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Insecurity: 14 Nigerians killed Every Day In 2021 — Zamfara, Kaduna Top List Of Deaths

This may sound like a figure from a war-torn zone, five thousand and sixty-seven — 5,067 — Nigerians were reported to have been killed in 2021 owing to insecurity, according to the data sourced and analysed by TheCable Index, the data and research arm of TheCable.

TheCable Index analysed and reviewed daily media reports published in 2021 as well as data sourced from the council of foreign relation.

TheCable Index discovered that an average of 14 Nigerians died daily in various violent attacks reported in the news media from January to December, 2021.

In the data analysed for this report, 1,024 violent attacks were reported to have taken place across the country, which have been compiled here by TheCable Index.

During the process of data extraction, TheCable Index excluded the killings carried out by security operatives and the death of suspected criminals like Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and gunmen.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANALYSIS:

  • There were 1,024 reported violent attacks in the country in 2021.
  • Killings were reported in all the months of 2021; May had the highest reported deaths with 684 while October had the least with 290.
  • South-west was the safest zone while the north-west and north-central were the most attacked.
  • South-east witnessed a sharp rise in violent attacks with 567 deaths from reported attacks.
  • Kaduna had the highest number of reported attacks with 146.
  • Zamfara had the highest death toll — 703
  • Kano had five reported deaths from three incidents — the least among the states.
  • Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, robbers, kidnappers, cultists, and gunmen were the non-state actors who killed Nigerians the most in 2021.

KANO SAFEST STATE AS ZAMFARA, KADUNA, BENUE, NIGER ACCOUNTED FOR 42% OF DEATHS

TheCable found out that Kano recorded the least number of reported deaths in the country with five deaths from three attacks.

Kano was closely followed by Jigawa with seven deaths, Abuja, the country’s capital, had 10 and Bauchi 15.

Zamfara had the highest number of reported deaths with 703 deaths, followed by Kaduna with 652 and Benue with 460.

In 2021, Zamfara and Kaduna witnessed a surge in the activities of bandits, which led to a high frequency of attacks in the two states.

TheCable observed that Zamfara, Kaduna, Benue and Niger accounted for 42 percent of the reported deaths in 2021.

SOUTH-WEST SAFEST ZONE AS NORTH-WEST, NORTH-CENTRAL LEAD CASUALTY TOLL

A review of the reported deaths in 2021 in terms of geo-political zones shows that the south-west region had the least number of deaths with 342.

In previous data on security, the south-east was regarded as the safest part of the country but in 2021, the region witnessed a sharp rise in violent attacks, which stakeholders have attributed to the activities of secessionist groups.

The north-west region recorded the highest number of reported deaths with 1,963 deaths, followed by the north-central with 1,248 and the north-east with 548.

Below is a table showing killings in the six geo-political zones:

SNZONESCASUALTY
1North-west1963
2North-east548
3North-central1248
4South-west342
5South-east567
6South-south399
TOTAL5067

THREE ATTACKS DAILY FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER

TheCable Index found out that an average of three attacks daily were reported from January to December with a total of 1,024 in 2021.

In terms of frequency of attacks, February and April witnessed the highest number of reported attacks with 111 each, while October witnessed the least number of attacks with 49.

In terms of reported casualties, the highest number of deaths — 684 — was recorded in May, followed by June with 601.

Below is a table showing monthly record of attacks and casualties:

S/NMONTHSFREQ OF ATTACKSCASUALTY
1January108427
2February111428
3March105413
4April111536
5May106684
6June94601
7July70397
8August78381
9September72326
10October49290
11November64304
12December56280
Total10245067

ZAMFARA RECORDED MORE REPORTED CASUALTIES THAN SOUTH-WEST

Zamfara recorded 703 reported casualties which were more than the casualty figure recorded by the six states in the south-west altogether.

Zamfara was followed by Kaduna with 652 deaths, Benue with 460 and Niger with 429.

The northern region of the country — north-west, north-east and north-central — accounted for 74 percent of the reported casualties, while the southern region — south-west, south-east and south-south accounted for 26 percent.

S/NSTATESFREQ OF ATTACKS
1Kano3
2Yobe3
3Kebbi4
4Jigawa5
5Bauchi5
6Gombe5
7FCT7
8Adamawa7
9Cross River8
10Ekiti9
11Bayelsa10
12Abia13
13Kogi13
14Nasarawa15
15Enugu19
16Kwara20
17Osun24
18Ogun25
19Taraba25
20Ebonyi25
21Edo26
22Sokoto27
23Borno29
24Ondo30
25Rivers31
26Akwa Ibom31
27Oyo35
28Lagos36
29Imo37
30Katsina39
31Anambra41
32Plateau46
33Niger47
34Benue55
35Zamfara57
36Delta66
37Kaduna146

Total                       1,024

FROM 2020 TO 2021: HOW NIGERIA FARED IN TERMS OF SECURITY

According to a report by TheCable Index on the killings in 2020, 3,326 Nigerians were reported to have been killed in 735 attacks across the country. The average deaths in a day was nine.

The 2020 report when compared to the 2021 reported killings shows that there is a 52.3 percent rise in reported killings.

Average killing in a day rose from nine in 2020 to 14 in 2021 as the year saw a surge in violent attacks across the country.

TheCable Index found out there was a surge in the activities of insurgents and bandits in the northern part of the country, while gunmen and other criminal gangs carried out violent attacks in the southern part of the country.

Communal clashes and cultist activities also claimed lives in many parts of the country in 2021.

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