Since the beginning of the year 2021, news of attacks by criminal elements in their various guise, either as bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen, IPOB/ESN, Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents, armed robbers have become normal 1 as suspected criminal elements have killed thousands of Nigerians in a space of 4 months.

The first quarter of year 2021 proved to be laced with dangers, occasioned by insecurity and growing dissent in almost every part of the country.

From a rough estimate, gleaned from Nigeria Security tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Affairs, the combined attacks of these armed groups and other lesser criminals, including cultists, have led to more than 5000 innocent deaths in the country. This figure does not, however, include casualties on the side of the insurgents, bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers but that of innocent Nigerians killed for being Nigerians and security agents, whose lives were cut short, mostly in the line of duty.

Our correspondent recalls news of deaths, killings, kidnappings, attacks leading to destruction of property in almost every part of the country.

Below is a computation of killings in Nigeria between January and April, 2021, with some days having multiple entries and almost no day being spared, an alarming data which many have said is bound to depress even the strong hearted.

January 1: The year 2021 opened on a sad news as seven farmers were killed by bandits in Babban Rami in Mashegu LGA of Niger State. This was closely followed by the killing on January 2 of Quadri Okunola by unknown men at Macaulay/Odudu, along Igbogbo/ Bayeku road in Ikorodu, Lagos. On the same day one person was killed in Osogbo Osun State, when cult groups clashed during a carnival party at Isale-Osun area of the town.

Still on January 2, bandits killed a chief executive officer of a filling station and his two cousins in Idere, Ibarapa North LGA, Oyo State, while on the same day, another set of bandits invaded Kawaran Rafiu village in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State and killed the chief Imam of the village, Danleeman Isah. The Sarkin Yaki of Godogodo, Yohanna Abu, was also killed. Not done, bandits also killed 19 persons in Giwa, Kaduna, ending the day with the killing of three persons in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

On January 3, No fewer than 19 people were killed in a two-day attack in Kaduna. Twelve of the victims were indigenes of Kaya, Gura LGA, while Boko Haram insurgents killed six soldiers and one civilian in Chibok, Borno. On the same day, bandits struck in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State, killing nine persons.

January 4: when four people were shot while property worth millions of naira were destroyed in a bloody violence in some parts of Ibadan, Oyo State, while bandits operating in Kaduna added to their murderous haul; nine people, including three infants were killed when they attacked Zankoro community. In the Niger Delta, two passengers were killed and many others were declared missing following an attack on two commercial boats on Bonny Waterways, Rivers State.

January 5 witnessed the killing of one person in Toto, Nasarawa State, while pirates also killed two in Bonny, Rivers State.

On January 6, bandits killed a police man and kidnapped five others in attacks in Shiroro and Raji Local Governments in Niger State while four were killed in Chikun, Kaduna State, also by bandits. On this same day, Boko Haram insurgents killed commuters, whose number were estimated to be 10 in Nganzai, Borno State.

A Timeline of Avoidable Deaths

January 7: Gunmen abducted a traveller and killed his driver along Ise/Isua/Akoko Highway in Ondo State

January 7 Bandits attacked Katarma village in Chikun Local Government, Kaduna, killed four persons and kidnapped many women.

January 8: Gunmen attacked a police station and killed three police officers in Ezza South, Ebonyi.

January 8: Two passengers were killed in a pirate attack on two commercial boats around Dema Abbey community on Bonny waterways

January 9: Gunmen killed three in Kauru, Kaduna.

January 10: Gunmen killed three mobile police officers in Ughelli North, Delta.

January 10: Gunmen killed two in Riyom, Plateau.

January 10: Gunmen opened fire on a couple, killing the lady in the process at Ekuigbo, Ethiope, Delta State.

January 11: Five soldiers and six Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Damboa, Borno.

January 11: Gunmen killed a councillorship candidate and kidnapped two others in Oshimili South, Delta.

January 11: A Boko Haram member on suicide mission killed himself and six Nigerian soldiers in Damboa, Borno.

January 11: Inter-communal clash between the people of Edondon and Ohumuruket in Obubra LGA, Cross River claimed no fewer than four lives

January 11: Two people were feared dead, while three others were missing after suspected pirates attacked two passenger boats along the coastal waters of Aru-Gbanaama and Polokiri in Bonny LGA of Rivers State.

January 12: Suspected land grabbers killed four in Ikorodu, Lagos.

