NST: Over 1,000 People Kidnapped In Nigeria In One Month

 NST: Over 1,000 People Kidnapped In Nigeria In One  Month

No fewer than one thousand and ninety-seven (1,097) people in Nigeria were victims of abduction in the last one month, according to analysis  from the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) has shown.

This was recorded between February 15 and March 12 2021, according to the data-collection platform run by the Council on Foreign Relations. 

The data covered 22 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The data gathered revealed that at least 729 people lost their lives to insecurity in the country, including 383 civilians and 62 security agents.

Breakdown of Kidnapping

The highest rate of kidnapping was recorded in Zamfara where 387 people were victims, followed by Niger (377), Katsina (145), and Kaduna (69). 

All four of the hardest-hit states are in the Northern region of Nigeria.

Other states that had a high number of abduction victims in the period were Borno (31), Delta (26), Kogi (8), and Taraba (8).

According to data gathered by the NST, a total of 2,879 people were abducted in Nigeria– an average 240 people monthly.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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