Nigeria sixth position in global terrorism index

Nigeria is now in the sixth position in the current Global Terrorism Index.

This is as a result of successes recorded in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

The report stated that Nigeria dropped two places from fourth, a position it occupied since 2017.

The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) published by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), established by an independent and non-profit think tank, showed that Nigeria, Syria, and Somalia are the only nations, among the 10 countries most affected by terrorism, to get an improved score from 2020 to 2021.

There was a decline in the number of terrorism-related deaths in Nigeria, according to the report.

It noted that the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, as well as the Federal Government’s efforts at defeating the group led to the decline.

According to the report, “Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 448 in 2021, the lowest level since 2011. Terror-related casualties dropped by almost half compared with the previous year.

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“However, the number of terrorists’ attacks increased by 49 percent between 2020 and 2021. 36 percent of attacks were claimed by ISWA, Boko Haram being responsible for eight percent and 44 percent not attributed to any group.”

It explained that in 2020, ISWA became the deadliest terrorist group in Nigeria, saying that the decline of Boko Haram continued into 2021, with Boko Haram responsible for only 69 deaths, a decrease of 77 percent from the previous year.

According to the report, it is the lowest number of deaths by the group for a decade, stressing that Boko Haram’s decline has resulted in a substantial improvement in terrorism in Borno State, which experienced a decrease of 71 percent in terrorism deaths when compared with the previous year.

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