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Nigerian security forces kill 18 during curfew enforcement

17 April 2020 National Human Rights Commission says it received ‘105 complaints of rights violations by security forces’ in 24 states. At least 18 people in Nigeria have been killed by security forces during the enforcement of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body …

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In northern Nigeria, distrust jeopardises the response to coronavirus

16 April 2020 The malam said: ‘there is no corona!’We also say: ‘there is no corona!’ A video of crowds shouting this refrain circulated on Nigerian social media in late March. The “malam” or teacher they were referring to is Shaykh Sani Yahaya Jingir, an Islamic scholar based in Jos, Plateau State, in Nigeria’s religiously and ethnically diverse Middle Belt. He is …

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Nigeria: Protect most vulnerable in COVID-19 response

15 April 2020 Extended lockdown threatens livelihoods of millions Nigeria’s federal and state governments should ensure the rights to food, shelter, and other basic necessities for people losing jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic assistance that the government has announced in response to the virus has exposed inadequacies in Nigeria’s social protection systems and risks excluding the country’s …

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Nigeria urged to release religious leader amid virus outbreak

12 April 2020 The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has urged the country’s authorities to release its already severely ailing leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky given the risks he faces from continued imprisonment amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The IMN made the plea in a statement addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the local officials in the north-central Kaduna …

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Coronavirus: Mixed messages from Nigeria’s pastors

10 April 2020 Religious leaders have asked their congregations to respect governments’ stay-at-home advice; others are defying it. With Easter coming in a few days, followers are confused and this is risky. Nigeria is home to most of Africa’s mega-churches – you can call it the Vatican for Africa’s televangelists if you like. A federal government lockdown imposed on three …

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