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Insecurity: Over 3,478 killed, 2,256 abducted in seven months – Report

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AT LEAST, 3,478 people were killed while 2,256 others were abducted across the country from December 2021 to June 15.

  The figures were obtained from the daily incidents recorded by a Nigerian based Security Tracker of tally collated from reports issued by an American think-tank, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) during the period under review.

  According to the reports, the data included those killed by non-state actors such as terrorists, bandits, gunmen, armed robbers, cultists and security operatives, among others.

  A monthly breakdown showed that in December 2021, no fewer than 342 innocent Nigerians were killed while 397 were abducted. Those killed in the month included 45 farmers in Nasarawa. Also, 34 women were abducted in Zamfara while in January, at least 844 people were killed and 603 abducted by non-state actors. Prominent among the incidents that happened during the month was the bandits’ attack on Zamfara communities where over 200 residents were killed. Also, suspected bandits reportedly killed 220 persons and kidnapped 200 others in  Niger state.

  Also, in February, at least 495 persons were killed, while 326 were kidnapped. In the month, bandits attacked a Zamfara community for failing to pay a N40 million levy and killed 33 victims while terrorists killed 44, and abducted 31 others in Niger communities.

  Similarly, in March, 606 innocent lives were lost while 450 were abducted. The incidents included the murder of 63 vigilantes in Kebbi state by terrorists and attacks by suspected herdsmen in reprisal which claimed over 26 lives in Taraba while in April, 530 people were killed by non-state actors and 79 were kidnapped. In May, 395 were murdered while 178 persons were reportedly abducted.

  Between June 1 and 15, a total of 266 individuals have so far been killed with 223 persons kidnapped.

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