March 2024

1st March 2024

30 March 2024
DW
Nigeria grappling with epidemic of mass abductions
It all began when the Islamist Boko Haram group kidnapped nearly 300 Chi-bok girls a decade ago. Since then, others have followed the same path, targeting schools, villages and travellers. This year alone Nigeria has recorded 68 mass abductions…

29 March 2024
The Cable
Nigerians need to understand country’s challenges to drive civic engagement
Yemi Adamolekun, executive director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a civil society organisation (CSO), says Nigeria can achieve an effective democracy through the collaborative efforts of the citizens…

28 March 2024
BusinessDay
Agric sector loans drop to lowest in two years
The agriculture sector, a major contributor to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, received its lowest amount of credit in at least two years, according to official data compiled by BusinessDay…

Low patronage forces Indomie price slash amid rising inflation
The price of Indomie Instant Noodles, a Dufil Prima Foods Limited brand, has reduced because of low demand and sales from cash-strapped consumers in Nigeria…

Wallets shrink as food inflation nears all-time high
Consumers’ wallets are rapidly shrinking as Nigeria’s food inflation rate is on course to hit an all-time high this month due to a combination of rising demand, higher transportation cost and worsening insecurity…

Why Indomie slashed prices amid rising inflation
Indomie Instant Noodles, a Dufil Prima Foods Limited brand, says it has reduced its price to keep the product affordable to Nigerians. BusinessDay survey of some stores across Lagos shows that the price of 70g Indomie Regular Chicken noodles dropped to ₦250 from ₦300 last month. While it’s 40-pack carton of Indomie fell to ₦10,000 from ₦12,000…

Daily Independent
Stemming The Tide Of Rising Insecurity
In an apparent reference to the recurring decimal of insecurity in Nigeria, the current Vice President, Kashim Shettima, then a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), boasted in November, 2022: “Within six months and one year, my leader (Tinubu) will mobilise the leadership to end this madness!”…

27 March 2024
The Whistler
Community Guard Killed As Armed Men Kidnap 14 Construction Workers In Zamfara
In a move to repel an attack on Tsafe town, in the Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara, a senior commander of the state’s Community Protection Guard (CPG) was killed while 14 road construction workers were abducted by armed men…

25 March 2024
AFP
Freed Nigerian Schoolchildren Head Home After Kidnapping
Over 130 Nigerian schoolchildren freed following a mass kidnapping earlier this month returned to their home state on Monday before preparing to reunite with their families…

New Telegraph
Imperative Of Combating Insecurity Headlong In Nigeria
Months before May 29, 2023 when incumbent President Bola Tinubu took over the reins of political power, he had pledged during his nation-wide campaigns to make security of lives and property of the citizens top in his ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda…

Punch
End killing of farmers, grow agriculture
Nigerians are living in very difficult times. Fresh reports that Nigerians are deserting their farms in several states due to banditry and other forms of insecurity are ruinous. In a damning report on March 20, this newspaper said that farmers are dying in scores from bandit attacks…

Reuters
Nigeria defence chief says bad intel hinders fight on kidnappings
Nigeria’s Defence Chief General Chris Musa said on Monday the military was being fed bad intelligence by informants, hampering the fight against armed kidnapping gangs who continue to abduct students and residents in the north of the country…

Sahara Reporters
Bandit With 3000 Followers On Tiktok Flaunt Ransom Money Collected From Victims In Viral Video
Some terrorists have been seen in a viral video flaunting some money collected from their victims as ransoms and uploaded on social media. The monies were seen in a series of tweets uploaded on X by a popular security expert, Zagazola Makama…

The Africa Report
Nigeria: 10 years after Chibok kidnapping, girls still at risk
The kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014 provoked a wave of emotions around the world, but the abduction of over 500 people over the last two weeks has received little media coverage. Using infographics, we decipher this disturbing phenomenon…

The Whistler
Kuriga kidnap: ‘No Ransom Was Paid’ — Kaduna Govt
The Kaduna State Government has disclosed that no ransom was paid for the freedom of the 137 schoolchildren abducted from the Kuriga primary and secondary school in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) in Kaduna State…

