Media tracking on Mass atrocities for August 2019

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • OVERVIEW
  • NEWS
  • INCIDENTS OF HERDSMEN RAMPAGE
  • BOKO HARAM ATTACKS
  • ISWAP RELATED ATTACKS
  • INCIDENTS OF BANDITRY ATTACKS
  • COMMUNAL CLASHES
  • GANG CLASHES
  • EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS
  • ABDUCTION INCIDENTS
  • ISOLATED ATTACKS
  • DEATH REPORTED IN THE MEDIA PER STATE
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF CASUALTIES
  • NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED

Overview

The month of August recorded a substantial number of casualties from mass atrocities across the country.  The attacks recorded bordered around targeted and random kidnappings in urban and rural areas, and highways; extrajudicial killings perpetuated by security personnel; and, continued banditry and terrorism

Despite efforts to contain the crises in the country, the cloud of insecurity grows thicker. Kidnappings in and around communities, continue unabated. The infamous Kaduna-Abuja highway has constituted a hotspot for abductions, in spite of several security checkpoints along the length of the road. While the Governor of Kaduna state, as well as the Police Command in that area have displayed endeavours to curtail the menace of abductions on the highway, kidnappings persist with such impetus that would make one wonder at the blatant contempt of the Police by these ruthless kidnappers.

It is disheartening to report contempt for the rule of law by law enforcement officers. Extrajudicial killings are prevail. Even more depressing are reports of the killings of officers of the Police Force by the members of the Nigerian Army. What becomes of an insecure nation, where its protectors battle against each other? However, the impunity for this crime wanes, as criminal officers are being brought to book by the law. This is a stride in the struggle against impunity in our country.

Although, while our forces have reportedly technically defeated the militia opposition in the Northeast, our soldiers remain relentless in the silent war against these Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. However, more relsilence and support is needed for our forces to conclusively conatin the conflict, as affected states continue to recordan increase in the number of displaced persons, who have no prospect of returning to their homes while the conflict lingers.

In summary, our media tracking for August 2019 recorded 213 deaths, it is paramount that we document these deaths, discuss ways to prevent reoccurrence and enforce tighter security laws to manage and resolve the insecurity situation.

 

NEWS

 

  • HERDSMEN RAMPAGE

August 12

Man killed by suspected herdsmen in Akwa Ibom

A man, identified as Friday Etor, was allegedly killed by Herdsmen in Ikot Obio Nso, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/346292-man-killed-by-suspected-herdsmen-in-akwa-ibom.html

August 23

Woman hacked to death by alleged Herdsmen in Enugu

A woman, identified as Mrs Regina Mba, was abducted from her farmland in Ndiuno Community, Nchatacha, Enugu. Days later her lifeless body was found in a bush. It was reported that she was raped and her body decapitated afterwards.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/23/herdsmen-rape-kill-woman-in-enugu/

 

  • BOKO HARAM

August 7

Female Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 3 in Mafa, Maiduguri

Two female suicide bombers kill three civilians and wound eight, in a suspected Boko Haram attack in Mafa, Borno State.

Read more https://thedefensepost.com/2019/08/07/nigeria-female-boko-haram-suicide-bombers-borno/

August 15

3 Soldiers killed after Boko Haram Terrorists attacked Borno community

Three soldiers were reportedly killed in a gun duel with members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) who stormed the community and attacked the military location.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/15/boko-haram-terrorists-attack-mammanti-community-3-soldiers-reportedly-killed/

August 24

Boko Haram Kill 12 in Niger Village Attack

Boko haram terrorists killed 12 persons in a village in Niger.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/24/boko-haram-kills-12-niger-village-attack

August 26

Boko Haram Kills 4, 12 Others Missing

Four people were killed, and 12 others are still missing in the aftermath of Boko Haram attack on Gajiram, headquarters of Ngazai Local Government Area of Borno State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/26/boko-haram-kills-4-12-others-missing

 

 

