Our 15 Most Read Analyses Of 2021

We bring to you a list of the analytical reports that had the most views this year. They made sense of topics ranging from the history of radicalism in Nigeria to insurgency trends, approaches to counterinsurgency, growing terrorism and crime rates, and so on.

What Shekau’s Death Means For Security In Nigeria, Lake Chad | Ahmad Salkida

The life of one of the longest-reigning jihadi leaders was cut short in a violent coup led by his former mentees. Will his death lead to more violence in the region or can the Multinational Forces end the ensuing bloodbath?

Muslim Clerics Condemned Boko Haram While Praising Al-Qaeda Post 9/11 Attacks | Aliyu Dahiru

Many Muslims in Northern Nigeria, including some Sufis and those who didn’t belong to any sect, influenced by the clerics, have supported Al-Qaeda and named their children after Osama bin Laden. In 2002, the BBC reported a massive increase in the number of boys called Osama – after Bin Laden – in Northern Nigeria. The report identified one hospital in Kano, where there were celebrations after the 11 September attacks, in which seven out of 10 babies born in a day were given the name Osama.

Armed Drones Making A Strong Entrance In Nigeria’s Anti-Terror Campaign | Murtala Abdullahi

The Nigerian military is building up capabilities to rapidly expand the use of armed drones for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. There are, however, concerns about the protection of civilians and the operationality of the platforms.

Investigating The ‘Boko Haram’ Presence In Niger State | James Barnett

The testimonies from Shiroro and Munya suggest a complex and deteriorating situation in Niger State, North-central Nigeria, involving multiple sets of militants.

Takfir: The Ideological Conflict That Divided Boko Haram | Aliyu Dahiru

Shekau had insisted that whoever did not pay allegiance to him or continued to live under the government of Nigeria was an unbeliever who could be attacked and killed. Over time, his extreme stand on excommunication led to numerous civilian deaths and discord among the jihadi commanders.

Nigeria’s Space Agency Says Its Satellites Cannot Track Terrorists; It Is Right | Muhammed Akinyemi

A statement from the new DG of Nigeria’s space agency revealed that NASRDA lacks the capacity to use satellites for security surveillance. The DG was right and this is harmful to Nigeria’s space future.

ISWAP’s Transport Inventory, Engineering Capacities Feeding Its Campaign Of Terror | Murtala Abdulahi

The capacity of national forces in Lake Chad Basin to deny the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) access to motorised vehicles and weapon systems could have an impact on the group’s lethality and terror campaign.

Names Of Lekki Toll Gate Massacre Victims We Have So Far | ‘Kunle Adebajo

Gleaning through press reports published in the past year, HumAngle identified at least six named people believed to have died as a result of the toll gate shooting that took place last year. There are also names of at least 19 others who sustained various forms of injury, mostly bullet-inflicted wounds.

Implications Of Pantami Saga For Deradicalisation And National Security | Murtala Abdullahi

HumAngle sketch depicting the past and present life of a Boko Haram ex-fighter now working as a tailor in Kaduna.

Brewing political crisis and debates on Nigeria’s communications minister, if not managed properly, could have unintended consequences of derailing deradicalisation across the country’s northern region and the Sahel.

The Journey Of Boko Haram Defectors Through Geospatial Lense | Murtala Abdullahi & Mansir Muhammed

Thousands of defectors consisting of combatants and non-combatants navigate through water bodies and thick vegetation while at the same time evading interception from hostile insurgents during their rough journey to the other side.

Another Look At Nigeria’s Super Camp Strategy Two Years After | Murtala Abdullahi

Nigeria’s approach to counterinsurgency requires changes to extend state presences beyond green zones or garrison towns. While the policy has, to an extent, protected troops in the Northeast, it has also had unintended consequences on security in the region as it gives insurgents more leeway to attack and govern remote communities.

From Grace To Grass? The Rise And Fall Of Kyari, Nigeria’s ‘Super Cop’ | Adejumo Kabir

The police boss was, on Wednesday, revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as one of six persons who conspired with Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi, to fraudulently obtain over $1 million from a businessperson.

Bonta Boys: A Growing Terror Group In Benue State | Jairus Awo Otakom

Recently, 11 military officers and their captain were killed by a group known as Bonta Boys in Benue State, North-central Nigeria. This is not the first attack by the group which is now evolving from a community vigilante to a terror group.

How Boko Haram Factions Are Extending Terror To Maiduguri | Murtala Abdullahi

Satellite imagery Maiduguri Metropolitan City.

Maiduguri, Borno State capital in Northeast Nigeria, has experienced waves of Boko Haram attacks, signalling a return of frequent attacks to the city.

Structures For Safe Driving In Abuja Become Operating Spots For Criminals | Zubaida Baba Ibrahim

Although the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is perceived to be relatively safe compared to other parts of North-Central Nigeria, residents decry incidents of phone snatching, carjacking, assault, and robbery while driving or walking in certain areas around the city.

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