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Shia spokesman responds to Buhari’s New Year message of peace

The statement below is from Ibrahim Musa, spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a Shia group. PRESS STATEMENT: Stop Beating Around The Bush Mr President; Obey Court Order To Free Sheikh Zakzaky Sunday, 01 January 2017 11:36 In his New Year message to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari, made an unusual call to those he termed the Shia community, whom …

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Governor Nasir el-Rufai blamed for killings in Southern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen

Below is a press release from the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) PRESS STATEMENT Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) 26/12/2016 Hold El-rufai Responsible for the Killings in Goska Village, Jema’a LG Once again the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) has had to painfully send out condolences to the murdered people of Goska village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna …

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No renaissance for Plateau State

The capital of Plateau State, Jos, has become a black box of a place for me. I was born in another cosmopolis, Kano, but Jos is where my earliest memories were formed and my family still lives there. In September 2016, after an absence of nearly a year, I decided to visit to see what had changed since the arrival …

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Was it Goodluck for him with $523m in the Malabu oil deal?

The Nigerian law enforcement agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has charged the former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (2010-2015) and former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete (1995-1998) with money laundering. The case centres on the 2011 sale of the Nigerian oil license OPL 245, after years of investigation by NGOs Global Witness, Re:Common and Corner House into …

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Why is jailbird James Ibori celebrated in his homeland?

In August 2016, former Delta state governor James Onanefe Ibori (1999–2007) turned 57. In his hometown Oghara his birthday was celebrated in his absence, with gigantic cakes that weighed as much as a toddler born in the four years since Ibori was sentenced to 13 years in jail for fraud. Ifeanyi Okowa, the current governor of Delta state, and a …

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Nigeria fails to come to grips with separatist “New Biafra”

A treason trial will start next month in a Nigerian high court that has major implications for the country’s stability. In the dock will be Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Along with three other people, he is facing a charge of “treasonable felony”. Biafra was the secessionist Igbo enclave of southeastern Nigeria that existed …

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One third of medical facilities in Nigeria’s Borno State ‘destroyed’ – WHO

One third of health facilities in Nigeria’s conflict-hit Borno State have been completely destroyed, while nearly another third are partially damaged, it has been announced. According to the World Health Organisation, 31% of the remaining, intact hospitals, of which there are 481, are not functioning mostly due to the insecurity caused by the militant group Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria’s …

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Nigerian govt should end repression of Shia group – Human Rights Watch

Nigerian authorities should end their violent repression of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a minority Shia group, that began with a three-day lethal crackdown on December 12-14, 2015, and free its leader, Human Rights Watch said yesterday (14 December). Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky, leader of the IMN, and his wife, Zeenatudeen, have been detained without trial for a year. …

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Alex Iwobi on being “treated like a king” in Nigeria

From being treated ‘like a king’ in Nigeria to being followed by an Arsenal fan in his car, life has changed dramatically for the young forward, who is benefiting from the advice of his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha Adjusting to life in the Premier League fast lane has been an eye-opener for Alex Iwobi. He still has to suppress the urge …

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