ABUJA: On Sunday, at least 45 people died in an attack on a village in northern Nigeria, a police official told Reuters, the latest in a string of incidents underscoring insecurity in parts of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria’s 2015 elections partly on promises to bring security to Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation but has struggled to fulfill those pledges. He is now seeking a second term in February 2019.
His critics and opponents question his track record tackling the multiple conflicts that plague Nigeria, from Boko Haram and a thriving Daesh insurgency in the northeast to clashes between farmers and herders in the hinterlands that have left hundreds expired.
It was not quite apparent why the Gwaska village in the northern state of Kaduna was targeted on Saturday.
“Yesterday we recovered 12 corpses and today we retrieved 33,” Austin Iwar, Kaduna’s commissioner of police, told Reuters by phone.
The village, in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna, lies near an area known for banditry, where thick forests provide remote hideaways from law enforcement.