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Priti Patel repeatedly backed company accused of obtaining Nigerian gas contract through corruption

21 November 2020 Home secretary sought to intervene in on behalf of firm in dispute with Nigerian government Priti Patel sought to publicly intervene three times on behalf of an offshore company which has been accused in a British court of obtaining a £100m contract from the Nigerian government through corruption. She repeatedly backed the company, Process & Industrial Development …

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Different agendas, one goal: How Nigerians united to #EndSARS

19 November 2020 Different activist communities came together to create one of the greatest social movements in Nigeria’s history. When Adaeze Feyisayo, 24, joined the protests against police brutality in Nigeria on Friday, October 3, she had just returned from a trip to the southeastern city of Aba, where she went to visit her friend, Tina*. On her way back, …

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Nigeria: Punitive financial moves against #EndSARS protesters

14 November 2020 Unblock Bank Accounts, Dismiss Fines Nigerian authorities appear to have used coercive financial measures to suppress protests against police brutality and independent media reporting, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should urgently lift arbitrary restrictions, including unblocking bank accounts of protest supporters, dismissing or reimbursing arbitrary fines, and investigating and appropriately disciplining officials responsible for any abuse …

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#EndSARS shows why the police is not ‘your friend’

13 November 2020 The Nigerian police’s motto, The Police is Your Friend, intends to remap perceptions of state violence at the fore of the youth-led #EndSARS protests. While highlighting the transformative potential of social media,  protesters also brought into focus the ways in which the Nigerian postcolonial state abuses citizens and estranges them through acts of violence. But if not a …

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Video reveals Nigerian air force learning to fly helicopters in England amid human rights concerns

11 November 2020 Nigerian air force personnel are learning to fly helicopters in Newquay, southwest England, amid allegations by Amnesty International that military aircraft have killed civilians in Nigeria. Yet the UK’s Ministry of Defence says it has no knowledge of this training. Investigative journalists from Declassified caught three Nigerian air force personnel on camera in the Cornish surfing resort of …

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Nigeria: Ogoni 9 activists remembered 25 years on

9 November 2020 On November 10, 1995, nine Nigerian environmental activists accused of murder were executed by Sani Abacha’s military regime. Their deaths sparked an international outcry that lingers to this day. Tired of seeing the environmental pollution and the exploitation of natural resources in his native Ogoniland, Ken Saro-Wiwa founded the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People …

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#EndSARS: The use of Nigerian soldiers in civil unrest

9 November 2020 The shooting of #EndSARS protesters by Nigerian soldiers has brought to the fore again the controversial issue of soldiers being used to quell civil protests. Wale Fatade, from The Conversation Africa, asked Kester Onor how Nigeria could resolve this conundrum. What do you make of the recent shooting of protesters by Nigerian soldiers? Peaceful protesters were shot by men in military …

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Ideas about ‘belonging’ lie behind conflict in Kaduna, Nigeria

5 November 2020 When I was seven years old, my family and I sought shelter at a military barracks of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna. This was in 1992, during the Zangon Kataf violence between the Christians and Muslims in my community. It was during that disturbing incident that I realised the complicated nature of social relationships among members of the …

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Fear dominates the lives of Nigerians: the consequences are dire

2 November 2020 Is Nigeria a failed state? Former president and would-be elder statesman Olusegun Obasanjo seems to think so… well, almost. On October 1, 2020 – the day Nigeria marked 60 years of independence from colonial rule – the former president claimed Nigeria is fast drifting toward a failed and badly divided state… Of course, Obasanjo’s statement is self-serving. The …

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Nigerian youth demand political reforms and end to police brutality

31 October 2020 President Muhammad Buhari’s appeal for protesters against the special anti-robbery police unit SARS to stop their demands for reform and work with the government is likely to be in vain. First of all, it was astounding that he failed to mention the dozen people who had died as a result of the weeks-long protests during his national broadcast. And there is …

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