Excerpt from More Blood on the River Benue Report

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According to data provided by Stefanos Foundation, in January 2018:

 

about 51 terrorist attacks across 14 states in Nigeria led to the deaths of over 349 persons by Islamist groups in Nigeria 

of the 51 terrorist attacks, 9 attacks were perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists but 42 attacks out of 51 were perpetrated by Fulani militants and 1 was perpetrated by Islamic hoodlums

Out of the 349 persons killed, Boko Haram terrorists are responsible for the death of 80 persons and Fulani herdsmen are responsible for the death of over 269 persons. 

The States affected by Boko Haram terrorist attacks are Adamawa and Borno

The states affected by Fulani terrorists attacks are Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Ondo, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Edo, Nassarawa, Oyo, Ekiti, Delta and Ogun.

 

The data above shows the following facts:

 

FATALITIES Boko Haram only accounted for 23% of fatalities while Killer Fulani Herdsmen we’re responsible for 77% of deaths - triple the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram terrorism

 

ATROCITIES Boko Haram accounted for 17% of attacks while Killer Fulani Herdsmen were responsible for a whopping 82% - quadruple the number of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram 

 

LOCATION Boko Haram Attacks occurred in only 2 states, i.e. 14% of the states attacked while Killer Fulani Herdsmen accounted for a dozen states i.e. 85%

 

GEOGRAPHY Boko Haram’s operational footprint in geographic spread across the country amounted to 5% of Nigeria’s 36 states while Killer Fulani Herdsmen operated in 33% of Nigeria; 1/3 of the country.

 

REGIONS Boko Haram operated in 2 states in the NE geopolitical zone but the Killer Fulani Herdsmen operated in - 3 states in North Central, 4 in South West, 1 in North West, 3 in North East and 1 in South South. Boko Haram operated in 1 of 6 zones but Killer Fulani Herdsmen operated in all but 1 of the 6 zones.

On the whole therefore, Killer Fulani Herdsmen were three times deadlier than Boko Haram and operated in 6 times more states than Boko Haram carrying out 4 times more attacks than Boko Haram. By all available, metrics, indices and indicators, Killer Fulani Herdsmen were a greater national security threat to the nation than Boko Haram - ironically the deadliest terror group in the world per Global Terrorism Index.

 

B. RANKING OF VIOLENT DEATHS IN NIGERIA’S STATES IN 2018 YTD (10 WEEKS)

 

According to data from Vanguard newspapers, 591 deaths occurred in the North-East, followed by  North-Central, 270;  North-West, 193; South-West, 136; and  South-South, 131. At the bottom of the list is  South-East, 30. It should be noted that these statistics are inclusive of non-terrorist violent deaths.

 

Borno State, 361;

Benue, 163; 

Taraba  107;

Adamawa, 103; 

Kaduna, 71; 

Rivers, 66; 

Plateau, 54; 

Zamfara, 45; 

Lagos, 45;

Ondo, 39; 

Ogun, 35;  

Jigawa, 30;  

Kano, 27;  

Nasarawa, 22; 

Delta, 19;  

Anambra, 18;  

Kebbi, 18;  

Akwa  Ibom, 16;  

Kogi, 14;

Cross River, 14. 

 

The rest are  Oyo, 12;  Bauchi, 11;  Yobe, 9; Edo, 9; Bayelsa, 7;  Kwara, 6;  FCT  Abuja, 6; Niger, 5;  Enugu, 4;  Imo, 4; Ebonyi, 3; Katsina, 2; Ekiti, 2; Abia, 1;  and Osun, 1. There were no reported violent deaths in  Gombe  and Sokoto. 

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/violent-deaths-1351-killed-10-weeks/

 

DATA ANALYSIS SUMMARY:

 

Although Borno State in the north east ranked 1st for fatalities in the period under review due principally to the Boko Haram insurgency, numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 were primarily by Killer Fulani Herdsmen 

The cumulative fatalities from #2-5 exceed the total for #1. Therefore if analyzing the cause of deaths rather than the locus of deaths, Killer Herdsmen were more of a causative factor in more locations than Boko Haram.

Of the top 10 states,Boko Haram operated in 2 while Killer Herdsmen operated in 7 (over 70% compared to 20%)

Of the top 15 State, Killer Herdsmen operated in 10, i.e. two-thirds.

 

 

C. STATISTICS OF ATTACKS IN BENUE STATE

 

Sustained attacks started as far back as 2011 and spread across 15 LGAs out of 23 meaning about 70% of the Local Government Areas in the state have been impacted.

Benue is geopolitically subdivided into three senatorial zones - Zones A, B and C have all been affected.

 

 

                 2011 13  14   15  16   17  18 killed

Apa

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Agatu

 

 

 

803

Ohimini

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Ogbadibo

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Gwer W

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

Gwer E

 

 

 

 

 

25

Guma

 

 

691

Makurdi

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Gboko

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Tarka

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Buruku

 

 

 

 

49

Logo

 

 

 

217

Katsina Ala

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Kwande

 

 

 

 

 

20

Ado

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Ukum

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

TOTAL

KILLED

45

192

691

311

551

55

138

1,943

 

Culled from More Blood on the River Benue Report by Emmanuel Ogebe, Esq

 

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