If the recent Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is something to go by, at least one million Nigerians are currently displaced as a result of lingering presence of insurgency, couple with other insecurity factors.
In its 26 round assessment covering a period of October 20, 2018 to January 20, 2019, which reflected the trends in the troubled zones, IOM reports that six states including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe are the most conflict-affected places in Nigeria.
According to the report ''which aimed at improving the understanding about the scope of internal displacements,'' 1,948,349 individuals were recorded to be displaced in the affected states.
The report also claimed that the number was a nominal ''decrease of 4% (or 78,253 individuals) in the number of IDPs recorded since the last round of assessment published in November 2018.''
IOM report also identified 2,026,602 IDPs, which was in-keeping with a steady trend of increase in number of IDPs observed over the last few months, adding that in August 2018 it identified number of IDPs as 1,926,748.
Legit.ng gathers that the site assessments, which were done with the aim of better understanding the needs of the affected population after about 86,914 displaced persons were interviewed, were carried out in 2,415 sites including 298 camps and camp-like settings and 2,117 locations where IDPs were residing with host communities.
They were analysed based on the various reasons including the reasons for displacement, places of origin and dwelling types, mobility patterns, and unfulfilled needs of the displaced populations, sector-wide needs, shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food and nutrition, health, education, livelihood, security, among others.
The report concluded that Borno is the most affected state based on its statistics of conflict-related displacement.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Sunday, February 3, said its troops had successfully foiled an attack and killed four Boko Haram insurgents at Malumfatori community in Abadam local government area of Borno.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, deputy director, Army public relations, operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.
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