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Amnesty International continues to expose the criminality and dishonesty of the Nigerian military

Amnesty International Nigeria’s Morayo Adebayo was on telly yesterday to defend her organisation’s 2016 annual report from attack by the Nigerian military. The annual report on human rights in Nigeria, based on two reports last year, chronicled the extrajudicial killings of the Nigerian army against Shia Muslims, pro-Biafran protesters, torture and other abuses in detention centres in the northeast of …

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Time to slap a Trump-style travel ban on Buhari

US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the US from seven countries has kicked up a worldwide storm.  Following on from that decision, 1.3m people in the UK signed a petition asking the UK government to call off Trump’s state visit to the country because of his potential to cause embarrassment to their Queen.  It is now being …

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Nigeria must comply with court order to release Zakzaky

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International. El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than a year following a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military …

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Human Rights Watch slams Buhari’s dictatorial tendencies

Nigeria: Disturbing Intolerance of Dissent Violent Crackdown on Protesters Mars Security Reform Efforts Growing concerns about intolerance of dissent and a heavy-handed response to protests dominated Nigeria’s human rights landscape in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2017. Government rhetoric about security sector reform and improving accountability for rights abuses has yet to translate into …

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New Year, New IPOB?

The agitation for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country by organisations such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others is unlikely to end in this New Year. While acknowledging the challenges faced with Boko Haram, Niger Delta militancy and clashes with Shia Muslims, President Muhammadu Buhari tried to ignore the burning Biafran issue …

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Shia spokesman responds to Buhari’s New Year message of peace

The statement below is from Ibrahim Musa, spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a Shia group. PRESS STATEMENT: Stop Beating Around The Bush Mr President; Obey Court Order To Free Sheikh Zakzaky Sunday, 01 January 2017 11:36 In his New Year message to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari, made an unusual call to those he termed the Shia community, whom …

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Nigerian govt should end repression of Shia group – Human Rights Watch

Nigerian authorities should end their violent repression of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a minority Shia group, that began with a three-day lethal crackdown on December 12-14, 2015, and free its leader, Human Rights Watch said yesterday (14 December). Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky, leader of the IMN, and his wife, Zeenatudeen, have been detained without trial for a year. …

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UK High Commission in Abuja calls on Buhari to act on Shia massacre in Zaria

The British High Commission in Abuja has intervened following the inaction of the Nigerian federal government to take any steps to prosecute the soldiers that massacred over 300 Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State in December last year. In a statement, the High Commission wrote: “It’s been a year since the tragic event in Zaria, which reportedly resulted in the …

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Islamic Human Rights Commission gives qualified welcome to court order to free Zakzaky

PRESS RELEASE – Nigeria: IHRC gives qualified welcome to court order to free Islamic Movement leader FRIDAY, 02 DECEMBER 2016 IHRC welcomes today’s order by Nigeria’s High Court for the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, after almost a year in detention. The court in the capital Abuja ordered that the state …

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