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1,153 civilians, 176 security personnel killed in 3 months – Report

  • Casualties also include IPOB 29, 27 cultists, 10 vigilantes, 23 kidnappers, and 24 armed robbers

A total of 1,153 civilians, 105 soldiers, 67 Police officers, two Immigration, one each of Civil Defence and Customs officers were killed in Nigeria violent war against Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes across Nigeria between July and September this year.

Other casualties recorded in Nigeria within the corresponding period include that of 27 cultists, 29 members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), 10 vigilantes, 23 kidnappers, and 24 armed robbers.

SBM Intelligence, a research organisation that compiles and analyses data about happenings in Nigeria said in a report released on Tuesday said that that the Northwest had the highest number of killings with 961 deaths, 495 of which were recorded in Zamfara State; Northcentral, 646; Northeast, 336; Southeast, 137; South-South, 105 and Southwest, 102.

According to the report, Imo State is the epicentre of the killings in the Southern part of the country with 59 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Kukah on Tuesday said banditry, Boko Haram and kidnapping were symptoms and manifestations of many sins in the polity.

Kukah was delivering a lecture in Lagos as part of activities marking the 120th anniversary of the African Church and a reunification service.

He called on Nigerians to stand in solidarity with victims of insecurity.

“Before the crisis got to where we are, there were always manifestations. With the insecurity in the North East, people in the South-West may say that ‘it has not got to us’ and enjoy,” Kukah said.

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