CFR: Africa in Transition 3/15/23


Africa in Transition
March 15, 2023
by CFR Africa Program

The map depicts deaths by state. Borno State, in Nigeria's North East, is the epicenter of Boko Haram-related violence, which has also spilled into neighboring Adamawa and Yobe states, among others.

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Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 4 to March 10, 2023. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents are included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.



  • March 4: Gunmen killed one police officer in Ogbaru, Anambra. 
  • March 5: Bandits killed two police officers and one other in Maru, Zamfara. 
  • March 5: Gunmen killed three in Riyom, Plateau. 
  • March 5: Gunmen killed a traditional leader in Rimin Gado, Kano. 
  • March 5: A soldier killed three other police officers and himself in Rabah, Sokoto. 
  • March 5: Suspected herdsmen killed three in Owan West, Edo. 
  • March 5: Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airstrikes killed three civilians in Giwa, Kaduna. 
  • March 6: Police officers killed one kidnapper in Isoko North, Delta. 
  • March 7: Bandits killed six and abducted fifty in Rafi, Niger State.
  • March 7: Unidentified airstrikes killed “several" (est. at ten) in Wushishi, Niger State. 
  • March 7: Bandits killed six vigilantes in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna. 
  • March 7: Police officers killed three gunmen in Ivo, Ebonyi. 
  • March 7: Herdsmen killed eight in Gwer West, Benue. 
  • March 8: Bandits abducted three in Bosso, Niger. 
  • March 8: Boko Haram killed thirty-five fishermen in Ngala Local Government Area (LGA) and one police officer in Magumeri LGA in Borno. 
  • March 8: Electoral violence led to one death in Alkaleri, Bauchi.
  • March 8: Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) killed one hundred Boko Haram militants in Dikwa, Borno. 
  • March 8: Herdsmen killed "some" (est. at five) in Kwande, Benue. 
  • March 8: Herdsmen killed seven in Guma, Benue. 
  • March 9: Boko Haram abducted seven in Magumeri, Borno. 
  • March 10: Bandits killed one and abducted four in Lere, Kaduna. 

March 10: Kidnappers abducted fifteen in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory

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