A tally collated by The Punch, revealed that at least, 3,478 people were killed, while 2,256 others were abducted across the country, from December 2021 to June 15, 2022,
The figures were obtained from the daily incidents recorded by the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think-tank, during the period under review.
The data captured by The Punch 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 State. Also, 34 women were abducted in Zamfara State.
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.
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.
Also, terrorists killed 44, and abducted 31 others in Niger communities.
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 State.
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.
The Punch observed that bandits and terrorists were largely responsible for the abduction and killings recorded in the North Central region, North-West and North-East.
In the South-West and South-South, the perpetrators were identified as cultists, suspected herdsmen and gunmen, while in the South-East, the number of deaths and abductions were mostly caused by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its militia wing, Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told The Punch that he would comment on the rising crime incidents later.
His exact words: “I will make an official statement on this later, as I have been on the move since. I just left Ekiti today, and I am heading to Kano for a programme.”
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