Transport Security

Two fatal accidents were reported in the news this week. The first involved a high profile individual; the Divisional Police Officer for Shanono LGA, Kano state. The second was on the Ewekoro, Ogun state area of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway where a driver carrying four passengers drove on to on-coming traffic and collided with a truck.

According to Nigeria Watch and the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), fatal road accidents have been found to be leading cause of deaths in Nigeria. Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) released data stating that North Central had the highest rates of fatal road accidents in Nigeria.

Lagos perpetually records the highest numbers of road accidents, followed by Edo and FCT Abuja (According to Nigeria Watch statistics). Kogi state has the fourth highest rate, and because both FCT and Kogi fall under the same region, this explains the high accident numbers for the North Central region.

Also, the ‘EMBER’ months (September to December) report higher traffic incidents due to more festivities scheduled during this period which involve increased road travel.

 

Boko Haram

Boko Haram released a new video on the 12th September which showed a large group of Boko Haram members heading to a prayer ground for Eid prayers. Abubakar Shekau was absent from the video, but the individual who led the prayers was his assistant, who made sure he pledged loyalty to Shekau on behalf of all those present.

The video shows despite the over 7 years of the Nigerian military fighting against this group, they are still able to move around in large crowds, dress up on special holidays, and maintain a sizeable crowd of supporters.

This highlights the problem the Nigerian government is sure to encounter if and when they decide to commence draw down of military operations. The system that encouraged the existence and thriving of the insurgent group still exists. Lack of government and law enforcement presence and poor socio-economic development in the area will continue to encourage this insurgency until it is addressed.