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527 LGs attacked, thousands killed, kidnapped in 2022 alone – Report



No fewer than 527 local government areas, out of the nation’s 774 councils, have recorded security breaches between January and August 21, 2022.

A total of 3,264 cases of security breaches were recorded in the affected local governments.

This is as there are concerns that insecurity being witnessed in many parts of the country could serve as a threat to the forthcoming general elections.

The figure was contained in the Nigeria Security Incidents Tracker by Beacon Consulting between January 1 and August 21.

The security breaches, according to the report, included terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and cultist attacks.

The data showed that Konduga, a local government area in Borno State, recorded 89 security incidents, leading to the deaths of 172 persons and the kidnapping of 43 persons.

For the Abuja Municipal Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, 81 security breaches have been witnessed to date with 20 killed and 40 kidnapped.

In addition, security has been breached 46 times in Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, with 180 deaths recorded and 378 kidnapped.

Others are Dikwa with 37 incidents; Gwari recorded 32 incidents; Abeokuta-North recorded 29; Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State witnessed 29 incidents.

Kaita in Katsina State and Warri North in Delta State recorded one incident each.

Two incidents were recorded in Shagamu, while Ibadan North East recorded three incidents, to mention a few.

According to the data, a total of 22 local government areas in Kaduna accounted for 236 security breaches in which at least 853 persons were killed and 1,200 were kidnapped.

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For Borno State, a total of 26 local government areas recorded security upheaval with a total of 596 incidents. This led to the death of 1,942 persons and 288 kidnapped within the period under review.

Katsina witnessed 111 incidents spread across 25 local governments, leading to the death of 369 persons while 260 persons have been kidnapped.

Zamfara State has experienced a total of 120 total security incidents in 14 LGA. 821 persons have been killed and 359 kidnapped.

Similarly, Plateau State has experienced security breaches in 16 LGAs 97 times. 472 persons were killed with 145 kidnapped.

The Federal Capital Territory has a total of 126 incidents in the six area councils. This led to the deaths of 55 persons and 118 abductions.

In Lagos State, 159 incidents were recorded in 20 LGAs, leading to the death of 80 persons and 13 abductions.

A total of 98 incidents were recorded in Imo State in 25 LGAs, which resulted in the death of 105 persons and 59 abductions, and Abia State, 40 incidents were reported in 14 LGAs. 89 deaths and 84 abductions were recorded.

Commenting on the data, a security and risk management expert, Kabiru Adamu, said, “INEC has the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security. Their work is to study the threat pattern and then put in place mitigation methods to ensure that there’s no threat that can affect the election. They should be studying statistics like this and putting in place measures to deter those threats. I am hoping they will be more systematic and strategic in their approach.”

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Another security expert, Timothy Avele, said, “These figures clearly indicate that there’s fire on the mountain and all hands must be on deck to avert the Somalia situation where there will be a total breakdown of law and order. There must be visible and deliberate urgent actions to curtail insecurity before security agencies and the military are overwhelmed and turn to calamity before the 2023 general elections.”



PDP demands probe of Supreme Court fire disaster



The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has demanded a thorough investigation into the fire incident that gutted a section of the Supreme Court in the early hours of Monday.

The party raised the alarm over the incident which it described as suspicious giving the fact that a verdict on a sensitive issue of national importance is being expected.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba made the position of the opposition party on the fire incident known in a statement on Monday.

He said, “The PDP is worried over the fire outbreak especially given heightened public apprehension of possible arsonist attack with the intent to cripple and frustrate the Supreme Court from effectively discharging its constitutional duties especially with regard to high profile electoral cases including the Presidential Election Appeals pending before it.

“Our Party demands for an immediate full-scale investigation into the fire outbreak with the view to unraveling the circumstances or possible sabotage in the incident.

“The PDP insists that the outcome of the investigation should be made public unlike those of previous fire incidents in various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies which were characteristically swept under the carpet by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations.

“While calling on the Federal Government to beef up security around the Supreme Court, the PDP also demands that Nigerians must be assured of the safety of sensitive documents and equipment at the Court especially at this critical time.”

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Gov. Mbah tasks FG on New Road Maintenance Model as bridge collapses along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway



Gov Peter Mbah (centre) and some government officials during inspection of the collapsed bridge in Enugu on Monday

…urges FG to concession roads to states

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has called for a new road maintenance model to guarantee a better condition and longevity of Nigerians roads, regretting that the current model had failed woefully.

Dr. Mbah made the call when he visited the site of the collapsed bridge between the New Artisan flyover and the NNPC Mega Station along the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway.

The collapsed bridge

Fielding questions from newsmen after the first-hand inspection of the scene of the disaster, Mbah who thanked God that no life was lost despite the magnitude of the incident, urged the federal government to consider a concession of all the federal roads in each state to the state governments for proper maintenance in conjunction with the private sector.

“I think the question should be whether the current model of federal road maintenance is working or not; and I think that is the bigger question that we must ask.

“Today, we are here witnessing a tragedy that has just occurred. We are fortunate enough that no life was lost, but this could have been prevented entirely. So, the people can no longer ply this route because of this tragedy. This shows clearly that we do not have a sound federal road maintenance model.

“The bridge collapse didn’t just happen. These threats could have been identified if we had routine or regular maintenance.

“Perhaps the way to go is to find a way to concession these roads to the states. The states need to take charge of the roads within their domains and there has to be a conversation around the funding models”.

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Gov Mbah (R) inspecting the collapsed New Artisan Enugu bridge that collapsed on Monday

The said bridge collapsed on Monday, leaving commuters stranded.

Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Enugu State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Gerald Otiji, government has advised commuters to use Nza Street through New Haven or ply Ogui Road and Abakaliki Road to their various destinations, while the authorities come up with measures for immediate repair on the failed section of the bridge.

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Flyover bridge collapses in Enugu, no casualty



The collapsed flyover bridge in Enugu
The flyover bridge across the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway at the Enugu New Artisan market in Enugu state capital has collapsed.

The bridge collapsed Monday morning but an eyewitness said there was no casualty as artisans and residents were yet to come out from their homes for the day’s activity.

The eyewitness, an Auto Mechanic who identified himself as Nnamdi, told The Advocate that two lorries conveying goods which were on the bridge when the incident occurred were affected.

According to him, drivers and conductors of the two lorries, however, escaped unhurt.

The Advocate observed that one lane of the Enugu – Port Harcourt dual-carriage way had been blocked by the debris of the collapsed bridge forcing motorists playing the expressway to divert through alternative routes to continue their journey.

Security operatives, officials of the Federal and Enugu State Ministries of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were sighted within the area to access the situation as well as to assist the road users plying the alternative routes.

Residents of Goshen Estate, Premier Layout, worshippers at the Dunamis Church and traders at the New Artisan market who are regular users of the bridge are likely to encounter serious traffic gridlock on account of the collapsed bridge, if an alternative route is not created as a matter of urgency.

The state government has yet to speak on the development by press time.

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