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Nigerians seek safety in Cameroon as Boko Haram crisis escalates

8 February 2019 A wave of increasingly sophisticated militant attacks in northeastern Nigeria has forced almost 60,000 people to flee since November, the largest number for more than two years, raising fears from the UN and aid groups of a renewed Boko Haram crisis. More than half of those who fled escaped a series of Boko Haram attacks in the remote town …

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Was Atiku allowed into the United States on a “temporary reprieve”?

4 February 2019. The Reuters News Agency has made what it calls an “exclusive” claim about Atiku Abubakar’s recent visit to the United States. Their report is reproduced below. Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar visited Washington two weeks ago to meet with top U.S. diplomats and lawmakers thanks to a temporary suspension of a travel ban linked to decade-old bribery …

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Nigeria: Deadliest Boko Haram attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered

1 February 2019 At least 60 people were killed following the 28 January devastating Boko Haram attack on Rann, a border town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International has confirmed. The organization also analyzed satellite imagery which shows hundreds of burned structures in the town. Many of the destroyed structures only date back to 2017, suggesting they were shelters …

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Nigerian lawyers to strike over suspension of top judge

28 January 2019 Nigeria’s president had suspended Onnoghen on Friday, just weeks ahead of the presidential election. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has decided to embark on a two-day warning boycott of all courts in Nigeria over the suspension of the country’s top judge Walter Onnoghen. The association made the decision at its emergency national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Nigerian capital, …

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Victor Moses joins Turkish club Fenerbache on loan

26 January 2019 Nigeria and Chelsea winger, Victor Moses has joined Turkish giants Fenerbache on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season. Moses, who joined the Blues from Wigan Athletic in 2012, was a key member of the Chelsea team which lifted the Premier League in 2017 and FA Cup in 2018, operating primarily as a right wing-back in …

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EU ‘concerned’ after Nigeria’s president suspends top judge

26 January 2019 The European Union says the president’s decision “raises concerns about opportunity for electoral justice.” The suspended chief justice would play a role in any dispute following the upcoming presidential vote. The EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) said it was “very concerned” about Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the country’s chief justice just weeks before a …

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‘Dictatorship’ row in Nigeria after top judge suspended

25 January 2019 Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday suspended the country’s top judge just weeks from elections, triggering condemnation from opposition parties who accused him of “an act of dictatorship” and mounting “a judicial coup”. The former military ruler, 76, is seeking re-election at polls on February 16, against a backdrop of mounting concern about vote-buying and violence. Chief …

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Chatham House experts talk about Nigerian attitudes towards corruption

24 January 2019 Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme at Chatham House, explains how surveying corruption practices exposes them as being driven by societal environment and often based on the available options and behaviours. She outlines why a lack of incentives to avoid corruption can increase the likelihood of it occurring, and that little research has been done into …

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Mikel Obi joins Middlesbrough

24 January 2019 Nigerian international midfielder Mikel John Obi has joined Boro on a short-term deal. Mikel rose to prominence in an 11-year stint with Chelsea, making nearly 400 appearances for The Blues and winning a host of honours including two Premier League titles and the Champions League. After captaining his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 31-year-old most recently …

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