Richard Ginika Izuora
A fresh report released by the International Foundation for Peace Building and Social Justice has given a vivid account of onslaught against innocent Nigerians by Boko Haram fighters.
In the report released on Thursday, the group revealed that about 3,186 Nigerians were killed between January and June 2021 by the insurgents and bandits.
According to details contained in the report showed the Northwest region of Nigeria accounted for most of the incidents; with Zamfara and Kaduna states recording more deaths in the region.
The report said 2,963 persons were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents while 161 were injured during various violent attacks across the country within the period.
“In the past six months, data reports by PSJ Data Team revealed at least 3,186 persons have been killed; 2,963 abducted and 161 injured across Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents.
“Over the last five years, there have been a concentration of atrocities in the northern part of the country and though it still remains the epicentre, the violence has found its way into the southern parts of the country,” the report revealed.
Borno state in Northeast came second while North Central states of Benue, Niger and Plateau came third on the report.
The reason for these deaths is attributed to armed attacks and other violent crimes carried out on mostly agrarian communities.
The report blamed Boko Haram Fulani militias as being responsible for most of the killings in the period under review.
“Tremendous efforts have been geared towards identifying the perpetrators of these wicked acts,” it said.
“The most popular nomenclature in the media for perpetrators include words; such as bandits, gunmen and have been found to mask the real perpetrators; which include the Fulani Militia and Boko Haram as the main actors of these crimes.
“The attacks have mostly been on Christian villages where farms, crops and food storage were deliberately destroyed.”