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Armed fighters take hundreds hostage in Nigeria’s Borno state

20 August 2020 Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province, a splinter group of Boko Haram, overran Kukawa town on Tuesday. Armed fighters have taken hundreds of hostages in a northeast Nigerian town where residents had only just returned after fleeing their homes, residents and militia sources said on Wednesday. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, a splinter group …

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Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

17 August 2020 COVID-19 has had a dire effect on global economies. Rising infection rates have led to social distancing directives, persistent lockdowns, the closing of businesses, travel restraints, salary cuts, and a looming high unemployment situation. Economic activity has shrunk dramatically, and with it the food supply value chain globally. The story for Nigeria has been no different. The country has instituted a range …

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Nigeria: Authorities must quash the conviction and death sentence imposed on Kano-based singer

13 August 2020 The authorities of Kano State of Nigeria must immediately quash the conviction and death sentence of Yahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spurious charges of blasphemy by the Kano Upper Shari’a Court, Amnesty International said today.  Yahaya Sharif Aminu, a 22-year old musician, had been charged with blasphemy against the prophet of Islam through series …

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Nigeria’s blasphemy cases in focus

12 August 2020 Two young men have landed on the wrong side of Islamic law via social media. Singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif is facing the noose and atheist Mubarak Bala is detained over blasphemy. How aggressive is Nigeria’s Sharia? Yahaya Aminu Sharif was found guilty of using derogatory expressions against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a song and was sentenced by …

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How young people in the Niger Delta are being left out of development

11 August 2020 Twenty years ago, local resistance arose in the Niger Delta because of the way oil revenue was being shared and how oil pollution was undermining local livelihoods. Young people helped bring development agencies to the region through their activism for social justice. The government eventually created the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to bring development closer to the region in response …

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