No fewer than 348 people lost their lives to violent attacks across Nigeria in December last year; while 411 others were abducted, a report released by a non-governmental organisation, Nigeria Mourns, has revealed.
The breakdown of the report, which was published on Monday, showed that 315 out of 348 people killed were civilians; while 33 others were security operatives. The data, according to the report, was gathered through the use of newspaper reports and family sources to track violent killings.
Borno State, troubled by Boko Haram insurgents and members of ISWAP, among the 27 states affected, recorded the most alarming figures during the month with 70 deaths.
The casualty figures for each of the 27 states, according to the report, are: Borno, 70; Kaduna, 64; Niger, 26; Katsina, 24; Ogun, 23; Zamfara, 19; Benue, 17; Edo, 17’ Delta, 14; Ebonyi,13; Adamawa, 8; Oyo, 6; Ondo, 6; Bayelsa, 5; FCT, 5; Lagos, 5; Rivers, 4; Plateau, 3; Imo, 3; Cross River, 3; Kogi, 3; Jigawa, 3; Taraba, 2; Anambra, 2; Kano. 1; Osun, 1 and Enugu, 1.
The report showed 136 people were killed by suspected bandits, 66 people killed by persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram or its breakaway faction, ISWAP; and 60 by in cult clashes.
In addition, communal crises, according to the report, led to the death of 41 people; while 30 persons died in isolated attacks, eight killed by herdsmen and seven people through extrajudicial killings.