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Nigeria: Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL9364, tabled on 10 July 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent disclosure during a plenary session of the Nigerian House of Representatives that 52 villages in four local government areas in Plateau State have been occupied by the herder militia responsible for the deaths of 238 residents of those villages.

Answered on

19 July 2018

We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence in parts of the Central and Middle Belt regions of Nigeria, including in Plateau State. The situation is complex and access to information is limited. We are not able to verify whether villages in Plateau State have been occupied by herders. We welcome President Buhari's strong condemnation of the violence and his commitment to bring the perpetrators to justice. We call for solutions that meet the needs of all affected communities and prevent further violence.