Incident Summary:

12/27/2020: Assailants attacked Nagu, Benue State, Nigeria. Three civilians were killed and an unknown number were injured. Those killed were family members of former Benue State House of Assembly lawmaker Ianna Jato. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded that security forces leave Shetile Island.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Benue State House of Assembly
Specific Description Family of Lawmaker: Ianna Jato
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Nagu Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen kill man, wife, child in fresh Benue attack," Newtelegraph, December 27, 2020.
"Tragedy As Gunmen Reportedly Kill Mother And Child In Benue," Nigeria News Shafaqna, December 29, 2020.