Nearly 1.7 Million Displaced in Northeast Nigeria: IOM

Nigeria - The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) project is currently being implemented in 13 of Nigeria’s states – Abuja FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, and Zanfara – covering a total of 218 local government areas (LGAs).

From the latest DTM report, 2,066,783 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been identified in these states. Borno with 1,404,483 IDPs has the largest number, followed by Adamawa (159,445) and Yobe (112,671).

Based on the DTM Round X, 1,676,599 IDPs are believed to have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Most people identified during the assessment are living in host communities, with friends and relatives or in rented/donated houses.

The data collected indicates that 86.46 percent are living in host communities, while 13.54 percent are living in camps or camp-like sites. IOM is conducting baseline assessments of IDPs, as well as establishing a profile of the IDPs living in camps and host communities under the project.

The project provides accurate information in a systematic way which is shared with the government and other humanitarian partners. It helps relevant stakeholders identify the needs and priorities of Nigeria’s displaced population for informed interventions to provide the necessary assistance.

IOM’s DTM Programme is now able to reach the recently opened Bama LGA, which witnessed some of the worst clashes between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In June, DTM teams were able to assess 25,470 individuals in Bama and Dikwa LGAs.

In addition to DTM assessment and registration, IOM is providing shelter, camp management, psychosocial support, livelihoods and other services to IDPs and affected populations.

IOM’s DTM programme is partnering with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). It is funded by USAID, ECHO and NEMA.

The DTM report can found at:

For further information, please contact IOM Abuja. Ikechukwu Hillarion Attah, Tel: +234 (0) 8036452973. Email: or Henry Kwenin, Tel: + +234 903 885 2524, Email: