As Nigeria recorded an increase in deaths related to cult clashes and isolated attacks in Q1’21.
In Q1’20, Nigeria recorded not less than 69 deaths relating to cult clashes and 47 deaths relating to isolated attacks. While in Q2’21 205 deaths were connected to isolated attacks and 106 deaths were related to cult clashes.
Incessant reports of attacks from multiple ends have proven that the Nigerian security system is in a sorry state. The security architecture of the country, no doubt, has degenerated beyond what it was left behind by the Jonathan-led administration in 2015.
Recall that the unsuccessful resolution of Nigeria’s fast-rising insecurity issues was one of the major reasons Nigerians gave their mandates to the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, it’s a pity that no marked improvement has been witnessed in terms of reducing the killings and attacks.
Almost everyday in several parts of the country which is not limited to the Northern axis have been recording several attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, bandits, cultists, robbers, kidnappers, mobs or criminal herdsmen.
In a recent report by a Non-governmental media organisation, Nigeria Mourns, the country recorded not less than 1603 violent killings and at least 1774 abductions in the first quarter of 2021 (Q1’21).
The report further shows that, banditry, Boko Haram, isolated attacks, cult clash, and extra judicial attack are responsible for the highest number of violent killings in the country.
Banditry caused 921 casualties, Boko Haram and Isolated attacks are responsible for 207 and 205 casualties respectively. While cult clashes and extrajudicial attacks have caused 106 and 79 casualties respectively.
Comparing the deaths caused by isolated attacks and cult clashes recorded in Q1’21 with Q1’20. A marked increase was recorded.
According to Nigeria Mourns, in Q1’20, Nigeria recorded not less than 69 deaths relating to cult clashes and 47 deaths relating to isolated attacks. While in Q2’21 205 deaths are connected to isolated attacks and 106 deaths are related to cult clashes.
States and cities such as Lagos, Kwara, Ekiti, Rivers among others have been the hot spot of cultist clashes in the past few months.
In one of its travel advisory published in April, the United States warned its citizens to avoid travelling to some parts of Nigeria due to the rampant cases of crimes.
In another report, the United States issued a note of warning and advice to its citizens in Lagos over the increased crime rate in Lagos State.
The consulate said “reports of robberies/smash-and-grabs on the roads by armed men have increased significantly on both Ikoyi and Victoria Island. Typically, men on a motorcycle will follow a vehicle until it stops at a traffic light or intersection then approach the vehicle, present a weapon, and rob the occupants.”
Although, the Lagos State Government has taken drastic moves to curb these incessant crime rate. One of its moves is signing into law the anti-cult law that gives 21-year jail terms to cultists.
These developments have been yielding positive results so far, but there’s a need for all hands to be on deck to resolve this social menace.