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Over 2m children go hungry in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria: NGO

6 August 2021 Save the Children says 700,000 children under five are among the 2.3 million children affected by crisis. At least 2.3 million children and youth are going hungry in northeastern Nigeria where escalating violence has forced farmers to flee their fields and put the region on the brink of critical food shortages, humanitarian groups have warned. Nigerian security …

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Has Nigeria benefited from “democracy”?

16 June 2021 It’s rich in resources. It’s got Africa’s biggest population. And it’s enjoyed democracy since 1999. But Nigeria is facing numerous challenges. Mass kidnappings, attacks by armed groups and criminal gangs, corruption and lack of jobs have angered many. Widespread protests last year against an anti-robbery police unit led to the killing of protesters. Nigerians are now calling …

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How Nigeria’s Twitter ban stands to impact people, businesses

7 June 2021 Nigeria suspended Twitter’s operations over ‘persistent use of the platform for activities that we capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence’. Emmanuel Alumona, a Lagos-based front-end developer, realised early on Saturday that he could not access Twitter on his phone. A day earlier, the Nigerian government announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country indefinitely over “the persistent use …

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Twitter removes Nigerian president’s ‘abusive’ civil war post

2 June 2021 The social media company says the post violated its abusive behaviour policy, leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account. Twitter has removed a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings. The move on Wednesday came as Buhari’s tweet, referring to a civil war in the southeastern …

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Who owns the Benin bronzes?

29 April 2021 In 1897, British troops looted thousands of bronze sculptures and artefacts from the African Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day southern Nigeria. Bronze plaques, masks and other objects have over the years scattered around the world, ending up in Western museums or sold to private collectors. Generations later – and facing a global movement to address racial …

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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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