A week of carnage

The Story 
Four persons were killed on Saturday in an attack in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, marking the end of one of the worst weeks under the President Buhari administration. 

Another attack? 
Yes, sadly. Salisu Mohammed Sabo, the spokesperson for the Coalition of Shiroro Associations, said the attack lasted for more than 4 hours and led to the abduction of several people. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident, which marked the end of a week that saw more than two hundred people killed across the country. 

More than 200? 
Yes, more than 200 people were killed last week by violent non-state actors who carried out attacks in various locations across the country. The attacks and killings spread across 5 of the country’s 6 geopolitical zones, leaving out only the south-south region. 

Where did the attacks occur? 
The highest number of killings were recorded in Plateau, Ebonyi, and Benue States. More than half of the week’s victims were killed in Plateau state alone (142), followed by Ebonyi (26) and Benue (23). Reports say that a newly installed village head, Isiaku Madaki, and 14 others were killed at Kakura, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday, to begin the week of carnage. 

Among those killed last week was an INEC official, Nwokorie Anthony, who was shot when gunmen attacked the venue of a Continuous Voter Registration Exercise (CVR) in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area in Imo state. 

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