Global Rights Media tracking on Mass atrocities for May 2019

 

#Nigerianlivesmatter #Endthekillings #NigeriaMourns

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Overview
  • News
  • Incidents of herdsmen rampage
  • Incidents of Boko Haram attack
  • Incidents of banditry
  • One-Off Incidents
  • Incidents of politically related violence
  • Incidents of Isolated attacks
  • Incidents of communal clashes
  • Incidents of cult clashes
  • Incidents of force brutality
  • Incidents of mob action
  • Death reported in the media per state
  • Total number of casualties
  • Number of security personnel killed

 

Overview

From Rivers state in the geopolitical South-south region of Nigeria, to Zamfara in the North-west region, the month of May saw an overwhelming increase in the degree and extent of mass killings around the country. Despite claims of control over insecurity by security heads and the President, several attacks from insurgents, bandits, cultists, herdsmen, amongst others, have occurred, leaving a host of casualties and the reported deaths of 310 citizens.

It is worrisome that the government of Nigeria has been unable to beef up its security architecture to ameliorate these recurring attacks, nor have they been able to prosecute a single person to account for these crimes. Even more worrisome is the fact that citizens have lost confidence in the ability of the government to safeguard the lives and property of its citizens, and as they continue to live in fear of attacks, many have taken to securing arms to protect themselves. One can only imagine the implications this has in a country that is already overrun by pockets of violence, and a surge in the proliferation of arms.

The recurring violent incidents brings to mind several questions, among which are: why do these attacks abound despite the deployment of security personnel to troubled areas of the country? How useful are the intelligentsia of the security forces to the prevention of these mass atrocities?

As we reflect on the questions above, it is imperative that we continue to demand government’s responsibility to protect the lives of its citizens, and justice for the crimes perpetrated. The security of every Nigerian live must be prioritized, for security is our human right!

NEWS

  • HERDSMEN RAMPAGE

May 3          

4 killed during Farmer/Herdsmen clash in Ogun

4 persons were killed during a chaotic clash between farmers and herdsmen in Iwoye-Ketu town, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Read More:https://www.sunnewsonline.com/farmers-herdsmen-clash-4-killed-2-policemen-shot-in-ogun/

May 7

3 hacked to death by suspected herdsmen in Jema’a, Southern Kaduna

3 unidentified persons were found dead in their farm. It has been alleged that they were killed by assailants who invaded their farms in Gerti village, Kaninkon Chiefdom.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/three-allegedly-killed-as-assailants-invade-farms-in-jemaa-southern-kaduna/

May 8

5 Killed by Suspected Herdsmen in Taraba Villages

At least 5 persons were killed, following an attack by suspected herdsmen in Murbai community of Ardo kola Local Government Area (LGA) in Taraba State.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/08/five-persons-killed-as-suspected-herdsmen-raid-taraba-villages/

 

May 8

11 killed in Reprisal Attack by Alleged Herdsmen on Taraba Villages

11 persons were killed after suspected herdsmen stormed Murbai, Kisbap, Sembe, and Yawai – Abbare villages of Ardo-Kola and Jalingo Local Government Areas of Taraba State, to avenge the death of a herder who was allegedly killed.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/08/herdsmen-butcher-11-reprisal-attack-taraba-villages

May 20

Man killed by suspected herdsmen in Delta

A farmer identified as Albert Chikwe was reportedly shot dead by suspected Herdsmen, in Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/herdsmen-kill-delta-farmer/

  • BOKO HARAM

May 1

Boko Haram terrorists kill 14 loggers in Borno

14 bodies of men killed by Boko Haram insurgents were discovered at Duwabayi village, near the garrison town of Monguno in Borno state, two days after they launched an attack on a military base.

Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/boko-haram-kill-14-loggers-in-borno/

May 3

15 soldiers killed during a Boko Haram attack in Borno

15 soldiers were reported killed during an attack in a military base in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.

Read more: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/328426-15-soldiers-killed-19-wounded-as-boko-haram-attacks-another-nigerian-military-base.html

May 4

5 Nigerian soldiers killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

5 soldiers were killed in a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists during an attack on the military base in Magumeri in Borno State.

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/five-soldiers-killed-as-boko-haram-engage-troops-in-magumeri/

May 8

4 Nigerian Soldiers, others killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri

At least 11 persons, including 4 soldiers were killed after Boko Haram militants attacked outskirts of Maiduguri.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/08/update-boko-haram-kill-4-soldiers-6-others-late-night-maiduguri-attack

May 9

Boko Haram kill 7 in Borno

7 persons were killed as Boko Haram ran an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of vehicles in Maiduguri.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/boko-haram-beats-security-checks-kills-7-in-borno/

May 9

9 killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

9 persons were killed as Boko Haram Militants attacked and destroyed power transmission station in Molai, Maiduguri, and carted away the military gun truck stationed there.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/09/boko-haram-kills-nine-in-borno/

 

May 11

4 Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri

At least 4 persons were shot dead as Boko Haram terrorists attacked Moranti village, Borno State.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/11/four-killed-many-wounded-fresh-attack-maiduguri

May 19

2 killed by Boko Haram in Borno IDP Camp

Boko Haram militants attacked Madu Muasaha camp, in Dikwa Town, Borno State. They opened fire on the residents and killed 2 refugees who were eating before sunrise, ahead of the Muslim Ramadan fast.

