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Insecurity Leaves Over 2,600 Nigerians Dead In April, May – Report

Up to 1,560 members of the Boko Haram terror group were recorded to have been killed in the same period.

A total of 2,636 deaths were recorded as a result of insecurity in Nigeria between April and May. 

Meanwhile, nearly 1, 000 Nigerian civilians and security officers have lost their lives to insecurity.

This is according to the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations that catalogues all violent incidents in the country driven by political and socio-economic grievances.

Out of this number, 828 were classified as civilians including 250 kidnap victims, three political actors, 208 sectarian actors, and 100 state actors (security agents and members of the military).

Members of the terror group, Boko Haram, numbering up to 1,560 were reported to have been killed during the period. 

The death toll also includes 14 robbers, 17 kidnappers, and 368 other armed people.


The high fatality from the insurgent group is mostly due to a military offensive by the Chadian army in April which left an estimated 1,000 jihadists and 52 soldiers dead.

In May, Nigerian troops under Operation Kantana Jimlan killed 134 members of Boko Haram “leaving the criminal elements and their leadership in complete disarray and thus setting the conditions for the commencement of the final assault on their evil enclaves and hideouts”, the Defence Headquarters said.

One of the highest civilian casualties during the period was confirmed by the police in April after 47 people were killed by bandits following multiple attacks on communities in Katsina, including in Danmusa, Dutsinma, and Safana local government areas.

Last Thursday, members of Boko Haram killed 20 civilians in Gajiganna, a village in northeastern Borno State, as they prepared to break their fast in the evening. Also, fourteen people were “seriously injured” during the attack and many buildings were destroyed.

Two days after that incident, at least 20 people were again killed by suspected herdsmen in Kajuru, Kaduna State. “Several others are either injured or missing,” National President of the Adara Development Association, Awema Maisamari, had said.

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