One thousand and 460 people have died in attacks by armed bandits in seven months between January and July this year.
The deaths, according to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, were recorded in 330 armed banditry attacks.
Permanent Secretary in-charge of Special Services in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Doctor Amina Shamaki, made this known at a meeting of Federal and State Security Administrators in Birnin Kebbi.
She explains that the number of deaths reduced between June and July, particularly in Zamfara State, which had been the epicentre of attacks by armed bandits.
During same period, Shamaki says armed bandits raised the level of their attacks in neighbouring states.
The Permanent Secretary blames the rise in armed banditry attacks on porous borders which she says facilitate the smuggling of illicit small arms and light weapons into Nigeria from war torn countries, such as Libya and Central Africa Republic.