Eight soldiers, four policemen and 11 others killed across Nigeria last week


At least 23 people, including security personnel, were killed by armed non-state actors across Nigeria last week (September 19-25).

While 12 of the victims were security personnel, the remaining 11 were civilians.

The figures were gathered from newspaper reports during the week, and therefore unreported cases in the media went unreported.

Of the 12 security personnel, seven were soldiers who were killed by insurgents in the northeast while three policemen were killed by suspected IPOB separatists.

File photo of IPOB members demonstrating[Photo credit: NAN]

PREMIUM TIMES reported how over the past two weeks (September 5-18), 39 people including 26 security personnel were killed.

The causes of last week’s killings vary and include terrorism, banditry, separatist attacks, community clashes and ethnoreligious crises.

At least one incident has been reported in each of the geopolitical areas except in the south-south.

Below are the cases compiled from media reports from last week.

South East

Three police officers on duty in Onitsha Anambra state were killed by gunmen on Sunday. The incident, it was learned, happened around 9 a.m. on the Ukaegbu / Ezeiweka road in Onitsha.

According to report, two other cops were injured in the shooting at a security station set up by police officers.

Nigerian police on patrol
Nigerian Police

A police vehicle was also set on fire.



Suspected bandits attacked a church in Kogi State, killing one and kidnapping three worshipers.

The incident performed on Sunday morning at the ECWA church in Okedayo, Kabba, seat of the Kabba Bunu local government area in Kogi state.


One soldier was killed while another was wounded during a duel with bandits in the community of Alawa in the Shiroro axis of Niger State.

According to a report, the incident occurred when joint security agents ambushed the bandits, who were fleeing ongoing military operations in neighboring Zamfara state.

North West

Bandits attacked the village of Saminaka in the Tangaza local government area in Sokoto state on Sunday, killing six people, including two married women.

According to report, the attack on the community whose inhabitants are mostly hunters came after most of the men left to hunt.

Bandits and security threats
FILE PHOTO: Armed bandits used to illustrate story [Picture credit: ndlink.org]

It was not clear whether the attack was linked to the killing of 13 bandits by hunters in the town of Tangaza the day before.

South West

Chief Police Superintendent Kazeem Abonde was killed Thursday in a clash between police and motorcyclists in the Ajao Estate area of ​​Lagos state.

According to report, the police were carrying out checks in the area when they encountered resistance from the runners, who protested against the seizure of their means of subsistence.


Operators from the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) province killed at least seven Nigerian soldiers and four local militiamen on the Marte-Dikwa axis of Borno State.

ISWAP fighters
ISWAP fighters

According to a report, the terrorists placed an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road, which the convoy, traveling to Maiduguri from Marte, encountered.

The convoy of military vehicles escorted soldiers who had obtained a pass from the Marte unit.

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