17,000 Nigerians Killed In Two Years – ReportJanuary 27, 2022
A total of 17,363 persons were killed in violent incidents across Nigeria from 2020 to 2021, including attacks from Boko Haram, militia herdsmen, abductions, gang clashes and bandits, a report has revealed.
According to the report compiled by SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical intelligence platform and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project, from data derived from media reports, 7,063 people were killed in 2020, while 10,366 people were killed in 2021, making it an average of 28 people killed daily.
The breakdown of the report shows that 972 were killed in the first quarter of 2020 (January to March), 2732 were killed in the second quarter (April to June), 1588 people were killed in the third quarter (July to September) and 1771 people were killed in the fourth quarter (October to December).
In the first quarter of 2020, 574 civilians, 77 soldiers and 26 police officers were killed, while in the second quarter of the same year, 1053 civilians, 173 soldiers and 39 police officers were killed. In the third quarter, 683 civilians, 119 soldiers and 10 police officers were killed, while in the last quarter, 1147 civilians, 173 soldiers and 32 police officers were killed.
In 2021, 2861 people were killed in the first quarter, 3133 in the second quarter, 2287 in the third quarter and 2085 were killed in the last quarter. Out of that number, 1309 civilians, 211 soldiers and 90 police officers were killed in the first quarter of 2021, while 1772 civilians, 153 soldiers and 133 police officers were killed in the second quarter. In the third quarter, 1153 civilians, 105 soldiers and 67 police officers were killed, while 972 civilians, 35 soldiers and 40 police officers were killed in the last quarter of 2021.
Also, between March 2020 and August of 2021, about 1409 students were abducted from their schools with at least N220 million paid out as ransom for victims according to a report by SBM Intelligence. The report indicates that in addition to the abducted students, 17 teachers were kidnapped especially in the northern part of the country within the period.
In July, SBM Intelligence also reported that a total of 2371 people were abducted in Nigeria between January and June of 2021 with N10 billion demanded as ransom. The report indicated that an average of 13 persons were abducted daily in the country within the period across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Niger State recorded the highest number of abducted persons with 643 victims in 28 kidnap cases, while 58 people were killed during the abductions. Zamfara State came second with 519 kidnap victims in seven incidents, leading to the deaths of 22 people, while Kaduna state recorded 360 kidnap victims in 26 incidents, leading to the deaths of 41 persons. The most targets in the abductions that took place in the first half of 2021 were schools where hundreds of students taken hostage in the north-west.