15 May 2019



  • Expanded military operations unlikely to slow growth of banditry and kidnapping in North-West region over coming year
  • Armed banditry in Zamfara State will likely continue to spread to neighbouring states in North-West and North-Central regions
  • Rise in violence will remain confined to rural areas, ensuring risk to key economic hubs including Lagos, Abuja and Kano City, remains minimal


The Army’s Chief of Staff said on 3 May that the scope of the Exercise Harbin Kunama III military operation – which seeks to address rising banditry in the North-West region – would be expanded. No details have been made public, but the expansion will…


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