Keeping Up With The Chibok Girls: Chasing Dreams, Battling Discrimination, Dropping Out

Two hundred and seventy-six girls were kidnapped. Among them, over 100 are still missing. But, also, well over a hundred either escaped or were released by their captors. How are they faring? Over the course of two days, nine girls converge in a tiny hotel room in Yola. As a group, they are some of …

The Anatomy Of A Terror Attack In Northwest Nigeria

Reconstructing a typical terrorist attack based on interviews with dozens of victims across three states in the region. It all started 11 years ago, or six, or maybe more recently — depending on what community you are from and how soon they got to you. Before that, you had not grown accustomed to the explosive …

Death, Starvation, New Terror Recruits … Aftermath Of Borno’s IDP Resettlement

The government insists it is resettling the displaced people for their good, but so far it hasn’t seemed that way. For many of the returnees, almost everything that could go wrong has. When Gambo Muhammad, 72, left his hometown of Sidiya Kari in Kala Balge, Northeast Nigeria, he felt he had no other choice. Rampaging terrorists …

Displaced By Bandits (1-5)

The series is based on a 16-day field trip that cuts across various communities in Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara affected by banditry in the Northwest. It focuses on the experiences of the various pockets and gatherings of Internally Displaced People and refugees — the attacks on their communities and their struggling realities as IDPs. The …

Hidden Roles Mediators Played In Securing Chibok Girls’ Release

The authors say proceeds from the book will be used to fund educational needs in Chibok, especially for the families of survivors. When terrorists successfully abduct a group of civilians and hold them hostage for a long time, public discussions often suggest that the road to their rescue is straightforward, typically involving the swift deployment …

Separated By Military, A Borno Couple’s Uphill Journey Back To Each Other

Both were sent off to two death zones, the husband to the Giwa military barracks and the wife to the Bama Hospital IDP camp. Luckily, after several years, they made it out alive to tell their stories of adversity and resilience. ‘The women cannot farm, or go to fetch water and firewood. And when the …

The Deradicalised (1-5)

The Deradicalised is a five-part series. In 2016, the Nigerian government launched a multi-sectoral programme tagged “Operation Safe Corridor” to deradicalise and rehabilitate “low-risk” Boko Haram members and encourage insurgents to embrace peace. But years into its operation and after about a thousand people were graduated in different batches, extraordinarily little was really known about …

Why Local Conflict-Reporting Lacks Depth And What Journalists Can Do Differently

Insecurity has, for many years, occupied a central position among an array of dire problems Nigerians face. For people in the northeast, it manifests mainly as the Boko Haram insurgency.  For those in other regions of the north and middle-belt, we have banditry, inter-communal conflicts, and clashes between herders and farming communities. In the south, …

Knifar: Women Facing Forced Family Separation By Soldiers Cry Out

Thousands of women in Borno have had to raise their children alone because their husbands, arbitrarily accused of being members of Boko Haram, are jailed by the Nigerian Army. But they are not planning to give up hope. Hauwa has not heard from her husband in many years. In 2015, her town, Bama, Borno State, …

Insecurity Forcing Ogun Communities To Use Traditional Safeguards In Combatting Crime

Realising that the Nigeria Police cannot curb crime alone, vigilante groups in a southwest state have stuck to ancient practices of reducing insecurity and seem to be succeeding. When Olajide finally joined the Supreme Eiye Confraternity as a sophomore at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun State, it was not because he wanted to stand out. He …