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Insecurity: 1,743 Nigerians killed in Q1 2022 — Niger, Zamfara top list of victims

Insecurity: 1,743 Nigerians killed in Q1 2022 — Niger, Zamfara top list of victims
April 20
10:36 2022

One thousand, seven hundred and forty-three Nigerians were reported killed in the first quarter of 2022 owing to insecurity, according to the data sourced and analysed by TheCable Index, the data and research arm of TheCable.

This will give you a sore head: The figure surpasses the number of civilians reportedly killed in the first month of Russia-Ukraine war.

TheCable Index analysed and reviewed daily media reports published between January and March 2022 as well as data sourced from the Council on Foreign Relations.

From the data reviewed, TheCable Index found that an average of 19 Nigerians died daily in various violent attacks reported in the media from January to March 2022.

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More so, 269 violent attacks were reported to have taken place in the country within the period under review and have been compiled here.

TheCable Index excluded the killings by security operatives and the death of suspected criminals like Boko Haram insurgents and bandits.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REVIEW

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  • In the first quarter of 2022, 269 attacks were reported.
  • In the three months, 427 people were killed, with January having the highest number of fatalities at 841.
  • Most people died in Niger, Kaduna, and Zamfara — in that order.
  • Ekiti and Gombe had the fewest reported deaths with only one each.
  • Bauchi, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Yobe reported no violent attacks.
  • The states of Kaduna and Niger were targeted the most, with 31 and 28 attacks, respectively.
  • The south-south zone was the safest, whereas the north-west had the most deaths.

BAUCHI, NASARAWA, ADAMAWA, YOBE SAFEST STATES; NIGER, ZAMFARA, KADUNA ACCOUNTED FOR MOST DEATHS

TheCable discovered that Bauchi, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Yobe reported no violent attacks.

Ekiti and Gombe recorded one death each resulting from one attack respectively.

Niger had the highest number of reported deaths with 448 fatalities, followed by Zamfara with 327 and Kaduna with 259.

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The following is a list of states and the number of deaths recorded in each:

S/N STATE NUMBER OF DEATHS
 1 Abia 18
 2 Akwa Ibom 8
 3 Anambra 39
 4 Bayelsa 7
 5 Benue 56
 6 Borno 62
 7 Cross River 10
 8 Delta 17
 9 Ebonyi 11
 10 Edo 15
 11 Ekiti 1
 12 Enugu 43
 13 FCT 3
 14 Gombe 1
 15 Imo 20
 16 Jigawa 3
 17 Kaduna 259
 18 Katsina 65
 19 Kebbi 91
 20 Kogi 3
 21 Kwara 9
 22 Lagos 14
 23 Niger 448
 24 Ogun 24
 25 Ondo 19
 26 Osun 22
 27 Oyo 14
 28 Plateau 39
 29 Rivers 4
 30 Sokoto 9
 31 Taraba 82
 32 Zamfara 327

SOUTH-SOUTH SAFEST ZONE; NORTH-WEST, NORTH-CENTRAL LEAD FATALITY TOLL

A review of the reported deaths in the first quarter in terms of geo-political zones shows that the south-south region had the least number of deaths with 61.

According to a breakdown of reported deaths in the first quarter by geopolitical zones, the south-south region had the fewest deaths —61.

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The north-west region had the most reported deaths (754), followed by the north-central region (558), and the north-east region (145).

The table below shows the number of people killed in each of the six geopolitical zones:

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S/N ZONES CASUALTY
1 North-west 754
2 North-east 145
3 North-central 558
4 South-south 61
5 South-east 131
6 South-west 94
Total 1,743

MOST CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED IN JAN AND FEB

From the data analysed, January and February had the most reported deaths with 103 fatalities respectively. March had 63 deaths.

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The monthly attacks and casualty figures are shown in the table below:

S/N MONTH FREQ OF ATTACKS CASUALTY
1 January 103 841
2 February 103 475
3 March 63 427
Total 269 1,743

KADUNA, NIGER, BENUE TOP LIST OF STATES WITH MOST REPORTED ATTACKS

From the reviewed data, Kaduna suffered the most attacks with 31 incidents. This was followed by Niger and Benue — 28 and 17 respectively.

Here is a full list of states and the frequency of attacks reported:

S/N STATE FREQ OF ATTACKS
 1 Abia 5
 2 Akwa Ibom 5
 3 Anambra 12
 4 Bayelsa 3
 5 Benue 17
 6 Borno 12
 7 Cross River 2
 8 Delta 11
 9 Ebonyi 6
 10 Edo 8
 11 Ekiti 1
 12 Enugu 10
 13 FCT 3
 14 Gombe 1
 15 Imo 11
 16 Jigawa 2
 19 Kaduna 31
 18 Katsina 11
 19 Kebbi 4
 20 Kogi 3
 21 Kwara 4
 22 Lagos 7
 23 Niger 28
 24 Ogun 10
 25 Ondo 10
 26 Osun 7
 27 Oyo 8
 28 Plateau 12
 29 Rivers 4
 30 Sokoto 3
 31 Taraba 8
 32 Zamfara 10

313 REPORTED KILLINGS IN APRIL SO FAR

TheCable Index also reviewed published news reports and found 313 people have so far been killed in April as a result of insecurity.

Below is the list of reported killings by states with the highest tolls:

Anambra – 12
Benue – 25
Borno – 3
Delta – 5
Ebonyi – 31
Edo – 5
Enugu – 6
FCT – 5
Imo – 1
Kaduna – 50
Katsina – 6
Kebbi – 2
Kwara – 1
Lagos – 3
Niger – 11
Ogun -1
Osun – 1
Plateau – 125
Rivers – 7
Taraba – 8
Zamfara – 4

Jesupemi Are contributed to this data project.

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