• Crisis Severity ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    3.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    3.2
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    1.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 202,000 People displaced [?]
  • 489 Fatalities reported [?]

Overview

20/12/2019

Banditry violence has affected populations living in Nigeria’s Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina states in the northwest.  About 21 million people living in these states have been exposed to insecurity from activities of bandits. Unconnected to the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, the banditry violence began as a farmer/herder conflict in 2011 and intensified between 2017 to 2018 to include cattle rustling, kidnapping for ransom, sexual violence and killings. The violence has affected about 35 out of 92 local government areas in the 4 states. The discovery of gold mines and the activities of illegal miners competing for the control of gold reserves have served to further intensify the existence and activities of armed groups in the northwest. By the end of September 2019, more than 160,000 people have been internally displaced.? More than 41,000 refugees have crossed communal borders to Maradi in Niger Republic by the beginning of December 2019.?

In addition to displacement, the violence has hampered agricultural activities and heightened the risk of acute food insecurity. Livelihoods have been disrupted, fear and insecurity among the population have increased, and IDPs and host communities are competing for scarce resources such as water, land and food. Protection concerns are heightened for women, children and the elderly, while security, food and WASH are priority needs in affected areas.

Latest Developments

20/12/2019

06/12/2019: About 2,000 bandits who subscribed to the amnesty program to stop banditry in the northwest surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara state government. 190 locally made rifles and shotguns were surrendered to the government by the bandits who say that they believe the state government is sincere and would deliver on its promise of monetary incentives in exchange for the surrender of weapons. Banditry violence had resulted in the death of about 489 people between June and November 2019.?