August 31

Three Nigerian soldiers killed in a bloody battle in Borno

Three Soldiers and many Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed during a face-off. The ambush happened at Gasarwa village, along Gajiram-Monguno road in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/349964-insecurity-15-killed-55-kidnapped-in-attacks-across-nigeria-last-week.html

 

  • ISWAP

August 3

Baga Battle: 25 Nigerian Soldiers, 47 ISWAP Terrorists Killed

Fierce clashes between a regional force and IS-affiliated fighters in Borno State claimed the lives of at least 25 soldiers.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/02/baga-battle-25-nigerian-soldiers-47-iswap-terrorists-killed

August 6

Boko Haram: 5 civilians killed, others injured as soldiers, ISWAP clash in Borno

5 civilians were left dead after a clash ensued between Nigerian soldiers and members of the ISWAP in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/06/boko-haram-5-civilians-killed-others-injured-soldiers-iswap-clash-borno/

August 12

3 soldiers, 5 civilians killed during ISWAP attack in Borno

Eight people, including three soldiers, were killed in jihadist attacks on an army base and village in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Read more  https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/three-soldiers-5-others-killed-in-maiduguri-jihadist-attacks/

August 27

ISWAP kill 11 construction workers in Borno

Gunmen from an IS-affiliated jihadist group (ISWAP) shot 11 local construction workers dead in Maiduguri

Read more https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-7400283/Jihadists-kill-11-construction-workers-NE-Nigeria.html

 

  • BANDITRY

August 14

Gunmen attack Katsina community; kill 1 person and kidnap 12 women

Gunmen attacked Ruma community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, kidnapped a 13-year-old boy, Uzairu Basiru and  12 women; killed one person, with five others sustaining injuries.

 

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/gunmen-kill-one-kidnap-13-in-katsina/

August 15

Gunmen Kill 10 in Ogoni, Raze MOSOP President’s Home

No fewer than 10 persons were killed by gunmen in Ogoni, Rivers State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/15/gunmen-kill-10-ogoni-raze-mosop-president%E2%80%99s-home

 

August 15

Nine feared killed in Rivers communities

Nine persons were killed after gunmen attacked Taaba and Okwali Communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/nine-feared-killed-in-rivers-communities/

August 18

4 killed during a funeral ceremony in Benue

The Benue State Police Command, confirmed the killings of four people in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Benue. The victims were burying a relative when the gunmen opened fire on them.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/18/gunmen-kill-nigerian-mourners-while-burying-relative

August 19

Four persons killed by bandits in Katsina

At least four persons were killed in attacks by bandits in Tsayu Village under Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/19/bandits-kill-four-fresh-kastina-attack

August 19

Bandits kill 13 people in two Katsina communities

Thirteen people have lost their lives following attack by bandits on two communities of Dantakuri and Barza, in Danmusa council area of Katsina state.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/bandits-kill-13-in-two-katsina-communities/

August 20

Armed bandits kill 17 villagers in Katsina

Seventeen persons were killed in a series of attacks on communities by bandits in Katsina State.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/17-feared-killed-in-katsinas-multiple-attacks/

August 22

Five killed after gunmen attacked Imo Community

Not less than five persons were killed after unidentified armed men attacked Ilile, a community in Ohaji-Egbema Council Area, Imo State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/22/gunmen-attack-imo-community-kill-five-injure-others

August 28

3 killed, dozens kidnapped on Kaduna-Abuja expressway

Some armed bandits launched an attack on travellers on Abuja-Kaduna Expressway. The bandits killed three travellers and kidnapped dozens during the attack on the highway.

Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1256563-3-killed-dozens-kidnapped-kaduna-abuja-expressway.html

 

  • INCIDENTS OF COMMUNAL CLASH

August 31

14 allegedly killed in Taraba community

No less than 14 people were killed after suspected militiamen attacked a community in Taraba State. Residents said the attackers were from Benue State, suggesting it was part of the raging Tiv-Junkun violence.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/349978-many-killed-in-militia-attack-on-taraba-community.html

 

  • GANG CLASHES

August 3

Five suspected cultists killed in Anambra by rival groups

At least five persons suspected to be members of various cult groups were shot dead by rival gangs in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/03/five-suspected-cultists-killed-anambra-rival-groups/

August 14

Four killed in Rivers when cultists invaded community

At least four persons were killed after rampaging cultists attacked Okwale community, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/14/four-killed-rivers-cultists-invade-community/

August 16

Vigilante group leader killed by Gunmen in Rivers

Emmanuel Ikechukwu,who was said to be the leader of Choba community security outfit in Obio/Akpor Local Government, was allegedly killed in his Rumuchuakara home town by armed men.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-vigilance-group-leader-in-rivers/

August 18

Rivers: Three killed, monarch beaten as cultists sack two communities

Two communities in Bangha clan, Khana Local Government Area were sacked and 3 people killed, by suspected members of rampaging cult gangs in the area.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/18/rivers-three-killed-lga-chairman-escapes-monarch-beaten-cultists-sack-two-communities/

August 29

Four feared killed as suspected cultists clash in Lagos

Four persons were killed and three others injured after suspected cultists resumed hostilities at Oworonshoki, a Lagos suburb.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/four-feared-killed-as-suspected-cultists-resume-clash/

August 29

Man killed by suspected cultists in Delta

A 48-year old man was shot dead by gunmen in Ughelli South Council Area of Delta State

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/suspected-cultists-kill-man-2/

 

 

  • EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS

August 7

Soldier allegedly kills cyclist over N100 bribe in Aba

A soldier attached to the Army checkpoint located at Ohanze Isiahia community, in Obingwa council area of Abia State, reportedly shot dead a commercial motorcyclist identified as Chimaobi Uzuokwa Nwogu, for allegedly refusing to part with N100 bribe.

Read more https://punchng.com/soldier-allegedly-shoots-dead-motorcyclist-over-n100-bribe-in-aba/July 10

August 7

Soldiers Kill Three Policemen, Release Notorious Kidnapper in Taraba

Some yet to be identified personnel of the Nigerian Army allegedly killed 3 police officers and released a kidnap kingpin in the process.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/07/soldiers-kill-three-policemen-release-notorious-kidnapper-taraba

August 10

Woman killed by shot fired by a trigger-happy cop in Lagos

A pregnant woman was killed in a Lagos suburb after a bullet fired by an official of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police hit her.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/sars-official-kills-pregnant-woman-in-lagos/

August 13

One killed, seven injured as police, hoodlums clash in Anambra

One person died, while seven others sustained injuries after police officers clashed with hoodlums in Onitsha metropolis.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/13/one-killed-seven-injured-police-hoodlums-clash-anambra/

August 15

Soldiers kill 2 civilians in Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command accused soldiers from the 81 division of killing some residents of Isheri Olofin, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun States.

Read more https://punchng.com/beasts-of-no-nation-how-ikeja-cantonment-soldiers-shot-man-stabbed-another-on-hospital-bed-police/

August 24

Retired Policeman Kills Civilian at Imo Festival

A retired Policeman shot dead a man during a festival in Imo State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/24/retired-policeman-kills-civilian-imo-festival

August 30

One killed as Police, motorcyclists clash in Benue

A man identified as Mr Terhemen Tyavbi was shot dead during a scuffle between its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and motorcyclists in Kwande Local Government Area, Benue.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/30/one-killed-police-motorcyclists-clash-benue/

 

  • ABDUCTION

August 1

Gunmen abduct five RCCG pastors

Five Redeemed Christian Church of God were abducted along Ijebu-Ode axis, they were enroute the annual ministers’ conference.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-abduct-five-rccg-pastors/

August 3

Gunmen kidnapp University lecturer in Kaduna

Abubakar idris, a lecturer at the federal University Dutsinma Katsina State was abducted from his residence in Kaduna State.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/03/gunmen-kidnap-university-lecturer-kaduna/

August 5

Gunmen kidnapp Enugu monarch

The traditional ruler of Obom Autonomous Community in Agbogugu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Sunday Orji, was abducted by unknown gunmen who demanded a fifty million naira ransome.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-kidnap-enugu-monarch-demands-n50m-ransom/

August 12

Gunmen abduct Kogi PDP LG chief

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, Musa Adelabu, was abducted by unknown gunmen dressed in military uniform.

Read more https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/gunmen-allegedly-abduct-kogi-pdp-lg-chief/

August 12

Gunmen kidnapp College of Education Provost in Benue

The Provost, College of Education, Katsina Ala, Mr Tsavwua Gborigyo was abducted in Benue.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/12/gunmen-kidnap-college-of-education-provost-in-benue/

August 14

Gunmen Abduct Baptist Pastor in Kaduna.

Gunmen kidnapped a pastor in Angwan Makiri, near Udawa, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and demanded for a N20 million ransom.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/14/gunmen-abduct-baptist-pastor-in-kaduna/

August 15

Pregnant woman abducted by Gunmen in Sokoto

Armed bandits abducted a pregnant woman in Katura in Dange Shuni local government, Sokoto.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/15/gunmen-abduct-pregnant-woman-in-sokoto/

August 22

Gunmen kidnapp APC lawmaker in Sokoto

Unknown gunmen kidnapped Alhaji Aminu Bodai, a member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly in Bodai village of Dange/Shuni Local Government Area of the state.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/22/gunmen-kidnap-apc-lawmaker-sokoto/

August 24

Seven persons kidnapped in Kaduna

Seven persons were kidnapped in Kaduna by armed men in military uniforms in Malali region of the state.

Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/seven-persons-kidnapped-in-kaduna/

 

  • ISOLATED ATTACKS

August 2

Catholic priest killed by unidentified gunmen in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State confirmed the killing of a Catholic Priest, identified as Rev. Fr Paul Offu, Parish Priest of St. James Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/police-confirm-killing-of-catholic-priest-by-unidentified-gunmen-in-enugu/

August 2

Final year student of UNN stabbed to death over electricity bill

A man identified as Chuks Stephen Mbah, was stabbed to death by a fellow student over alleged non-payment of electricity bill.

Read more  https://guardian.ng/news/unn-final-year-student-stabbed-to-death-over-electricity-bill/

August 4

Cattle Association Leader murdered by gunmen in Adamawa

Unknown gunmen stormed the resident of Alhaji Saidu Kolaku, – the leader, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) located at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa local government in Adamawa State and shot him dead.

Read more https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/gunmen-kill-miyetti-allah-leader-in-adamawa/

August 5

Gunmen attack and kill a police officer at checkpoint in Ondo

Gunmen shot dead a police inspector, identified simply as Lasisi, while he was on patrol duty along Isua-Ise Akoko Road in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/345009-gunmen-emerge-from-bush-kill-police-officer-at-checkpoint-in-ondo.html

August 6

Living Faith Pastor Killed, Wife Kidnapped Along Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Kidnappers killed a Kaduna Living Faith Church Pastor – Jeremiah Omilewa, along Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/06/living-faith-pastor-killed-wife-kidnapped-along-kaduna-abuja-highway

August 6

Gunmen brutally kill union leader in Benue community

Unidentified gunmen gruesomely killed the chairman Shade Owners Association – Mr Tavershima Achinge. This incident occurred in Zaki Bia Yam Market in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/tension-as-gunmen-kill-union-leader-in-benue-community/

August 6

Ondo: One killed in a robbery attack

A member of staff of Wema Bank was killed and two others injured, when armed robbers struck at the Iju, Ondo State.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/robbers-attack-bank-kill-one-in-ondo/

August 6

Kano University student kills Almajiri child

A student of Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST) – Wudil has killed Almajiri Adamu Ibrahim at Sabon Garin ‘yan Kwaya  in Wudil local government area of Kano

