Civil society organization says over 400 killed and over 300 kidnapped in June.
A civil society organization (CSO), Connected Development (CODE), has revealed in a new report that over 400 people were killed and over 300 others abducted across Nigeria in June. The CSO released the report titled “Inclusion and accountability for improved public governance” on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, in Abuja. It focused on the country’s recent security incidents. While presenting the report, the chief of research and policy at CODE, Ani Nwachukwu, said 2,000 people mostly from rural communities were displaced and 120 people had injuries of varied severity.
Mr. Nwachukwu said, “We are asking the question, ‘What is needed? More funds or accountability for safer communities?’ In June alone, a total of 465 persons lost their lives mainly to violent attacks; 355 persons were kidnapped and 120 persons sustained varying degrees of injuries. About 2,000 persons suffered displacement from their homes. Over the years, Nigeria has increased military spending or defense budget to enhance its military power and improve security conditions but attacks are not subsiding accordingly, as recent trends have shown that security breakdowns are worsening despite huge budgetary provisions.”
CODE says they have been holding the government to account for 10 years.
He continued, “As a leading civil society organization, CODE is using this macro analysis report to highlight the missing gaps of accountability within our security sector, especially as scarce resources are allocated to the detriment of critical sectors like education and health, without corresponding outcomes on peace and political stability.” In the same vein, Hamzat Lawal, CODE’s chief executive officer (CEO), said his organization has been holding the government to account for the past 10 years.
He said, “For the past ten years, we have held public officials accountable and demanded that they keep their promises to their constituents by expediting timely interventions. Last year was no different. We tracked over N1.1B worth of constituency projects in 30 communities across three senatorial zones of Kaduna. Across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, via ‘Follow the Money’, we assessed the readiness of 90 PHCs to receive, store and effectively administer vaccines with the purpose of equally driving quality standardization of PHCs in Nigeria.”
Armed persons killed over 50 policemen and over 50 soldiers in 2022.
As the situation of security continues to worsen each year in the country, over 50 policemen and over 50 soldiers were killed by non-state actors in the first half of 2022. These are excluding two correctional service officials, two NDLEA officers, five officers of the NSCDC and two FRSC officials. The slain security personnel are among the thousands of people killed in the first half of 2022 with about 3,000 people killed in the first three months.
The killings spread across the country but were mostly carried out in the South-east, North-west and North-central regions. The three regions witnessed many attacks by various armed groups during the period. A total of 22 deaths were recorded in the South-east with Enugu accounting for 11; followed by the North-west where 19 police officers were killed with Kebbi State accounting for 16 deaths; no death was recorded in Zamfara, Kano, Sokoto and Kaduna, while 16 deaths were recorded in the North-central, three in the South-west, three in the South-south and two in the Boko Haram troubled North-east region.
The press says no week without killings by non-state actors.
While communities in the North-west and parts of the North-central have been repeatedly attacked by terrorists, locally called bandits, the South-east has seen frequent attacks by the ESN as well as other armed groups. It has been gathered that since 2021, there has been no week that there was no killing by non-state actors. The spokesperson of the police, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, could not provide the actual number of officers killed but confirmed that the police lost many officers during the period.
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I actually don’t know when this insecurity will stop. It is now embarrassing at this point. People being killed like chicken and no one to account for their death. Also, none of the persecutors have been caught. It is really a bad thing to be a Nigerian this period.
This insecurity situation need to be deal with people are losing their life about all this insecurity, all this criminal attack should be stop so people can be free and safe and sound things need to be done
This is very serious o, the level of insecurity in the country is getting worse everyday. Different stories of people being killed and kidnap everyday. Is getting out of hand..
Government need to wake up from their sleep and do the needful
Wow this is too much, the level of insecurity in the country gets worse day by day, it’s only God that can help us
The government needs to boost the amount of money it allocates to the military and the defence budget in order to strengthen its armed forces and make the country more secure.
Our security agents and officers in this country needs to be re orientated and reform do they can be able to tackle the insecurity we are facing in the country.
Recent observations have demonstrated that security breaches are getting worse, despite significant budgetary provisions; as a result, the government must search for an additional step to take in order to combat the growing problem of insecurity.
The level of security in this country is at an all time low, this 2023 elections we have to choose the right candidate if not the case would get worse.
The insecurity situation in this country need to be dealt with seriously…
The level of insecurity in this country has gotten worse. Our security officers aren’t competent
something should be done to curb all the operation of the evil people.
It’s people in rural areas that suffer this insecurity the most, the government has to do more to protect them because things are getting out of hand
Insecurity is no longer news in Nigeria. Sadly, the government has been carefree about it. We need a lasting solution. How many more people have to die?
I hope the families of those slain officers will be compensated because it will be hard for them to lose a bread winner in times like this
We only hear the news that government are investing much more into the security sector but with no positive outcome. The government should show us real action in tackling the insecurity issue and acting incapable.
How will crimes like this keep happening in this country and the people that committed these crimes would still be walking freely. This country’s security system is messed up.
I can’t imagine what my country as turned into over 400 killed and more than 300 kidnapped,whats really happening no security at all,no peace in the land again,we need a way out of all these.
Nigeria’s military budget has expanded in order to strengthen its military might and improve security conditions, but attacks have not decreased as a result, as recent trends have revealed that security breakdowns are growing despite significant budgetary resources.
The bad government we have is putting the life of millions of people at risk, how can over 1000 people be killed with 8 months!! This shows total incompetence
At this point, I can boldly say all our military personnel are useless! How can this be happening in a country where we have over thousands of military officers?? This is totally sad
The rate at which killing in Nigeria is very alarming and very bad for any country image.But the country architecture is not also doing enough to curb.
Let everybody go and get there PVC and vote for the right, credible and competent candidate for the forthcoming 2023 presidential election. We can continue in the way. The government and military is compromised already. We are collaborating with terrorist to perpetuate their drastard act.
There are problems in the government sector itself because there are some cabal who are working with these terrorist. Imagine the governor of Zamfara state granting amnesty to one Boko Haram member who claimed to had repented and committed a lot of atrocity including killing pregnant woman. He had ones repented before and went back to his vomit. This present administration is our problem in Nigeria.