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At least 1,588 people were killed in Nigeria as at Q3 2020 – SBM Intelligence

At least 1,588 have been reportedly killed in Nigeria between July to September 2020.

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At least 1,588 people were killed in Nigeria as at Q3 2020 - SBM Intelligence

At least 1,588 have been reportedly killed in Nigeria between July to September 2020, according to findings by SBM Intelligence.

The findings also revealed that 137 security personnel have been hacked to death within the period under view.

According to the findings, the breakdown of people killed by geo-political zones includes; 638 in North-West, 544 in North-East, 194 in North Central, 93 in South-South, 70 in South-East and 49 in South-West.

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Further breakdown revealed that the following people were killed;

  • 683 Civilians
  • 366 Bandits
  • 366 Boko-Haram members
  • 119 Army officers
  • 59 cultists
  • 11 armed robbers
  • 10 police officers
  • 8 kidnappers
  • 5 DSS officers
  • 3 NSCDC officers
  • 3 smugglers.

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The percentage of people killed by geo-political zones is depicted below;

Source: Nairametrics from SBM Intelligence data

What this means

The data displayed is a major source of concern to security officials and Nigerians at large. The major highlight is the number of civilians killed, which is higher than the number recorded for armed bandits, terrorist and other crime-related offences.

This is alarming and puts the country in bad light, especially as there is a growing concern of human rights abuses, torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, as alleged by Amnesty International.

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The breakdown of people killed by states is also depicted below;

Source: Author’s computation from SBM Intelligence data

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Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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President Buhari charges newly appointed Service Chiefs to secure the country

President Buhari has decorated the newly appointed Service Chiefs at the State House, Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has issued charges to the newly appointed Service Chiefs, ordering them to identify competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualifications and work with them to secure  Nigeria.

Buhari disclosed this at the State House in Abuja on Friday during the decoration of the Service Chiefs.

“I have charged the new Service Chiefs to keep in mind that the nation is looking to them for rapid relief. They must identify competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualifications, and work with them to secure this country,” President Buhari said.

“As I assured at our last security meeting, I have taken responsibility as C-in-C for them to go out into the fields and every part of the country, to ensure peace and security. I have accepted responsibility for all actions taken in fulfillment of the mandate to secure Nigeria,” he added.

What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported in January that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new Military Service Chiefs, and congratulated the outgoing Service Chiefs for efforts of “enduring peace to the country.”
  • The new service chiefs include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
  • Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate endorsed the nomination of the past serving Military Service Chiefs as Non-career Ambassadors.

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CBN says 3.8 million farmers benefitted from Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, disburses N554 bn

The CBN has revealed that 3.8 million farmers have so far benefited from its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that 3.8 million farmers have so far benefited from its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

The apex bank also said that N554.61 billion has so far been disbursed to the beneficiaries through the programme since its inception in 2015.

This disclosure was made by the CBN Director for Development Finance, Mr Yila Yusuf, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, March 5, in Abuja.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the initiative to start the programme, Yusuf said the programme had done a lot to help farmers improve their yields and generate employment.

What the CBN Director for Development Finance is saying

Yusuf at the interview said, “We have to commend President  Buhari for putting the ABP in place. Over 3.8 million farmers have so far benefited from the programme. The multiplier effect on the economy is huge.

“The ABP has helped farmers improve their yields. For maize, we now do five metric tonnes per hectare and for rice, we’re improving from four metric tonnes to 10 metric tonnes per hectare.

“We will be trying out some Brazilian seeds that we will give to the anchors and their association,” he said.

He said the CBN was making efforts to keep prices stable and to ensure food security adding that the programme had contributed to food sufficiency during the global lockdown occasioned by COVID-19.

He said, “Apart from jobs that have been created, there is also productivity, which is important to CBN. We also look at how we can keep prices stable because food security is very important. A lot of countries went into protectionist mood due to COVID-19, if we did not have this programme we would be in serious trouble.’’

The CBN Director also said that as a way of encouraging more farmers into ABP, the apex bank no longer took cash from them as repayment for their loans.

He said, “We rate every single commodity they produce and guarantee the prices. This will encourage more farmers to enrol in the programme.’’

What you should know

  • The Anchors Borrowers Programme which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17, 2015, was intended to create a linkage between anchor companies involved in the processing and smallholder farmers of the required key agricultural commodities.
  • The thrust of the programme is the provision of farm inputs in cash and kind to smallholder farmers to boost production of these commodities, stabilize input supply to agro-processors and address the country’s negative balance of payments on food.
  • The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mr. Godwin Emefiele visited Kebbi State to mark a significant milestone achieved by the Anchors Borrowers Programme.

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