Violence and deaths continue to rise in Nigeria as the government looks on in utter helplessness. It has just named ministers for Interior and defense, Rauf Areagbeshola and Bashir Salihi Mogashi neither of whom has demonstrated any form of competence for the either job. Mr Areagbeshola confessed that he didn’t know what the Ministry of Interior meant: “I only read about it in the news”.
As for the army, it is currently in a kidnapping and murder drama with the police whose stay bullets kill people daily.
It’s president, Mohammadu Buhari, is not in Nigeria, according to Femi Adesina, one of his many spokesmen. An IPOB video circulates online which claims that the president is not in Japan. Mr Adesina is at odds with correcting the battery of PR gaffes that have assailed the harried nation. But as the collective confusion worsens, more people are being kidnapped, raped and killed.
Below is a list of deaths and allied crimes spread across the country August 10-23.
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.
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 17–23
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.
Source: Available on request.
This list is far from exhaustive but it paints a picture of how dark and stygian Nigeria has become. It also gives the lie to the government’s boasts that it is winning the war on insecurity.
Incidentally, as I write this, reports say that 4 Law students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, have been kidnapped, Wednesday along Abuja-Kaduna road. It doesn’t look like it will get better under this arrangement.