Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis is complex. It is marked by violent conflict, a growing refugee population and internal displacement within a population of diverse socio-cultural identities.

A doctor was ambushed in Nassarawa state
17 October 2023: Along Jangargari-Awe road, Awe LGA, Nassarawa state, a doctor travelling on a motorcycle was ambushed by an unidentified armed group who attacked and killed him with a machete. His motorcycle rider was also injured. Source: Nigeria Punch . Return to Nigeria home page. more
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Insecurity Insight documents attacks on health care in Nigeria identified from open sources and partner contributions. Our data is accessible on the Humanitarian Data Exchange here.

Based on Insecurity Insight data, the Nigeria chapter of the 2022 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report – Ignoring Red Lines: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict – analyses 43 reported incidents of violence against or obstruction of access to health care in Nigeria in 2022. Among the incidents, 37 health workers were kidnapped and at least seven health workers were killed with such events spread widely across the country. Eleven incidents also involved the looting of vital health supplies but were concentrated in northern Nigeria in contrast to health worker killings and kidnappings. The full chapter is accessible here.