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Nigeria bill aims at punishing hate speech with death

28 November 2019 Nigeria is preparing legislation that could mean the death sentence for anyone found guilty of hate speech. It is also contemplating new media laws that have earned it the accusation of trying to curtail free speech. While hate speech on social media is a problem affecting the world, not many countries resort to such extreme measures as are in the …

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A border patrol force is unlikely to solve Nigeria’s smuggling problem

25 November 2019 In August, Nigeria closed its border with Benin without notice. Then, in October, the customs service announced that all goods trade would remain entirely, and indefinitely, banned across all land borders. Finally, on November 14 came the announcement that Nigeria, Benin and Niger would form a joint border patrol force. Nigeria’s total land borders are 4,477 km long. The border with Benin is 809 km …

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Sowore, Bakare and Jalingo declared Prisoners of Conscience

23 November 2019 Amnesty International has declared human rights defenders Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo prisoners of conscience, as they have faced ongoing arbitrary detention and unfair trials solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The Nigerian authorities at both federal and state levels have repeatedly targeted human rights defenders, activists and journalists including by stifling dissenting …

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Wole Soyinka: Nigeria on a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity

22 November 2019 Nobel literature laureate and activist Wole Soyinka described his country, Nigeria, as being in an “intractable situation” in which it was on what he called “a horrendous descent into an abyss of inhumanity”. This was due to the “astronomical rise in kidnapping for ransom, rape, paedophilia, sex trafficking” and other forms of inhumanity across the country. Soyinka …

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Nigeria’s ex-attorney general arrested in Dubai over oil deal

20 November 2019 Interpol arrested Mohammed Adoke over $1.3bn oil deal; at the time, he travelling to Dubai for a medical appointment. Nigeria‘s former attorney general, Mohammed Adoke, was arrested in Dubai, his lawyer said. Adoke was taken into custody seven months after Nigeria’s anti-graft agency issued a warrant for his arrest as part of an investigation into one of …

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