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What is behind the rise in kidnappings in Nigeria?

18 March 2021 At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. Nigeria’s school kidnappings have become a key security challenge for its government and security forces. At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. That figure changes every day with reports of more attacks and abductions. Dozens of students managed to escape a raid on Monday, …

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Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at site of Lekki shooting

13 February 2021 Activists called for protests after reopening of Lekki toll gate where security forces shot at demonstrators in October. Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators on Saturday as a small group protested over the reopening of the site where activists denouncing police brutality were shot last year in the commercial capital, Lagos. Rights group Amnesty International and witnesses …

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Nigerian farmers hail Shell ruling, but future remains uncertain

31 January 2021 A Dutch court has ordered the energy company’s Nigerian subsidiary to pay farmers compensation over oil spills. It has taken 13 years for Fidelis Oguru to get the victory that he and a group of other farmers in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region so badly wanted. On Friday, the Court of Appeal in The Hague ruled that …

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Armed group captures military base in northeast Nigeria

16 January 2021 Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL. Government troops and hundreds of residents have been forced to flee after an armed group overran a town and captured a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state in an attack claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group, security …

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How can a food security crisis be avoided in northern Nigeria?

22 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme took a look at the insecurity crippling much of northeast and northwest Nigeria today, with host Mohammed Jamjoom and guests Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria country director at ONE, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty by 2030, Ovigwe Eguegu, a geopolitical analyst at the security think-tank Afripolitika, and firebrand activist Aisha Yesufu, …

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10 December 2020 Every year an increasing number of Nigerians flee poverty and unrest at home. Now, rich Nigerians are planning their escape too. And they’re taking their money with them. Dapo has spent too long at home in Lagos, Nigeria. Back in October, protests against the SARS police unit kept him from going to his office. “First, we were …

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Why has Nigeria failed to defeat Boko Haram?

1 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story looked into why Nigeria has failed to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency that started in 2009. The government has repeatedly stated that it has defeated Boko Haram, but the violence has been on the increase this year. 48 farmers were buried after the attack on rice farmers in Borno State two days ago. …

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‘Unrelenting’ insecurity: Nigeria reels after massacre of farmers

30 November 2020 Outrage in Nigeria after dozens of labourers working in rice fields were slaughtered, in latest attack to hit the country’s northeast. Security forces and volunteer vigilante groups in northeastern Nigeria are searching to find people still missing after dozens of civilians working in rice fields were slaughtered by armed men over the weekend. Locals say they recovered …

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Different agendas, one goal: How Nigerians united to #EndSARS

19 November 2020 Different activist communities came together to create one of the greatest social movements in Nigeria’s history. When Adaeze Feyisayo, 24, joined the protests against police brutality in Nigeria on Friday, October 3, she had just returned from a trip to the southeastern city of Aba, where she went to visit her friend, Tina*. On her way back, …

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Nigeria special police unit reined in after abuse allegations

5 October 2020 Move comes after accusations the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was involved in unlawful arrests and torture. Nigeria’s top police chief has banned a controversial anti-robbery unit and other special agents from carrying out stop-and-search operations and mounting roadblocks over accusations of abuses. Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP) said in a statement on Sunday the Federal Special …

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