The ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy Tracker (ECTS – Tracker) is an Open Data Platform that provides practical analysis of operational policy framework for ECOWAS counter-terrorism actions. It acts as a Supporting and serving knowledge base for promoting a common regional approach for counter terrorism by both state and non-state actors through the documentation and analyses of cases, activities and incidences of extremist violence across the West African sub region. It is a mechanism for looking at the location, trends, patterns of incidences of terrorist attacks and the response of state and non state actors across the sub region. The tracker has also serves as a tool in monitoring the efforts of States in implementing the ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy (CTS).
1.1 Trends and Patterns of Extremist within West Africa and the Sahel Region (Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Burkina-Faso)
In the month of December both insurgents and herdsmen were instruments of rampage on West Africa and Sahel regions causing the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to intensify clearance operations and take over territory from insurgents. As part of the on-going Boko Haram crisis in the Lake Chad region, Mali witnessed an attack on its Airport in the town of Geo and a prison break later in month which led to the escape of 97 inmates.
1.2 Aids Response Delivery
- There was Aid response to civilians caught up in the Boko Haram conflict in the Lake Chad region during this period. This was a very big relief for it heavily impacted upon the lives of the victims positively due to the on-going crisis. With over 220,000 displaced persons in the Diffa of Niger region Aid workers had to resort to the use of helicopters to reach civilians in need in the region. This is because safety concerns have made the use of the road networks in the region extremely dangerous which of course had a dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region. Nearly half a million children are expected to suffer from the on-going food crisis and the United Nations had called for quick response from the International Community.
1.3 Response from Government / Non Governmental Organisations
- Response to the on-going crisis, the United States of America during the period donated $1 billion worth of supplies of relief materials to victims of Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria as part of its 2017 humanitarian response.
- During the period under review, the Nigerian government in collaboration with British Royal Anglian Regiment reached an agreement to provide training to the Nigerian School of Infantry on how to detect Boko Haram IEDs while on the front line.
- In order to give support to Operation Rescue Finale and create an enabling environment for ground troops to undertake final onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa forest, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) provided air strike support for the ground troops during this period.
Download Full Report in PDF here Ecowas CTT Strategy Factsheet December 2016