INCIDENTS BY REGION: ANALYSIS OF MAY/JUNE AND JUNE/JULY 2021
With the daily despicable severity with which human lives are cut short prematurely in the face of aggravating insecurity plaguing the nation, the masses are left in abeyance as to the colour of success. With no clear cut definition of what success is in the fight against insecurity, several rhetorical questions on when the war against insecurity can be said to have been won remain vague. As many bandits ostensibly surrender, and others neutralized in an endless sea of air and ground strikes, one begins to wonder if success in the fight against insurgency and banditry is achieved when these depraved individuals cease in unleashing mayhem on the masses, or when the security operatives inform us so?
Eons Intelligence, from its in-depth analysis of the reviewing month, advocates the need to embrace scenario planning in identifying, assessing, reviewing and enhancing the security forces performance in the war against insurgency and banditry. This will aid in the understanding of why current measures have failed to yield, or sustain desired results, as to assist in the design of better proactive measures in nibbling insecurity in the bud.
Security policymakers are also advised to team up with Intelligence Experts, using their Intelligence feedback to adjust existing strategies in line with changing security environment.
Borrowing a leaf from other countries that may have encountered and successfully managed similar insecurity challenges is further advised.
The underlying need to ascertain, fish out and deal with any interest group behind the country’s unabated insecurity challenges cannot be overemphasized.
In addition, security operatives should become more proactive in anticipating possible security threats, engage in regular surveillance of hotbed zones and put advance measures in place to beat these demented individuals to their game.
Furthermore, there is a need to emphasize the importance of using strategic intelligence feedback in providing deep analysis of the frequency, similarities, likely victims and location as a means to study the behaviour of predators, their tactics, techniques and procedures of attacks with a view of countering future security issues.
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.
June 28: The Nigerian Air Force killed "several" (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in Bakassi, Borno.
· July 1: Security forces killed five at Sunday Igboho's residence in Ibadan, Oyo and kidnapped his wife along with others (estimated at five kidnapped total).
· July 1: Robbers killed one police officer at a bank in Moba, Ekiti.
· July 1: Gunmen killed seven herdsmen in Jos South, Plateau.
· July 2: Bandits kidnapped thirteen in Chikun, Kaduna.
· July 2: Three police officers and twenty-eight Boko Haram militants were killed during a clash in Kaga, Borno.
· July 3: A police officer killed one civilian during a protest in Kosofe, Lagos.
· July 3: Bandits killed four in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA), two in Kajuru LGA, and one in Giwa LGA in Kaduna.
· July 3: Kidnappers abducted three in Akoko-Edo, Edo.
· July 4: Bandits kidnapped eight in Zaria, Kaduna.
· July 4: Kidnappers killed one police officer and one civilian, and abducted one in Uvwie, Delta.
· July 4: Gunmen killed two in Batsari, Katsina.
· July 4: Robbers killed one army officer in Dutse, Jigawa.
· July 4: Nigerian troops killed five Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.
· July 5: Bandits killed two and kidnapped 140 students at a school in Chikun, Kaduna.
· July 5: Kidnappers abducted four farmers in Moba, Ekiti.
· July 5: Gunmen killed nineteen in Batsari, Katsina.
· July 5: Suspected herdsmen killed three in Bali, Taraba.
· July 5: Kidnappers abducted "several" (estimated at ten) but were repelled by police officers who rescued four; one local guard was killed during the clash in Obokun, Osun.
· July 6: Bandits killed seven Nigerian soldiers in Arewa, Kebbi.
· July 7: Kidnappers abducted fifteen in Chikun, Kaduna.
· July 7: Boko Haram killed twenty-four in Hong, Adamawa.
· July 7: Gunmen killed the Director-General of the Science and Equipment Development Institute (SEDI) along with his police orderly in Enugu, Enugu.
· July 7: Police officers killed one civilian in Oshimili South, Delta.
· July 8: Bandits killed two immigration personnel in Katsina while "several" (estimated at five) bandits were also killed in Jibia, Katsina.
· July 8: Bandits killed forty-nine in Maradun, Zamfara.
· July 9: Bandits killed nine in Zangon Kataf LGA and one in Chikun LGA in Kaduna.
· July 9: Police officers killed four civilians in Oron, Akwa Ibom.
· July 9: Bandits killed two police officers and two civilians in Mariga, Niger State.
July 10: Kidnappers abducted two in Toto, Nassarawa.
· July 10: Herdsmen killed one and kidnapped two in Akinyele, Oyo.
· July 11: Kidnappers abducted three in Bakura, Zamfara.
· July 11: Bandits killed nine in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna.
· July 11: Bandits kidnapped fourteen in Kajuru, Kaduna.
· July 11: Kidnappers killed one and abducted two in Ethiope East, Delta.
· July 12: Cultists killed six in Oshimili South, Delta.
· July 12: The Nigerian Air Force killed 120 bandits in Birnin-Magaji/Kiyaw, Zamfara.
· July 12: Communal violence led to five deaths in Afikpo South, Ebonyi.
· July 12: Herdsmen killed thirty-three in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna.
· July 13: Gunmen killed three police officers and two others in Idemlili North, Anambra.
· July 13: Gunmen killed six soldiers in Uzo-Uwani, Enugu.
· July 13: Four were killed during a clash between traders and soldiers in Mushin, Lagos.
· July 13: Bandits killed eight in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna.
· July 15: Robbers killed one police officer, one journalist, and one civilian during a bank robbery in Ifedore, Ondo.
· July 15: Bandits killed two soldiers and kidnapped twenty civilians in Sabon Birni, Sokoto.
· July 15: Nigerian soldiers allegedly killed seven protestors in Lamurde, Adamawa; the Army refuted this claim.
· July 15: Cultists killed two police officers and eight others in Awka, Anambra.
· July 16: Gunmen killed one Amotekun leader and three others in Ibarapa North, Oyo.
· July 16: Bandits kidnapped 150 and killed one in Shinkafi, Zamfara.
July 25: Nigerian soldiers killed twenty Boko Haram insurgents in Dikwa, Borno.
· June 26: Nigerian troops killed "a number" (estimated at ten) of Boko Haram militants in Gujba, Yobe.
· June 26: Nigerian troops killed fifteen bandits in Maru, Zamfara.
· July 26: A female suicide bomber killed herself and twenty-one others in Damaturu, Yobe. Boko Haram is suspected.