The period under focus seems to have been a month of increased criminal activities, banditry, kidnapping and insurgency as the majority of the insecurity indices witnessed a spike, an indication of a continuous deteriorating breach in the security apparatus.

As the renewed vigour and resilience of the Nigerian troops watered down by the severity of attacks of these arsonists continue unabatedly, the element of surprise deployed to the favour of the latter seems to overwhelm the former, whose strategies are seen not to be flexible enough to counter these surprise attacks. Hence, the continuous rise in fatalities was recorded in the bandits’ favour.

Below are incidents recorded in chronological order as obtained from Eons Intelligence archives and other viable open-source platforms. Also, these incidents have been statistically analysed to graphically indicate possible increases and regression in different parts of the country.

The period of analysis covering the months of June, July and August 2021 identified states in each geo-political zone that were seen from the statistical outlook that seems to have improved, regressed or relatively calm during the reviewing period. While this neither represents complete success or failure of the political leaders responsible for managing security in the affected states, it is indeed intended to spur more actions where regression is observed and sustainability of efforts where progression is indicated. The resultant illustrative verdict is based on data as reflected by the killing incidents, kidnapping and other security factors militating against governance and service delivery to the people of the state.


July 27: Two soldiers, one policeman, and twenty-nine bandits were killed during an attack in Shinkafi, Zamfara. 

·        July 27: Boko Haram killed twenty-nine in Askira/Uba, Borno.

·        July 30: Five Boko Haram militants and ten civilians were killed in a clash in Gujba, Yobe.

·        July 31: Eight died in a suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Borno. Boko Haram is suspected.

·        July 31: Unknown gunmen killed eight in Ukum, Benue.

·        July 31: Police officers killed two attackers during an assault on a police station in Njaba, Imo.

·        July 31: Sectarian violence led to thirteen deaths in Bassa, Plateau.

·        July 31: Security operatives killed one kidnapper in Olamboro, Kogi.

·    July 31: Political violence led to one death during the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti.

·        August 1: Gunmen killed five in Orlu, Imo.

·        August 1: Sectarian violence led to twelve deaths in Riyom, Plateau.

·        August 1: Gunmen killed a pastor at a church in Kosofe, Lagos.

·        August 2: Police officers killed three kidnappers during a rescue operation in Makurdi, Benue.

·        August 2: Bandits killed twenty-five in Kauru, Kaduna.

·        August 2: The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) killed seventy-eight bandits in Maru, Zamfara.

·        August 2: The NAF killed "scores" (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Gubio, Borno.

·        August 3: A communal clash led to seven deaths in Egbado North, Ogun.

·        August 3: Bandits kidnapped eight in Suleja, Niger State.

·        August 3: Local hunters killed twenty bandits in Shiroro, Niger State.

·        August 4: Bandits kidnapped eight in Zurmi, Zamfara.

·        August 4: Police officers killed one kidnapper in Logo, Benue.

·        August 5: Robbers killed one police officer and one other during a bank robbery in Boripe, Osun.

·        August 5: One police officer and three attackers were killed during an assault on a police station in Orsu, Imo.

·        August 6: Gunmen killed one and kidnapped two in Ido/Osi, Ekiti.

·        August 7: Bandits killed five civilians while troops repelled the attack and killed three bandits in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna.

·        August 7: Kidnappers killed one and abducted two while two of the kidnappers were also killed in Egbado South, Ogun.

·        August 7: Kidnappers abducted seven in Irepodun Local Government Area (LGA) and twenty-two in Oke-Ero LGA in Kwara; twenty-four were subsequently rescued by police.

·        August 7: The military killed fourteen bandits in Igabi, Kaduna.

·        August 7: Communal violence led to two deaths in Ohaukwu, Ebonyi.

·        August 9: Gunmen killed four police officers and two civilians in Nnewi, Anambra.

·        August 9: Naval officers killed six suspected Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in Oyi, Anambra.

·        August 9: Gunmen killed four in Aboh-Mbaise, Imo.

·        August 9: Sectarian violence led to four deaths in Ado, Benue.

·        August 10: Pirates kidnapped five in Bonny, Rivers.

·        August 10: Bandits kidnapped two in Gusau, Zamfara.

