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Shias demonstrate in Abuja demanding Zakzaky’s release

7 October 2018 Shia Muslims in Nigerian capital of Abuja have once again staged a protest rally to call for the release of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still in prison despite a 2016 high court ruling. The protest was held in front of the Federal Ministry of Justice. Spokesman for Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Abdullahi Muhammad, …

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Anthony Ujah: Mainz makes the player and the man

Anthony Ujah is closing in on both 100 Bundesliga games and 100 career goals. The Mainz forward is at a point in his career and his life where taking on responsibility and harnessing mental strength have become pivotal. Anthony Ujah is a happy man. His smile is wide, his aura as welcoming as the warm weather outside on this October …

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Rift between Tinubu and Ambode is a struggle between thieves – SPN

27 September 2018 Disagreement over spoils of office Another crack opens in the ruling party The rumored rift between the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, and his now estranged political godfather, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has finally blown into the open. This ends months of speculation. Obviously this crisis is only another crack in a ruling party already riven by …

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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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