20 Jul

The week ahead – When bad ideas grow wings

Boko Haram jihadists overran a military base in northeast Nigeria after a ferocious firefight, military and vigilante sources said 15 July, the second assault on the country’s forces in two days.The militants on Saturday evening invaded a base holding hundreds of soldiers in Yobe in an attack that lasted for hours, a military source told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. “Boko Haram terrorists attacked troops of the 81 Division Forward Brigade at Jilli................   read more

19 Jul

Target practice

In the last month there have been four high profile incidents in which policemen have been murdered, and their weapons removed.

Among other bits of data, SBM Intelligence tracks reports of policemen being killed, and these incidents so close to one another, forced us to look at our records. In many of these cases, the weapons belonging to the murdered policemen were taken away, ostensibly by their murderers.

As a result of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency, the data................   read more

13 Jul

The week ahead – Backed into a corner

The Supreme Court on 6 July dismissed the trial of a Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on assets declaration and sundry charges instituted against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad unanimously upheld Saraki’s appeal, by dismissing the remnant three counts, declaring the evidence led by the prosecution as hearsay. The Danladi Umar-led CCT had, in June last year, terminated the trial upon an application................   read more

06 Jul

The week ahead – Flirting with reform

The Nigerian Senate on 3 July approved suggestions for the creation of state police as a way of strengthening security across the country. Adopting a motion sponsored by former Plateau Governor Jonah Jang on killings in his home state, the upper legislative house also directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to come up with a bill for creation of a truth, peace and reconciliation commission within the next two weeks. Saraki said the Police................   read more

04 Jul

Growing impact of the Pastoral Conflict

Currently, large parts of the Middle Belt region in central Nigeria– a broad expanse of territory that roughly incorporates the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba, the Federal Capital Territory, as well as the southern parts of Borno, Gombe, Kebbi, Kaduna and Yobe – is experiencing an escalation of the conflict between herders and farmers that has left hundreds of citizens dead, including women and children, and the................   read more

29 Jun

The week ahead – Walking the long bloody road

More than 200 people were killed last weekend in violence in Plateau state, the state governor said late on Tuesday. The latest death toll, up from the police’s previous figure of 86 killed, makes the violence one of the bloodiest incidents this year in a series of escalating communal clashes across much of Nigeria’s hinterland states. The attack “is very disturbing and alarming because it has left behind a painful loss of over 200 people,” Simon Lalong, governor................   read more

22 Jun

The week ahead – Reality takes a back seat

President Muhammadu Buhari signed a record ₦9.12 trillion 2018 budget into law on Wednesday but said it required changes he would seek through a supplementary spending plan. The National Assembly passed the budget last month although the total sum was higher than the ₦8.6 trillion spending plan presented to parliament by Buhari in November because lawmakers increased the benchmark oil price to $51 per barrel from $45. “I am however concerned about some of the................   read more

20 Jun

The state of the Boko Haram insurgency

Sunday’s deadly suicide attack on a Sallah procession in Damboa, Borno State which claimed 31 lives underscores not only the resilience of the Boko Haram insurgency that has lasted for nine years, but the evolving nature of the conflict itself. This latest incident fits the profile of attacks on soft targets carried out by female suicide bombers. In the face of these attacks which are now so frequent as to have become routine, the Buhari administration has dialled................   read more

08 Jun

The week ahead – A smeared painting

Three suicide bombers killed 10 people at a mosque in Niger’s southeastern city of Diffa who had gathered after breaking the Ramadan fast, an army spokesman said on 5 June. The area around Diffa, close to Lake Chad and the borders with Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, is a stronghold for two factions of militant group Boko Haram, which have been fighting to establish an Islamic state in the region.“It was last night that these three people exploded their charges during................   read more

06 Jun

Analysis – The gloves are off

Yesterday, a rare joint session of both houses of Nigeria’s National Assembly met and issued a series of resolutions that has set it on a collision course with the executive arm of government, and holds important political and economic consequences for the country as it stares down the barrel of crunch elections next year. The tension between the two most important arms of the Federal Government, both controlled by the same party – the All Progressives Congress,................   read more