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7,222 killed, 1,499 injured, 3,823 abducted in seven months –Report

At least 7,222 Nigerians have been killed and 3,823 abducted as the country witnessed 2, 840 incidents of insecurity between January 1 and July 29, 2022.

Also, no fewer than 1,499 people were injured during the various attacks witnessed in 505 local government areas in the country.

These were contained in a data obtained from the Nigeria Security Incidents Tracker by Beacon Consulting on Sunday.

According to the data, 605 abductions took place in January; 1,202 fatalities were recorded while 62 persons sustained injuries.

In February, 887 deaths, 501 abductions and 82 injuries were recorded.

In March, 1,497 deaths, 702 abductions and 209 sustained injuries were recorded from violent attacks.

Also, in April, 633 persons were kidnapped, 1,434 were killed and 358 were injured.

In May, 913 deaths, 265 abductions and 315 injuries, across the country.

In June, 785 persons were killed, 676, abducted and 160, injured.

As of July 29, 441 Nigerians have so far been abducted, 504 killed and 308 injured.

A breakdown, according to geopolitical zones, revealed that the North East recorded 777 incidents in which 2,052 individuals were killed and 344 kidnapped.

In the North West, 519 incidents occurred in the region, leading to the death of 2,229 individuals while 1,989 were abducted.

No fewer than 494 incidents were witnessed in North Central out of which 1,748 residents lost their lives and 950 were kidnapped.

South West recorded 420 incidents which led to the death of 386 individuals and 195 were abducted.

310 incidents occurred in the North East region. 420 people were killed, while 157 were kidnapped.

In South South, 278 incidents have so far been recorded. 386 individuals were killed and 195, kidnapped.

The distribution, according to states, shows that Borno has the highest cases of insecurity in the country with a total of 527 incidents which led to the death of 1,746 individuals and abduction of 246.

Kaduna State has the second highest cases of insecurity in the country with 216 incidents spread across 22 local government areas. A total of 790 people were killed and 1,137 kidnapped.

Zamfara recorded 110 incidents in 13 local government areas. 797 people were killed and 356 kidnapped.

A security expert, Timothy Avele, said the spread and figures showed that the insecurity in the country was getting out of hand.

Avele said, “This figure clearly indicates that the security situation is spiralling out of hand for the worst and it is no more business as usual by the government saying they are on top of it.

“There is fire on the mountain and all hands must be on the deck to avert the Somalia situation where there will be a total breakdown of law and order. There must be visible and deliberate urgent actions to curtail the insecurity before it overwhelms security agencies.”

Another security expert, Oladele Fajana, urged the government to act fast before insecurity consumes the nation.

He said, “It is very unfortunate that insecurity has taken over more than half of the local government areas we have in the country. Very soon, there will be a food shortage because farmers can no longer go to their farms.

“The government needs to act fast so that the country will not collapse. The government must ensure it is always ahead of the criminals. We also have to review our current strategy.”

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