Factsheet: Religious Freedom in Nigeria Q2 2020
The situation in Nigeria during the second quarter of 2020 was greatly complicated by the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the most violent areas stayed in near constant lockdown during this period, causing massive strain on the financial and physical welfare of the people. Fulani militants and Boko Haram were able to conduct many attacks against citizens who were following governmental orders by staying at home. These orders ultimately proved fatal for many innocent Christians who were attacked while locked in their own homes.
This quarter was even more violent and deadly than the first quarter of 2020. During the first quarter ICC tracked at least 766 casualties from 200 violent militant incidents. The second quarter, however, saw many more than this with 1,501 casualties from 291 violent militant incidents, claiming the lives of militants, government forces, and civilians.