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348 killed, 411 abducted in violent attacks across Nigeria in December – Nigeria Mourns claims



348 killed, 411 abducted in violent attacks across Nigeria in December – Nigeria Mourns claims

A non-governmental organisation, Nigeria Mourns in its recent report alleged that 348 people were killed in violent attacks across Nigeria in December 2020.

In the report titled “Violent Incidents Report: December 2020″, it was also alleged that a total of 411 people were kidnapped in December last year.

Among those killed, 315 were civilians while 33 others were security operatives. The NGO which said it used newspaper reports and family sources to track violent killings, gave the casualty figures for each of the 27 states as follows;

Borno – 70, Kaduna – 64, Niger – 26, Katsina – 24, Ogun – 23, Zamfara – 19, Benue – 17, Edo – 17, Delta – 14, Ebonyi – 13, Adamawa – 8, 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.

The report also stated that 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.

Communal crises on the other hand led to the death of 41 people, 30 persons died in isolated attacks, eight killed by herdsmen and seven people through extrajudicial killings.

Jonathan, a member of the Nigeria Mourns coalition averred that the aim of the monthly report is not to criticise the government but to ensure that authorities act.

She said;

“It is extremely worrying and affecting everybody.

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

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