ABUJA, 5 April 2021 – Some 4,556 people were killed in mass atrocities across Nigeria in 2020, a rights group said Monday in a new report.

The number of victims is 43 percent higher compared to the victims of such atrocity crimes in 2019.

Nigeria - Source AFP

Nigeria – Source AFP

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Of the 4,556 people killed in 2020, 3,188 were civilians, and 698 were state security agents, according to the report by the Nigeria-based Global Rights Organization entitled Mass Atrocities 2020 Tracking”.

Victims include Nigerians and residents of Nigeria killed in kidnappings and robberies gone wrong, farmers, herders, and government uniform officers killed in the line of duty.

The killers include criminal gangs, government security officers, armed insurgents, and Islamist militants.

Some of the Victims - Photo Global Center for Responsibility to Protect

Some of the Victims – Photo Global Center for Responsibility to Protect

According to the report, Nigeria’s northern state of Borno had the highest number of victims followed by Kaduna state in northwestern Nigeria.

Nigerian Police and Army Officers Among the Victims - Photo Vanguard News

Police and Army Officers Among Victims – Vanguard News

Part of the reason analysts have said the violence is running out of hand is the seeming inability of government forces to go toe-to-toe with the armed groups.

Last March 26, Nigerian soldiers in Borno state protested the lack of fighting equipment and unpaid allowances, according to Saharan Reporters.

The soldiers said they find themselves outgunned by mere criminal gangs.

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