Lake Chad Basin - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018
Approximately 3,000 IDPs return from Maiduguri to Bama in early April, as GoN authorities request humanitarian assistance
Armed attack near Maiduguri results in at least 14 civilian deaths, more than 80 injuries
Nearly 3 million people in northeastern Nigeria are projected to face critical levels of acute food insecurity during the lean season
Government of Nigeria (GoN) authorities officially reopened the road from Borno State’s capital city of Maiduguri to Borno’s Banki town in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) on March 24. GoN officials had closed the road to civilian traffic in September 2014 due to escalated conflict in the area. The reopened route restores overland access to Borno’s town of Bama, prompting Borno officials to begin the first phase of internally displaced person (IDP) returns to the town on April 2.
On April 1, suspected Boko Haram elements attacked villages outside of Maiduguri, resulting in the death of at least 14 civilians and injuring more than 80 others, according to international media. The UN condemned the attack and urged parties to the conflict to protect civilian lives.
The latest Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis forecasts that food security in northeastern Nigeria will deteriorate in the coming months. Approximately 2.3 million people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states currently face Crisis—Phase 3—or worse levels of acute food insecurity; during northern Nigeria’s June-to-August lean season, an estimated 3 million people will likely experience acute food insecurity.4 Food security actors note that sustained deliveries of emergency food assistance are necessary to prevent further deterioration of food security conditions.
In a late March visit to Niger’s Diffa Region, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs Cecilia Jimenez-Damary identified humanitarian protection assistance, such as prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV), and incomegenerating opportunities as priority needs for displaced populations in the region.