24 March 2024
AFP
Nigeria : libération de dizaines d’élèves enlevés début mars
“Les 137 otages – 76 filles et 61 garçons – ont été secourus dans l’Etat de Zamfara et seront remis au gouvernement de l’Etat de Kaduna”, où ils avaient été enlevés, a déclaré le porte-parole de l’armée, le général Edward Buba…

Channels TV
137 Abducted Kuriga Schoolchildren Rescued In Zamfara – DHQ
The military has released the number of rescued students of Lea Primary School and Government Secondary School Kuriga in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. About 287 were kidnapped when the gunmen on motorcycles rode through their school, taking them away in an incident that sparked outrage and condemnation from several quarters including the UN children’s welfare agency UNICEF…

Ghana News Agency
Abducted Nigerian schoolchildren have been freed, official says
A group of nearly 300 schoolchildren, abducted by gunmen from their school in north-western Nigeria two weeks ago, are now free, the regional government in the Nigerian state of Kaduna announced on Sunday. “I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released,” Uba Sani, the governor of Kaduna, said in post to X, formerly Twitter.

Le Monde
More than 130 kidnapped Nigerian schoolchildren released two weeks after abduction
More than 130 schoolchildren seized by gunmen in a mass kidnapping in northwestern Nigeria earlier this month were released unharmed on Sunday, March 24, officials and the army said. The kidnapping in Kuriga, Kaduna state on March 7 was one of the biggest such attacks in years and prompted a national outcry over insecurity. Teachers and residents previously said around 280 pupils were kidnapped, but the army said 137 pupils were freed…

New York Times
Dozens of Children Kidnapped in Nigeria Are Released, Officials Say
Dozens of Nigerian schoolchildren who were kidnapped this month have been released, officials said on Sunday. The Nigerian military said that 137 children had been freed by security forces in the northwest of the country…

ThisDay
Kaduna Where Insecurity Thrives Despite Heavy Military Presence
With over 90 people kidnapped last Sunday in Kajuru-Station community in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) in Kaduna State, there is no doubt that terrorists are still on an abduction spree in the state. The attack came barely two days after 15 women and a man were abducted in the Dogon-Noma community of the same local government. A week before the abductions, about 61 people were abducted at Buda in the same area…

The Whistler
Abducted Kuriga Schoolchildren, Staff Regain Freedom
The abducted schoolchildren and staff from a secondary and primary school in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have regained freedom. The Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani confirmed this in a terse statement, in the early hours of Sunday…

With 1,867 Victims In 75 Days, Mass Abduction Now High-Reward Crime In Nigeria
Between January and March 15, a total of 68 mass abductions occurred across the country, with more victims from Northern Nigeria. The victims, numbering no fewer than 1,867 within the period under review, exceeded the full year for each of 2019 and 2020…

22 March 2024
BusinessDay
Over five Nigerians kidnapped daily as plague spreads
An average of over five Nigerians have been kidnapped daily so far this year as the spate of abductions has heightened tensions in the country, a new report has shown. The report by SBM Intelligence said at least 68 incidents of large-scale kidnappings have been reported in the country since the beginning of 2024, averaging about one per day as of March 15, with a victim count exceeding the entire years of 2019 and 2020 combined…

FIJ
2024 Has Recorded More Mass Abduction Victims in Nigeria Than 2019 and 2020 Combined
It’s just the third month of the year and Nigeria has had more mass abduction victims than it did in 2019 and 2020 combined. This was disclosed in an intelligence report published by SB Morgen Intelligence, an international security intelligence-gathering firm, on Wednesday…

Modern Ghana
Labour’s delight is Abimoku PDP’s misery in Kwara
It was twenty minutes past 4pm on Wednesday when the buses started snaking into the premises. About ten minutes later, it surged into a crowd. Then, the voices rose and grew louder. “Soli, sooli, sooolidarity forever…,” the patriots chorused…

Sahara Reporters
Nigeria Has Witnessed At Least 68 Mass Abductions In 2024; 735 In 5 Years With Over 15,300 Victims
A new report by SBM Intelligence has shown that Nigeria has witnessed about 735 mass abductions with 15,398 victims over the past five years. The report titled, ‘Mass Abductions, The Catastrophe Of Nigeria’s Kidnap Epidemic,’ noted that mass abduction is characterised by the kidnapping of at least five individuals in a single incident and the country has witnessed 68 incidents related to it from January to March 2024…

