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Northern Nigeria has the highest wave of kidnapping in Nigeria


Reported Kidnapping (January to August 2019)

Zamfara – 146
Rivers – 129
Kaduna – 124
Katsina – 100
Niger – 79
Kogi – 34
Borno – 34
Edo – 33
Taraba – 24
Akwa Ibom – 20
Ondo – 17
Sokoto – 16
Bayelsa – 12
Ogun – 11
Nassarawa – 10
FCT – 9
Osun – 8
Lagos – 8
(Nigeria Security Tracker)

“Nigeria is experiencing a wave of kidnappings. In the past, kidnapping has often had a political dimension. In the oil patch, for example, militants have long kidnapped oil company employees to advance a political agenda. Boko Haram in the northeast is notorious for kidnapping young girls, the most famous episode being the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls.

“The current wave is different. It is nation-wide, rather than confined to a specific region. It appears to be purely mercenary; the goal is to extract the maximum ransom possible rather than advancing a political agenda. Kidnapping victims now include the entire social spectrum, rather than being confined to those with some money or property. Nobody is exempt.” – Former United States of America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell

Below are some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 3 to 23, 2019. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents are sourced from the Nigeria Security Tracker.

August 17: Sectarian violence led to nine deaths in Katsina-Ala, Benue.
August 18: Bandits killed thirteen in Danmusa, Katsina.
August 18: Gunmen killed eight in Khana, Rivers.
August 18: Boko Haram killed four Nigerian soldiers in Dikwa, Borno.
August 18: Bandits kidnapped six in Safana, Katsina.
August 18: Bandits killed four in Jibia, Katsina.
August 18: Gunmen abducted ten in Chikun, Kaduna.
August 20: Gunmen abducted four in Chikun, Kaduna.
August 20: Robbers killed three policemen and one civilian in Akwanga, Nassarawa.
August 21: Boko Haram killed “scores” (estimated at forty) in Gubio and Magumeri LGAs of Borno.
August 22: Kidnappers abducted three in Udi, Enugu.
August 22: Gunmen killed five in Ohaji/Egbema, Imo.
August 22: The Nigerian Air Force killed “several” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.
August 23: Boko Haram killed twelve in Diffa, Niger.
August 23: Kidnappers abducted seven in Kaduna North, Kaduna.
August 23: The Nigerian Air Force killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.

August 11: Fifteen soldiers, eight ISWA (Boko Haram) militants, and three civilians were killed during a clash in Gubio, Borno.
August 11: Gunmen abducted a chief imam’s son and two others in Ogun Waterside, Ogun.
August 11: The Nigerian Air Force killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno.
August 12: Gunmen killed one and kidnapped thirteen in Batsari, Katsina.
August 12: Soldiers killed three civilians at a festival in Obafemi-Owode, Ogun.
August 13: Suspected herdsmen killed two in Kabba/Bunu, Kogi.
August 14: A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed herself and six others in Kaiga-Kindjiria, Chad.
August 14: Kidnappers abducted a pastor and his son in Chikun, Kaduna.
August 14: Boko Haram killed three soldiers in Maiduguri, Borno.
August 14: Gunmen killed ten in Khana, Rivers.
August 15: Gunmen killed one in Obio/Akpor, Rivers.

August 4: Gunmen killed a pastor and kidnapped his wife in Kaduna South, Kaduna.
August 5: Police killed three kidnappers in Emuoha, Rivers.
August 5: Gunmen killed a police officer in Akoko South-East, Ondo.
August 5: Five civilians were killed during a clash between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram in Monguno, Borno.
August 6: Two Boko Haram suicide bombers killed themselves and three others in Mafa, Borno.
August 7: Nigerian soldiers killed three policemen and three civilians in Ibi, Taraba.
August 7: Gunmen kidnapped six in Ikwerre, Rivers.
August 8: Herdsmen killed one in Mkpat Enin, Akwa Ibom.
August 9: The Nigerian Air Force killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Borno.


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