Flash Alert on Abduction and Killing in Borno State, North East Nigeria - March 2024


Increased attacks on civilians continue to raise alarming Protection concerns across Local Government Areas (LGA) of Borno state, North-East Nigeria. Protection partners reported 55 Protection incidents of attacks on civilians between 1st January and 14th March 2024, particularly in Bama, Damboa, Gwoza, Mobbar (Damasac), and Ngala LGAs of Borno state. The reported incidents included 176 attacks on civilians and another unlawful killing of IDPs, returnees, and host community members and 195 abductions, kidnappings, and forced disappearance of men and girls and boys particularly aged 12 to 17 years.

The attacks affected a total of 371 individuals, including the death of 60 civilians and injuries of 69 individuals across the LGAs. In addition to fatalities, injuries, and abductions, the attacks involved theft and destruction of personal property such as the looting and burning of 77 bicycles, 5 tricycles, and 1 truck and the stealing of 170 livestock belonging to IDPs, IDP returnees, and the host community. The attacks also displaced 612 individuals seeking safety in neighboring camps, wards, and LGAs due to the fear of attacks by Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG) .

The unlawful killings, abduction, and theft and destruction of civilian properties primarily perpetrated by NSAGs targeted IDPs, IDP returnees, and host community members in Bama, Damboa, Gwoza, Mobbar (Damasac), and Ngala LGAs.