Some State Officials Betray Public Trust, Work With Kidnappers To Sabotage Nigerian Government’s Efforts To End Insecurity
A report by SBM Intelligence has said that some public officers have been sabotaging the government’s efforts to end insecurity in Nigeria. According to the report titled ‘Mass Abductions, The Catastrophe Of Nigeria’s Kidnap Epidemic,’ which examined insecurity in the country from 2019 to March 2024, the Nigerian government’s failure to address the menace over the years could also be attributed to internal issues, beyond external issues…

Terrorists’ Purpose For Mass Abductions In Nigeria Has Shifted From Ideology, Jihad To Survival Amid Hardship
A report released by a research consultancy firm, SBM Intelligence has claimed that terrorists and non-state actors in the country now abduct schoolchildren to survive the current economic hardship in the country. The firm said that as far back as 2014, the operation of the notorious terrorist group Boko Haram was influenced by their ideology which was against Western education. It added that the motives for persistent abductions in the country have changed over time…

Vanguard
It is not rocket science!!!
I’d like to draw your attention to two comments that caught my attention this week: a sardonic observation that was made by Robert Mugabe, the famously witty late President of Zimbabwe, and an excerpt from a 2023 speech by Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, the famously insightful Nigerian President of the African Development Bank…

21 March 2024
BBC
Nigeria’s kidnap crisis: Inside story of a ransom negotiator
A hostage negotiator has told the BBC that paying ransoms may be illegal, yet it is the only way families can guarantee the release of relatives kidnapped by the gangs terrorising swathes of northern Nigeria. Sulaiman, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, is from Kaduna state, where 280 children were recently abducted from a school in the town of Kuriga…

BusinessDay
15,398 people abducted in Nigeria since 2019
Nigeria has witnessed at least 735 mass abductions with 15,398 people abducted since 2019, a new report by SBM Intelligence says. SBM defines a mass abduction event as a “kidnapping incident in which criminal gangs or terrorists seize five or more victims st once.”…

Corpers scout for extra jobs to cope with cost-of-living crisis
For Alimot Anifowoshe, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the monthly allowance of ₦33,000 from the federal government usually lasts for a week, with a large chunk of it spent on transportation…

Guardian
Nigeria witnessed 735 mass kidnappings since 2019
Nigeria has witnessed at least 735 mass abductions which can be defined as kidnappings of five or more people since the year 2019, according to a report released by SBM Intelligence. These kidnappings have involved more than 15,398 victims with the year 2024 which is less than three months old alone having seen at least 68 mass abductions, averaging over one per day…

News Central
Nigeria’s 12 Major Mass Abduction Cases in a Decade
In recent years, the country has witnessed a string of kidnappings by armed groups and terrorists, with a 2020 SB Morgen investigation revealing that between 2011 and 2020, victims paid over $18 million (₦6.9 billion) in ransom to kidnappers…

Nigeria’s Epidemic of Kidnapping and Mass Abduction
Ten years after Boko Haram’s infamous abduction of Chibok schoolgirls, Nigeria still faces a nationwide kidnapping epidemic. From hapless schoolgirls to entire villages, youth corps members in transit to highway travellers, no one is safe…

World News Group
Nigerians suffer an economic crisis alongside security woes
During a Sunday service on March 17, David Oyedepo stood before his congregation in the 50,000-seat auditorium of the Living Faith Church Worldwide in Nigeria’s southwest Ogun state. The charismatic megachurch’s founder said it would formally launch food and clothing banks across 200 locations nationwide on March 27…

20 March 2024
Veriv Africa
A Data-Driven Argument for State Police in Nigeria
In a bizarre turn of events, Nigerians awoke to a surreal scene post-Valentine’s Day in 2024. The government initiated a program to seal shops accused of exacerbating the dire cost-of-living crisis. This move signalled Nigeria’s descent
into its most severe economic turmoil in four decades, with eerie echoes of past struggles haunting the present…

