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Insecurity: 79 Killed, 122 Abducted Across Nigeria Last Week

Insecurity in Nigeria has worsened beyond the Boko Haram insurgency as almost all parts of Nigeria are currently battling one form of terrorism or the other.

No fewer than 79 people were killed in various violent attacks across Nigeria last week. The country also recorded the abduction of 122 persons. The figures were gathered from various news reports on insecurity in Nigeria.Ā 

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021

HumAngle reported how about 570 persons fled their village in Goronyo Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State, following a four-hour attack on them by terrorists.

The terrorists numbering up to 300 invaded Birjingo village, leaving eight people dead. The attackers also injured 19 people.

HumAngle, in the same report, explained how 17 persons were abducted and eight others killed in Yarkofoji town of Bakura LGA of Zamfara State.


Villagers fleeing their village in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Photo: HumAngle.

Premium Times also reported how 13 persons were killed on Sunday by suspected terrorists in Randa in Dansadau district of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Another HumAngle report said terrorists operating in the same Zamfara killed four officials of the stateā€™s College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, kidnapped 15 students including a staff member and his wife.

Plateau State police commissioner, Edward Ebuka, on Sunday said seven people were killed in Jos North area council in an attack on travellers around Gada-biu-Rukuba road of the state capital.Ā 

Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Seven people were killed in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria, on Monday when a convoy transporting workers to a facility belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria was attacked.

Kidnappers also killed a middle-aged man, Haruna Dako, and carted away foodstuffs at Kambu area of Abaji Area Council in the FCT.

Terrorists and Nigerian soldiers fought along the border community of Jibia LGA of Katsina State. They engaged in a gun duel and the bandits killed a soldier.Ā 

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Premium Times reported that no fewer than four persons were killed on Monday by terrorists at Tsayau community in Jibia LGA of Katsina State.

Terrorists on Tuesday morning, Aug. 17, attacked Shinaka village in Goronyo LGA of Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria, abducting five persons during the attack.

Also, terrorists killed two people and kidnapped several others in an attack on some travellers in Zamfara State.

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

The Cable reported nine students were kidnapped in Sakkai, Faskari LGA of Katsina state, following an attack on the community.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

The Punch reported that the son of a former National Secretary of the Nigeria Medical Association, Adewunmi Alayaki, was abducted by an armed group in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

Rivers State police spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the killing of an unidentified victim to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said nine terrorists locally known as ā€˜banditsā€™ were killed in a gun battle between rival gangs in Giwa LGA of the state.Ā 

HumAngle reportedĀ  that at least 75 residents of Rini town in Bakura LGA of Zamfara State, were abducted by a terror gang which invaded the town on Friday morning.Ā 

Picture of terrorists. Photo: Voice of Nigeria.

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

Two suspected kidnappers were killed during a gun duel between members of a kidnap gang and men of Ogun State Police Command on Saturday.Ā 

Also, HumAngle reported how 12 persons, including women and children were killed in a night attack by terrorists on Dooh, a village in Zangon Kataf LGAĀ  of Kaduna State.Ā 


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