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Northwest Remains Most Dangerous Region With 1103 Deaths In First Quarter Of 2022

The northwest region of Nigeria has witnessed mass killings, abductions, and displacements in recent times, making it the most dangerous region in Nigeria.

A total of 1,103 deaths were recorded in Nigeria’s restive northwest in the first quarter of 2022, surpassing other regions, including the war-ravaged northeastern part of the country, according to data released by the National Security Tracker (NST).

The NST is a project run by the Council on Foreign Relations to track and d0cument violence cases reported across Nigeria.

The persistent insecurity in the Northwest is also evident in the number of abductions recorded in the region. The region had a total of 746 abducted persons when compared to 522 in the North-central and 61, 53, 41 and 36  in the Northeast, Southeast, South-south and Southwest, respectively, all in the first quarter of 2022.

The security crisis in the region linked to terror groups notorious for moving in motorcycles to terrorising communities and commuters, has continued to cause widespread violence, displacement, and humanitarian crisis. In March, a train moving between Abuja and Kaduna was forcefully stopped on its tracks after terrorists attacked it with explosives as they killed and abducted occupants of the train.

HumAngle has reported on the impact of the conflict on the  people as well as the kidnapping for ransom crisis and levies imposed on villagers.’

In 2021, state governors across the Northwest took a number of measures including a shutdown of mobile network in an attempt to support security operations against the terror groups known locally as bandits. However, the attacks continue unabated, especially in vulnerable communities, raising concerns that the government may no longer have a solution for the roller coaster killings taking place in the region.

Nigeria is grappling with several security threats particularly the insurgency in its Northeast region, separatist militancy in the Southeast, alongside other security challenges including cultism, piracy and communal conflict in the Northcentral, the South-south and Southwest region.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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