19 March 2024
Le Monde
Le Nigeria déstabilisé par une vague de kidnappings de masse
Combien vaut la vie d’un écolier dans le nord du Nigeria ? Pour les quelque 300 filles et garçons kidnappés le 7 mars, dans leur école de l’Etat de Kaduna, par une bande d’hommes armés, une rançon d’1 milliard de nairas (quelque 600 000 euros) serait exigée, selon les témoignages de proches des familles d’otages recueillis par l’agence de presse Reuters…

VOA
Niger, US Relations Uncertain After Junta Orders Troop Departure
U.S. officials say they are still engaging in dialogue with Niger’s junta days after the West African country ordered U.S. troops out of the country following a visit by a high-level delegation that traveled to Niamey last week…

18 March 2024
AFP
Gunmen kidnap more than 100 in latest Nigeria attacks
They blamed gangs of criminals known locally as bandits for the abductions in the Kajuru area of Kaduna state over the weekend, which pile pressure on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu after a spate of large-scale abductions…

Al Jazeera
Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap at least 87 people in new attack
Gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped at least 87 people in a new attack, residents and police say, after an armed gang seized 286 students and staff from a school earlier this month. Officials on Monday said the attack took place in the Kajuru area of Kaduna state and the abducted included women and children…

CNBC
CCTV Weekly Script 15/03/24
It’s basically confirmed that these two former rivals will once again compete on the same stage. This week, both Biden and Trump secured enough party delegates in the latest round of primaries to win their parties’ presidential nominations…

17 March 2024
Nigerian Tribune
Tinubu: How to fix Nigeria state of horror
The grisly horror of broad day light mass massacre; multiple schoolchildren abductions, unmitigated terror and the hunger pang swilling across Nigeria, has finally converged to set aflame a nation on the tenterhooks. This is the damning fate of Africa most populous nation when last week Thursday morning, 286 students were taken by armed bandits on motorcycles who stormed the LEA Primary and Secondary School in Kuriga village, in Kaduna’s Chikun district…

14 March 2024
The Independent
Don’t Pay Ransom To Free Kaduna 280 Abductees — Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu has warned against payment of ransom to free about 280 students and teachers of Government Secondary School and LEA Primary School, Kuriga, Kaduna State that were kidnapped by bandits recently…

Leadership
Bandits’ Audacity
The recent abduction of 287 pupils and teachers from Kuriga primary school in Kaduna state, swiftly followed by the kidnapping of about 61 people in Buda village of Kajuru local government area, underscores the traumatic state of insecurity troubling Kaduna, much like its neighboring states…

The Nation
Bandit boys of the northwest
The boy bandit manifests as our reality check; the frightful glimpse into our infernal core. Aliyu Jatau, for instance, is a spear of consequence impaled into Nigeria’s northwest. In my encounter with him in Zamfara, the 17-year-old’s face spooled the mathematical grid of our defeat by chthonic lust and Nigeria’s retreat into bestial nature…

Premium Times
The famished road to Kuriga
The journey to Kuriga in southern Kaduna, North-West Nigeria, did not start with the kidnap of 287 students last week. In the early 1990s, a neighbouring town, Zango Kataf, was the boiling point. About a decade later, the beast of sectarian violence, which had reared its head in Kaduna, surfaced several hundreds of miles away in two major places that have become the epicentres of insurgency: Borno and Yobe states, both in the North-East…

Reuters
Nigeria kidnappings break up families, keep children out of school
Esther Joseph said she went “almost mad” with anguish when her 13-year-old daughter Precious Sim was kidnapped from a northern Nigeria high school along with other students on July 5, 2021. In the following days, she tried to go after the kidnappers in the surrounding forest, but army soldiers – alerted by fellow community members – caught up with her and brought her back…

TRT World
How women and children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s kidnapping pandemic
In April 2014, news of the mass abduction of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants shocked the world, sparking a global #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Nearly a decade later, Nigeria continues to be plagued by large-scale kidnappings across the country’s volatile northern region, with militant groups and ragtag gangs preying on the easiest of targets – women and children…

