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This monthly conflict report is designed to update stakeholders on conflict early warning incidents as identified by CIEPD Conflict Watch Centre (CWC) across the 9 States in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The approach of the CWC is focused on predicting, tracking, monitoring and reporting on situations, events and actors (individual, group and institutions) with the capacity to cause violence. . The CWC conflict early warning information is collected mainly through community trained incidents reporters and as well as social media sources. CWC has also gone further in strengthening its response mechanism which is critical to conflict mitigation and prevention.


Summary of Reported Incidents 

According to CWC data (see Figure 1), 49 conflict early warning incidents were reported in January 2021 across the 9 States in the Niger Delta region. The data shows an increase in reported incidents in January, compared to December 2020 with 41 reported incidents. Rivers State had the highest number of reported incidents in the Niger Delta in January 2021. This was followed by Delta and Ondo State respectively. Cross river and Bayelsa was one of the least violent states within the Niger Delta.  However, during data collection we underwent some report gaps in Cross river and Bayelsa states. Comparatively Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta reported 2 incidents in Bayelsa state.



Figure 1: Number of Reported Incidents by State


According to CWC data (see Figure 2), reported incidents during the month mainly included violence/criminality, Kidnapping,(GBV) Violence against women and girls, Cult violence etc. The highest number of reported incidents during the period related mainly to Violence/criminality, kidnapping and Gender Based Violence (GBV). A Peace Initiative was also reported.


Figure 2: Types of Reported Incidents 


At the regional level, the majority of incidents of Violence/ criminality during the month occurred in Delta, Akwa Ibom and Ondo State (see Figure 3).

This was followed by kidnapping in Edo, Ondo and Abia state. The highest number of Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women and girls were reported in Delta State.


Figure 3: Type of Reported Incidents by State


Situation Analysis

Conflict and violence in the Niger Delta region in January 2021 was caused largely by violent criminality. These was followed by kidnapping and Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women and girls (see Figure 2). Overall there was an increase in Violence/criminality, Kidnapping, and Gender Based Violence (GBV) etc. in January, compared with the trend in December 2020.

The CIEPD, through the Conflict Watch Center (CWC), is monitoring the situation closely and will collaborate with stakeholders for appropriate preventive interventions.


Prevention Interventions

During the month of January, the CWC carried out 10 interventions to mitigate conflict and prevent violence in affected communities.


CWC Reporting Handles

Twitter: @Ciepd_CWC 

Facebook Page: CIEPD CWC 

Whatsapp: 09056454523 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


The Conflict Watch Center (CWC) is an intervention of the Community Initiative for Enhanced Peace and Development designed to identify, track and report on conflict early warning signs in the Niger Delta.


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