This is an ongoing research project. Despite the dangers inherent in the situation, CEDDERT researchers travelled to many of the areas affect by rural banditry and conducted interviews with a large number of individuals in communities in the three states (Birnin Gwari, Dansadau, and Sabuwa) which had experienced banditry incidences. As a result of the investigation, new perspectives on the problem were brought out that had previously been hidden from view. Some of the facts unearthed have been utilized by the governments of the three states to implement new strategies to help resolve the problem. A seminar was held at Arewa House, Kaduna on 8th September 2016 entitled Solutions to Securing Lives and Livelihoods: Dialogue on Farmer and Pastoralist Conflicts in Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina States. The event brought together many of the actual victims of the scourge and a very useful and lively discussion occurred, with many insights brought to light.
Photos of the workshop to be included here
At present, the report of the original research, together with transcripts of the interviews, are being prepared for publication. In addition, CEDDERT is planning follow-up research in the field to ascertain the extent of economic damage that has been wrought by the situation, both to individual incomes and to the area as a whole.