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.
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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