An estimated 2,206 people were killed in 33 states and the FCT in three months, a new report by a Lagos-based security and political risk intelligence firm has shown.
The report titled: ”Media Reported killings in Nigeria Q2 April-June” was jointly produced by SBM intelligence in collaboration with another civil society organisation, Enough is Enough, (EiE).
The study includes fatalities from 33 states and the FCT, as well as the country’s six geopolitical zones. It contains the number of security
Of the 2,206 people killed within a month period, 1,406 civilians were killed and 223 terrorists were reported to have been killed.
The security report also revealed that 74 security personnel comprising Customs, Police, and soldiers were killed. It also stated that 11 armed robbers were killed in the second quarter of the year 2023.
The report also revealed that 13 persons from the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), 367 extremist members of Boko Haram were killed and 53 cultists.
Death by Geo-political Zone
According to the report, the north-central region recorded the highest number of death casualties with 817, followed by the war-compromised Northeast zone with 617 deaths.
While the Northwest region recorded 477 deaths and the Southeast had 125 deaths. The South-south and Southwest recorded 98 and 78 deaths respectively.
In June, Amnesty International said more than 120 Nigerians have been killed by bandits and other criminals since President Bola Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29.
Isa Sanusi, Amnesty International’s Acting Nigeria Director, said it was horrific that gunmen had killed “at least 123 lives mere weeks after President Bola Tinubu assumed office on 29 May.
“Rural communities, always bracing themselves for the next bout of violence, are facing deadly attacks by rampaging killers,” he added.
Mr Sanusi said “Protecting lives should be the utmost priority of the new government,” urging relevant authorities to take decisive steps to stop the bloodletting across the country.