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Protesters blockade Nigerian highway with burning tires over demand for greater security after kidnappers terrorize region

24 May 2021 Hundreds of protesters descended on Nigeria’s Abuja Kaduna highway on Monday to demand greater security from the federal government in the wake of kidnappings over the weekend in which 15 people were abducted and three killed. Footage circulating on social media showed smoke billowing along the road as tires were set alight, disrupting traffic for hours while …

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Helicopter attack on Nigerian civilians puts British pilot training under fresh scrutiny

13 May 2021 Declassified UK visited villages in Nigeria ruined by indiscriminate air strikes, which killed civilians, levelled marketplaces and hit a school — months after they revealed Nigerian air force pilots were secretly training in the UK. Amnesty International calls for “a major overhaul of the way that military training is regulated” by the UKNigerian lawyers condemn the airstrikes …

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Nigeria’s okada motorcycles have a bad image, but banning them solves nothing

12 May 2021 Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these motorcyclists – popularly known as okada …

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Nigeria’s electoral system is still broken. Here’s a list of what’s urgent

10 May 2021 The chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, was sworn in for a second term nearly six months ago. His second term will be defined by how much he’s able to improve the integrity of the country’s election system. Yakubu faces an uphill task. Complaints that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission can’t deliver free and fair polls have been …

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Nigeria’s President Buhari under fire because of growing security concerns

9 May 2021 Security challenges in Nigeria have sparked anger and calls for President Buhari to step down or be removed from office. Analysts say disgruntled military members and politicians want to overthrow the president. Nigeria’s secret police say they have uncovered a plot to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office. According to the investigators, disgruntled politicians and religious leaders …

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Another day of violence across Nigeria

30 April 2021 Deepening insecurity requires urgent response to protect civilians As I went about my day on Monday of this week catching up on the happenings in Nigeria, I was struck by the number of violent incidents reported across the country in just 24 hours.   I began in the morning following up on reports of attacks by Boko Haram’s splinter …

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Who owns the Benin bronzes?

29 April 2021 In 1897, British troops looted thousands of bronze sculptures and artefacts from the African Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day southern Nigeria. Bronze plaques, masks and other objects have over the years scattered around the world, ending up in Western museums or sold to private collectors. Generations later – and facing a global movement to address racial …

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Lessons from Igbo trans-generational entrepreneurship: Why it matters

26 April 2021 The Igbos are one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups in a country of about 200 million. Based in Southeast Nigeria, this industrious and acephalous group has attracted a lot of attention from research in recent years. Most of it has focused on the success of Igbos in artisanal enterprise and informal training. Now their apprenticeship system has become a …

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Nigeria has a new police chief. Here’s an agenda for him

19 April 2021 The appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as Nigeria’s acting Inspector General of Police on April 6, 2021 brought a kind of closure to calls for reform of the Nigerian security architecture. It was applauded in some quarters. The main demand was to replace the heads of security services to infuse new blood into the fight against various forms of insecurity, including banditry and kidnappings. The …

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