Violence in Nigeria

Patterns and Trends

  • Patricia Taft
  • Nate Haken

Part of the Terrorism, Security, and Computation book series (TESECO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 1-7
  3. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 9-50
  4. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 51-62
  5. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 63-74
  6. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 75-92
  7. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 93-103
  8. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 105-120
  9. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 121-132
  10. Patricia Taft, Nate Haken
    Pages 133-134
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 135-136

About this book


This book takes a quantitative look at ICT-generated event data to highlight current trends and issues in Nigeria at the local, state and national levels. Without emphasizing a specific policy or agenda, it provides context and perspective on the relative spatial-temporal distribution of conflict factors in Nigeria. The analysis of violence at state and local levels reveals a fractal pattern of overlapping ecosystems of conflict risk that must be understood for effective, conflict-sensitive approaches to development and direct conflict mitigation efforts. Moving beyond analyses that use a broad religious, ethnic or historical lens, this book focuses on the country’s 774 local government areas and incorporates over 10,000 incidents coded by location, date and indicator to identify patterns in conflict risk between 2009 and 2013. It is the first book to track conflict in Nigeria during this period, which covers the Amnesty Agreement in the Niger Delta and the birth of Boko Haram in the North. It also includes conflict risk heat maps of each state and trend-lines of violence. The authors conclude with a discussion of the nuanced factors that lead to escalating violence, such as resource competition and trends in terrorism during this critical point in Nigeria’s history. Violence in Nigeria is designed as a reference for researchers and practitioners working in security, peacebuilding and development, including policy makers, intelligence experts, diplomats, national defense and homeland security experts. Advanced-level students studying public policy, international relations or computer science will also find this book useful as a secondary textbook or reference.


Boko Haram Conflict maps Niger Delta Nigeria Oil Peacebuilding Public policy Risk heat maps Security Terrorism Web-based technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Patricia Taft
    • 1
  • Nate Haken
    • 2
  1. 1.The Fund for PeaceWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.The Fund for PeaceWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14934-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14935-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-8778
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-8786
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