Terrorism/Insecurities: Nigeria ranked second despite N11tn security budgets


Terrorism/Insecurities: Nigeria ranked second despite N11tn security budgets

Nigeria Ranked Second Most Terrorized Country After Iraq Despite Huge Security Budgets

Nigeria has been ranked second most insecure country after a total of N11.18tn has been budgeted for security from 2015 to 2022, Knowledge Trend Gathered.

And according to the data by Global and International Terrorism Research/Analysis group, Jihad Analytics, the country remains the second most attacked country by the Islamic State terrorist group globally, despite the high budgetary allocation.

About Jihad Analytics and Its Terrorism Research 

Jihad Analytics is a 
Global and International Terrorism Research/Analysis group which specializes in global and cyber jihad, open-source intelligence and data.

In its report covering January to June 2022, the group said Nigeria recorded 305 attacks with Iraq being first (337) and Syria third (142).

This is happening against the backdrop of the claims by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), that his regime was winning the counter-terrorism war.

Terrorism Inventories and Investigations in Nigeria

The report added that the activities of ISWAP terrorists and bandits in the North-West, North-Central and attacks in South-West had taken terrorism in Nigeria to a critical level.

ISWAP has carried out several terror operationa in Nigeria. It claimed responsibility for the attack on the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre, Abuja, on July 5, during which hundreds of suspected Boko Haram commanders and other criminals escaped.

Its fighters were also believed to have masterminded the attack on the elite Guards Brigade troops in Abuja in which took the life of five soldiers.

Since president Buhari assumed office on May 29, 2015, his regime had allocated approximately N11.18tn as security budget.

This figure covers budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Police Affairs, National Security Adviser and the Police Service Commission.

Based on the 2015 Appropriation Act available on the website of the Budget Office of the Federation, a total of N626.39bn was allocated.

The expenditure rose to N978.72bn in 2016, N1.12tn in 2017, N1.26tn by 2018, N1.33tn in 2019, N1.71tn in 2020, and N1.87tn in 2021 for all aforementioned ministries and agencies.

By 2022, the budgetary allocation increased to N2.27tn, showing an increase of 262.39 per cent when compared to the allocation in 2015.

Meanwhile, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), on April 4, 2018, approved additional $1bn for military equipment, following a meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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