Read more: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/20/world/boko-haram-gunmen-kill-two-nigerian-refugee-camp-attack-flee/#.XOUkAVJKjIU

May 24

3 soldiers killed, 6 missing after Boko Haram Attack

3 Nigerian troops were killed after Boko Haram attacked military base in Borno.

Read more: https://borneobulletin.com.bn/three-nigerian-troops-killed-in-boko-haram-base-attack/

 

 

May 26

20 persons killed during Boko Haram Ambush in Borno

At least 20 people were killed and others are missing after militants ambushed a convoy transporting civilians from Sabon Gari to displacement camps in Damboa in Borno State.

Read more: https://thedefensepost.com/2019/05/26/nigeria-boko-haram-ambush-convoy-sabon-gari-damboa-borno/

May 28

Boko Haram terrorists slaughter 7 villagers in Borno

7 persons were killed and 2 critically injured when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Jere local council area of Borno state.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/27/boko-haram-kills-7-villagers-borno-steals-food

 

  • BANDITRY

May 1

1 killed during an attack in Zamfara

A man was killed, and two women were kidnapped, during a banditry attack, in a secondary school secondary school in Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area.

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-gunmen-attack-womens-school-in-zamfara/

 

May 1

May stabbed to death by assailants in Rivers

A man identified as Mr Peeple was killed on the International Workers’ Day. He was stabbed with knives till he bled out. Before his death, he was a pastor with the Assemblies of God Church and a native of Opobo, in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State.

May 3

Gunmen raid Adamawa villages, kill 5

Gunmen attacked Murposa, Bankam and Wuro Hausa areas of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing five members of the community.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-raid-adamawa-villages-kill-5/

 

May 5

Two Policemen, Gunman Killed during gun duel in Rivers

Two policemen and an unidentified gunman were killed during a gun battle between policemen and unknown gunmen at a night club located along Woji Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Read more: https://leadership.ng/2019/05/06/two-policemen-gunman-killed-in-gun-duel-in-rivers/

May 7

35 Killed by gunmen in Zamfara

A terror attack was witnessed in Shinkafi Local Givernment Area of Zamfara State after armed bandits murdered 35 innocent people in their homes.

Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/07/35-reportedly-killed-many-injured-fresh-zamfara-banditry-attack/

 

May 9

District Head killed as gunmen raided Police Station in Sokoto

Bandits attacked the only police station in Balle village of Gudu local government area of Sokoto State, killed the district head, and set some vehicles ablaze.

Read more: https://leadership.ng/2019/05/09/bandits-kill-district-head-attack-police-station-in-sokoto/

 

May 13

3 killed as gunmen attacked a Funeral ceremony in Rivers

3 people were killed in Zorgho Community, Khana Local Government Area after gunmen disrupted an ongoing funeral, shooting sporadically.

May 13

6 Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) members killed by bandits in Zamfara

Bandits attacked and killed 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara.

Read more: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/329789-bandits-kill-six-civilian-jtf-in-zamfara.html

May 13

1 killed, 3 Injured during an attack on Katsina Village

Armed bandits attacked Wagini village, Batsari LGA, shot and killed one Saidu Garba and injured three others.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/13/bandits-kill-one-injure-three-in-katsina-village-attack/

May 15

2 killed, 7 abducted in Zamfara

Gunmen invaded Kanoma village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara, killed 2 persons and abducted seven others.

Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/15/bandits-abduct-3-month-old-baby-7-others-kill-2-zamfara/

May 14

Gunmen Kill 20 In Katsina Villages

Not less than 20 people were reportedly killed by gunmen in Dan Marke Z, Dan Sabau and Karya, villages in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/16/gunmen-kill-20-katsina-villages

 

May 16

7 killed by gunmen in Taraba councils

The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state command, David Misal, confirmed the death of 7 persons by unknown gunmen in Wukari and Donga council areas of Taraba State.

Read more: https://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-kill-seven-persons-in-taraba-councils/

May 18

Igbinedion University lecturer killed by Gunmen

A lecturer in the Igbinedion University, Okada, identified as Kelvin Izebeokhai was killed by gunmen, operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/19/gunmen-kill-igbinedion-varsity-lecturer/

 

May 18

Hairstylist killed by Abductors in Rivers

A popular 39-year old hairstylist identified as Destiny Balogun, was shot by kidnappers who were trying to abduct a lady along the Rumuola/Rumuokwuta Road, Port Harcourt.

