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Nigeria recorded 348 killed, 411 abducted in violent attacks nationwide in December 2020– Report

Nigeria Mourns, an NGO has reported that about 348 people were killed in violent attacks across Nigeria in December 2020

In its report, titled “Violent Incidents Report: December 2020″ published on Monday which is the last for the year 2020, the NGO said it used newspaper reports and family sources to track violent killings.

It said the cases for December were recorded in 27 states of the country and of the 348 people killed, 315 were civilians while 33 others were security operatives.

It pointed out that a total of 411 people were reportedly kidnapped in December last year.

“The North-east state, Borno, the epicenter of Boko Haram, recorded the most alarming figures during the month with 70 deaths.

Nigeria Mourns gave casualty figures for each of the 27 states of the country as follows:Borno – 70, Kaduna – 64, Niger – 26, Katsina – 24, Ogun – 23, Zamfara – 19, Benue – 17, Edo – 17, Delta – 14, Ebonyi – 13, and Adamawa – 8.

Others are  Oyo – 6, Ondo – 6, Bayelsa – 5, FCT – 5, Lagos – 5, Rivers – 4, Plateau – 3, Imo – 3, Cross River – 3, Kogi – 3, Jigawa – 3, Taraba – 2, Anambra – 2, Kano – 1, Osun – 1 and Enugu – 1.

Regarding perpetrators of violence, the report said 136 people were killed by suspected bandits, 66 people killed by persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram or its breakaway faction, ISWAP, and 60 lives were claimed by in cult clashes.

In addition, communal crises led to the death of 41 people, 30 persons died in isolated attacks, eight killed by herdsmen and seven people through extrajudicial killings.

“It is extremely worrying and affecting everybody,” an official of the Nigeria Mourns said.

“Those in leadership positions should not think they are immune. We should all be scared and keep working to find a lasting solution.”

The official explained that the aim of the monthly report is not to criticize the government but to ensure that authorities act.


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