January for Nigerians has been full of deaths. While it is true that people die daily, the deaths recorded below occurred on a scale that affected the country as a whole.
How did Nigeria lose 500 citizens in the 27 days of January so far?
On January 1, 2017 three persons were killed when a truck belonging to a major cement company crushed two commercial motorcyclists at Ido-Ekiti in Ido/Osi local council of Ekiti state.
At a drinking bar in Enugu on January 3, a man named Onyekachi Omego killed another man named Ohabuike.
According to Vanguard, five people from Abraka and Obiarukwu both in Ethiope East and Ukwani local government areas of Delta state, were reportedly killed during a clash between farmers and suspected Fulani herdsmen along the boundary of the neighbouring communities.
The constant fighting between herdsmen and farmers led to the death of five farmers in separate attacks on two communities in Delta state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
On January 5, 2017, three people, including a Ghanaian, were killed in a renewed hostility between Aiye Confraternity and Eiye Confraternity cult groups in Sango area of Ogun state.
During a shoot-out between invaders and local youths in Isaba, Warri, Delta state, on January 6 36-year old applicant, Mr. Gabriel Sibe, was killed and one person was declared missing.
At Idepe in Okitipupa, Ondo state, a man killed his 86-year old father. Boko Haram cut off the heads of 15 people in a bush between Gubio and Mobbar in Borno state.
A 24-year old man man was killed by cultists at Igbe Kapo, Ikorodu, Lagos. When the police and some youths in Tsonje, a community near Kagoro, Kaduna state engaged some terrorists on a 24 hour gun battle, two people died.
On January 8, Boko Haram insurgents killed five soldiers during an attack at the Bunu/Yadi military post, Gujba, near Sambisa forest.
Three days later on January 8, five people were killed by herdsmen in Abraka, Delta state and the rampage of the herdsmen continued as five policemen and two civilians died in an attack in Demsa lga, Adamawa state.
The Gideon Dadi and Kurlai communities clashed with armed herdsmen in a skirmish that left more than 40 persons dead.
In Bayelsa state, a housewife killed her husband, Leo Parker, at Ekeki, Yenogoa, over a Christmas rice disagreement that deteriorated.
A pastor with Foundation Faith Church and a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Professor Gabriel Okayi, was killed by gunmen.
In Onicha village, Enugu-Ezike, Igboeze, Enugu state a feud between brothers turned deadly as a man, Leonard Mba killed his brother, Cletus.
When an Air force jet accidentally bombed an IDP camp in Rann, Borno State, instead of Boko Haram militants, conflicting number of aid workers and civilians said to over 100 were killed and a host of others injured.
The litany of deaths has been endless in January. However, been security conscious can go a very long away in preserving lives.