FG stations 9,100 corpers in North-West, gunmen kill 344, abduct 430 July

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No fewer than 9,100 corps members have been mobilised to the seven states in the North-West amid rising insecurity in the region which has led to the murder of at least 189 persons and the abduction of 376 persons in Zamfara and Kaduna states alone.

Across the country, however, at least 430 persons were abducted while 344 were killed in the last four weeks.

The states in the North-West include Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano, Sokoto, Kebbi and Jigawa states.

Other states affected by a spike in insecurity in July but are not part of the North-West include Benue, Niger and Adamawa.

The insecurity has led to the closure of schools in Kaduna and Zamfara states. Incidentally, most corps members are posted to schools for their primary assignment.

An average of 1, 300 corps members would be deployed in each state while another set would be deployed in late August.

The figure on the killings and abductions was obtained through the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ an American think tank. The NST report is edited by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell.

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