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Gunmen in Nigeria kill 51 people in attacks in Kaduna State

2 March 2020 Gunmen in Nigeria killed at least 51 people in attacks on villages in the northern state of Kaduna, a lawmaker representing the area said. The attacks on Sunday targeted villages in the Igabi and Giwa districts of the state, Uba Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, said on his verified Twitter account. “The cold-blooded murder of about …

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Teenage boy killed as Nigerian forces open fire on Sheikh Zakzaky supporters

28 February 2020 A teenage boy has been killed after Nigerian police used live ammunition to disperse protesters demanding the release of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in the country’s northwestern state of Kaduna. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in a post published on its official Twitter page on Thursday, announced that dozens of people staged a rally in the state …

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The judge who liberates Nigerians forgotten in jail

27 February 2020 Ishaq Usman Bello is shaking the conscience of the courts – and nearly 4,000 wrongly detained prisoners are grateful for it In a crowded prison courtyard in Suleja, Nigeria, a judge flipped through a battered folder detailing the case against a young woman who stood quietly before him in a faded pink dress. She was charged with “issuing …

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Usman dan Fodio: Founder of the Sokoto Caliphate

24 February 2020 He was a religious teacher who became the leader of a revolution: Usman dan Fodio, respectfully referred to as Sheikh, criticized the elites and changed the political system in present-day northern Nigeria. What was Usman dan Fodio’s background? Usman dan Fodio was born on December 15, 1754 in the village of Maratta, in the Hausa-speaking city state …

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Nigerian court acquits IMN members

23 February 2020 One hundred members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were set free because the prosecution did not present any evidence to prove that the defendants were guilty of the offences. They were standing trial on a five count charge including culpable homicide, an offence carrying the death penalty. The prosecution said it does not agree with the …

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US opposes Nigeria plan to hand looted Abacha funds to Governor Bagudu

21 February 2020 The U.S. is opposing plans by Nigeria’s government to hand about $100 million the American authorities say was stolen by deceased former dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The disagreement may hamper future cooperation between the two nations to recover state money moved offshore by Abacha, who Transparency International estimates may have looted as …

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Should Nigeria have released Boko Haram suspects?

20 February 2020 The Nigerian government recently announced that it had released about 1,400 Boko Haram suspects. The reason given was they had repented and were to be re-integrated into society. The government said the releases – which happened in three tranches – were part of its four-year old de-radicalisation programme called Operation Safe Corridor. The announcement generated a lot of angst. Opposition …

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Nigeria: Military razes villages as Boko Haram attacks escalate

19 February 2020 The Nigerian military has burned and forcibly displaced entire villages in response to a recent escalation in attacks by the armed group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said today, based on interviews with affected villagers in Borno State and satellite data analysis. The military also arbitrarily detained six men from the displaced villages, continuing a pattern of violations …

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Armed bandits kill dozens in northwest Nigeria

18 February 2020 Armed bandits have killed at least 30 people in raids on two villages in northwestern Nigeria. Gambo Isah, a spokesman for police in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Katsina, said on Sunday that dozens of gunmen on motorcycles had attacked the villages of Tsauwa and Dankar on Friday. “The bandits killed 21 people in Tsauwa and another nine …

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Nigeria could see could see oil production drop 35%

16 February 2020 Africa’s largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC’s secondary …

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