The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2019 report has shown that deaths from terrorism decreased for the fourth consecutive year after peaking in 2014.
The report is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace using data from the Global Terrorism Database and other sources.
The report shows the total number of deaths fell by over 15 percent in 2018, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Somalia on the back of the defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq, and US-led airstrikes on Al-Shabaab
Among the 10 countries most impacted by terrorism, Nigeria is still ranked in the red band.
The report stated deaths from terrorism in Nigeria increase to 2,040 in 2018, a 33 percent increase. This increase follows a steady decline in deaths since 2014.
According to the GTD over 170,000 terrorist incidents were recorded for the period 1970 to 2017.
It started that, “terror-related incidents increased 37 percent, from 411 in 2017 to 562 in 2018. The increase was due to a substantial escalation of violence by Fulani extremists, whilst Boko Haram recorded a decline in deaths from terrorism.”
“Violence between Nigerian herders and farmers intensified in early 2018 with approximately 300,000 people fleeing their homes.
“The most recent escalation in violence follows increased militia attacks and the implementation of new anti-grazing legislation.
“In Nigeria, terrorist activity is dominated by Fulani extremists and Boko Haram. Together, they account for 78 percent of terror-related incidents and 86 percent of deaths from terrorism,” it added