IOM Nigeria Flash Report No. 40: Population Displacement – Northwest / North-Central Nigeria (February 15-21, 2021) – Nigeria
Nigeria’s north-central and northwestern zones are affected by a multi-dimensional crisis based on longstanding tensions between ethnic and religious groups, including attacks by criminal groups and bandits / hirabah (such as kidnapping and grand theft along major highways). The crisis has accelerated in recent years due to the intensification of attacks, leading to widespread displacement across the region.
Between February 15 and 21, armed clashes between shepherds and farmers, as well as bandits and local communities, sparked a new wave of displacement of the population. Following these events, the DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) field carried out a rapid assessment in order to inform the humanitarian community and government partners and enable a targeted response. Flash reports use direct observation and a broad network of key informants to collect representative data and to gather information on the number, profile and immediate needs of an affected population.
The most recent attacks affected 1,727 people, including 16 injuries and 24 deaths, in the Faskari and Kankara LGAs of Katsina State, the Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State, the Plateau State LGA Bassa and the Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. The attacks resulted in people fling to neighboring places.