TERROR: 4,416 Killed, Others Abducted In Nigeria | CIVIL WAR: PDP Speaks On Tinubu’s 1st Year

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4,416 persons killed, 4,334 abducted under Tinubu

A report conducted by Global Rights, in collaboration with a coalition of 84 civil society organisations, has revealed that 4,416 persons have been killed and 4,234 abducted across the country in the first year of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Spokesman, Zakari Mijinyawa, made the disclosure, yesterday, in Abuja. The report released, yesterday, in Abuja, revealed that the figure was from the data collated between the National Day of Mourning on May 28, 2023 and this year’s commemoration.

According to researchers, the figure does not include the regular crimes of armed robbery and other forms of crimes within that range. The coalition that signed the report includes Accountability Lab, CLEEN Foundation, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Budget, Centre LSD, Centre for Social Justice, Conscience for Human Rights Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Policy Alert, Falana and Falana Chambers, Women in Mining, The Kukah Centre, among others.

The North Central region, the report revealed, accounted for the highest number of fatalities with at least 1,600 lives claimed in terror pillages, communal clashes and herdsmen attacks, closely followed by the North West where at least 1,136 persons were killed, particularly in Maradun Local council of Zamfara State that endured at least five terror attacks.

It further revealed that 904 people were killed in the North East by Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) activities in Borno, with pockets of incidents in Yobe and Adamawa states, adding that an upsurge in insurgent group clashes claimed about 80 Boko Haram lives.

The report also noted that the South East recorded the highest number of killings in the southern part of the country with at least 344 lives lost especially in Imo and Anambra states as a result of communal clashes, secessionist activities, cult gangs among others. In the South-South, banditry claimed at least 272 lives, while in the South West, 160 persons were killed in cult clashes, herdsmen militia and isolated attacks. They also noted the extra-judicial killings by security agencies claimed 274 lives, particularly the 160 killed in accidental airstrikes in Kaduna and Zamfara.

Urging the government to act humanely towards Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country and communities affected by insecurity, the groups noted the need to prioritise better welfare services, including psychological support, for security personnel, who daily deal with the trauma of being on the frontline.

SOURCE: Guardian

Tinubu’s first year most challenging since Civil War, says PDP


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The Peoples Democratic Party has described President Bola Tinubu’s All Progressives Congress-led administration’s first year in office as the most challenging in Nigeria’s history since the Civil War. The President, who took office on May 29, 2023, with renewed hope for Nigeria, will mark his first year in office on Wednesday.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP on Tuesday urged President Tinubu to prioritize governance, tackle corruption, and address the fuel crisis. Ologunagba highlighted that the adverse effects of these poorly conceived and executed policies, without any supportive measures to alleviate the resulting increased costs and associated hardships on the masses, have plunged many into extreme poverty.

The statement read in part “The PDP insists that the current rising insecurity, excruciating poverty, economic hardship and general despondency in the country necessitating the fleeing of thousands of Nigerians especially the youths from our nation further confirm that there is no hope in sight with the APC on the saddle.

“It is apparent that inflicting pain and misery on Nigerians remains the policy thrust of successive APC administrations which became heightened by the not well thought-out twin anti-people policies of removal of fuel subsidy and the floating of the Naira without due consideration for the citizens’ welfare and security.

“As if these were not enough, the APC administration continues in its anti-people policies in the arbitrary hike in electricity tariff and imposition of multiple taxes on the already impoverished Nigerians with no corresponding tangible development directed towards the welfare of the people.

“The consequences of these ill-thought and ill-implemented policies without any cushioning measures to mitigate the resultant rising cost and associated hardship on the masses have driven many into early death and extreme poverty.” Ologunagba stated that a majority of Nigerians have become disillusioned with President Tinubu’s administration.

He highlighted that particularly concerning is the inadequate attention given to security by the APC, as evidenced by the widespread killings, kidnappings, and attacks by bandits and terrorists that continue to plague communities across the nation.

SOURCE: Punch

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