Our 15 Most Read Analyses Of 2021
The life of one of the longest-reigning jihadi leaders was cut short in a violent coup led by his former mentees. Will his death lead to more violence in the region or can the Multinational Forces end the ensuing bloodbath?
Many Muslims in Northern Nigeria, including some Sufis and those who didn’t belong to any sect, influenced by the clerics, have supported Al-Qaeda and named their children after Osama bin Laden. In 2002, the BBC reported a massive increase in the number of boys called Osama – after Bin Laden – in Northern Nigeria. The report identified one hospital in Kano, where there were celebrations after the 11 September attacks, in which seven out of 10 babies born in a day were given the name Osama.
The Nigerian military is building up capabilities to rapidly expand the use of armed drones for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. There are, however, concerns about the protection of civilians and the operationality of the platforms.
Shekau had insisted that whoever did not pay allegiance to him or continued to live under the government of Nigeria was an unbeliever who could be attacked and killed. Over time, his extreme stand on excommunication led to numerous civilian deaths and discord among the jihadi commanders.
The DG was right and this is harmful to Nigeria’s space future.
ISWAP’s Transport Inventory, Engineering Capacities Feeding Its Campaign Of Terror | Murtala Abdulahi
The capacity of national forces in Lake Chad Basin to deny the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) access to motorised vehicles and weapon systems could have an impact on the group’s lethality and terror campaign.
There are also names of at least 19 others who sustained various forms of injury, mostly bullet-inflicted wounds.
Brewing political crisis and debates on Nigeria’s communications minister, if not managed properly, could have unintended consequences of derailing deradicalisation across the country’s northern region and the Sahel.
Thousands of defectors consisting of combatants and non-combatants navigate through water bodies and thick vegetation while at the same time evading interception from hostile insurgents during their rough journey to the other side.
Nigeria’s approach to counterinsurgency requires changes to extend state presences beyond green zones or garrison towns. While the policy has, to an extent, protected troops in the Northeast, it has also had unintended consequences on security in the region as it gives insurgents more leeway to attack and govern remote communities.
The police boss was, on Wednesday, revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as one of six persons who conspired with Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi, to fraudulently obtain over £1 million from a businessperson.
Recently, 11 military officers and their captain were killed by a group known as Bonta Boys in Benue State, North-central Nigeria. This is not the first attack by the group which is now evolving from a community vigilante to a terror group.
Maiduguri, Borno State capital in Northeast Nigeria, has experienced waves of Boko Haram attacks, signalling a return of frequent attacks to the city.
Although the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is perceived to be relatively safe compared to other parts of North-Central Nigeria, residents decry incidents of phone snatching, carjacking, assault, and robbery while driving or walking in certain areas around the city.
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