Nigeria: “Nigeria Gripped by Escalating Insecurity: Waves of Violence Hit Six States and FCT, Prompting Calls for Urgent Action”

Nigeria: “Nigeria Gripped by Escalating Insecurity: Waves of Violence Hit Six States and FCT, Prompting Calls for Urgent Action”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In the last 48 hours, a surge of violence unfolded across six states and the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria. Acts of terror, banditry, and other criminal activities resulted in six fatalities, 60 kidnappings, theft of goods worth millions, and a stolen corpse. Notably, the South-South region was the only zone untouched by these attacks.

In Abuja, kidnappers raised the ransom demand from N60 million to N100 million for 10 victims abducted from Sagwari Layout, Dutse. Three victims were reportedly killed due to delays in meeting the initial ransom demand.

Zamfara State witnessed the abduction of 36 women in Magizawa community, with bandits allegedly overwhelming local vigilantes and security forces. In Katsina State, armed bandits attacked a military camp in Nahuta village, looting valuables and causing destruction.

In Kaduna State, a mother and son were abducted in Dogarawa, Sabon Gari LGA, with 15 armed bandits reportedly involved. Gunmen also kidnapped Dr. Musa Sale Argungu, a deputy dean and lecturer in Kebbi State University.

Enugu State experienced the abduction of four individuals, including a former councillor, with the Nigerian Army engaging the kidnappers in a gun battle. The situation escalated with a stray bullet injuring a bystander.

Ekiti State faced an invasion of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, where hoodlums attacked doctors and stole a corpse. In response, the Association of Resident Doctors declared an indefinite strike.

The FCT Police Command initiated a search and rescue mission for six sisters and their father abducted by bandits, with the kidnappers demanding a N100 million ransom. The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, mourned the loss of one of the sisters, Nabeeha, and called for improved security.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed concern over the rising insecurity, attributing it to poverty and hunger. Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State emphasized the need for a time frame in ending banditry and terrorism, while Senator Sani Musa called for state police, massive recruitment, and new intelligence tactics.

The nation grapples with the urgent need for comprehensive security measures as various states face increasing threats and violence.

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