REPORT: Nigeria records ‘lowest’ terrorism violence in eight years as banditry rises

REPORT: Nigeria records ‘lowest’ terrorism violence in eight years as banditry rises

- Nigeria continues to feature prominently on the Global Terrorism Index

- As the cases of terrorism reduces in the country, based on a recent report, armed bandits have taken over

- Banditry is now the single biggest threat to Nigeria as a nation

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The 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report has revealed that total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,245 in 2019, a 39 per cent decline, making it the lowest in the country since 2011.

But, as terrorism declines in the country, banditry is spiralling out of control, especially in northern Nigeria.

A similar report by GTI last year said herders (better known as armed bandits) killed more Nigerians in 2018 than Boko Haram.

REPORT: Nigeria records ‘lowest’ terrorism violence in eight years as banditry rises
President Buhari continues to face mounting pressure over the activities of bandits in Nigeria. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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The GTI report, which was released on Wednesday, November 25 attributed the decline in terrorism deaths and incidents in the country to:

“A significant reduction in violence attributed to Fulani extremists.”

This year’s report, however, ranked Nigeria, for the sixth consecutive time, since 2015, as the third country with the worst impact from terrorism, globally.

Afghanistan is top on the list, followed by Iraq. Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.

The report said suicide bombing by Boko Haram fell significantly in 2019, just like the previous year.

According to the report, the worst terrorist attack in 2019 in Nigeria occurred in Badu, Nganzai, Borno state, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when assailants attacked a funeral.

Nigerians have been sharing their thoughts on social media on how to reduce the twin evil of terrorism and banditry in the country.

DR O.Y Abdul wrote on Twitter:

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“What Nigeria needs urgently now is a security pact that extends to internal threats and terrorism. In reality, the present situation has overwhelmed our security apparatus. We can't continue with the false hope that things will get better when we are not doing anything different.”

Zuby Abdulmajid laments:

“Nigeria is currently a very dangerous destination for potential tourists. The government in several countries have even issued warnings against traveling to our country, for reasons such as terrorism, kidnappings, and other types of violent crime.”

Malachi Chidiebere Aboh also lamented that:

“Banditry, kidnapping, terrorism. Millions of lives are put at risk by the government's complacency. The Nigerian Police and armed forces are powerless and ineffective against real criminals.”

To drive home the dare-devil nature of the bandits, a number of them recently abducted the brother of the minister of agriculture and rural development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono.

According to media reports, the gunmen stormed the family house of the minister and abducted his blood brother, Babawuro Tofai.

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