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Nigeria suspends anti-graft chief – Attorney-General’s office

11 July 2020 Nigeria has suspended its anti-corruption chief pending the conclusion of investigations, the attorney general’s office said on Friday, without elaborating. Ibrahim Magu has been appearing before a presidential panel reviewing activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the agency said on Monday. “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. …

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15 farmers killed by gunmen in northern Nigeria – police

7 July 2020 Gunmen on Monday killed 15 farmers in Nigeria’s northwest Katsina state, police said, in the latest violence by cattle thieves in the restive region. Roughly 200 gunmen on motorcycles besieged the farmers in Yargamji village, 25km from the state capital Katsina, opening fire on them, police spokesperson Gambo Isah told AFP. “Fifteen bodies were recovered from the …

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Kelechi Iheanacho: We need to do more

3 July 2020 Kelechi Iheanacho says hard work is the only way Leicester City will recover from the setback of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Everton as they look to respond with a victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. – Kelechi Iheanacho calls for a swift response from Leicester City to Wednesday’s defeat by Everton– The Nigerian found the net for …

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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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Nigeria: Unfolding genocide – new report launched

18 June 2020 The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report in Westminster on Monday entitled Nigeria – Unfolding Genocide? The report launch featured speeches from the Chair of the APPG, Jim Shannon MP, Co-Chair Baroness Cox, and Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago and has …

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