Terrorism Index Ranks Nigeria Third Worst-hit Country

By Bright Bassey

The 2016 Global Terrorism Index, GTI, has ranked Nigeria the third country worst hit by terrorist attacks in the world.

Nigeria came third behind Iraq and Afghanistan, with Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and India following. Egypt and Libya occupy the ninth and tenth positions.

The report had ranked Nigeria in the same position last year, one spot better than 2014.

Reports released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace, however, showed a 34% decline in the death rate by terrorist group, Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The report also revealed that in 2014, about 6,136 deaths were recorded by the terrorist group which reduced to about 4,095 in 2015, crediting the decline to the efforts of the Nigerian Military and the Joint Task Force, JTF in the North-East region.

Also, there was a reduction in the number of casualties by the Fulani herdsmen, “There were 630 fewer deaths by these militias in 2015, a decrease of 50 per cent,” the report said.

The report explained that countries are ranked based on four indicators considered over five years. It said the GTI score is given based on the relative impact of incidents in the year.

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