Niger, Kaduna Lead As 1,497 Nigerians Killed In March

  • 217 LGs in 35 states affected

  •  ‘Banditry thrives in ungovernable areas’

  • 68.8% increase from Feb

Niger State (North Central) and Kaduna (North West) have topped the chart as a total of 1,497 people were reported killed in March 2022 across the country, a report by an Abuja-based security risk management and intelligence consulting company has revealed.

Beacon Consulting, in its latest report for March 2022, a copy of which Daily Trust Saturday obtained, stated that while a total of 487 people were reportedly killed in Niger State, Kaduna State lost 266 in the month.

These were among 428 incidents across the country that resulted in 1,497 killings and 702 abductions that affected 217 local government areas in 35 states.

A comparative analysis of the figures recorded in February with those of March 2022 shows a 68.8 per cent increase in fatalities and 40.1 per cent increase in kidnapping.

The report, titled, “Nigeria Security Report,” also recorded diverse security incidents, ranging from agitations within the police and a threat of mutinous strike action, massive theft of crude and refined petroleum products affecting Nigeria’s economy; the use of improvised explosive devices in attacks by non-state actors in Kaduna State, as well as social upheaval associated with women groups, national students union and the organised labour, and petroleum products shortage that resulted in movement disruption and obstruction to operations nationwide.

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