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Boko Haram landmines in Nigeria killed at least 162 in two years – study

24 September 2018 Charity warns of a new landmine crisis in north-east Nigeria as casualty rate rises Hundreds of people have been killed or maimed by landmines in north-east Nigeria, research shows. Mines laid by Boko Haram, the extremist group that has waged a deadly insurgency in the Lake Chad region, killed 162 people in two years and wounded 277 more, …

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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast kills nearly 100

The United Nations says at least 97 people have died of cholera in northeastern Nigeria over the past two weeks. As well as the outbreak, the region is grappling with attacks by local militant group Boko Haram. A cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast has killed dozens of people and led to hundreds of new infections, the United Nations said Saturday. …

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Conviction of Nigerian oil deal middlemen spells trouble for Shell and ENI

20 September 2018 Conviction in middlemen’s fast-tracked OPL 245 trial a poor omen for Shell and Eni’s defence just days before major bribery trial hears first prosecution witnesses. Today two middlemen have been found guilty of corruption offences relating to Shell and Eni’s 2011 deal for one of Nigeria’s most promising oil licenses. The judgement was first reported by Reuters …

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Nigerian Pentecostal megachurches a booming business

19 September 2018 Pentecostal churches are wildly popular in Nigeria — and increasingly rich, as they run thriving businesses empires on the side. Critics say they exploit people’s faith. “The siege of unemployment is over in your life, the siege of business stagnation, frustration in your life are finally over.” The prosperity gospel by David Oyedepo sounds hypnotizing. A crowd …

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Nigeria’s “peacekillers” in Sierra Leone

16 September 2018 Almost two decades ago, when Sierra Leone was in the grip of a brutal civil war, troops from Nigeria (operating under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and its Military Observer Group ECOMOG) were deployed to protect civilians from rebel forces in the capital Freetown. But instead, some of the peacekeepers turned …

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Full text of Kemi Adeosun’s resignation letter

14 September 2019 Nigeria’s finance minister Kemi Adeosun resigned today after much speculation whether she forged the exemption certificate that allowed her to skip National Youth Service.  Her resignation, which has been accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari, is reproduced in full below. 14th September, 2018 His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria State House Aso Villa Abuja Dear …

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Amnesty International: Nigeria must release presidential report on the military’s human rights record

14 September 2018 The Nigerian government’s delay in making public a report on the military’s human rights record is an appalling affront to victims who are still waiting for justice, Amnesty International said on Tuesday – one year after a presidential investigative panel started its work. The Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and …

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Zamfara: Nigeria’s wild northwest

13 September 2018 Hundreds have lost their lives this year as a fertile region descends into worsening conflict It was a set-up and Buharin Daji walked right into it. The notorious cattle-rustling kingpin had arrived for a meeting in the northern Nigerian bush, ostensibly to settle differences with one of his senior lieutenants, but instead was shot dead. Daji’s murder in …

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“The good, peaceful Fulani need to tell their story”

12 September 2018 The mockery of pastoralist Fulani over their enthusiasm for cows has made way for the slurs of “terrorists” and “militia” as disputes with others in West Africa lead to bloodshed. In Nigeria they face other problems too. The voices of the two boys, neither older than 16, carry over the sound of more than 20 cows trotting …

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