January 12: Two villagers were killed in an ambush by gunmen between Bakin Kogi and Narido village in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State

January 10-January 12: Cult clashes resulted in 14 deaths in Ikorodu, Lagos.

January 12: At least five persons were reportedly shot dead in a renewed clash between the people of Emede and Igbide clans in Isoko South LGA, Delta.

January 12: The remains of a farmer, Wole Agbola, who was abducted, was discovered in the bush in Aba-Odo, Oyo State a few kilometres from where he was abducted after his family paid N2million ransom.

January 13: Bandits killed two in Igabi, Kaduna.

January 13: Suspected herders killed two at Iniongwu village in Guma LGA, Benue State.

January 13: Robbers shot and killed Pastor Kelvin Orumor, the General Overseer of Kingdom Advancement Christian Centre, at Edjeba area of Warri, Delta State.

January 14: Bandits killed two farmers at Chikaji Village in Igabi LGA, Kaduna.

January 14: Boko Haram landmines killed five soldiers in Chibok, Borno.

January 15: Communal violence led to two deaths in Ibarapa North, Oyo.

January 15: Bandits killed five police officers and kidnapped thirteen others in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.

January 16: Bandits killed one in Igabi LGA, three in Chikun LGA, and one in Giwa LGA in Kaduna (5)

January 16: Bandits killed a livestock guard and shot NSCDC officer in Makurdi, Benue

January 18: Sectarian violence led to seven deaths in Mbo, Akwa Ibom.
January 18: Nine soldiers and five Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Nasarawa.

January 18: Bandits killed 35 in Maru, Zamfara.

January 18: Bandits killed seven vigilantes in Mashegu, Niger State.

January 19: Gunmen killed a young man, Ajitwewunmeshe Emmah in Igarra, Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State.

January 20: Bandits killed two in Chikun LGA, one in Giwa LGA, and one in Igabi LGA in Kaduna (4)

January 21: Bandits killed 13 and kidnapped 11 in Bungudu, Zamfara.

January 21: Yansakai, an outlawed vigilante group, killed two herdsmen in Maradun, Zamfara.

January 21 Bandits killed four people in isolated locations of Giwa, Chikun and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna State

January 23: A communal clash resulted in 40 deaths in Ohaukwu, Ebonyi.

January 24: Gunmen killed one police officer and one soldier in Sapele, Delta.
January 24: Bandits killed seven in Maradun, Zamfara.

January 25: One soldier and nine civilians were killed during a clash between the military and ESN of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Orlu, Imo.

January 25: Gunmen killed two police officers in Karim-Lamido, Taraba.

January 26: Bandits killed three in Zurmi, Zamfara.

January 26: Three persons were reportedly killed and four others were abducted in a renewed clash between the people of Usaka Uko in Ikwuano LGA of Abia and Nkari people of Ini LGA, Akwa Ibom State.

January 27: Robbers killed a motorcyclist around Leventis, Sango area of Ibadan, Oyo State after snatching his bike.

January 27: Bandits killed ten in Faskari, Katsina.

January 28: Gunmen attacked a police van and killed a policeman at Uratta Junction along Aba-Port Harcourt highway, Abia

January 29: Boko Haram killed two soldiers and kidnapped two police officers in Dikwa, Borno.

January 30: Prince Elonuya Dennis Abuda, who was based in the USA was abducted and killed by kidnappers after collecting N10milion ransom at Benin Bypass, Edo styate

January 31: One person was killed and three others were injured in an orgy of violence that broke out over the chairmanship of Ekogbere community in Burutu LGA, Delta State.

February 1: A man was tied and killed in his workshop at Egbu Road, Owerri, Imo State.

February 1: Herdsmen killed three in Orhionmwon, Edo.

February 2: An OPC member was killed by herders in the bush during a search for a kidnapped farmer at Iju, Akure North LGA, Ondo State

February 2: Bandits killed three persons in separate attatcks in Lere and Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State

February 3: Bandits killed two in Bassa, Plateau.

February 3: Gunmen invaded a market in Awo Omama, Oru East LGA, Imo State and killed two persons and injured many while chasing one of their members

February 4: Gunmen killed three at a church in Ihiala, Anambra.

February 4: Gunmen killed five in Khana, Rivers.

February 5: Bandits killed two and kidnapped five in Zaria, Kaduna.

February 6: Bandits killed 14 in Birnin-Gwari LGA and five in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna (19)

February 6: A communal clash led to two deaths in Irepodun, Osun.

