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Attacks on Aid Workers in Northeastern Nigeria

24 January 2020 Insurgent attacks against civilians constitute war crimes Worrying reports of gruesome attacks and killings by insurgents in Nigeria’s restive northeast region appear to show an escalation of attacks on aid workers and other civilians over the past several weeks. On January 21, Boko Haram insurgents executed Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, …

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Nigerian forces kill Zakzaky supporter in Abuja

22 January 2020 Nigerian forces have killed one individual in an attack on protesters demanding the release of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in the capital, Abuja. The incident took place on Tuesday as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas to disperse the supporters and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by Sheikh Zakzaky, in …

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Why young Nigerians risk illegal migration to find their ‘Eldorado’

22 January 2020 Young Nigerians make up the largest population of the growing flow of migrants from Africa to developed countries. In 2016, over 20,000 involved in the Mediterranean Sea crossing were reported to be from Nigeria. In addition, from 2017 until late 2019, hundreds of Nigerian migrants were deported from various destinations including Italy, Libya and South Africa. These young people embark on very risky journeys across the globe, and casualties …

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Nigerian police open fire on protesters demanding Zakzaky’s release

17 January 2020 Police in the Nigerian capital Abuja have opened fire on demonstrators they demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says five people were injured in the attack. The Tuesday demonstration was also held to condemn a recent statement by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who has said Sheikh …

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Nigeria’s child development crisis is a tragedy

16 January 2020 Investment in health and education and an end to early marriage could transform Africa’s most populous country If you want a window on the condition of children in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, there is no better vantage point than the Katanga health centre in the impoverished northern state of Jigawa. In a hut that passes for a …

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The long shadow of Biafra lingers over Nigeria

14 January 2020 The Biafra War led to the deaths of at least 1-2 million people in just 30 months — many of them children. January 15 marks 50 years since the end of the brutal conflict. The consequences can still be felt today. Uchenna Chikwendu rarely speaks about the Biafra War. The 67-year-old lives in Enugu, the provincial capital …

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Nigeria: Rise in Cult Related killings in Rivers state

9 January 2020 At least 60 killed in ten months in Khana and Gokana LGAAt least five killed in two days in Rumuodogo, Emohua LGANo investigation or justice for victimsBodo community targeted, activist killed The failure of authorities to protect people from attacks and intimidation by violent gangs is leading to loss of lives and rising impunity that is making life precarious …

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Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

18 December 2019 Plan to overhaul internet laws will curtail fake news, supporters say, but critics cry foul over threat to free speech. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have banded together online to call for the scrapping of a bill which, they say, threatens to roll back internet freedoms in the country. The proposed legislation – officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood …

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The secret prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

13 December 2019 The case against Abiri sets a dangerous precedent, threatening freedom of the press in Nigeria. A familiar secrecy is set to dominate the renewed prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri. On December 12, Abiri is scheduled to appear again in federal court where he is charged with terrorism, sabotage and cybercrimes. The prosecution says they have new evidence against him but …

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