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725 Killed Across Nigeria In October Due To Insecurity, 235 Kidnapped

The highest number of deaths was recorded in Borno, followed by Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, and Zamfara states.

At least 725 people were killed in Nigeria between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, according to data gathered by the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST).

Analysis done by HumAngle showed that the killings took place across 28 of the country’s 37 states (including the federal capital). A total of 148 violent incidents were recorded during the period.

The NST data showed that among those killed were 272 civilians and 69 security personnel. One hundred and eighty-five (185) Boko Haram members, 198 armed persons, seven kidnappers, and two robbers were also killed.

The number of security personnel who died in the course of duty dropped significantly from what was recorded for the previous month (117). The total number of fatalities, however, slightly increased.

The highest number of deaths was recorded in Borno, with 151 casualties, followed by Kaduna (97), Niger (93), Sokoto (80), and Zamfara (74).

The greatest death toll for one incident was recorded on Sunday, Oct. 17, during a terror attack at Goronyo market, Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria. Residents said the terrorists arrived on tens of motorcycles and indiscriminately opened fire on traders and buyers, killing up to 49 people.

In another incident in Niger, North-central Nigeria, terrorists invaded Maza Kuka, a village in the Mashegu Local Government Area (LGA) and killed 17 people observing morning prayers at a mosque. Another 18 people were abducted.

Meanwhile, statistics from NST for last month additionally showed that 235 were kidnapped across Nigeria.

Kaduna with 78 victims recorded the worst rate of abductions, followed by Niger (60), Zamfara (21), and Ekiti (16).

From Port Harcourt in South-south Nigeria to Sokoto in the Northwest and in many other parts of the country, more citizens are resorting to self-help. They do this by organising volunteer patrols or outright vigilante groups.

Insecurity in the country is also forcing many people out of their homes and communities. The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) recently stated that over one million Nigerians became internally displaced in the past year.

Last Monday, Nigeria’s Defence, Minister Bashir Magashi, observed that prevalent threats in the country do not only affect national security but also economic growth and food security.

“This makes it imperative for the various security agencies in the country to continue to collaborate to tackle these menaces in order to create an enabling atmosphere for economic activities to thrive and to attract Foreign Direct Investment,” he told attendees of a conference for defence advisers in Abuja.

“It also means that the security agencies must explore all avenues within their respective systems to come up with innovative ways of identifying and confronting the challenges facing us as a nation.”



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Head of Investigations at HumAngle. ‘Kunle covers conflict alongside its many intricacies and fallouts. He also writes about disinformation, the environment, and human rights. He's won a couple of journalism awards, including the 2021 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism, the 2022 African Fact-checking Award, and the 2023 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

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