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‘Chaotic and disorderly’ motorbike taxis face Lagos ban

28 January 2020 Move by authorities in Nigeria’s business capital threatens ride-hailing startups Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos, will ban commercial motorcycles from many areas of the city, citing overcrowding and safety, authorities have said. In a move that could change the commute for thousands and threaten ride-hailing startups, the Lagos state government announced on Twitter that it would ban motorcycles, …

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Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

27 January 2020 At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says. Nigerian authorities have announced increased emergency measures to contain the latest outbreak of Lassa fever in the West African country, following the death of 29 people this month from the viral disease.“As at 24th of January …

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Attacks on Aid Workers in Northeastern Nigeria

24 January 2020 Insurgent attacks against civilians constitute war crimes Worrying reports of gruesome attacks and killings by insurgents in Nigeria’s restive northeast region appear to show an escalation of attacks on aid workers and other civilians over the past several weeks. On January 21, Boko Haram insurgents executed Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, …

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UN economic report critical of Nigeria’s prospects in 2020

23 January 2020 The United Nations’ World Economic Situation and Prospects [WESP] report 2020, published last week, makes very disappointing reading for those hoping that Nigeria is close to turning the corner in terms of economic growth. The report claims that African economic “growth rates are insufficient for meaningful development progress”. It goes on to say that “Africa continues to face …

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Nigerian forces kill Zakzaky supporter in Abuja

22 January 2020 Nigerian forces have killed one individual in an attack on protesters demanding the release of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in the capital, Abuja. The incident took place on Tuesday as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas to disperse the supporters and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by Sheikh Zakzaky, in …

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Why young Nigerians risk illegal migration to find their ‘Eldorado’

22 January 2020 Young Nigerians make up the largest population of the growing flow of migrants from Africa to developed countries. In 2016, over 20,000 involved in the Mediterranean Sea crossing were reported to be from Nigeria. In addition, from 2017 until late 2019, hundreds of Nigerian migrants were deported from various destinations including Italy, Libya and South Africa. These young people embark on very risky journeys across the globe, and casualties …

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