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15th May 2019, Lagos, Nigeria:

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Nigeria (WANEP-Nigeria) and its member organisations expresses with deep concern the surge in armed banditry across States in the North-West Region of Nigeria, particularly, Zamfara, Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto States, which has resulted in high fatalities, loss of livelihoods, internal displacements and open-armed confrontations. The persistent banditry has transcended into rampant kidnapping for ransom, cattle rustling, intimidation and killings.

Given the increased incidents of armed attacks and its consequences on public safety, food security and social cohesion in the affected States, WANEP-Nigeria condemns and calls for increased interventions to respond and mitigate the increasing violence being perpetuated by armed bandits in the aforementioned States. It has also been noted with concern that violent activities of armed bandits continue to force farming communities to abandon their farms, causing significant effect to the livelihoods of people within the States in the North-West Region of Nigeria. The surge in violence further causes fear and mistrust among the local population in the region. Report from the Zamfara State Government, indicates that within the last five years, 3, 526 people were killed, 8, 219 people injured with 500 villages devastated in the State.
Currently, over 30, 000 people in Zamfara State have been displaced internally with an estimated average of 22, 000 widows and 44,000 orphans left behind . In addition to the statistical analysis generated from the WANEP National Early Warning System (NEWS) on the figures of fatality arising from attacks by bandits, a cumulative death of 488 people were recorded in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto States from January-April, 2019 .

While WANEP-Nigeria commends the enforcement of multi-agency security operations and the series of consultative meetings with traditional and community leaders, to curb banditry and other forms of criminality in the region, it urges authorities concerned to be more vigilant and strengthen community involvement in security and safety. WANEP-Nigeria also uses this opportunity to express in-depth condolences to victims and survivors of attacks by bandits.

In view of the foregoing current security dynamics of States in the North-West of the country, WANEP-Nigeria through its early warning mechanism will continue to monitor the security trends to inform responses by the respective appropriate agencies and State Governments to forestall further escalation of violence and its spill-over effects to other regions of the country.

In view of the current security challenge confronting the North-Western States, WANEP-Nigeria further recommends the following:
• The State Governments in the affected region should enhance interface between community early warning systems and intelligence gathering for effective alerts for prevention and mitigation of attacks by armed groups.
• The State Governments should reactivate and strengthen the Traditional Community Policing to tackle banditry and other forms of criminality to complement the efforts of security agencies in the northern region. This should be extended to other regions of the country to bolster peace and security.
• The need for security leadership in the country to intensify inter-agency collaboration to enhance synergy between security agencies in Nigeria (including the Nigerian Police, Army,

Air Force and Civilian Joint Task Force) and neighbouring countries responsible for border management and security surveillance to mitigate threats of armed banditry and other criminal activities.
• The Federal and State Governments should improve its resettlement plan for IDPs especially women, children and other vulnerable groups including the aged and people living with disability. Special attention should be put in place to ensure victims of violence access psychosocial, health and livelihoods support to rebuild their lives.

For further enquiries, kindly contact the National Network Coordinator of WANEP Nigeria on:
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Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A Iban Emem (Women of Peace)


Activity Report of WIPNET Members in Akwa Ibom State A.K.A

Iban Emem (Women of Peace)

Advocacy Visits to Paramount Rulers of of Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas.

The Women in Peacebuilding Program, WIPNET, of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP was established in the year 2003 with the broad goal to elevate women from their state of obscurity to the fore to enable them play key roles alongside men in building peace. This was based on the realization that ‘gender and peacebuilding’ did not adequately respond to the existing gap between men and women and that men and women cannot attain equal opportunities espoused in the gender equality definition if women are absent from the scene altogether.

In line with WIPNET’s goal of building women’s capacity to play active and visible roles in peace-building in Nigeria, the current project “Sustaining Women Social Networking for Effective Participation in Peace Processes in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria is geared towards training and mobilizing platform for women groups and relevant agencies for policy engagement and sustainable peacebuilding interventions; conflict prevention and peace advocacy in the states of the Niger Delta. It is a three year project that spans 2011-2013. Two communities were selected in each of the Niger Delta States with the Training of women Leaders otherwise referred as TOT and with the mandate to replicate these trainings to twenty five women in each community for replications and mentoring.

As a sequel to the replication trainings carried out in Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas, the women leaders carried out advocacy visits to the paramount rulers of these Local Government Areas in order to facilitate women’s participation in peace processes and leadership at the community levels. The group met with His Royal Majesty (HRM) Augustine E.J. Assiak and His Royal Majesty (HRM) Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang and their council of chiefs to introduce WANEP/WIPNET to them in the communities and Akwa Ibom State at large.

The team leader of the group, Mrs Regina Fabaian, briefed the council members on the Vision, Mission and Objectives of WANEP, she also presented some WANEP/WIPNET Publications to the council members. They in turn expressed their joy at the women’s willingness to work with traditional institutions in fostering peace and development in the community.

The Iban Emem group which also comprised of Mrs Helen Amos, Evang Stella Umo, Mrs Rosemary Akpabio and the WIPNET Focal Person for the South South Zone Ms. Ann Uduka visited Ibiono Ibom NCWS to celebrate the 2012 International Women’s Day.

As measures of strengthening the association, members of Iban Emem (Women of Peace) in Akwa Ibom State have agreed to have a uniform, open a bank account and register as a cooperative society. The group is also planning for a peace march in a selected community on the International Peace Day slated for September 21, 2012.