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Nigeria wants cancellation of African artifacts auction in Paris

29 June 2020 Nigerian commission argues the items were stolen, while auction house Christie’s says they were legitimately acquired. A Nigerian commission has called for the cancellation of an auction of sacred Nigerian statues in Paris, alleging the artifacts were stolen. Christie’s auction house has defended the sale, saying the artworks were legitimately acquired and the auction will go ahead on Monday. …

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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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