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Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

19 May 2019 A U.S. think tank that analyses misinformation online said Friday that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections. A new report from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab highlights sample posts removed from Facebook that appeared to praise incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and …

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Nigerian army opens fire on protesters demanding release of Zakzaky

18 May 2019 The Nigerian army has opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna State demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been held for four years on trumped-up allegations. Several people were seriously injured after being shot by soldiers at the rally on Friday night. The protesters were calling for …

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Nigeria failing in the challenge posed by Islamic State

18 May 2019 Three years after Boko Haram broke apart, one faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, is forming a proto-state in northern Nigeria. The state should press its military offensive against the jihadists but also try undercutting their appeal by improving governance and public services. What’s new? The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of …

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IAAF struggles to get back $135,000 mistakenly transferred to Nigerian Athletics Federation

16 May 2019 The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has given the Nigerian Athletics Federation (AFN) a two-week deadline to bring back $135,000 which was mistakenly sent to its account two years ago. The athletics governing body has warned the AFN of possible sanctions, including disqualification from major tournaments if the money is not returned during the outlined period …

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Nigeria farmers form vigilante groups to confront bandits

15 May 2019 Amid lack of government support, farmers in Zamfara state say they live in fear due to impending attacks from bandits. When bandits attacked Moriki – a small farming community in Nigeria‘s northwestern state of Zamfara – last year and killed 25 villagers, Shamsu Musa did not weep. He stood beside their graves, feeling the weight of Moriki’s sorrow …

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Nigeria tribunal to hear petitions on president’s election win

9 May 2019 Election tribunal starts discussing legal challenges to the February vote filed by the main opposition. A panel of five judges at Nigeria‘s appellate court opened a hearing on Wednesday into legal challenges filed by the country’s main opposition against the outcome of February’s presidential polls, as a throng of protesting women converged outside.  The tribunal fixed May 15 as …

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Nigeria: The other terror

8 May 2019 The revival of Boko Haram violence in the northeast has pushed the death toll (since 2011) of this Islamic terror group to over 25,000. Boko Haram has also shut down most of the schools in areas where they operate and caused most of the Christians in the northeast to flee the Moslem north for the Christian south. …

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Sacked British defence minister wanted to invade Nigeria & other African countries

5 May 2019 Apart from leaking secret discussions on Huawei, notorious former defence secretary Gavin Williamson also advocated British intervention abroad, and joked about Theresa May’s health, a newspaper report has revealed. He is reported to have told fellow Tories that Theresa May’s type-1 diabetes made her unfit for her job – a claim that the former cabinet member vehemently …

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Boko Haram seizes military base in NE Nigeria: sources

4 May 2019 Boko Haram jihadists have seized a military base in northeast Nigeria, days after an attack left five troops dead and 30 missing, security sources and residents said Saturday.  A column of fighters from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in trucks and on motorcycles stormed into the base in the town of Magumeri, 50 kilometres …

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