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Africa in Transition

John Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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A Chadian soldier soon after forces from Nigeria, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger retook the town of Damasak, March 18, 2015. The four nations launched an offensive to end Boko Haram's quest to establish a caliphate in northeastern Nigeria in 2015. Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Chad Removes Hundreds of Soldiers From Nigerien Region Affected by Boko Haram

The Voice of America (VOA), citing “humanitarian sources and officials,” reports that Chad has withdrawn “hundreds” of troops from Niger where they had been fighting Boko Haram. Read More

October 16, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 7 - October 13

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from October 7 to October 13, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

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October 13, 2017

Nigeria
Powerful Rhetoric Gives Insight Into Biafran Independence Narratives

The still unknown whereabouts of Namdi Kanu, a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has led to public exchanges that provide insight into the mindset of at least some of Biafra's supporters. The IPOB is one of a number of organizations that are calling for the secession from Nigeria of the predominately Igbo and Christian states in southeast Nigeria, and the federal government has labeled it a terrorist organization.

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October 12, 2017

Nigeria
Detainees Suspected of Ties to Boko Haram Begin Secret Trials

The Nigerian security services have imprisoned thousands of people suspected of being tied to Boko Haram. The detentions began in earnest in 2011 and accelerated up until 2015, after which they appear to have declined. In June 2015, Amnesty International estimated that the security services had arrested up to twenty thousand people since 2009, and in the two years since the report was issued, presumably thousands more have been detained.

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