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FinCEN files: The Atiku connection

21 September 2020 The FinCEN files are the result of extensive international research on money laundering and financial crime. They show how dirty money is shuffled around the world and how banks fail to stop this flow of money. The unchecked movement of dirty money may not register as an immediate threat in a world beset by headline-grabbing crises. But the …

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Nigeria: UNICEF criticizes boy’s 10-year jailing for blasphemy

18 September 2020 The UN children’s agency has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old for blasphemy in northeastern Nigeria. His verdict is one of several others in the recent past. Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, has described as wrong the sentencing of 13-year-old Omar Farouk to 10 years in prison. Farouk is also to carry out menial labor while …

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Nigerian traders angered by Ghana shop closures

15 September 2020 Nigerian traders in Ghana have accused local authorities of discrimination after many had their shops closed in the capital Accra.   They say it’s part of a trade war in the region that has seen foreign businessmen fighting for control over local retail with native Ghanaians since 2019. Since last year the Ghana Union of Traders Association has …

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Nigeria: Failure to release report of Presidential Panel a setback for rule of law

15 September 2020 Responding to the failure of Nigerian authorities to release report of the Presidential Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement three years on, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said:   “The failure of Nigerian authorities to release the report of the Presidential Panel that purportedly investigated compliance of armed …

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How corruption undermines peacebuilding in Nigeria’s oil region

8 September 2020 In the wake of an insurgency that devastated Nigeria’s petroleum industry and sent the economy into a tailspin, the Nigerian government granted unconditional amnesty to thousands of insurgents in 2009. Amnesty provided a clean slate for peacebuilding measures. These were meant to safeguard the communities to which the insurgents would be returning and build capacity for peace, security and development in …

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Nigeria’s rising number of missing persons

31 August 2020 Authorities should create database, provide information, reunite families Hundreds of people are missing from a town in northeast Nigeria following an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on August 18. Witnesses told me most were abducted by the insurgents or went missing as they fled the attack on the town of Kukawa in Borno state. Thousands of people have …

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Nigeria: Government failings leave rural communities at the mercy of gunmen

24 August 2020 At least 1,126 villagers killed by bandits from January to June 2020 Attacks pose threats to food security in rural areas Failure to bring killers to justice fuels impunity The Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the north of the country since January, Amnesty International …

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Armed fighters take hundreds hostage in Nigeria’s Borno state

20 August 2020 Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province, a splinter group of Boko Haram, overran Kukawa town on Tuesday. Armed fighters have taken hundreds of hostages in a northeast Nigerian town where residents had only just returned after fleeing their homes, residents and militia sources said on Wednesday. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, a splinter group …

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Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

17 August 2020 COVID-19 has had a dire effect on global economies. Rising infection rates have led to social distancing directives, persistent lockdowns, the closing of businesses, travel restraints, salary cuts, and a looming high unemployment situation. Economic activity has shrunk dramatically, and with it the food supply value chain globally. The story for Nigeria has been no different. The country has instituted a range …

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Nigeria: Authorities must quash the conviction and death sentence imposed on Kano-based singer

13 August 2020 The authorities of Kano State of Nigeria must immediately quash the conviction and death sentence of Yahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spurious charges of blasphemy by the Kano Upper Shari’a Court, Amnesty International said today.  Yahaya Sharif Aminu, a 22-year old musician, had been charged with blasphemy against the prophet of Islam through series …

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