Banditry in North West Nigeria is rooted to an extent in farmer-herder tension. But corrupt rulers arbitrarily restricted grazing routes and reserves, inflaming the crisis that has now morphed into a quagmire threatening the region.
Videos of members of the Nigeria Police Force going from street to street hunting down protesters circulated on social media. A day after the Lekki Massacre the Area C Police blocked the expressway in Surulere and shot at protesters. Because of fear of the government, families of those who died moved on.
Although most of Nigeria’s medicinal plants are not expected to go extinct anytime soon, their characteristics are already showing signs of abnormalities that are changing their medicinal value, according to experts.
Fulbright scholar James Barnett joins New Lines’ Rasha Elass to discuss how he made contact with Nigeria’s bandits, who they are — and what they want.
Northwestern Nigeria is suffering from a devastating conflict that most observers are still struggling to characterize. The violence has received far less international attention than the jihadist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, perhaps in part because these militants defy easy categorization.
This year, hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped by bandits. Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who spearheaded a failed amnesty deal with bandits, has come up with a new plan: He is now advising citizens to buy weapons in order to defend themselves.