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Nigeria border closure: Businesses complain of revenue loss

26 October 2019 The government says it wants to stop smugglers and criminals who pose a threat to the country and its economy and will keep the borders closed for now. Business owners in Nigeria are complaining they have lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the government closed a border crossing with neighbouring Benin. Authorities say they are trying to stop illegal …

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Ola Aina’s remarkable story

24 October 2019 Born in London to Nigerian immigrants, Ola Aina remembers the sacrifices his parents made to make his dreams a reality. At the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt earlier this year, 23-year-old Ola Aina played in his first major international tournament, helping the Nigerian national team to a third-place finish. In doing so, he completed a remarkable …

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Nigeria’s land borders closed to all goods, official confirms

16 October 2019 Ban since summer on goods imported via land borders has pushed up food prices and pummeled neighbouring Benin’s economy. Nigeria has closed its land borders to all movement of goods and has no timeline for reopening them, the head of the nation’s customs agency said. “All goods, for now, are banned from being exported or imported through our …

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Nigeria has a mental health problem

10 October 2019 One in four Nigerians suffers from mental illness, but help is hampered by tight budgets and a lack of skilled staff. On the outside, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba seems tranquil. But on the inside of this century-old facility – one of only a half-dozen psychiatric centres in Lagos, and the only one run by the federal …

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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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