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Nigeria: Another Boko Haram in the making?

30 October 2018 Deadly clashes between government troops and Shiite Muslims have raised fears that another conflict is about to get out of hand in Nigeria. Civil society is calling on the central government not to repeat past mistakes. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government stands accused of abusing human rights and oppressing a minority group after clashes over the weekend and on …

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Boko Haram and humanitarian access

21 October 2018 Few aid agencies operate in Nigeria’s volatile Borno State, where a faction of extremist group Boko Haram executed Hauwa Liman, 24, this week. A midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), her killing underscores the dangers faced by humanitarian groups serving civilians in the region. Liman was one of three local aid workers kidnapped in the town …

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The emigration of doctors from Nigeria is not today’s problem, it is tomorrow’s

15 October 2018 In a speech delivered by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, he argued that the number of doctors in Nigeria was sufficient and that the real problem with the health workforce was the uneven distribution of doctors. He went on …

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Abuses and disappearances mar Nigerian counter-insurgency campaign

12 October 2018 The army’s indiscriminate arrests risk bolstering the Boko Haram insurgency Hajja Gana last saw her son six years ago when soldiers took him away in an early morning raid in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, accusing him of being a Boko Haram terrorist. She has no idea whether he is alive or dead. Gana denies that her …

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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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