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Terror attacks and kidnappings spread in Nigeria: why Lagos could be...

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Crimes that were previously associated with Nigeria’s northern region – like kidnapping for ransom and terrorism – appear to be spreading to the south-west...

Nigerian bandits strategically target school children for kidnappings – here’s why

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In some parts of Nigeria, this scenario is not just the stuff of nightmares – it has become all too common in the past...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

Bandits in Nigeria: how protection payments to militias escalate conflict in...

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North-western Nigeria has become increasingly violent. This is due to the activities of militias, known locally as “bandits”. These are loosely organised armed groups,...

Jihadists and bandits are cooperating – why this is bad news...

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The Nigerian state has come under severe security stress in recent times. It has faced multiple national security threats: jihadist groups in the north-east;...

Nigeria wants to ban motorcycle sales to dent terror attacks –...

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Insecurity in Nigeria has worsened. In the north-east region, despite gains recorded by the military, the activities of jihadist terrorist groups such as Boko...

ISS: Organised banditry is destroying livelihoods in Niger’s borderlands

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Most international attention on Niger focuses on the Boko Haram conflict in the country’s east (Diffa region) and the Liptako-Gourma crisis in its west...

Toxic mix of bandits, arms, drugs and terrorism is alarming Nigerians:...

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Banditry in Nigeria emerged as an isolated rural phenomenon in the late 2000s. It’s now evolved into sophisticated violent criminality, characterised by syndicates with...

ISS: Kaduna’s train attacks add to Nigeria’s deep security problems

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On 28 March, bandits attacked a Kaduna-bound train in central Nigeria carrying 970 passengers. At least eight people were killed, and 168 were kidnapped...

Analysis: Will Buhari finally heed the calls to declare bandits as...

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The reign of a false dichotomy between banditry and terrorism in Nigeria could be coming to an end soon as the national assembly adopts...