The Violent Road: Violence in Nigeria

The issue of armed violence is becoming more and more noticed as a major problem in Nigeria.  The recent kidnapping of hundreds of girls has highlighted the deep rooted issues of violence in this West African power. The truth is that Nigeria is, and has been for a long while, one of the African countries […]

UK financial institutions investing £1.1 billion in cluster bomb producers

A new report released today by the Dutch peace group IKV Pax Christi shows that UK financial institutions are investing £1.1 billion in overseas companies that produce cluster bombs. Cluster bombs are illegal weapons banned by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. The UK has ratified the Convention but has not yet made it explicit […]

The Violent Road: comprehensive report on Nigerian armed violence by AOAV

Armed violence has damaged the economic and social wellbeing of Nigeria, according to a joint report by AOAV and local groups working against armed violence in Nigeria. A chronic failure to record and monitor the impact of armed violence has also hampered efforts to address this violence head on. The report was written by the National […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South West

Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo Politics The South West region is home to two of Nigeria’s three largest cities: Lagos and Ibadan. As a national and continental economic hub, Lagos sees a high level of political demonstrating, some of which has turned violent. The city saw high rates of rioting in January 2012, when […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South East

Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo Politics As elsewhere in Nigeria, politics and armed violence have been closely interlinked in the South East region, with formal political processes and electoral cycles frequently accompanied by violence. Arms made available to political thugs during election periods have a deep link to post-election violence in the region. It is […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South South

Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Rivers Politics Economics, politics and armed violence are often closely interlinked in the region. With political elites buffered by proceeds from oil revenue, governance in the region is weak and often unaccountable, subsequently making limited progress addressing underlying drivers of conflict in the region.270 The large urban centre […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North West

Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara Politics Politics in Northern Nigeria are often framed in terms of binary narratives that pitch the country’s North against South, or its Muslim population against its Christian community. These narratives mask much more complex dynamics. In the North West, violence has often accompanied key political junctures such as electoral […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North East

Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe Politics Discussions of politics in Nigeria are frequently characterised in terms of Northern and Southern rivalry, although this can mask much more complex dynamics of violence in the region. The most active militant group in the North East is the violent Islamist group Boko Haram, which has evolved over […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North Central

Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau Politics The North Central region has witnessed sharp spikes in violence surrounding elections and other critical junctures. The federal government has in recent years declared states of emergency in parts of the North Central region in response to high levels of armed violence there. For instance, in January of […]

New report: Insecurity and violence persist in Sierra Leone

Despite achieving significant progress on peace and stability in the decade following the civil war, insecurity and violence still persist in Sierra Leone. This was confirmed by our latest report that represents findings of a 2012 nationwide baseline assessment of armed violence in Sierra Leone. The survey shows that interpersonal violence, e.g. fights, threats, intimidation, assault and beatings, […]

New study: Asia Pacific to outstrip Northern American arms budget

As Western Europe’s share in the global arms market sees a sharp fall, Asia is finding itself in the midst of a tight arms race. In a new study – Balance of Trade – analysts of IHS Jane’s predict that the Asia Pacific defence budget will see a rise of 35% by 2021. This new total of […]

WHO: 1 in 3 women are affected by physical or sexual violence

“35% of women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime”. That was the shock findings of the first-ever global report on violence against women released by the World Health Organization last week. It was a report that made for grim reading. It stated that 30% of violence perpetrated against women is at the hands of their ‘intimate’ partners. That a […]