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General News of Monday, 9 January 2023


Despite Buhari's December deadline insecurity still festers

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Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security formations to end insecurity and restore order and stability in the country by the end of December 2022, terrorism in the form of insurgency, banditry and killings by separatists has continued to claim lives.

Though the killings have not stopped, experts say the last four months have witnessed a decline.

At least 671 civilians, police officers and military personnel have been killed since the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed the president’s directive at a Joint World Conference in September 2022. Aregbosola had quoted President Muhammadu Buhari as giving marching orders to Nigeria’s security chiefs to move against terrorists and ensure that the insecurity ravaging the country ends by the close of the year.

However, pockets of attacks and killings have continued since the deadline elapsed. Four policemen were killed on January 2nd 2022 when gunmen bombed the convoy of the former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

Also, despite military operations across the country, bandits have also launched attacks on communities in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states, killing and abducting residents.

Daily Trust reports that Nigeria continues to battle diverse and high-level security attacks, among them insurgency by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), banditry and farmer-herder crisis as well separatist agitations by members of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).

Data analysed by Daily Trust from reported cases in the media reveal that out of the 671 recorded deaths in the last four months, 614 were civilians, while 47 were police officers and 10 soldiers. The data also reveal that at least 1,321 people have been abducted between September and December.