February 6: Former Owerri NBA chairman was macheted to death by assailants in his office in Imo

February 7: Sectarian violence led to 11 deaths in Ajaokuta, Kogi.

February 7:Three persons were killed and five abducted by kidnappers at various locations in Peji, Kuje Area of Abuja

February 8: Herdsmen killed six in Bassa, Plateau.

February 8: Bandits killed 10 in Birnin-Gwari LGA, one in Giwa LGA, seven in Chikun LGA, one in Igabi LGA, and five in Kauru LGA in Kaduna (24)

February 9: Bandits killed 23 persons in Kaduna in diffent attacks in Birnin-Gwari, Chikun, Igabi and kauri LGAs.

February 9: Boko Haram killed three soldiers and injured two in Goniri, Geidam, Borno

February 10: Sectarian violence led to the deaths of two police officers in Takum, Taraba.

February 11: Gunmen attacked a mobile police checkpoint in Chanchanji village, takum LGA of Taraba, killed a police man and injured four others

February 12: Boko Haram killed three Nigerian soldiers in Kukawa, Borno.

February 13: Bandits attacked Baka village, Igabi LGA, Kaduna and killed a father and his son, who resisted being kidnapped.

February 14: Bandits killed three passengers in Yakowa village in Chikun LGA of Kaduna; and abducted 18 passengers in Yakila village in Rafi LGA, Niger State

February 17: Gunmen killed one and kidnapped thirty in Shiroro, Niger State.

February 19: Boko Haram killed “many” (estimated at twenty) civilians in Dikwa, Borno (20)

March 2: Bandits killed ten and kidnapped one hundred miners in Maru, Zamfara.

March 6: Boko Haram killed three in Askira/Uba, Borno.

March 7: Three soldiers and “some” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Kaga, Borno.

March 7: Bandits kidnapped twenty-five in Sabuwa, Katsina.

March 8: Gunmen killed four in Ibarapa, Oyo.

March 9: Bandits killed one and kidnapped eighteen in Munya, Niger State.

March 10: Bandits killed thirteen in Maradun, Zamfara.

March 11: Bandits killed “scores” (estimated at forty) in Maradun and Tsafe LGAs in Zamfara (40)

March 22: Two female Boko Haram bombers killed themselves accidentally in Konduga, Borno.

March 23: APC and PDP supporters clashed in Etsako East, Edo. There were no casualties.

March 26: Robbers launched a coordinated attack on banks in Owo, Ondo, killing two bank staff and losing six of their own when the police retaliated.

March 27-28: A cult war resulted in four deaths in Awka North, Anambra.

March 28: Gunmen killed a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain and kidnapped his wife in Tafa, Niger State.

March 29: Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) killed four police officers in Essien-Udim, Akwa Ibom.

March 30: Gunmen killed a Catholic priest and three others in Katsina-Ala, Benue.

March 30: A bank robbery resulted in the deaths of one police officer, one robber, and four civilians in Aniocha North, Delta.

March 31: Boko Haram claimed responsibility for gunning down a Nigerian Air Force jet with two pilots around Gwoza, Borno; the air force rejected this claim.

April 1: Bandits killed five soldiers and nine civilians and kidnapped twenty in Shiroro, Niger State.

April 1: Sectarian violence led to four deaths in Ekeremor, Bayelsa.

April 2: Nigerian soldiers killed eight Boko Haram militants in Monguno, Borno.

April 2: Bandits killed two in Kokona, Nassarawa.

April 17: Sectarian violence led to eleven deaths in Gwer West, Benue.

April 18: Bandits killed one in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) and two in Igabi LGA in Kaduna.

April 19: Police officers killed three bandits in Kankara, Katsina.

April 19: Two police officers and three gunmen were killed during a clash in Dunukofia, Anambra.

April 20: Kidnappers killed one and abducted twenty-three from Greenfield University in Chikun, Kaduna; five of the kidnapped students were later found dead.

April 21: Gunmen killed two police officers during an attack on a police station in Uzo-Uwani, Enugu.

April 21: Sectarian violence led to two deaths in Makurdi LGA, two in Agatu LGA, and two in Guma LGA in Benue(6)

April 23: Sectarian violence led to seventeen deaths in Guma, Benue

April 24: Eight people were killed in Imo State, including three security agents attached to the country home of Governor Hope Uzodinma in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

  • Additional Information/data courtesy Nigeria Security Tracker

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