INSECURITY: Nine soldiers, five police, 35 others killed in Nigeria last week

At least 49 people were killed last week (July 24-30) by non-state actors in various attacks across Nigeria.

Of the total number, nine were military including two officers, five were police while the remaining 35 were civilians.

A total of 12 incidents were recorded in five geopolitical zones. Only the Northeast has not recorded any incident.

One of the attacks targeted a unit of the Presidential Guard Brigade in Abuja whose duty is to protect the President. Eight soldiers were killed in this incident.

The incident was condemned by Nigerians, raising questions about security in the Nigerian capital.

PREMIUM TIMES has compiled the incidents from media reports. Thus, unreported cases are not included.

Below are the recorded incidents:

North West

At least four people, including the driver, were killed when bandits attacked a Katsina State Transport Authority bus with KT license plate 14D-58 KT on Sunday morning.

The attack happened around the villages of Mil Takwas and Farun Bala, five kilometers from Natsinta army barracks around 11:34 a.m.

In Zamfara, residents said four people were killed while more than 30 other people were abducted from Talata Mafara Local Government Morai Community in Zamfara State after terrorists invaded the town on Monday morning.

Residents said the bandits attacked the community around 2:30 a.m. and operated until 6:15 a.m.

In Kaduna, bandits on Wednesday killed three people and abducted 13 others when they overran Damari town in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of ​​Kaduna State.

The bandits also looted stores in the community.

In Sokoto, as many as 20 people were reportedly killed following a terrorist attack on Duma village in Tureta local government area.

A witness said the bandits attacked the village around 8 a.m. Wednesday and operated for several hours, terrorizing residents and stealing livestock.

South West

A police inspector and a kidnapper were killed in a shootout when suspected shepherds attempted to abduct two foreign minors in Osun.

The incident happened in Aruwa Village of Ifewara Community in Atakunmonsa West Local Government Area in Osun State. Four of the kidnappers were later arrested.

Infographic showing people killed in Nigeria last week
Infographic showing people killed in Nigeria last week

In neighboring Ondo state, gunmen killed a policeman in a midnight attack on a police division in Okuta Elerinla, Akure.

State police spokesman Funmilayo Odunlami said the attack happened at 1am on Monday.

south-south

Armed men in the early hours of Sunday reportedly killed three policemen officers on patrol in Okpanam in the Oshimili Local Government Area of ​​Delta State.

Security sources said the incident occurred when the divisional police officer in charge of Okpanam division received a distress call from a community leader stating that the self-defense team of his street had been attacked.

Also in Delta, a popular All Progressives Congress member in Ward 6, Sapele, Cyril Mudiagbe, commonly known as Cyril Makanaki, who is also an aide to Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege, was shot by gunmen who have not yet been identified.

The incident reportedly happened at his home in the Decima neighborhood of Sapele between Saturday evening and early Sunday.

Center-north

Terrorists attacked officials of the 7th Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guard Brigade.

The incident, which happened late Friday evening around the Bwari Area Council in Abuja, left three soldiers wounded and eight personnel killed. It was only reported on Monday.

File photo of the Presidential Guard during a parade (Photo credit: Defense Nigeria)
File photo of the Presidential Guard during a parade (Photo credit: Defense Nigeria)

Also in Abuja, terrorists attacked an army checkpoint at Zuma Rock on Thursday night, kill one soldier while two other soldiers were injured as a result of the ensuing gunfight.

Sources revealed that while many of the terrorists came on motorbikes, others came in a Hilux van to launch the attack at the border checkpoint between FCT and Niger State.

South East

A commercial bank official was on Tuesday kill when armed robbers ambushed a van carrying cash in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, police said.

The incident happened around Ntigha Junction along the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway in the Isiala Ngwa North local government area of ​​the state.

The National Youth Service Corps on Saturday confirmed the death of a corps member, Eunice Igweike, who was allegedly kill by alleged ritualists.

The deceased, a graduate of the Federal Polytechnic in Oko, Anambra State, left her base in Abia for the permanent NYSC Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun State after have been deployed as part of the Batch B 2022 service year.

Threat of indictment

Frustrated by worsening insecurity, some lawmakers on Wednesday threatened to start the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senators had a closed meeting where they decided to give the president a six-week ultimatum to improve the security situation or face impeachment.

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO CREDIT: @Buharisallau1]
President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO CREDIT: @Buharisallau1]

However, after the private meeting, Senate President Ahmad Lawan refused to allow the issue to be discussed in plenary.

This angered opposition senators who left the Senate chamber.

A day after the meeting, President Buhari convened a meeting of the National Security Council.

At the meeting, heads of military institutions told the president they had adopted a “new strategy to deal with the security situation”.


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