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/varsity-student-kills-almajiri-ln-kano/

August 15

Head hunter, son killed in Kogi

The Chairman of Bunu Hunters in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Caleb Oshe and his son, Sunday were killed by gunmen.

https://thenationonlineng.net/head-hunter-son-killed-in-kogi/

August 15

Gunmen kill vigilante leader in Rivers

Unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists shot and killed the leader of a vigilante group, in Choba community, Rivers state.

https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-vigilante-leader-in-rivers/

August 15

Four Nigerians Killed In Botched Rescue Attempt in Benue

Four people were killed in an attempt to rescue an entrepreneur, Mercy Gabriel, who was abducted by gunmen at Obu Branch in Otukpa town of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue state.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/15/four-nigerians-killed-botched-rescue-attempt-benue

August 16

Police inspector killed in Kano

Unidentified persons stabbed a policeman – Inspector Isiyaku Babaji, to death at his house in Kwari Sabuwa in Kano State

Read more https://punchng.com/police-inspector-killed-in-kano/

 

August 20

 Four killed in Nasarawa State deputy governor’s convoy

Three policemen and a driver were killed by gunmen in an attack on the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/four-killed-in-deputy-governors-convoy/

August 21

APC Vice-Chairman Shot Dead in Rivers

The Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ward 5, Oyigbo local government Area of Rivers State, Edward Okechukwu was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

Read more https://politicsnigeria.com/breaking-apc-vice-chairman-shot-dead/

August 26

Gunmen kill two Policemen and abduct Chief Medical Director in Edo

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, killed two police officers and abducted the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, in Edo State

Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/gunmen-kill-2-cops-kidnap-medical-director.html

August 28

Gunmen murder Delta CDHR Chairman’s elder brother

Gunmen shot dead one Mr. Johnson Taiga, elder brother to the Delta State Chairman of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Comrade (Dr.) Prince Kehinde-Taiga. The incident occurred at about 4 pm in Edjophe Community in Ughelli South Local Government Area.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/28/gunmen-murder-delta-cdhr-chairmans-elder-brother/

August 29

Gunmen murder Catholic Priest in Taraba

The Catholic Priest of St. Peters Catholic Church, Amadu in Takum local government area of Taraba state, Rev Fr. David Tanko, was killed by gunmen along Wukari-Takum road.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/29/gunmen-kill-catholic-priest-in-taraba-burn-corpse/

August 30

5 killed, houses razed down, after gunmen storm Kaduna community

Gunmen attacked a community in Kaduna State, killing at least five people.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/349696-gunmen-storm-kaduna-community-kill-five-people-burn-houses.html

August 30

Woman shot dead by gunmen in Ondo

Gunmen shot and killed a yet to be identified lady in the Oke-Ogba area of Akure, the Ondo State capital, Akure.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/08/30/gunmen-kill-pos-operator-ondo

August 30

2 feared dead as APC supporters clashed in Niger

At least 2 people were killed after two rival groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed at the Katcha LGA election. The incident occurred along the Minna- Bida road.

Read more https://www.sunnewsonline.com/lg-polls-2-feared-dead-as-apc-supporters-clash-in-niger/

 

DEATHS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA PER STATE–

  1. TARABA – 18
  2. IMO– 6
  3. BORNO – 62
  4. BENUE – 10
  5. EDO – 2
  6. LAGOS – 5
  7. ADAMAWA – 1
  8. KATSINA – 35
  9. ONDO – 2
  10. AKWA IBOM – 1
  11. ABUJA – 4
  12. KADUNA – 5
  13. OGUN – 1
  14. KANO – 2
  15. NASARAWA – 4
  16. RIVERS – 29
  17. ENUGU – 3
  18. ANAMBRA – 6
  19. ABIA – 1
  20. NIGER – 14
  21. DELTA – 2

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS 213

NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED

POLICE OFFICERS (7) SOLDIERS (35)

 

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