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Nigerian Farmers Paid N140 million to Bandits in 3 Years Amidst Rising Insecurity

The growing trend of farmers paying significant sums to bandits for access to their own lands is alarming, as it not only perpetuates criminal activities but also intensifies the struggle for livelihoods in rural areas. The report sheds light on the multifaceted challenges, including the direct involvement of bandits in agricultural enterprises, further compromising the stability of Nigeria’s food production.

The decade-long crisis has created a vicious cycle, with farmers not only facing economic exploitation but also risking severe consequences if they resist the bandits’ demands. This dynamic not only hampers agricultural productivity but also heightens the vulnerability of rural communities to terrorist attacks, impacting the overall security landscape of the region.

As Nigeria approaches the lean season in 2024, the projected crisis conditions for a significant portion of the population underscore the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to address both the immediate security concerns and the broader socio-economic challenges faced by farmers. The government, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, must work towards restoring stability, ensuring the safety of farmers, and safeguarding the nation’s food security.

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