May 19

41 killed by heavily armed men in Kono Boue Community, Rivers 

Unspecified number of Gunmen invaded Kono Boue Community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State and killed forty-one persons.

May 19

1 killed, 17 abducted after Gunmen raided Church in Kaduna

At least 1 person was killed and 17 others were abducted during an attack on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Birin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/20/gunmen-raid-church-kaduna-during-choir-rehearsal-kill-1-abduct-17-others

May 20

1 Killed by gunmen in Plateau

The Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the death of Mr Mahan Ishaya, a 42 year-old man, who was shot dead by Gunmen in Daffo town of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-kill-1-injure-3-others-in-bokkos-plateau-state/

May 21

26 persons killed by gunmen in Katsina

Bandits on Tuesday attacked some communities in Katsina State, killing no fewer than 26 persons, leaving scores with varying degrees of injuries.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/21/bandits-attack-katsina-communities-kill-26/

May 22

3 dead during an attack by Gunmen in Rivers

Gunmen attacked and killed three persons in Betem Community, Khana Local Government Area. Among the dead were the Paramount Ruler of Betem II, Chief Nnaa Akiika, the Youth Leader of Betem 1, Comrade Kiabari Yaabari, and Meshack from Betem III.

May 23

2 Soldiers killed during face-off with bandits in Rivers

Two soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed in a gun duel with heavily armed gunmen in Udoda/Okolodiama Community, Engenni in Ahoada West Local Government Area,

May 28

Gunmen kill family of 6 in Jos

Unknown gunmen stormed Dangwal village, Ganawuri district of Riyom local government of Plateau state and slaughtered a family of 6.

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-family-of-six-in-jos/

 

May 28

One killed, three kidnapped in Bandit attacks on villages in Katsina

One person was killed during an attack launched by bandits on Biya-ka-Kwana village in Batsari council area of Katsina State.

Read more: https://guardian.ng/news/one-killed-three-kidnapped-in-bandit-attacks-on-katsina-villages/

May 28

23 killed by bandits in Zamfara State

At least 23 people were killed in retaliatory attacks by bandits on Kabaje and Tunga communities in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/bandits-kill-23-in-brazen-retaliatory-attacks-on-2-zamfara-communities/

 

May 29

Not less than 26 persons slaughtered by bandits in Jigawa

26 people were reportedly killed by suspected bandits during a mob clash in Kabaje and Tunga communities of Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/bandits-mob-kill-26-kidnap-3-in-jigawa-katsina/

 

 

 

  • ONE-OFF

May 13

Man Stabbed to death by brother-in-law

A man identified as Okeh, was stabbed to death by his brother-in-law at Afikpo/Akwuzu Waterfront, Mile 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt

 

  • POLITICALLY RELATED VIOLENCE

May 4

1 killed during clash between APC and PDP supporters in Kogi

A man identified as Ismaila, Yakubu Agba, who served as the APC youth leader in Dekina local government was killed in a clash between the parties.

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/kogi-guber-1-dies-as-pdp-apc-supporters-clash/

 

  • ISOLATED ATTACKS

 

May 4

1 killed as gunmen invaded Nasarawa commissioner’s Lafia home

Gunmen attacked the Lafia residence of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Higher Education, Chief Clement Uhembe, and killed a 400-level student of the Federal University, Lafia,

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/gunmen-invade-nasarawa-commissioners-lafia-home-kill-student/

 

May 10

APC Chieftain assassinated in Rivers                           

An All Progressive Congress Chieftain identified as Benson Omunakwe was killed by suspected gunmen in Rivers State.

Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/10/gunmen-assassinate-apc-chieftain-rivers/

 

May 10

Code of Conduct Staff assassinated at home in Rivers

Mr. Emmanuel Jack, a staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Rivers State, was shot dead in his home at New Road, Borokiri, Port Harcourt.

May 10

Ex footballer killed by Gunmen in Abia

Unknown gunmen allegedly killed an Ex-player of Enyimba International Football Club of Aba identified as Christian Jacob in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State.

Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/05/11/gunmen-kill-ex-eyimba-football-club-player-christian-jacob

May 16

Popular Man beheaded in Rivers

Mr. Jude, popularly known as Dollar Boy, was shot dead and beheaded in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland.

May 16

Man killed in Rivers

A man identified as Marcus Whyte, was killed and beheaded in Andoni Local Government Area. He allegedly owned and ran an illegal artisanal refinery, popularly called ‘kpofire dump’.

May 22

Man shot dead by cult members in Rivers

A 41-year old man identified as Chima Jonah, was shot to death in the presence of his wife at their Rumuekini residence in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

May 24

Policeman killed by Gunmen in Rivers

Gunmen in military camouflage attacked the convoy of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Prof. Henry Ugboma, killing a police inspector attached to the Professor.

