Suicide Bombing of Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Northeast Nigeria, 2015-2017

  • Julia O. Ogbaji Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Jamiu Yusuf Danga Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria


Terrorism and insurgency have created a vast population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Nigeria. This has led to the proliferation of internally displaced persons’ camps in some towns especially in the Northeast of Nigeria, which is the epicentre of violent insurgency. Many IDP camps have been set up as part of government responses to population displacement because of insurgencies. While some scholars have examined the challenges, management, and roles of government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) on IDPs, scanty attention has been paid to how the IDP camps have become soft targets for suicide bombers. Suicide attacks have in recent times been carried out in and around different IDP camps on an alarming rate, thereby, raising the question of security challenges confronting these camps. This chapter examines how IDP camps have become targets for suicide bombers due to lapses in security management. The study has become imperative to draw the attention of relevant government agencies to this menace with the view of strengthening security around these already disadvantaged people. The study is carried out using primary and secondary sources of data collection. The primary sources used include oral interviews and newspaper reports, while secondary sources utilised relevant books and journal articles. The chapter recommends that a robust security mechanism be set-up around IDP camps while relocating those vulnerable to attacks.

Keywords: Suicide bombing, Terrorism, Insurgency, Internally Displaced Persons, International   Humanitarian Laws.

How to Cite
OGBAJI, Julia O.; DANGA, Jamiu Yusuf. Suicide Bombing of Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Northeast Nigeria, 2015-2017. KIU Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 4, p. 103-113, jan. 2022. ISSN 2519-0474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2022.