Media tracking on Mass atrocities for June 2019

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Overview
  • News
  • Incidents of herdsmen rampage
  • Incidents of Boko Haram attack
  • Incidents of banditry
  • Incidents of communal clashes
  • Incidents of cult clashes
  • Incidents of force brutality
  • Incidents of mob action
  • Incidents of Abduction
  • One-Off incidents
  • Sea pirates
  • Death reported in the media per state
  • Total number of casualties
  • Number of security personnel killed

 

Overview

Over the course of the past month, the national security situation has, unfortunately, continued a steady descent into an increasing state of chaos— our media tracking revealed an uptick in the number of casualties of violent mass criminal activity, from 310 to 504. This comes in spite of measures implemented by the Federal Government specifically to combat the crises ravaging the country, including deploying “Operation Whirlstroke” in the Benue Valley and announcing the RUGA program for the settlement of the Fulani nomads (a strategy that was scrapped after much backlash).

We have noticed a few new trends at the end of our tracking, particularly in the Benue. The Gyenku killings and the Agatu clash were the only cases of mass violence we have on record for the period, which suggests that the federal military operation in Benue has been effective in preserving the peace. In the midst of this good news, however, we noticed that the violence has moved slowly westward, affecting communities in Niger and Kogi states. If this trend proceeds as it currently is, then more violence can be expected to break out outside the sphere of military presence, in states such as Kwara. It is imperative that state actions begin to devise preventive measures to protect the lives and properties of citizens.

Our media tracking for the month of June, 2019 recorded 504 deaths as a result of mass atrocities. It is of utmost importance that we document these deaths, discuss ways to prevent reoccurrences, and analyze the difficulties surrounding resolution and prevention.

 

NEWS

  • HERDSMEN RAMPAGE

June 1          

Taraba: 51 killed in herdsmen/farmers’ crisis

Not fewer than 51 persons were killed in a clash between the herders and farmers in Taraba State

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/taraba-51-killed-in-herdsmen-farmers-crisis/

June 18

8 dead after gunmen invade Taraba communities

At least 8 persons were killed and others injured, following an attack by suspected herders on communities in Taraba.

Read more : https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/335492-eight-feared-dead-as-gunmen-invade-taraba-communities.html

June 21

Suspected militia kill five Tiv farmers and injured a woman

five persons were killed during attacks on Gyenku in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/jukun-militia-kills-five-tiv-farmers-injures-woman-in-fresh-attack/

 

June 26

7 hacked to death by suspected herdsmen in Kogi

Seven persons were reportedly killed when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Koton-Karfi and Onzo communities in Kogi local government council of Kogi State.

Read more https://dailypost.ng/2019/06/26/seven-killed-herdsmen-launch-coordinated-attacks-kogi-communities/

 

  • BOKO HARAM

June 7

Boko Haram kill fifteen in Maiduguri, Borno.

June 8

A bomb suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram killed two children in Hong, Adamawa.

June 8

Boko Haram kill four and kidnapped 6 in Gwoza, Borno.

June 14

Bloody clash leaves 10 soldiers, 8 civilians dead in Borno

Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military location at Kareto village in the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State, and killed 8 civilians, the Commanding Officer of 158 Battalion, Lt Col Aminu Yusuf and 9 other soldiers.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/bloody-clash-leaves-64-boko-haram-insurgents-10-soldiers-8-civilians-dead/

June 17

Borno: 30 killed, 40 injured in multiple bomb attacks

30 persons were lost and 40 others sustained varying degree of injuries during multiple suicide bomb attacks on a viewing center in Mandarari, Konduga Local Government Area of the state.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/18/boko-haram-kills-30-injures-40-in-fresh-suicide-attacks-in-borno/

 

June 19

18 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Boko Haram raid of Nigerian military base

At least 18 Nigerian troops were killed and six others wounded after Boko Haram insurgents sacked a forward operating base in Borno State.

