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Nigerian army says 14 personnel killed in Boko Haram ambush

25 December 2018 Security forces were on escort duty when they were attacked in Yobe state in the north of the country, army says. Nigeria‘s military has said 14 military and police personnel have been killed in an ambush by armed Boko Haram group. An army statement said on Tuesday that the security forces were on escort duty when they …

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US Congressman Chris Smith asks President Trump to sanction Nigerian officials that rig elections or sponsor violence in 2019

22 December 2018 Rep. Christopher Smith, from New Jersey and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement with regard to presidential and national assembly elections to be held in Nigeria on February 16, 2019, and ongoing violence largely attributable to Fulani extremists: “I am very concerned by the current trajectory in Nigeria, Africa’s largest …

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Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Six states to watch

22 December 2018 Nigerian elections are high-stakes affairs often marred by street clashes and worse. As the 2019 contests approach, the risk of disturbances is particularly high in six states. The government and its foreign partners can limit campaign-related violence by enhancing security and promoting dialogue among rivals.  What’s new? As presidential, gubernatorial and legislative elections draw near in Nigeria, the …

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Experts say Nigeria must change its strategy to defeat Boko Haram

21 December 2018 The resurgence of attacks by Boko Haram in parts of northeastern Nigeria has raised concerns that the jihadist group is far from being vanquished. Security experts are now urging a change in counter-insurgency measures. At the start of this week, one Nigerian soldier was killed and another one injured following an attack by Boko Haram jihadists at a …

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Toxic mud swamps fortunes of Niger Delta women years after oil spill

Ogoniland women produce most of the family’s food but the twin pressures of land grabs and pollution are making it impossible for them to surviveR 19 December 2018 Two women pick a slimy path through a creek, prized by generations of their female forbears for its mangroves, which once provided an abundance of food. The elder in orange, the younger …

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Nigeria government failures fuel escalating conflict between farmers and herders as death toll nears 4,000

The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more, Amnesty International revealed today.  17 December 2018 *WARNING: This article contains graphic descriptions of killings …

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Living without electricity in Buhari’s home state

16 December 2018 The lack of electricity is pervasive in rural Nigeria, where 90 million people live entirely off the grid.  Zaharaddeen Umar, from the German public service broadcaster, DW, asked people in one village in far northern Katsina State how they get by in the dark.  Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari comes from Daura in Katsina State. The village of Unguwar …

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Nigeria army lifts ban on UNICEF amid spying allegations

15 December 2018 Army suspended UNICEF operations early Friday accusing the agency’s staff of spying for Boko Haram. The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on UNICEF in the northeast of the country, hours after accusing the staff of the United Nations agency of “spying” for Boko Haram. Earlier on Friday, the Nigerian military said UNICEF had been training people to sabotage its counterinsurgency efforts by reporting alleged …

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Nigeria: End impunity for killings of Shia

12 December 2018 Halt crackdown on protests Nigerian authorities have failed to ensure justice for the killings of hundreds of members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) since 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a video of security forces’ violent crackdowns against members of the IMN. On December 12, 2015, the Nigeria army used disproportionate force against the group’s street …

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Victor Moses on his way out of Chelsea?

10 December 2018 The wide man has only made six appearances in all competitions this season Chelsea are looking to offload forgotten star Victor Moses — but will demand a £12million fee for the former title winner. Moses, 27, cannot get into Maurizio Sarri’s side and will find a new home next month. The Blues’ price tag for the experienced Nigeria …

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