No fewer than 6,345 were killed while there were 2,543 abduction cases across the country between January and September this year.
This is according to the 2023 Nigeria Security Report by Beacon Consulting, an Abuja-based security risk management and intelligence consulting company.
According to the report obtained by our correspondent on Friday, 749 Nigerians were killed in January; 624 in February; 961 in March; 707 in April; 679 in May; 854 in June; 552 in July; 638 in August; and 581 in September.
It also revealed that 208 Nigerians were abducted in January; 173 in February; 411 in March; 302 in April; 168 in May; 239 in June; 329 in July; 369 in August; and 344 people in September.
The document showed that the fatalities rate reduced in the third quarter by 27.3 per cent from 37.0 per cent in the first quarter and 35.7 per cent in the second quarter.
It however revealed that the abductions increased in the third quarter by 40.9 per cent as against 31.1 per cent in the first quarter and 27.9 per cent in the second quarter.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Intel, and security expert, Dr Kabir Adamu, urged the federal and state governments to address the root causes of the challenges “including weak state institutions, drug addiction, socio-economic grievances, poverty, unemployment and the effects of climate change as well as the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”
Also, a security expert, Jackson Ojo, said there was no improvement in the security situation in the country, as he blamed poverty and poor economy for increasing insecurity.
Ojo, noted, “If a DPO was gruesomely murdered (in Rivers State), who is now safe in this country? The situation is getting worse due to the high rate of poverty, and people want to be averagely comfortable at all costs, either within or outside of the law.
“People have lost hope in the government as a result of joblessness; even those working struggle due to the high cost of living. When there is poverty in the land, there is promotion of criminality. There are arms everywhere and more hungry men are on the streets. By the time the economy becomes stronger, insecurity will be curbed very fast.”