Over 2.1 million displaced in northern Nigeria

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:15

There are over 2.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), representing more than 300,000 households in parts of northern Nigeria. This is according to fifth round of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The recent spike in attacks by insurgents in north eastern Nigeria has given rise to steady increase of displacement in the country.

Over 1.4 million now displaced in six states in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram’s insurgency in north eastern Nigeria continues to fuel large scale displacement in the country. IOM’s third Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report, published this week, indicates that 1,491,706 people are now displaced in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe– that is 194,145 households.


Since May 2013, Nigeria has seen an intensification of conflict due to Boko Haram attacks in its north east states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. Insurgency and counter-insurgency have inevitably resulted in the displacement of people across the troubled states. In response to the need for accurate information on internally displaced persons (IDPs), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) began implementing the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) project in July 2014.