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NEW REPORT: 1165 Killed, 113 Kidnapped In North West Nigeria

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A new report has emerged and shows that at least 1,165 people were killed in violent attacks in the North West region of Nigeria between January and August 2020.

The report by a non-governmental organization, Nigeria Mourns, and available to Premium Times also revealed that no fewer than 113 people were also kidnapped in the North West in the last eight months.

The group said the cases in the North West were recorded in seven states.

The group which tracks the killings in the North West region says it uses newspaper reports, police and family sources to gather its findings.

The new report by the group shows that Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states recorded the highest numbers of killings in six months.

The report listed the casualty figure for each of the seven states as follows:

Kaduna – 468, Katsina – 376, Zamfara – 204, Sokoto – 96, Kano – 10, Jigawa – 10 and Kebbi – 1.

The report states that 1,068 persons were killed by suspected armed bandits, five by Boko Haram/ISWAP, 73 by armed herdsmen, six died in isolated attacks and 13 from extrajudicial killings.

The report also listed the monthly abductions in the region.

January – 11, February – 21, March 18, April – 8, May – 7, June – 14, July – 14 and August – 10.

Despite the number of casualties and abductions, President Muhammadu Buhari in his address at this week’s retreat held for cabinet members admitted that his government needed to do more to address security challenges across the country.

“We have to address emergent cases of insecurity and insurgency in the country with innovative approaches such as “Operation Safe Corridor,” which de-radicalize, rehabilitate, and reintegrate willingly surrendered Boko Haram members into the larger society,” Mr Buhari said on Tuesday.

The president said the north west states and Niger Delta are part of the places where the government’s fight against insecurity is yielding the “desired” results.

“Our security operations in the Niger Delta, North Central and the North Western States are yielding desired results. We hope to get rid of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in these regions”, he said.

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