Boko Haram in Nigeria: Statistical Trends, Patterns and Social Implications
Findings indicate that the average number of victims killed in terrorist activities in Nigeria was much lower prior to Shekau’s Boko Haram. Nigeria registered about 124 terrorist fatalities per year on average in 2006, 2007, and 2008, while 730 fatalities were recorded on average in each of the following five years (2009 to 2013). This represents approximately six-fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorist attacks. The analysis also indicates that armed assault, bombing and explosion, and facility/infrastructure damage are the main techniques employed by Boko Haram. The paper concludes by articulating the implications of these findings vis-à-vis Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram.