North-East Nigeria: Situation Update, 29 April – 10 May 2019


The security situation in North-East Nigeria remains volatile due to sporadic attacks by Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) on civilian and military infrastructure in Borno and Adamawa states. On 7 May 2019, NSAG elements attacked two villages (Molai and Maiboriti) about 4 kilometers from Maiduguri – the state capital. During the attack, at least 10 people including military personnel were reportedly killed, several others wounded and houses set ablaze by the attackers. The incident forced residents of the areas and nearby communities to flee to the main city center and into IDP camps. Intermittent gunshots and explosions continued during the night of the incident. Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in attacks on villages on the outskirts of Maiduguri including a military barracks – 3 kilometers from the main city center. Recently, several suicide bombers detonated their bombs at a missionary hospital in Molai Village, killing themselves and injuring several other people.

Meanwhile, on 8 May 2019, a group of armed NSAG combatants attacked the Ngala Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters, eastern Borno State – close to Arabic IDP Camp and the UN Humanitarian Hub. The military successfully foiled the attack following several hours of gun battle with the NSAG. The exact number of casualties is unknown. In Ngala, there are two IDP camps currently supported by UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies. Staff working for different partners residing in the town during the attack were all accounted for.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees