the account cannot be flagged else they will lose influential clients How so? The names attached to the account are powerful names. That the kidnap ring pays some top persons percentage from the ransome [sic] paid. She was advised to jejely goan [sic] pay her POTENTIAL KIDNAPPERS. I was speechless for over 5 minutes.”
If you think this is a made-up story, read Daily Trust’s July 28, 2021 story titled “Kidnappers in FCT Begin Collection Of Ransom Through Banks.” When a Mrs. Aminat Adewuyi was kidnapped in Niger State, the kidnappers threatened to slaughter her if her relatives didn’t deposit N5 million naira into an Access Bank account.
The amount was later scaled back. “The ransom payment slip, a copy of which was obtained by Daily Trust showed that Adewuyi’s husband paid N500,000 into an Access Bank account with number 1403762272 and the name Badawi Abba Enterprise,” the paper reported.
Also recall that late last month even the National Youth Service Corps advised youth corps members posted to abduction-prone roads like “Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene, or Aba-Port Harcourt” to let “family members, friends and colleagues to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded” in the event of their abduction. This piece of advice was frozen in a handbook distributed to corps members.
It’s easy to explain away the NYSC advice as merely an organisation being pragmatic and making peace with the ever-present reality of mass abductions in the country. But the listless capitulation to mercenary terroristic bandits by almost all segments of the Nigerian government, including security outfits, points to high-profile complicity, in my opinion.
The Daily Nigerian reported on October 21 that security agencies had intercepted communication between “a notorious bandit” and his “associate.” “The report, dated October 19, 2021 and entitled ‘PLANNED ATTACK ON TRAIN AROUND RIJANA, KADUNA STATE,’ said the terrorists were heard discussing about the planned attack by Darul Salam terrorists in concert with two bandit kingpins, Danlami and Lawan (not real names),” the news site reported.
It quoted the security report to have said, “Baffa informed Bala that members of Darussalam (Boko Haram) in collaboration with bandits led by Danlami and Lawan are currently on their way to plant a bomb at a bridge on the railway in Rijana to hijack a moving train and kidnap the passengers. Baffa said he decided not to participate in the operation because it is risky but believed that DANLAMI and LAWAN will blow up the bridge.”
Why was the report, which the paper said was “circulated across security agencies,” ignored? Was this complicity, incompetence, or indifference? I am inclined to think it’s complicity, especially in light of the Wall Street Journal’s not-surprising revelation that mercenary terrorist bandits have “collaborators inside the army.”
Here are my own extrapolations based on the facts I’ve encountered these past few months. While uneducated, pastoral, semi-nomadic Fulani herders are the public face of mass abductions for ransom in the country, they are just branches of a tree whose roots are buried deep beneath the surface. The herders are mere expendable foot soldiers of people who have privileged connections to the government and the private sector.
Peasant, seminomadic Fulani herders who have lost their cattle have historically served as an inexhaustible pool of lumpen proletariat to conscript into all kinds of conflicts. In the early 1800s, for instance, they constituted a huge percentage of Afonja’s army in his fight against the Alaafin of Oyo. In “A Little New Light: Selected Historical Writings of Professor Abdullahi Smith,” the late Abdullahi Smith wrote that Fulani pastoralists who lost their cattle to tsetse fly bites in Yoruba land and “had nothing to lose” became Afonja’s mercenaries.
The domination of abduction for ransom by Fulani pastoralists who have lost their cattle seems to me like the recrudescence of what happened in the 1800s—and at other historical epochs. Killing the abductors will do nothing to stop the problem because they are merely the branches of a tree. You don’t kill a tree by cutting off its branches because new branches will sprout in time.
You kill a tree by uprooting it. That means identifying the funders and real beneficiaries of mass abductions in the country. From the information I am privy to, they are elites who are not necessarily Fulani. They are a pan-Nigerian gang of ruthless buccaneers who are united by rapaciousness and vileness.
But instead of confronting this grave existential threat to Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, is obsessed with blabbering about who the “sponsors” of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu are.
This is the same guy who refused to name and identify people who have been exposed by the United Arab Emirates as sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists because, according to him, “Naming and shaming of suspects is not embarked upon as a policy by the federal Government out of sheer respect [for] the constitutional rights of Nigerians relating to presumption of innocence.”
Naming and shaming of sponsors of terrorism is unconstitutional but the naming and shaming of the “sponsors” of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho isn’t. That is all you need to know for why mercenary terroristic banditry will endure for as long as incompetent hypocrites like Malami hold and control the levers of government.
Anambra Guber: IPOB Declares Sit-At-Home On Election Day
Anambra state governorship election may suffer serious setback as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared total lockdown in all states in south East from November 5 to November 10, to compel the federal government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has fixed the Anambra gubernatorial election for November 6, 2021.
But in a statement issued by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said, “Following the adjournment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court case to 10th of November 2021, by the Federal High Court Abuja, it demanded all lovers of Biafra and Biafrans to sit at home from 5 to 10 November to ensure that their leader is released.
“We the great movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafra land from 5th of November to 10th of November except Sunday, November 7th, a day our people worship the Almighty God, if the Nigeria Government fails to release our leader unconditionally before 4th of November 2021” he stated.
IPOB said its leader Nnamdi Kanu must be released unconditionally on or before November 4, 2021 “because he has not committed any offense known to any law.
According to the group, “failure to release Nnamdi KANU on or before November 4, 2021 there will be one week Sit-At-Home beginning on November 5, 2021 till November 10.”
Kanu was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja on treasonable felony and terrorism charges.
The fresh seven-count charges against Kanu followed his arrest and extradition from Kenya after he jumped bail.
Kanu, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Ghana Nollywood Boss, Others, Mobilise Nigerians against Black Queens In Accra Sunday World Cup Tie
There is serious mobilisation of Nigerians living in Ghana to support the Super Falcons in their match against the Black Queens of Ghana today.
The supporters have agreed to troop out in numbers to the Accra Sports Stadium to support the Super Falcons in a World Cup qualifier encounter.
The mobilisation of Nigerians is spearheaded, among many others calling for massive turn out of Nigerians for the match is Mr. Destiny Omoh, Chairman of Nollywood Ghana Chapter, Chief Bayo Asaolu, former Acting President of All Nigerian Community in Ghana who is also the current 2nd Vice President of of the same Association.
Chief Asaolu disclosed that the match is a do or die for the Black Queen as they need outstanding win to qualify to the female World Football fiesta.
It would be recalled that at various occasions, Nigerians in Ghana have always come out to support the national teams.
Ghana will need to beat Nigeria by 2 goals to qualify. The Super Falcon beat their rival by two goals at the first leg in Nigeria.
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