·        August 10: Gunmen killed three in Bassa, Plateau.

·        August 12: Five children were killed by a stray grenade in Ngala, Borno.

·        August 12: Communal violence led to three deaths in Ado, Benue.

·        August 13: Two police officers and three suspected Eastern Security Network (ESN) members were killed during an attack on a police station in Oguta, Imo.

·         August 14: Gunmen killed twenty-eight in Jos North, Plateau.

·        August 14: Bandits killed nine and kidnapped six in Goronyo, Sokoto.

·        August 14: Bandits killed eight in Chikun, Kaduna.

·        August 15: Bandits killed four and kidnapped nineteen students and staff at a school in Gusau, Zamfara.

·        August 15: Gunmen killed five in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) and three in Zangon Kataf LGA in Kaduna.

·        August 15: Kidnappers abducted three in Kwali, Federal Capital Territory.

·        August 15: Gunmen killed seven in Jos North, Plateau.

·        August 15: Bandits killed seven and one bandit was killed in Matazu, Katsina.

·        August 16: Bandits killed four and kidnapped six in Jibia LGA and killed two in Dutsin-Ma LGA in Katsina.

·        August 16: Gunmen killed one police officer and six others in Ohaji/Egbema, Imo.

·        August 16: Bandits killed one and kidnapped nine in Danmusa, Katsina.

·        August 16: Nigerian troops killed forty-five bandits in Maru, Zamfara.

·        August 17: Gunmen kidnapped ten students and one teacher in Faskari, Katsina.

·        August 17: Bandits killed thirteen and kidnapped forty in Maru, Zamfara.

·        August 17: Communal violence led to six deaths in Bassa, Plateau.

·        August 18: Communal violence led to five deaths in Yala, Cross River.

·        August 18: A clash between bandits led to nine of their deaths in Giwa, Kaduna.

·        August 18: Gunmen killed two in Agatu LGA and fifteen in Katsina-Ala LGA in Benue.

·        August 19: Gunmen kidnapped four in Isuikwua, Abia.

·        August 19: Gunmen killed three in Bassa, Plateau.

·        August 19: Three Shiite Muslims were allegedly killed by police officers in Sokoto, Sokoto.

·        August 20: Gunmen killed seven in Ife East, Osun.




·        August 20: Bandits kidnapped seventy in Bakura, Zamfara.

  • August 21: Bandits killed twelve in Batsari, Katsina.
  • August 21: Bandits killed twelve in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna.
  • August 21: Police officers killed two bandits in Obafemi-Owode, Ogun.
  • August 21: A land grabber killed one police officer and four others in Ikorodu, Lagos.
  • August 22: Bandits killed five and kidnapped 120 in Maradun, Zamfara.
  • August 22: Twenty-seven militants were killed during a clash between the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram in Abadam, Borno.
  • August 22: Soldiers killed four Boko Haram militants in Monguno, Borno.
  • August 23: One police officer, one vigilante, and six bandits were killed during a clash in Mangu, Plateau.
  • August 23: Herdsmen killed eight and kidnapped one in Guma, Benue.
  • August 23: Gunmen killed nine in Khana, Rivers.
  • August 23: Communal violence led to four deaths in Ohaukwu, Rivers.
  • August 23: Gunmen killed two police officers in Kabba-Bunu, Kogi.
  • August 23: Bandits killed three and kidnapped eleven in Bungudu, Zamfara.
  • August 24: Bandits invaded the Nigerian Defense Academy in Igabi, Kaduna, killing two officers and abducting one officer who was also later killed.
  • August 24: Gunmen killed thirty-six in Jos North, Plateau.
  • August 25: Robbers killed two police officers and one civilian during an attack on a bullion van in Odigbo, Ondo.
  • August 25: Police officers killed three gunmen in Atakumosa West Local Government Area (LGA) and four other gunmen in Ilesha East LGA in Osun.

  • August 25: Sixteen soldiers and fifty Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Diffa, Niger.
  • August 26: Gunmen killed two in Emuoha, Rivers.
  • August 26: Bandits killed eleven in Kankara, Katsina.
  • August 26: Bandits killed one and kidnapped seven in Zurmi, Zamfara.

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