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Six states to watch in Nigeria’s 2019 elections–Crisis Group

Nigerian elections are high-stakes affairs often marred by street clashes and worse. As the 2019 contests approach, the risk of disturbances is particularly high in six states. The government and its foreign partners can limit campaign-related violence by enhancing security and promoting dialogue among rivals. What’s new? As presidential, gubernatorial and legislative

14 killed as gunmen attacks Kaduna village

Gunmen have reportedly attacked Ungwan Paa-Gwandara village in Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State on Sunday night. Mr Joshua Paul, a resident of the community told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kafanchan on Monday that the attack was at a wedding ceremony at about 8:00 pm. An unconfirmed number of people

Nigerian Armed Forces Requires N9bn for military boots Annually

  The Director-General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, Abuja, Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Jumo Osahor, says the Armed Forces of Nigeria will require about N9 billion to provide military boots annually to meet soldiers kitting needs. AVM Osahor made this known in a paper he delivered during the Third Annual National Conference

Special Report: Should the stones become bullets?

•Managing conflicts between Nigeria and its Shi’ites Editor's note: This month’s Nextier SPD Monthly examines the violent clashes between the Nigerian state and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites. Based on observation and desk research, it traces the origin, history and causes  the current conflicts, especially the

NDA matriculates 471 cadets

The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, on Thursday, matriculated 471 Cadets into the 70 Regular Course who will undergo various degree programmes in the academy. A statement signed by the NDA’s Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Abdullahi, quoted George Pedro, a retired brigadier-general, as calling on the cadet to live a life of integrity and

Wild, Wild North-West: A region under siege 

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues and proposes recommendations to address them. In this  week's publication, Nextier SPD examined the web of protracted security challenges in Nigeria's North West Geopolitical Zone.   In the last six months, Nigeria’s North-West geopolitical zone has

DSS arrests ISWA bomb expert in Adamawa

•Nabs killers of Kaduna monarch, maiwada galadima •Recovers cache of ammunition across states Godsgift Onyedinefu The Department of State Security Service (DSS) on Thursday announced the arrest of high profile kidnappers and crime suspects across Nigeria including a suspected Improvised Explosives Device (IED) expert for the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Abbas

The Nigerian Army and Shiites conundrum…

Senator Iroegbu  I penned the opinion piece below early 2016 at the heat of the Army-Shiites deadly clash. I decided to use an opinionated format in order to fully express my perspective on the issue. Lucky enough the article produced immediate impacts as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur

Nigerian Army to produce combat vehicles in 2025

The chief of army staff Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian army will begin the production of combat vehicles in 2025. Buratai made this known at the 77 Regular Recruits Intake Passing-Out Parade at the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria, Kaduna state, northern Nigeria on Saturday. The Army chief said through research, the