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IOM Nigeria Flash Report #39: Population Displacement - North West/North Central Nigeria (08 - 14 February 2021)

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The crisis in Nigeria’s North Central and North West Zones, which involves long-standing tensions between ethnic and religious groups; attacks by criminal groups; and banditry/hirabah (such as kidnapping and grand larceny along major highways) led to a fresh wave of population displacement.

Following these events, a rapid assessment was conducted by DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) field staff between 08 and 14 February 2021, with the purpose of informing the humanitarian community and government partners, and enable targeted response. Flash reports utilise direct observation and a broad network of key informants to gather representative data and collect information on the number, profile and immediate needs of affected populations.

Latest attacks affected 2,004 individuals, including 22 injuries and 65 fatalities, in Birnin Gwari, Chikun and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna State, Guma LGA of Benue State, Isa LGA of Sokoto State, Bassa LGA of Plateau State and Maru LGA of Zamfara State. The attacks caused people to flee to neighbouring localities.

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