This week in Nigeria, there were 40 critical incidents in Nigeria, resulting in 102 deaths and 95 arrests. Terrorist activity accounted for 35% of the total incident pool this week, characterized by Boko Haram and herdsmen attacks. Both Human & Social Crises and Criminality followed with 17.5% each.
Over the past month, the Nigerian military became embroiled in new controversies. Amnesty International reported that air force bombings killed at least 35 non-combatants in December 2017. The Amnesty report came as a coalition of 64 villagers from Niger state launched a lawsuit against the federal government over an alleged army raid that led to the death of at least 13 people in August 2016.
A new outbreak of Lassa fever was recorded in Delta State, with one person confirmed dead and four others hospitalized. The Federal Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, blamed the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever on their refusal to take necessary precautions while treating patients.
Read more in our Nigeria Weekly report.