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Nigeria: Horrific reign of impunity by SARS makes mockery of anti-torture law

26 June 2020 The Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute a single officer from the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), despite anti-torture legislation passed in 2017 and evidence that its members continue to use torture and other ill-treatment to execute, punish and extract information from suspects, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, Time to End Impunity, Amnesty International documents at …

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Buhari’s COVID-19 economic plan: old wine in new wineskins

25 June 2020 COVID-19 is increasingly wreaking havoc on the health of Nigerians, but its economic impact may well be more devastating. Before the pandemic, the Nigerian economy was growing at an anaemic rate of 2%. The country has also been suffering from high poverty and unemployment rates. This is paradoxical for a country endowed with humongous natural resources. Determined to blunt the economic trauma of COVID-19 …

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Nigerian doctors call off strike over lack of PPE

21 June 2020 Doctors’ union says it ended the strike to give the government time to fulfil the outstanding demands. Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals have called off a week-long strike over welfare and inadequate protective equipment as new coronavirus cases spike in the country. The strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 percent …

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No clean up, no justice: Shell’s oil pollution in the Niger Delta

19 June 2020 Friends of the Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action, Milieudefensie  Nearly 10 years after a clean-up was urged for areas polluted by Shell and other oil companies in the Niger Delta, work has begun on only 11% of planned sites while vast areas remain heavily contaminated, according to a new investigation by four NGOs. In 2011 …

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Nigeria: Unfolding genocide – new report launched

18 June 2020 The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report in Westminster on Monday entitled Nigeria – Unfolding Genocide? The report launch featured speeches from the Chair of the APPG, Jim Shannon MP, Co-Chair Baroness Cox, and Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago and has …

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EU issues statement on violence in northern Nigeria

17 June 2020 Nigeria: joint statement by the High Representative/ Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the latest attacks Attacks, abductions and killings of civilians by armed groups in northern Nigeria have killed over 160 people including 130 civilians since 28 May. Such heinous acts of terrorism and violence are intolerable. These attacks pose a …

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Nigeria’s Lagos state suspends plans to reopen places of worship

16 June 2020 Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has suspended plans to reopen places of worship after a review of the new coronavirus outbreak, the state governor said on Tuesday. Earlier this month Nigeria’s government said it would allow the reopening of places of worship, which the government ordered to close in March to halt the spread of the highly infectious …

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