May 26

Final Year student killed by Gunmen in Rivers

A man identified as Mr. Promise Umunaegbu, a final year student of Chemical/Petroleum Engineering at the Rivers State University, was shot and killed by some gunmen in his community, Apani, in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

 

  • INCIDENTS OF COMMUNAL CLASH

May 3

4 killed in Ebonyi/Benue land dispute

4 people who were identified to have been part of the peace committee from Ebonyi State were killed over a long term land dispute between the two communities in Ebonyi and Benue States.

Read More: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/4-killed-in-ebonyi-benue-land-dispute/

May 9

6 dead, houses razed as 2 communities clash in Taraba

6 persons were killed and several houses burned down, in a communal clash between Kona and Fulani groups in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/09/six-dead-houses-razed-two-communities-clash-taraba/

May 27

Five people killed, 12 houses burnt in fresh Plateau crisis

Residents of Dutse Uku and Angwan Damisa in Jos North Local Government, protested after the lifeless body of a man identified as Mr Enoch was discovered. 5 people were killed as a result of the clash.

Read more: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/north-central/331938-five-people-killed-12-houses-burnt-in-fresh-plateau-crisis-police.html

 

  • INCIDENTS OF CULT CLASH

May 2                                                                 

Cultists go on rampage in Lagos, kill guard

A security man identified as Abiodun was killed during a raging cult war in Lagos

Read more: https://guardian.ng/news/cultists-go-on-rampage-in-lagos-kill-guard/

 

May 9

Not less than 11 people killed during renewed cult war in Edo

At least 11 people were killed during a raging cult battle between rival gangs in Edo State

Read more: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/edo-11-die-in-renewed-cult-war/

May 13

2 persons murdered during a cult clash in Calabar

Two persons were reportedly killed following a renewed cult clash between Axe men and Klans confraternity in Calabar South LGA of Cross River State.

Read more: https://leadership.ng/2019/05/12/two-die-in-c-river-cult-clash/

May 19

2 burnt to death by Rival cult gang members

Two young men identified as Bobo a.k.a. Ogbobga PDP and Mr. Bright were mobbed and burnt to death in Isiodu, in Emohua Local Government Area. Bobo was allegedly a cult leader who terrorised people.

May 20

15 killed; some beheaded by cultists in Rivers

At least, 15 persons were killed and some beheaded by suspected cultists in Kono Bo-ue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State in a cult clash in the area.

Read more: https://dailypost.ng/2019/05/20/armed-men-storm-rivers-community-kill-15/

May 24

2 killed by rival cult gangs in Rivers

Two unidentified persons were killed in Rumuche, Emohua Local Government Area. One was beheaded and the other, stabbed to death in a gang related violence in the community.

 

  • FORCE BRUTALITY

 

May 11

21-year old man shot dead by Police in Rivers

A young man identified as Daniel Agori was tortured and shot dead by the policemen attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Team in Aluu, Rivers State.

May 15

Lawyer killed by VIO officials in Ebonyi

Officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) allegedly killed a lawyer, identified as Geoffrey Mgbada, along Ezza road, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1238427-umahi-takes-action-vio-members-kill-lawyer-ebonyi.html

May 20

1 Killed after police shoot into angry crowd in Kaduna

A man was killed after Policemen shot sporadically into a crowd, in order to prevent a mob action in Kaduna.

Read more: https://punchng.com/police-kill-one-injure-four-while-dispersing-crowd-who-lynched-suspected-kidnapper-in-kaduna/

May 23

2 killed as Police shoot MASSOB protesters in Onitsha

2 members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) lost their lives, as police shot into a crowd of protesters in Anambra State.

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/2-die-in-police-massob-clash-in-onitsha/

 

  • MOB ACTION

May 20

2 killed by angry mob in Kaduna

Angry mob lynched two people for raising false alarm in Kawo overhead bridge Kaduna State.

Read more: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/20/mob-kills-two-in-kaduna-over-false-abduction-alarm/

 

DEATHS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA PER STATE–

  1. Zamfara – 67
  2. Kaduna – 7
  3. Rivers – 81
  4. Delta – 1
  5. Lagos – 1
  6. Cross River – 2
  7. Ogun – 4
  8. Adamawa – 5
  9. Katsina – 51
  10. Nasarawa – 1
  11. Borno – 64
  12. Kogi – 1
  13. Ebonyi – 5
  14. Taraba – 29
  15. Plateau – 12
  16. Anambra – 2
  17. Abia – 1
  18. Sokoto – 1
  19. Edo – 12
  20. Jigawa – 26

 

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS – 373

NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED – POLICE (3) SOLDIERS (24)

 

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