IOM Nigeria Flash Report #18: Population Displacement – North West/North Central Nigeria (21 – 27 September 2020)


The crisis in Nigeria’s North Central and North West zones, which involves long-standing tensions between ethnic and linguistic groups; attacks by criminal groups; and banditry/hirabah (such as kidnapping and grand larceny along major highways) led to fresh wave of population displacement.

Latest attacks affected 1,259 individuals, including 40 injuries and 38 fatalities, in Anka, Maru LGAs of Zamfara State, Guma LGA of Benue State and Faskari, Dandume, Kankia LGAs of Katsina State between the 21 – 27 September, 2020. The attacks caused people to flee to neighboring localities. Also, 314 individuals were displaced due to flooding in Katsina and Nassarawa States from heavy rainfalls that occured during the reporting period.

A rapid assessment was conducted by field staff to assess the impact on people and immediate needs.



Source: International Organization for Migration