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Nigeria works to end violence in ‘Wild West’

8 September 2019 After years of military action in north-west Nigeria, the government is choosing dialogue to end killings and kidnapping mainly by nomadic cattle herders. Government officials say they want to tackle the injustices that fueled the crisis in the first place. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria. Follow @naijiant

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UN calls for urgent action to end violence in Nigeria

4 September 2019 UN special rapporteur says deadly attacks rocking Nigeria could have a ripple effect throughout the region. The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned rising violence across Nigeria and a “lack of accountability” for perpetrators. Agnes Callamard, speaking at a news conference on Monday in Nigeria’s capital, said the country needed urgent action to end the “pressure cooker” of violence …

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African footballers stranded around the world with crushed dreams

26 August 2019 How shady agents scam hopefuls into believing they had arranged promising sports careers. In Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, Moshood Afolabi, a 24-year-old aspiring Nigerian footballer, is stranded. As an undocumented migrant, he has lost the occasional construction work that helped offset his rent of a shared apartment and internet bill. He arrived in Mongolia on May 10 …

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Nigerian police battle a growing kidnapping crisis

25 August 2019 Nigeria is in the grip of a kidnapping crisis. Thousands of Nigerians have fallen victims to a rise in the crime and are having to pay millions of dollars in ransom. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Kaduna, an area known as a kidnapping hotspot. Follow @naijiant

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Nigerian Shia leader, wife reject treatment in India, return home

17 August 2019 Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife have been received by security operatives in Abuja and returned to custody. Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife have made a dramatic return to the country, three days after arriving in India to receive medical treatment, according to aviation officials and his lawyer. The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria …

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Nigeria: Deaths as security forces clash with Shia protesters

22 July 2019 At least four demonstrators killed in the capital Abuja as Shia group continues to demand the release of jailed leader. At least four people were killed in the capital following clashes between security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, according to the Shia group. Demonstrators again took to the streets of Abuja on Monday …

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Nigeria land struggle: Farmers fight over resources

15 June 2019 For centuries, the Fulani people have lived interdependent lives with the farmers but the past 30 years have tested that harmony. Competition for resources between farmers and cattle herders in sub-Saharan Africa is becoming deadlier. Hundreds are killed every year as the two sides fight over land and water amid the worsening shortage of food in the …

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20 years of democracy: Has Nigeria changed for the better?

12 June 2019 Two decades after the West African country’s army handed power to a civilian leader, many question if life has improved. Two decades ago, in a colourful ceremony held in the capital, Abuja, Nigeria’s military handed over power to an elected civilian leader. Generals had ruled the oil-rich West African country for the previous 15 years. The ceremony …

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A Russian dead end for scammed Nigerian footballers

27 May 2019 Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees’ anonymity. Shady agents lured aspiring Nigerian footballers to Russia during the World Cup period, and some remain stranded. At around the time of the 2018 World Cup, several Nigerian men travelled to Russia on a promise.  Agents in the African country had led them to believe that they …

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