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The Nigerian university that defies Boko Haram

25 September 2020 The University of Maiduguri has stayed open at the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. A new book gives voice to the Nigerian academics who faced off with the radical Islamists who reject Western education as sinful. The University of Maiduguri, commonly known by its acronym UNIMAID, is the largest institute of higher learning in northeastern Borno …

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The UK’s House of Lords debates “religious violence” in Nigeria

22 September 2020 The UK’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, yesterday held a debate on the “religious violence” in Nigeria, with several contributors drawing from their experience to attempt to get the UK government to put pressure on the Nigerian government to deal effectively with the problem. Lord Anderson said “it is clearly beyond the capacity, or perhaps …

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FinCEN files: The Atiku connection

21 September 2020 The FinCEN files are the result of extensive international research on money laundering and financial crime. They show how dirty money is shuffled around the world and how banks fail to stop this flow of money. The unchecked movement of dirty money may not register as an immediate threat in a world beset by headline-grabbing crises. But the …

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Nigeria: UNICEF criticizes boy’s 10-year jailing for blasphemy

18 September 2020 The UN children’s agency has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old for blasphemy in northeastern Nigeria. His verdict is one of several others in the recent past. Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, has described as wrong the sentencing of 13-year-old Omar Farouk to 10 years in prison. Farouk is also to carry out menial labor while …

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Nigerian traders angered by Ghana shop closures

15 September 2020 Nigerian traders in Ghana have accused local authorities of discrimination after many had their shops closed in the capital Accra.   They say it’s part of a trade war in the region that has seen foreign businessmen fighting for control over local retail with native Ghanaians since 2019. Since last year the Ghana Union of Traders Association has …

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