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Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

19 May 2019 A U.S. think tank that analyses misinformation online said Friday that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections. A new report from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab highlights sample posts removed from Facebook that appeared to praise incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and …

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Nigerian army opens fire on protesters demanding release of Zakzaky

18 May 2019 The Nigerian army has opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna State demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been held for four years on trumped-up allegations. Several people were seriously injured after being shot by soldiers at the rally on Friday night. The protesters were calling for …

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Nigeria failing in the challenge posed by Islamic State

18 May 2019 Three years after Boko Haram broke apart, one faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, is forming a proto-state in northern Nigeria. The state should press its military offensive against the jihadists but also try undercutting their appeal by improving governance and public services. What’s new? The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of …

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