A total of 102 security personnel were reportedly killed or abducted by non-state actors in different regions of northern Nigeria in the past month (Feb. 21 – March 20).
Of the 102, 14 were military officers, while 25 were police officers; 63 were confirmed to be members of local vigilante groups.
Parts of the Northeast, Northwest, and North-central zones have over the decade witnessed increasing insurgency, terror attacks, as well as farmer-herder clashes that have deteriorated the security situation in the country.
On Monday, Feb. 21 four police officers were confirmed dead at Galadima Kogo community in Niger State, North-central Nigeria, following a bomb attack by terrorists which claimed the lives of a total of ten people.
In Kebbi State, Northwest Nigeria, a total of 82 security personnel (six police officers, 13 soldiers, and 63 vigilantes) were killed between March 6 and 9, 2022.
This was followed by another incident that ensued on Tuesday, March 15, which claimed the lives of 10 police officers when terror groups attacked Ngaski and Gafara community in Ngaski Local Government Area (LGA) of the State.
On the same day, a terror group raided a police station in Magama LGA of Niger State, North-central Nigeria. This sparked a gunfire exchange where the Division Police Officer (DPO), two other policemen, and four vigilante members lost their lives according to the Niger state’s police spokesman.
Also in Niger, a police inspector was confirmed killed in an exchange between Joint Security Task Force and terrorists in Mariga LGA.
On Thursday, March 17, armed abducted the Division Crime Officer of Dawaki Police Division in the Federal Capital Territory during an attack on the station.
In Bama LGA of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, a newly recruited soldier was killed during a deadly ambush by members of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
Police officers threaten to go on strike
Due to these attacks coupled with the lack of compensation to kins of colleagues killed in action, amongst other problems, the junior police officers threatened to go on a two-week nationwide strike.
A police spokesman in the South-west of Nigeria bemoaned that police officers have been reduced to nothing and a strike was necessary to show citizens how relevant they were in the society.
HumAngle had earlier shed light on the nature of the Nigerian Police strike.
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