IOM Nigeria Flash Report #41: Population Displacement - North West/North Central Nigeria (22 - 28 February 2021)

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Nigeria's North Central and North West Zones are afflicted with a multidimensional crisis that is rooted in long-standing tensions between ethnic and religious groups and involves attacks by criminal groups and banditry/hirabah (such as kidnapping and grand larceny along major highways). The crisis has accelerated during the past years because of the intensification of attacks and has resulted in widespread displacement across the region.

Between 22 and 28 February, armed clashes between herdsmen and farmers, and bandits and local communities have led to a fresh wave of population displacement. Following these events, a rapid assessment was conducted by DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) field staff 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 2,220 individuals, including 53 injuries and 61 fatalities, in Chikun and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna State, Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State and Maru, Maradun, Tsafe, Zurmi, Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. The attacks caused people to flee to neighbouring localities.

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