154 Security Officers Killed By Men Of The Underworld In 365 Days – Report

Gun-wielding non-state actors have killed a total of 154 military and police officers and men in the last one year. Findings have shown that between March 2023 and March 2024, 90 policemen were killed while 64 military personnel also lost their lives to the activities of outlaws.

Meanwhile, another set of casualties has been recorded in Mariga local government area of Niger State as bandits again killed 30 members of a volunteer security outfit, called Yan Sa Kai. It was learnt yesterday that Yan Sa Kai was established to fight banditry through community action in a synergy with security operatives fighting banditry in the area.

The volunteers were killed at Dogon-Dawa community during a clash with the bandits who had earlier operated in the area.

A source said the bandits ambushed the members of the vigilante group who were on their trail after they abducted scores of farmers from Dogon Dawa. The source said the members of Yan Sa Kai security outfit who were trailing the bandits’ movement to their hideout were ambushed and 30 of them were killed while some bandits were injured.

The chairman of Mariga local government area, Abbas Kasuwar Garba, confirmed the incident yesterday morning while expressing concern that as residents prepared for the farming season, the attack again will dampen their spirits.
He said the area had enjoyed relative peace of late and called for calm as the government was in control of the situation.

In the military, significant attacks took place in August 2023 and March 2024 in Niger and Delta states respectively.

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For the Nigeria Police, one of the major incidents was when gunmen ambushed, killed and dismembered a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Bako Angbanshin, in Odumude community, Ahoada East local government area of Rivers State. Angbanshin body was later found and exhumed six months later.

Source: Leadership

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