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“29,828 Killed, 15,404 Abducted In Three Years” – Report

No fewer than 29,828 people were killed while 15,430 were kidnapped across the country between January 2021 and December 2023.

Also, a total of 14,145 attacks occurred across 736 local government areas out of 774 LGs of the country.

This is according to the 2023 Nigeria Security Report by an Abuja-based security risk management and intelligence company, Beacon Consulting.

According to the report, in 2021, 8,372 people killed and 5,031 were abducted.

Also, in 2022, 11,714 people were killed, and 6,319 abducted, while in 2023, 9,742 were killed, and 4,080 were abducted.

Speaking during an interview, the Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Consulting, Dr Kabir Adamu, faulted current Nigeria’s security architecture, saying the leadership had failed in implementing a crucial part of the architecture.

He also stated the security sector lacked operational, financial, and democratic accountability, a development he said, had made it difficult to attain the desired success.

He said, “The security architecture at the moment is not accountable. This is a carryover from the previous administration. Critical national consequences occur and nobody within the security architecture is held accountable.

“We look at accountability in two ways; operational accountability where failures lead to the loss of assets like lives and others. The other is financial accountability.

“The security sector is the sector with the highest budgetary provisions and I think I won’t be wrong if I say that the sector is not giving us value for money.

“This year alone, according to my firm, over 8,000 people have been killed. So, there is no accountability within the sector. There is also the absence of democratic accountability.

“Outside what has happened in Plateau State, in Zamfara State, as of January 4, at least four local government areas have almost been completely taken over by these bandits.”

He maintained that the Federal Government must strength institutional capacity within the current architecture, saying, “We are not following the provision of the security architecture.”

According to him, part of the architecture that the Federal Government has failed is the convening of the National Security Council meeting which the President Bola Tinubu-led government has not held since it resumed office on 29th of May, 2023.

“There are certain aspects of the architecture that are not been complied with. For instance, when was the last time that the Federal Government held the National Security Council meeting? In other countries, and by the provision of our law, after the recent incident, the Council should have been convened.

“How many of our citizens have been killed? That Council has not sat, likewise the National Defence Council, and National Police Council aside from after the present IGP was appointed. Another aspect of that architecture is the need for an ombudsman to monitor certain things within the security sector.

“The constitutional provision for the appointment of an ombudsman for example is the intelligence community. Till today, we don’t have an ombudsman in the intelligence community.”

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