Even as bandits, herdsmen, and terrorists killed 119 people in northern Nigeria in the last 10 days, a petition on Change.Org demanding a state of emergency be declared in the region had gathered 38, 500 signatures as of 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, an American research group, provided some of the data.
The murders and kidnappings took place between December 11 and December 21, 2021.
Gunmen killed two people and kidnapped seven others in Sabon Birni, Sokoto, on December 11, 2021. Five people were kidnapped in Chikun, Kaduna, on the same day.
The next day, bandits killed ten people and kidnapped two others in Wase, Plateau, while three people were seized in Bali, Taraba state.
On December 13, bandits killed two people and abducted 30 in Zaria, Kaduna, while on December 15, they killed one person and abducted eight in Zaria, Kaduna.
Bandits killed four people in Chikun LGA, four in Zangon Kataf LGA, and one in Zaria LGA in Kaduna the next day.
Herdsmen slaughtered 45 farmers and kidnapped two more in Nasarawa State on December 21.
On December 20, a total of 40 persons were slain in Kaduna’s Giwa local government area. Boko Haram killed ten people and kidnapped dozens more in Borno on the same day.
Due to the escalating insecurity in the region, a petition to establish a state of emergency in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, and other states in the North-West was started on Change.Org last week.
The petition, which was created by Alhanislam Alhanislam, urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to use the hashtags #SecureNorth and #NorthisBleeding to protect northern lives.
The petition read in part, “We’re calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and other states in the north west that have been besieged by armed violence and militant attacks to secure the lives and properties of millions of Nigerians, who fear for their lives.
“Alarming violence and unabated killings by armed groups in northern Nigeria have spawned the region into a full-blown humanitarian crisis and a national embarrassment. More than 30 people, including women and children, were burned to death in a recent attack in Sokoto State after a group of gunmen opened fire on a bus loaded with passengers, according to eyewitnesses.”
The Department of State Services invited and warned many northern youths who were planning protests in the affected states and Abuja.
Some of the demonstrators were arrested in Abuja last week.