CONROY, Stone (2014) Land Conflits and Lethal Violence in Nigeria: Patterns, Mapping and Evolution (2006 – 2014)
Nigeria is a country rife with conflict, and disputes over land issues constitute a significant number of conflict events and the violent deaths that result from them. Land issues vary from region to region, although there are some cross-cutting themes; pastoralists and farmers in the north and Middle Belt, clashes between communities and oil companies in the south-south and south-east, and urban and peri-urban conflicts in major cities are all affected by politics, legal issues, and possibly, by climate change. This paper seeks to explore patterns and trends in land conflicts in Nigeria by exploring the existing literature and parsing through data provided by the Nigeria Watch database, a research project that monitors lethal violence, conflicts, and human security in Nigeria. The data is examined from June 1, 2006 when the project started.