At least 96 people were killed and two others kidnapped in the past
week in different states across Nigeria.
Majority of the victims were civilians but casualty included soldiers
and officials of other security agencies.
The attacks occurred amidst the rampant insecurity across several states.
A daily tabulation of the attacks last week showed that a large number
of the attacks that led to deaths occurred on Sunday.
A soldier and two personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps (NSCDC) were killed by suspected members of an oil bunkering
syndicate in Gio community, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The security officials were guarding an oil pipeline in the area when
they were shot by the bandits.
Aminu Iliyasu, the spokesperson of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army
in Port Harcourt, confirmed the killings.
“The suspected militants attacked troops of 29 Battalion, 6 Division,
with personnel of NSCDC in the early hours of Sunday.
The team, which was guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company
(SPDC) Trans National Pipelines (TNP) in Gio community prevented the
militants from vandalising 24 and 28 of the TNP.” “Unfortunately,
during the ensuing gunfire, one soldier and two personnel of NSCDC
lost their lives and their weapons, one AK 47 and two G3 rifles,
carted away by the assailants,” he said.
Also, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed
that 30 persons lost their lives while 42 others were injured when
three suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in
Mandarari community of Konduga Local Government Area of the state on
Sunday.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. An official said that about 17
persons died instantly, adding that the death toll increased to 30 on
Monday as a result of lack of immediate medical attention.
At least eight persons were killed and others injured, following an
attack by suspected herders on a Taraba community on Sunday night,
witnesses and police confirmed.
Also, gunmen abducted a Catholic priest, Isaac Agubi, in Edo State.
Mr Agabi who is the priest in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church,
Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state, was
kidnapped last Sunday along Auchi-Igarra road at about 5.00 p.m. while
returning to his parish.
The police in Kaduna confirmed the killing of three persons by gunmen
at Unguwan Rimi village in Chawai District of Kauru Local Government
Area of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the police command in the state,
Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the incident. Mr Sabo said that information
available to the police had it that on Monday 17 at about 2:25 p.m.,
the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Kauri, received a distress call
“that armed men entered Unguwan Rimi village in Chawai District of
Kauru LGA (and) started shooting sporadically, and in the process,
shot dead one Monday Yahaya (eight years old), Samson David (17 years
old), and Ashimile Danladi (nine years old) respectively.”
Also, four people including a soldier were confirmed dead following a
fresh attack in Riyom Council Area of Plateau state by gunmen
suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
At least, 28 soldiers were reportedly killed while insurgents
ransacked a military base in Gajiram, Nganzai local government area of
Borno state
The son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, was
kidnapped in Oyo State. Dayo Adewole was abducted on his farm in
Iroko, near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State at
about 6 p.m.
He was taken to an unknown destination but was rescued later on
Wednesday. Also, a lecturer at the Rivers State University, Emmanuel
Amadi, was murdered by a group of gunmen.
Again, suspected armed bandits on Tuesday stormed Fachawa community in
Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State, killing a vigilante in
the process.
The Emir of Tsafe, Muhammad Bawa, said gunmen killed 18 persons in
some communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.