13 March 2024
Financial Times
Nigeria hit by wave of food looting as economic crisis deepens
Nigeria has been hit by a wave of violent unrest over food as its economic and security crisis deepens, raising fears of widespread hunger and a breakdown in law and order in Africa’s most populous nation. Assaults on grain warehouses have been reported across the country in recent weeks after the cost of living reached levels not seen since the mid-1990s and the food inflation rate jumped above 35 per cent at the start of the year…

Foreign Policy
Namibia Calls for Reparations Talks With Germany
Welcome to Foreign Policy’s Africa Brief. The highlights this week: Namibian leaders call for talks with Germany over reparations for the Herero and Nama genocide, Nigerian security forces search for nearly 300 kidnapped children, and Kenya puts its mission to Haiti on hold…

ICIR Nigeria
Smuggling promotes insecurity, unfair business practice – experts
Smuggling in Nigeria has a detrimental impact on the nation’s security and economy, stakeholders in the security sector say. Some of them who spoke to The ICIR argued that smuggling threatens respectable companies and make it harder for the government to get import taxers and deliver necessary services to the people…

The National
More than half of Nigeria’s poultry farms close amid national crisis
A year ago, Toheeb Balogun’s two-pen poultry farm was filled with birds, but not anymore. His farm can hold up to 4,000 chickens but now has less than 1,000. The number continues to drop as he faces the effects of Nigeria’s economic crisis…

12 March 2024
Bloomberg
Why Thousands of Nigerians Are Abducted Every Year
The abduction of hundreds of children from an elementary school in northwestern Nigeria in March brought renewed attention to a kidnapping-for-ransom crisis that has long wracked Africa’s most-populous nation…

ICIR Nigeria
Nigerians react as Kidnappers’ latest ₦40 trn demand is higher than national budget
Many Nigerians have expressed worry over the demands of ₦40 trillion ransom by bandits to free 16 kidnapped residents of the Gonin Gora area of Kaduna state…

Inter Press Service
State Fails to Stem Kidnapping For Ransom Crisis in Nigeria
Lilian Eze still shivers when she recalls the frequent attacks by kidnappers in the Kaduna community she once lived in, in north-central Nigeria. In February 2022, she fled with her children to Abuja, the nation’s capital, to ensure their safety…

Ripples Nigeria
Vice grip of foodlums, hoodlums and kidnappers
Nigeria is in deep trouble. This is stating the obvious. The situation has gone beyond the country being in a state of anomie which means ‘a condition of instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values or from a lack of purpose or ideals’…

11 March 2024
La Croix
Fresh wave of kidnapping overwhelms Nigeria
Nigeria is grappling with a surge in kidnappings, with over 250 students abducted March 7, in Kaduna State, in the country’s north, worst affected by banditry…

Punch
Stop the mass abductions, now
After testing the waters to gauge the stuff the Bola Tinubu administration is made of and realising its fickleness, Islamic terrorists, and their confederates – the bandits – are stamping their violent imprints on Nigeria again…

Reuters
Nigerian army hunts for kidnapped students, parents seek answers
Nigerian soldiers were on Monday hunting for armed kidnappers who seized nearly 300 school pupils in Kaduna state last week, a security source said, as distraught parents sought answers on when they would be reunited with their children…

The Africa Report
Abductions in northern Nigeria fuel concerns of targeted attacks on women and school children
Millions of Nigerians in the north are fleeing a spate of kidnapping, with schoolchildren key targets for militant gangs. Over 500 persons have been abducted since 29 February, when suspected Boko Haram terrorists abducted an estimated over 200 people, mostly women, in the north-eastern town of Gamboru, Borno State…

Nigeria in panic mode as food prices soar ahead of Ramadan
With food inflation at over 35% the Nigerian government is taking extreme measures to drive down the prices of staples as the Muslim month of fasting approaches. But rising insecurity could worsen food supply even further, experts say…

10 March 2024
BusinessDay
Nigerians worry over lack of political will to tackle insecurity despite FG’s emphasis on technology
With the abduction last Friday, of over one hundred Kaduna school children, Nigerians have again questioned the use of technology to government if it does not aid in frustrating criminals from carrying out their nefarious operations or track them when a crime is committed…

