The Niger Delta Peace and conflict landscape remained largely unchanged during the first quarter of 2020. There were no significant changes in the trends and patterns of conflict risk and violence during the period, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
In Q1 2020, there was an increase in incidents of conflict risk and a decrease in lethal violence. According to data, conflict risk, and lethal violence during the quarter were driven mainly by communal conflict and land disputes, gang violence, political tensions, and criminality including kidnapping. Violence Affecting Women and Girls (VAWG) was also prevalent during the quarter.
Delta, followed by Edo and Rivers were the most violent states in the Niger Delta during the period, based on reported fatalities.
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Niger Delta Weekly Update – Deadly Armed Robbery in Ondo State (Feb 9-15, 2020)