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Abuja’s marginalised original inhabitants living in dire conditions

This is the Abuja that most visitors don’t see – the wretchedness of the squalor in the “satellite towns”.  Nigeria’s capital is one of the most highly modernised cities in Africa. But the original residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja continue to live in humble mud homes without the most basic life amenities. Without an elected mayor …

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‘No amount of killing will stop us,’ vow Nigerian Shias

One person has been reportedly killed and several others injured after members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police in the capital Abuja. The police, using tear gas and live ammunitions, forcefully dispersed Shia protesters demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, at the Unity Fountain on Monday. Sheikh Zakzaky has been detained without …

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Nigeria: Clearing the locals to make Abuja the capital

Former residents of Nigeria’s current capital say they were forcibly removed without proper compensation. Nigeria’s capital Abuja is a planned city with expansive roads lined with trees. Unlike Lagos – the commercial centre – traffic jams are rare. Nigerian politicians are proud of Abuja and tout it as an example of what a modern African city should be. It was not always the capital …

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Thousands displaced by Boko Haram languish in Abuja IDP camps

Dire living conditions in Nigeria’s capital for thousands who escaped the armed group’s violence in the northeast. It’s a few minutes past 9am and Sunana Ibrahim Wariga’s daily struggle is just beginning. Wariga, a stocky 56-year old, is one of thousands who call Durumi camp in the capital home. He escaped the deadly Boko Haram rebellion in his home state of Borno …

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IMN says Nigeria will keep Zakzaky detained until he dies

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says the government in Abuja plans to keep the movement’s leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenah in detention until they die. “Are the tyrants holding the brave sheikh captive waiting for time to kill him since Allah has rescued him from their attempt to kill him using their military might?” said IMN spokesman …

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