Nigeria’s October 2023 Security Report By PSJ UK

In the period in review, October 1st to 31st 2023, we monitored the violent criminal activities of Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs), the efforts of the Nigerian authorities to neutralise these threats via the use of force, rehabilitation of ex-terrorists, and empowering community watch, the tension in Nigeria occasioned by the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, the fallout of the fuel subsidy removal, and the Supreme Court ruling affirming the election of President Bola Tinubu.

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In this period, 430 fatalities were reported across the regions, a 98.2% increase from September figures occasioned by non-state actors’ increased activities. The 407 abductions reported in October represent a decrease of 14.8% compared to September 2023. However, whereas 31.2% of abducted victims in September regained their freedom in the same period, just 18.9% of abducted persons in October regained their freedom within the same period.

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The states (+ FCT) with at least one reported case of security breach rose from 28 in September to 33 in October demonstrating a wider spread.

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The most significant international event in the month was the Israel-Hamas War in Palestine which saw pockets of processions in the north and the southwestern regions of the nation. Locally, the most important pair of events the proposed organised Labour strike billed for October 3rd to protest the removal of fuel subsidies and the Supreme Court ruling on the election of President Bola Tinubu.

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