Vanguard
After Kaduna attack, bandits strike again, kidnap students in Sokoto
Kaduna State government has said it will not negotiate with bandits to free about 287 primary school pupils and their teachers abducted in the Kuriga community, Chikun Local Government Area of the state…

9 March 2024
BBC
Nigeria’s mass abductions: What lies behind the resurgence?
Nigeria is once more being rocked by mass abductions. Twice in one week, gangs of motorcycle-riding armed men, operating from forests in two different places in the north of the country, kidnapped hundreds of people…

8 March 2024
AFP
Nigeria’s president sends troops to rescue more than 250 kidnapped students
Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday sent troops to rescue more than 250 pupils kidnapped by gunmen from a school in the country’s northwest in one of the largest mass abductions in three years. The Kaduna state attack was the second mass kidnapping in a week in Africa’s most populous state, where heavily armed criminal gangs on motorbikes target victims in villages and schools and along highways in the hunt for ransom payments…

Nigeria Sends Troops To Rescue More Than 250 Kidnapped Students
Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday sent troops to rescue more than 250 pupils kidnapped by gunmen from a school in the country’s northwest in one of the largest mass abductions in three years. The Kaduna state attack was the second mass kidnapping in a week in Africa’s most populous state, where heavily armed criminal gangs on motorbikes target victims in villages and schools and along highways in the hunt for ransom payments…

Nigeria targets cryptocurrency in bid to end naira freefall
The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is halting operations in Nigeria’s naira currency as the government puts cryptobusinesses under increasing scrutiny. The decision came after authorities in Africa’s biggest economy imposed restrictions on cryptocurrency exchanges as part of attempts to halt the sliding value of the local currency…

AP
They went to school but ended up as hostages. 287 children are missing in Nigeria’s forests
Security forces swept through large forests in Nigeria’s northwest region on Friday in search of nearly 300 children abducted from their school by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the latest mass kidnapping, which analysts and activists blamed on the failure of intelligence and a slow security response…

DW
Nigeria kidnappings: Who’s behind them and what do they want
Kidnapping in Nigeria has evolved into a lingering security threat that feeds a vast network of criminal and Islamist groups. From July 2022 to July 2023, at least 3,620 people were abducted in Nigeria. That’s according to an analysis of Nigeria’s kidnapping industry published by SBM Intelligence, an Africa-focused consulting company…

Libération
Au Nigeria, des dizaines d’écoliers enlevés par des hommes armés
Un nouvel épisode funeste s’ajoute à la série noire d’enlèvements d’élèves au Nigeria. Des hommes armés ont enlevé jeudi 7 mars des dizaines d’élèves lors d’une attaque contre l’école de Kuriga dans le nord-ouest du pays…

NPR
10 years after Chibok, Nigeria’s mass kidnappings return with a vengeance
Nigerian security forces are searching for more than 200 children abducted from their school by gunmen on motorcycles Thursday, in the latest mass kidnapping to hit Nigeria. Officials and witnesses have given varying figures of the number of students taken from the school in Kuriga, a town in northwestern Nigeria, with between 200 and 300 children reported to be missing, some of them as young as 8 years old…

7 March 2024
Daily Trust
Ukraine Food Aid: How Nigeria Can Make National Embarrassment A Turning Point
This week, Nigeria received some reprieve. Some 25,000 metric tonnes of wheat are being donated by the World Food Programme (WFP) to help curb hunger in the country’s northeast. This development has sparked debates, not because it is uncommon for nations to donate to other countries in need, but because Ukraine, a country at war with Russia since 2022, is donating food to a country like Nigeria that is not at war. Technically…

Leadership
Waiting For Another Relief Package From Ukraine
As you read this, Ukraine is enmeshed in a Russian-provoked war which started in February 2022 when Russia invaded the second-largest European country. From then till date, Ukraine has been under sustained attacks, with Russian forces committing a litany of violations of international humanitarian law, including indiscriminate and disproportionate bombing and shelling of civilian areas that hit homes and healthcare and educational facilities…

New Telegraph
Nigeria Farmers: We Pay Ransom To Bandits at Gunpoint to Access Our Farms
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has confirmed SB Morgen Intelligence report that each farmer pays terrorists as much as ₦100,000 to access their farmland during the planting or harvest season in the North. The Africa-focused research group had claimed that any farmer who failed to comply could be killed, abducted or made to forfeit their produce.

