Last week: 85 killed, 17 abducted in tumultuous attacks across Nigeria

Last week: 85 killed, 17 abducted in tumultuous attacks across Nigeria

Charles Nwoke, Southeast, Nigeria

May 10, 2021 

Image courtesy of local sources, fair use. 

These figures were compiled using a review of news reports, chats with victims’ families, and confirmation by security and government officials.

Sunday

The first point of call on Sunday was the death of one Iniobong Umoren, the Philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo, who left her abode for a supposed job interview in Uyo metropolitan city, the capital of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.

Premium Times newspaper reported that she was convulsively raped and killed by a man who said he had a job opportunity for her, only for her life to be cut short in such a barbaric way.

In another development, we reported to you that an unknown gunman on the same Sunday, raided the Abaomege Police Division in Onicha Local Government Area Council of Ebonyi State, killed one person, destroyed police facilities, and made away with valuables.

Also, the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerian electoral umpire situated at Essien Udim Local Government Area Council in Akwa Ibom State was set on fire by unidentified hoodlums.

Adebayo Solomon, the Kogi State Commissioner for Pension Board, was slain by gunmen on a rampage and Pius Kolawole, the Chairperson of Yagba East Local Government Area Council, was reportedly abducted after the incident on Sunday.

Two persons were reportedly kidnapped in Ogun State on Sunday. The duo was whisked away in Omu, a community close to Ofada town in Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area Council in the state.

Jihadists of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Sunday unleashed serious mayhem on the Ajiri community, Mafa Local Government Area Council in Borno State.

Monday

Recall that on Monday, we reported that no fewer than 13 persons, including children, were killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tse Amgbem, a community in Gwer West Local Government Area Council of Benue State.

We reported that the attack, which took place in the early hours of Monday, equally left many persons injured. The Fulani militia also razed down some houses in the community.

At least seven people were killed when the Nigerian Army 112 Battalion deployed at Ajiri in Borno State on Sunday successfully repelled a bloody Boko Haram attack on their camp.

Military sources on the war theatre revealed that the terrorists descended on the location held by Company E of the battalion in high number on several gun trucks and machine guns.

The Punch newspaper reported that gunmen abducted a Royal Father, Etubom Nto Okon Etim, in Esuk Atu village in the Calabar Municipal Council of the Cross River State.

Punch reported that a cameraman attached to the Information Unit of Jibia Local Government Government Area Council of Katsina State, Ibrahim Dankabo, was on Monday killed during a kidnap operation by bandits.

The criminals also kidnapped several travelers in that part of the country.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we brought to you that six civilians and one security personnel were reportedly slain by Boko Haram terrorist group in Ajari village in the Mafa Local Government Area Council in Borno State, North-East, Nigeria.

The Local Government Secretary, Mohammed Sherrif, stated that “The insurgents stormed the community around 1 am and set ablaze houses and killed six civilians and one security personnel.”

Also, the Kaduna State Government said unknown gunmen believed to be bandits killed two and injured six residents in separate attacks in Chikun and Kajuru Local Government Areas of the state.

Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the unfortunate incident in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Wakili Damina, the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State, was reportedly kidnapped.

The secretary of the association, Adamu Abubakar, broke the news on Tuesday. He said Damina was abducted by about eight armed men dressed in army regalia.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Punch reported that a hospital owner in Plateau State identified as Bitrus Musa was reportedly abducted at gunpoint.

After kidnapping the hospital owner, the gunmen moved to Eto Baba, another nearby community, and abducted a nursing mother simply identified as Pauline, leaving her baby behind.

Three persons suspected to be bandits, including a woman, were killed by angry youth after a failed attack on a Fulani community in Goronyo Local Government Area Council of Sokoto state.

Unidentified men armed with guns on Wednesday shot dead a police officer in Ogun State. They kidnapped another policeman and three others, including a civil servant.

In another development, unknown gunmen on Wednesday night raided Obosi police station in Idemili North Local Government Area Council of Anambra State.

We informed you that the criminals killed two police Inspectors and freed all detainees in the cell.

Thursday

A team of mobile police officers was reportedly ambushed along Ogwashi Uku – Kwale road in Delta State which resulted in the death of one of the officers.

Also, Anambra State Police Command confirmed the killing of two of its men by unknown gunmen who attacked and razed down the Divisional Police Station in Obosi, Idemili North of the state.

Another police officer was equally killed as unknown gunmen in the early hours of Thursday invaded a police station in Obiozara, Ohaozara Local Government Area Council of Ebonyi State.

Seven persons were reportedly killed by bandits in Yangalu Community in Magama Local Government Area Council of Niger State.

The hoodlums swooped the community in their large numbers on motorcycles, shooting sporadically to scare away the residents.

The Punch reported that a joint security task force on Thursday night killed no fewer than eight hoodlums after they resisted an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria, from unknown gunmen.

Two individuals were killed while ten others sustained various degrees of injuries as men of the Nigerian Customs Service and military personnel clashed with gunmen believed to be smugglers in Ogun State on Thursday.

A man was reportedly lynched and his alleged accomplice was apprehended in Yamadawa Quarter in Gwale Local Government Area Council of Kano State for allegedly attempting to snatch a car.

Security authority on Thursday said they foiled an attack on a police base in eastern Nigeria Thursday, killing 11 of the attackers.

Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the Nigerian Army Media Director, said the attack was carried out by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN); the armed wing of the proscribed secessionist group, IPOB.

In the same vein, gunmen reportedly abducted students of Abia State University, Uturu. The hooligans whisked the students into the forest shortly after they ambushed them while transiting on a bus along Okigwe-Uturu Road.

Sources said 10 students were kidnapped in that unfortunate incident.

John Kalu, the Commissioner for Information in the state, confirmed the ugly development in a statement issued on Thursday but said that two of the students escaped from the clutches of the Kidnappers while others were still being held captives by the hoodlums.

Friday

The Federal Capital Territory’s Police Command said one of its personnel, Ezekiel Adama, was on Friday stabbed to death during a violent protest in Abuja.

Mariam Yusuf, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the FCT, revealed this in a statement in Abuja.

The victim officer who was deployed to restore orderliness during a protest by members of the disbanded Islamic Movement of Nigeria was stabbed to death by one of the protesters.

No fewer than seven policemen were reportedly killed in multiple attacks on Friday night in Rivers State by unidentified gunmen suspected to be members of Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Saturday

Recall we informed you that many policemen were killed by unknown gunmen in a fresh attack on a police facility in Akwa Ibom State.

The attack which occurred in the early hours of Saturday claimed the lives of six officers in a local police station in Ini Local Government Area Council of the state.

Akwa Ibom State Government official who pleaded anonymity disclosed that a part of the station was burnt by the hoodlums.