Read more: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/335857-18-soldiers-killed-six-wounded-in-boko-haram-raid-of-nigerian-military-base.html

June 19

At least, 14 people were reported dead and 38 others seriously injured following a suicide bomb attack at Mandareri-Sambisa ward of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

June 25

Boko haram attacked Borno – 4 Soldiers killed, 2 injured

At least 7 people were confirmed dead – 4 soldiers and 3 terrorists,  when Boko Haram terrorist clashed with troops in Borno state.

http://saharareporters.com/2019/06/25/boko-haram-attacks-borno-again-three-terrorists-killed-two-soldiers-wounded

June 26

Boko Haram kill 29 Persons in 2 Borno Villages

Not less than 29 persons were killed in two Borno villages when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the villages.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/26/boko-haram-kills-29-persons-in-two-borno-villages/

June 26

Boko haram attack Borno – 20 farmers killed in their farms

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists slaughtered at least 20 farmers on their farmlands in a border town close to Niger Republic.

This happened at Ngamgam in Mobar local government area of Borno State.

Read more http://saharareporters.com/2019/06/26/boko-haram-kills-20-farmers-borno

 

 

  • BANDITRY

June 5

Unknown gunmen kill two police officers in Ontisha North, Anambra.

June 5

Gunmen kidnapped an expatriate and killed an NSCDC officer in Etsako East, Edo.

June 6

3 policemen were killed during a bank robbery in Iwo, Osun State.

June 6

16 killed as bandits attack in Zamfara community

At least 16 people were killed during a banditry attack on Zamfara

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/333702-16-killed-as-bandits-attack-another-zamfara-community.html

June 10

Not less than 50 killed during Bandits rampage in Sokoto

Bandits struck in Rabah and Isa local governments areas of Sokoto State, in simultaneous and coordinated attacks on Saturday evening and killed over 50 people in five villages.

https://punchng.com/scores-killed-as-bandits-attack-five-sokoto-villages/

June 10

Zamfara: 23 people killed by bandits in reprisal attacks

No fewer than 23 persons were killed in a reprisal attack in Kabaje and Tunga communities of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State by bandits.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/zamfara-bandits-kill-23-in-reprisal-attacks/

June 14

Bandits go on rampage in Niger: 70 people dead, 8 villages sacked

70 people have been confirmed killed by bandits that attacked some communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Read more https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/bandits-go-berserk-in-niger-kill-70-sack-8-villages/

 

June 16

34 persons killed by bandits in Zamfara

The Police Command in Zamfara confirmed the killing of 34 persons following an attack in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state.

Read more at https://punchng.com/police-confirm-34-killed-by-bandits-in-zamfara/

 

June 17

1 killed, houses razed down following bandits attack in Taraba

At least 1 person dead after a banditry attack in Zamfara State.

Read more https://punchng.com/bandits-attack-taraba-villages-kill-one-burn-houses/

 

June 18

Gunmen shot and killed two people at a waterfront area of Bakana Community in Degema Local Government Area. The gunmen came in a speed boat, shot their victims, threw the corpses in a nearby mangrove.

June 18

Gunmen kill solider and 3 civilians in Plateau

Gunmen killed a personnel of the military Special Task Force (STF), maintaining peace on the Plateau, and three other persons at Tubun-Rong village in Ganawuri District of Riyom Local Government Area of the state.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-solider-three-others-in-plateau/

 

June 18

3 killed by gunmen in Kaduna community 

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.

Read more https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/335592-gunmen-kill-three-persons-in-kaduna-community-police.html

June 21

Gunmen kill 18 persons in fresh attacks in Zamfara 

Suspected gunmen killed 18 persons in some communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-kill-18-persons-in-fresh-attacks-in-zamfara-monarch/

June 22

Bandits kill 1, kidnapped Zamfara district head, wives, son

The District Head of Yankaba town in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Buhari Ammani, his three wives and his son were abducted by bandits

Read more https://punchng.com/bandits-kill-one-kidnap-zamfara-district-head-wives-son/

June 24

Bandits Kill 3 People and abduct 20 in Zamfara

3 persons were killed, 20 others kidnapped and about 500 cattle rustled following a fresh attack in Maradun Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State by suspected bandits

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/24/bandits-kill-three-people-kidnap-20-rustle-500-cattle-in-zamfara/

June 25

One soldier killed as troops neutralize scores of bandits in Sokoto

The Nigerian Army lost a Soldier after troops of Operation Harbin Kunama III intercepted some notorious bandit informants while on routine patrol to Danboa village, Burkusuma market in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/one-soldier-killed-as-troops-neutralise-scores-of-bandits-in-sokoto/

June 27

2 soldiers, 29 armed bandits killed during Zamfara attack

2 soldiers were killed during the Operation HADARI DAJI carried out by the Nigerian troops. They engaged and killed 29 armed bandits around Moriki-Dole Moriki General area in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara state

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/two-soldiers-29-armed-bandits-killed-during-zamfara-attack/

 

June 30

Bandits killed 11 persons in fresh attack in Katsina

Not fewer than eleven persons were reportedly killed in a fresh attack launched by armed bandits on nine villages of Kankara local government area in Katsina State.

Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/bandits-kill-11-in-fresh-attack-in-katsina/

 

  • INCIDENTS OF COMMUNAL CLASH

June 7

Land Tussle: One Killed, Three Injured in Anambra Community

At least one person died while three others escaped death with varying degrees of injury in Ikenga Ogidi community, during a clash with Umusiome community in Nkpor, a neighbouring town in Anambra State.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/07/land-tussle-one-killed-three-injured-in-anambra-community/

 

June 26

5 Killed, Houses Burnt in Fresh Tiv/Jukun Crisis

Five persons were reported killed and several houses razed down in a fresh crisis between the Tiv and Jukuns in Rafinkada Village of Wukari local government area of Taraba.

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/26/5-killed-houses-burnt-in-fresh-tiv-jukun-crisis/

  • INCIDENTS OF CULT CLASH

June 4

Man stabbed to death by rival gang member in Rivers

A young man identified as Ebi Pade was stabbed to death by a rival gang member at Mgbuoshimini, in Obio/Akpor Local government Area.

June 5

Members of a gang killed two men in Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State.

June 5

Cult clashes leave 5 dead in Bayelsa

5 people were killed during what seemed like cult wars in Bayelsa, 2 were beheaded by rival gang members and 3 were caught up in the clash.
Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/cult-clashes-leave-5-dead-in-bayelsa/

June 10

Cultists stoned 2 rivals to death in Delta
Tension enveloped Iwrekan and Otu-Jeremi communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, following the stoning to death of two suspected cultists by their rival gang members.

Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/cultists-stone-2-rivals-to-death-in-delta/

  • FORCE BRUTALITY

June 3

Man killed by a soldier during a gun duel in Rivers

Soldiers attached to officials of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at B-Dere Community in Gokana Local Government Area, engaged some suspected oil thieves in a gun duel in the Community. A middle age commercial motorcyclist from Biara Community, was returning from his day’s work when soldiers mistook him for an oil thief, shot and killed him.

 

June 7

2 killed after soldiers clashed with Youths in Adamawa

Two persons were killed, six others sustained injuries during clash between youths and soldiers in Gurin in the Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Read more https://punchng.com/two-feared-dead-as-adamawa-youths-clash-with-soldiers/

 

June 9

 Nigerian soldiers kill three civilians in Kaduna South, Kaduna         .

June 12

 

  • MOB ACTION

June 3

Angry mob kill man in Rivers.

A man identified as Robertson Ndigbara, was mobbed to death in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, over a robbery incident he was alleged to be involved in.

June 23

Two suspected robbers mobbed to death in Delta

Two suspected armed robbers were beaten to death by an angry mob in Abraka community, Ethiope East council area of Delta State.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/two-suspected-robbers-mobbed-to-death-in-delta/

  • KIDNAP

June 7

 Gunmen kidnapped five siblings in Okpe, Delta.

June 8

Boko Haram killed four and kidnapped 6 in Gwoza, Borno

June 9

Gunmen kidnapped four people in Kaduna South, Kaduna

June 10

Mrs Olawumi Adeleye and her stepson, Destiny Paul, were abducted on the Airport Road, in Osi town in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Read more https://punchng.com/herdsmen-kidnap-woman-stepson-in-ondo-demand-n10million-ransom/

 

June 12

Some unknown gunmen suspected to be armed bandits on Tuesday afternoon abducted the village head of Garin Labo in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

https://punchng.com/bandits-abduct-katsina-village-head-in-fresh-attack/

June 17

Suspected herdsmen attacked commercial bus, abducted three women in Enugu

https://punchng.com/suspected-herdsmen-attack-commercial-bus-abduct-three-women-in-enugu/

June 17

Gunmen abducted Catholic priest in Edo

https://punchng.com/gunmen-abduct-catholic-priest-in-edo/

June 21

The district head of yankaba community in Kano metropolis was kidnapped along his three wives and son.

