No fewer than 497 police officers were killed in different attacks across Nigeria in the last six years, a report has said.
It also said at least, 1,175 civilians were also killed in different attacks in the country.
The report by SBMorgen, a Lagos-based intelligence platform, covered the period between January 7, 2015 and March 22, 2021, about 75 months.
According to the report, sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the 497 police officers and men were killed in 554 incidents across the country during the period.
The group, which based its data on reported incidents, said its findings were corroborated by at least two different media sources across the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The figures arguably underscored the extension of the mind boggling cases of insecurity in Nigeria in recent years.
SBMorgen said, of all the six geopolitical zones in the country, the South-south region tops the chart with 163 incidents that sent 174 policemen to their early graves during the years under review.
It said 51 policemen were killed in Delta State alone within the period, making the state the highest among the six states in the region.
Akwa Ibom State recorded 11 deaths within the 75 months.
The North-central zone trailed the South-south zone having recorded 85 deaths of police officers out of the 88 reported attack incidents in the zone.
In the geopolitical zone, Benue recorded the highest number with the killing of 22 police officers during the 16 reported incidents during the period under review. The state witnessed herders-farmers clashes during most of the 75 months.
It is followed closely by Kogi which recorded the deaths of 19 police personnel in 49 violent attacks.
Kwara State, the report said, recorded two deaths out of the three cases reported in the state.