Insecurity: Over 1,000 Killed In Nigeria In April
Following a compilation of data by the Council on Foreign Relations in the Nigeria Security Tracker, at least 1,032 people lost their lives to insecurity in the country last month.
The tracker showed that across Nigeria there were at least 229 violent incidents between April 1 and 30.
Among these, 592 civilians and 145 security officers.
Also, members of armed groups, including 87 Boko Haram insurgents, six robbers, and 202 others were also killed.
Similarly, the rate of abductions in the period was also alarmingly high with 406 people falling victim.
The highest civilian casualty was recorded on April 8 in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State where over 70 people were reportedly killed by invading Nigerian soldiers.
“Our unarmed people are being killed intentionally in large numbers by armed personnel of the Nigerian Army,” announced Elder Tyoh Jude of the Shangev-Tiev Assembly (STA).
“Presently, over 70 persons are reported dead and more than 100 people are missing, mostly women, children and the elderly and hundreds of thousands displaced with its attendant humanitarian consequences.”
NST has documented politically and economically motivated violence in Nigeria since 2011 using press reports but warns that its figures are not definitive partly because of underreporting.