Kaduna state has been rated as the most dangerous state in Nigeria by the Civic Media Lab (CML) reports in the country over the last six months.
According to Sahara Reporters, CML’s data collated shows that Kaduna state alone recorded 493 deaths from January to June with most deaths coming as a result of kidnapping and herdsmen rustlers activities in the state which is even higher than the deaths reported in the North – Eastern Region of Adamawa 37, Borno 290 and Yobe 5.
CML said, there were 178 kidnapped persons in Kaduna than any other part of the country which is in no way closer to the 10 recorded incidents of kidnapping in Borno state. Bandits and cattle rustlers alone were responsible for about 566 of the 1,692 deaths as shown in the Life Count data (CML – reports) which is higher than the 130 associated with Boko Haram in the Northern Eastern part of the country.
According to the CML reports, 185 deaths collated, linked 55 on bandits which was higher than 8 reports tagged as Boko Haram and 3 by ISWAP. Kaduna state, according to the Life Count report has 63 number of deaths attributed to herdsmen against Benue state with 26 deaths and Delta state with 21 thus making Kaduna to have the highest number of mortality linked to the herdsmen activities.
It would be worthy of note to establish the fact that citizens of Kaduna state had been badly wounded by the activities of bandits and herdsmen rustlers which causes serious threads to the activities of the poor masses who are mostly rural dwellers that have to depend on farming activities for their survival as they could not freely carryout their farming activities again and many have to abandon their farmlands and flee for safety.
CML Life counts report has 250 deaths recorded after the police took over the fight against banditry in Birnin Gwari area of the state stating that the police is involved in 18 extra judicial killings.
Other parts of the state terrorised by kidnapping and banditry are Igabi and Southern part of the state.