Last year, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was ranked the 10th deadliest terrorist organization in the world by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
In the latest annual report of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), GTI said the IPOB was responsible for 40 attacks in 2022 that left 16 injured and 57 killed.
The report was made public on Wednesday.
IPOBIn 2021, 26 attacks and 34 deaths were recorded, the report said.
The separatist group was banned by the federal government in 2017.
IPOB has been accused of killing and destroying public property in the southeast of the country.
It is also imposing stay-at-home orders in the region every Monday to force the federal government to release its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is on trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja on treason and terrorism charges .
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), designated a terrorist organization by the Nigerian government in 2017, will see their deadliest year in 2022,” the report reads.
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“They have caused 40 attacks and 57 deaths in 2022, up from 26 attacks and 34 deaths the year before. IPOB is a separatist movement with many factions, many of which are seeking Peaceful division.
“The impact of terrorism continues to decline in Nigeria; the total number of deaths has decreased by 23%, from 497 in 2021 to 385 in 2022. The number of terrorist attacks in Nigeria has also decreased significantly, with 120 incidents recorded in 2022 , compared to 214 in 2021. This is the number of terrorist attacks and deaths since 2011.
“By 2022, the military will overtake law enforcement as the most targeted group. Military personnel account for a quarter of all attacks, followed by civilians at 24 percent and law enforcement at 18 percent. Despite this, 2022 Half of all those who died from terrorism in Nigeria in 2009 were civilians.
“ISWAP Now the most prominent group in Borno state, with 40 incidents recorded and 168 deaths in 2022, Boko Haram has 6 incidents and 63 deaths.
“However, the state remains the most terror-affected region in Nigeria, accounting for 60% of all terrorism-related deaths in 2022.”
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