New York Times
Hundreds Are Feared Seized in Nigeria, as Kidnapping Epidemic Worsens
Theirs were already lives of great hardship, in camps for displaced people, after they had fled their homes in Nigeria’s embattled northeast. One recent day, they risked a foray into the countryside to collect firewood — and around 200 of them, some officials said, were kidnapped…

6 March 2024
FIJ
Hefty Levies Imposed on Farmers by Terrorists Contribute to Nigeria’s Food Insecurity
Many farmers in conflict-torn areas of states in northern Nigeria are subject to hefty levies to access their farms. In the midst of a food security crisis across the country, a report by SBM Intelligence revealed that this contributes to Nigeria’s food insecurity…

Nairametrics
Farmers in Northern Nigeria pay bandits up to ₦100,000 for permission to farm
A new report by SB Morgen Intelligence has revealed that farmers across Northern Nigeria pay as much as ₦100,000 to access their farmlands during the planting or harvest season…

Sahara Reporters
Nearly 26.5Million Nigerians Will Experience Worse Food Scarcity In June, August
A report recently published by SB Morgen Intelligence has predicted that over 26 million Nigerians will experience acute food scarcity between the period of June and August 2024…

Northern Nigerian Farmers Pay Up To N100,000 To Terrorists For Permission To Farm, Make Additional Payments To Harvest
A report has explained how local farmers in Northern Nigeria pay as much as N100,000 to bandits and terrorists to access their farmland during the planting or harvest season…

The Africa Report
Nigeria: Citizens resort to looting, warnings of ‘looming anarchy’
Nigerians are attacking food depots as hunger fuels violence. Scores of people broke into a government warehouse in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, on 3 March to loot food items as the country battles an unprecedented food crisis…

5 March 2024
Punch
Stop looters, secure food warehouses
A new groundswell of looting across the landscape has become emblematic of Nigeria’s season of discontent. From the Federal Capital Territory to Niger State, hungry citizens are venting their ire on food warehouses to devastating effects…

4 March 2024
BusinessDay
Insecurity: Farmers pay ₦140m to bandits in four years
Farmers in the North-West region paid ₦139.5 million to bandits as levies within a period of four years (2020-2023), a new report has said. The report, titled ‘Levies or Lives – The Dilemma Of Farmers In Northern Nigeria’ by SBM Intelligence, an Africa-focused geopolitical research firm, said a total of ₦224.9 million was imposed by the bandits and that farmers paid levies before they could access their farmlands…

Business Insider Africa
Nigerian farmers paid ₦140 million to bandits in three years amidst rising insecurity
Farmers in the Northwestern region of Nigeria have paid at least ₦139.5 million to bandits as levies between 2020-2023. The information was disclosed in a report titled ‘Levies or Lives – The Dilemma Of Farmers In Northern Nigeria,’ conducted by SBM Intelligence, an Africa-focused geopolitical research firm…

CNBC Africa
About 26.5mn Nigerians to experience acute food insecurity
A report by SBM Intelligence shows that the increased frequency of targeted attacks on farmers and farming communities by bandits has intensified the threats to Nigeria’s food security. The report also highlights that nearly 26.5 million Nigerians are likely to experience acute food insecurity during the June to August 2024 lean season…

3 March 2024
Punch
How UK study policies stifle japa dreams, opportunities for youths
As hundreds of youths struggle to migrate for better education and economic opportunities to escape the challenges at home, many studying in the United Kingdom are faced with an uphill battle to sustain their dreams…

1 March 2024
BusinessDay
Fishing business fails to bait investment on inflation, export ban
Nigeria’s fishing industry, a sub-sector of agriculture, has for the first time since 2014 attracted zero investment as costlier inputs and the persistent export ban makes the sector less attractive to investors…

The Africa Report
Nigeria: Farmers forced to pay ‘harvest levies’ to bandits
Farmers in north-west Nigeria pay substantial amounts of money to bandits for permission to farm or harvest, a situation that could worsen Nigeria’s food crisis, a new report says…