Barkin Ladi, Jos, Nigeria- Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Barkin Ladi Division member Simi Sambbo, 32, who joined the group in 2017, stands with other members at a checkpoint in Barkin Ladi, Nigeria on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Nationally, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria numbers at 300,000 members, with Plateau State holding the most at 17,300 according to the National Administration Office. Barkin Ladi is the most active division nationwide.
Over one thousand people have lost their lives this year due to an ongoing conflict between farmers and herders. The current crisis reflects the country's woes from over-population, poverty and climate change to religious division and ethnic favoritism. Growing animosity between ethnic groups coupled with a lack of security has fomented this increase in violence in recent years. Despite the divisive chaos engulfing the Middle Belt of Nigeria, a group of multi-ethnic men and women, part of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, are providing much needed security and trust to all groups affected by the conflict.