Official Statistics on Number of Explosions and Lives Lost in the Last Three Years Revealed

Official Statistics on Number of Explosions and Lives Lost in the Last Three Years Revealed

This statistics is from the Nigeria Police anti-bomb unit, according to a United Kingdom based organization known as Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

 The organisation said the over 400 bomb explosions occurred in different locations of the country but more frequently in the north-west zone between 2010 and May 2013.

 'According to the Nigeria Police Forces' Anti- bomb squad, over 400 bomb explosions have shaken Nigeria in the last three years with an estimated more than 3600 people  recorded by human rights groups who lost their lives in the process between 2010 and May 2013,' the AOAV said.

North-Central Coordinator of the body, Elizabeth Jeiyol, expressed hope that the revelation contained in the organization's interim report titled 'Mapping Efforts Against Violence in Nigeria' would help to contain armed violence and ensure better livelihoods for all especially the vulnerable-women and children.

Jeiyol also informed that between 2008 and 2010 the Nigerian Police Force recorded 887 cases of kidnapping and piracy across the country just as sectarian violence in the North Western part of the country had claimed over 1500 casualties between 2011 and 2012.

Earlier, a Senior Security aide to the Benue state government, Samuel Kande said that the government is concerned about the preservation of lives and properties of its citizen and would therefore make all efforts to stop proliferations or arms and weapons in the state.

 Similarly, AOVA's country representative, Julia Knittel intimated that her organization was in Nigeria to gather data for other donor agencies who are also interested on working against armed violence in the world. 

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