June 24

Bandits Killed 3 People and abducted 20 in Zamfara

Three persons were killed, 20 others kidnapped and about 500 cattle rustled following a fresh attack in Maradun Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State by suspected bandits

Read more https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/06/24/bandits-kill-three-people-kidnap-20-rustle-500-cattle-in-zamfara/

June 25

Gunmen kidnapped a woman in Oyo, and demanded for N20million ransom

Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, abducted a woman – Mrs. Folakemi Olufunmilayo, who owns a restaurant in Igbo-Ora, town in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo state.

https://dailypost.ng/2019/06/25/gunmen-kidnap-canteen-owner-oyo-demand-n20million-ransom/

June 26

Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked and hijacked a passenger bus with ten persons on board, the incidents occurred along Akure-Ikere-Ekiti road,Ondo state

  • ONE-OFF

June 7

Bomb kills three in Imo community

Not less than 3 people were killed after a bomb explosion in Imo

Read more https://guardian.ng/news/bomb-kills-three-in-imo-community/

June 10

Plateau state university student killed by gunmen

A woman identified as Sheni Kimati, a 25yr old  200 level student of the department of Geography, Plateau State University, Bokkos was shot dead by gunmen.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/gunmen-kill-200-level-plateau-varsity-student/

June 17

1 soldier, 2 NSCDC officials killed in Rivers

A soldier and two personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were killed by suspected members of an oil bunkering syndicate in the Gio community, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.

https://punchng.com/suspected-oil-thieves-kill-soldier-two-nscdc-officials-in-rivers/

June 20

Rivers State University lecturer murdered at home

Prof. Emmanuel Amadi of Microbiology Department, Rivers State University, RSU, Port Harcourt, was murdered in his Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/rivers-varsity-lecturer-murdered-at-home/

June 24

A man identified as Chimezie Eke was shot and killed by some gunmen in his car in Okomoko Street, D/Line, Port Harcourt.

June 25

Customs officer killed by smuggler in Ogun

A Customs officer identified as Yakubu Shuaibu, was shot dead by suspected smugglers in Ogun State.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/336768-smugglers-kill-customs-officer-injure-another-in-ogun.html

 

June 25

Suspected Kidnapper murdered in Rivers

A notorious kidnapper simpler identified as (Eze) was shot and killed by gunmen suspected to be members of Vigilate groups.  This incident occurred during a gun battle at Igwru eadali town, Airport road, Rivers State.

June 27

Man decapitated by gunmen in Rivers

Gunmen beheaded a man identified as John Ogbue in Rumuchakara, Choba Community, Obio/Apkor Local Government Area. Then they proceeded to butcher his body parts.

June 27

Police officer shot dead by gunmen in Rivers

A police officer identified as George Thomas was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Choba, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. Until his death, George was a Superintendent of Police with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (S.A.R.S.) in Rivers.

June 28

Gunmen killed female undergraduate in Ekiti

Unidentified gunmen allegedly murdered a 20-year-old lady identified simply as Maria, in Ise Ekiti, Ise/Orun Local Government Area of Ekiti State. It was gathered that Maria was allegedly killed in her father’s farm located in one of the farmsteads in the town.

Read more https://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-female-undergraduate-in-ekiti/

 

  • SEA PIRATES

June 20

Suspected sea pirates in a creek along the Bonny River shot and killed 27-year old Aaron, who was a boat driver and a native of Forupa Azagbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

DEATHS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA PER STATE–

  1. Zamfara – 97
  2. Kaduna – 6
  3. Rivers – 20
  4. Delta – 4
  5. Ogun – 1
  6. Adamawa – 4
  7. Katsina – 11
  8. Borno – 149
  9. Taraba – 65
  10. Plateau – 4
  11. Anambra – 3
  12. Sokoto – 51
  13. Edo – 2
  14. Imo – 3
  15. Benue – 5
  16. Osun – 3
  17. Niger – 70
  18. Ekiti – 1
  19. Bayelsa – 5

 

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS – 504

NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED –

POLICE OFFICERS (5) SOLDIERS (42) NSCDC OFFICERS (3) CUSTOM OFFICER (1)

 

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