Terrorism: Nigeria ranked second despite N11tn security budgets

Terrorism: Nigeria ranked second despite N11tn security budgets

Despite the high budgetary allocation, however, the country remains the second most attacked country by the Islamic State terrorist group globally, according to the data by Jihad Analytics.

Recall that Nigeria budgeted a total of N11.18tn for security from 2015 to 2022.

Jihad Analytics specialises in global and cyber jihad, open-source intelligence and data.

In its report covering January to June 2022, the group said Nigeria recorded 305 attacks with Iraq being first (337) and Syria third (142).

This is happening against the backdrop of the claims by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), that his regime was winning the counter-terrorism war.

The PUNCH had reported the activities of ISWAP terrorists and bandits in the North-West, North-Central and attacks in South-West.

The group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre, Abuja, on July 5, during which hundreds of suspected Boko Haram commanders and other criminals escaped.

Its fighters were also believed to have masterminded the attack on the elite Guards Brigade troops in Abuja in which five soldiers died.

Since Buhari assumed office on May 29, 2015, his regime had allocated approximately N11.18tn as security budget.

This figure covers budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Police Affairs, National Security Adviser and the Police Service Commission.

Based on the 2015 Appropriation Act available on the website of the Budget Office of the Federation, a total of N626.39bn was allocated.

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