Not fewer than 36 persons were killed and nine others kidnapped in reported violent crimes across Nigeria last week, indicating that insecurity continues to be a serious challenge in the country.
The victims include two students killed by police officers attached to the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, when her convoy ran into students of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti who were protesting power supply shortage in their school.
Thirteen soldiers were also reported killed in attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari during the week decried the “undue politicisation” of the security situation in the country.
Speaking Tuesday while receiving promoters of the proposed African Security Leadership Summit at State House, Abuja, the president said no matter how much “revisionists” try to distort history, “the records show where we were in terms of security in 2015, where we are now, and we also know where we want to be.”
Mr Buhari said the relative successes of the administration since 2015 are clear, “and what remains in areas of security are also clear, despite the politicization.”
Mr Buhari also insisted that Boko Haram “has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands.”
The Katsina State Government last week also released nine bandits from the custody of security agencies in exchange for five persons abducted by the bandits.