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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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What’s being done to keep learning going in northern Nigeria?

10 September 2020 In observance of the first-ever ‘International Day to Protect Education from Attack’ on 9 September, Al Jazeera’s The Stream is partnering with Witness to discuss a new documentary on the subject. Ahmad the Architect follows Ahmad Buba, a man on a mission to help his native Nigeria undo the harm caused by Boko Haram, an armed group …

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Armed fighters take hundreds hostage in Nigeria’s Borno state

20 August 2020 Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province, a splinter group of Boko Haram, overran Kukawa town on Tuesday. Armed fighters have taken hundreds of hostages in a northeast Nigerian town where residents had only just returned after fleeing their homes, residents and militia sources said on Wednesday. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, a splinter group …

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Nigerian food prices rise during Ramadan

17 May 2020 The cost of some items has doubled, and prices are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Nigerians are complaining about rising food prices during Ramadan. The cost of some items has doubled, and they are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris has been speaking with …

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Nigeria violence drives 23,000 into neighbouring Niger: UNHCR

12 May 2020 Number of people fleeing to Niger from Nigeria almost triples from the last year, says the UN refugee agency. Violence in northwest Nigeria has forced about 23,000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation, the United Nations has said. The numbers fleeing to neighbouring Niger have almost tripled from …

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Most Nigerians cannot afford to buy a house

11 May 2020 Al Jazeera reported today that the World Bank says Nigeria needs hundreds of billions of dollars to bridge its housing deficit. The report added that home ownership is at a mere 25%, and Nigerians are finding it harder to buy as incomes fall along with the price of oil, the country’s main earner. See further details in …

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COVID-19 crisis forces Nigeria’s wealthy to use local hospitals

22 April 2020 Doctors are reporting a sharp increase in the number of government officials and business leaders seeking treatment in local hospitals. The coronavirus global pandemic is driving Nigeria’s rich and powerful to local hospitals they have been avoiding for years. Doctors are reporting a sharp increase in the number of government officials and business leaders seeking treatment. Al …

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Nigerian security forces kill 18 during curfew enforcement

17 April 2020 National Human Rights Commission says it received ‘105 complaints of rights violations by security forces’ in 24 states. At least 18 people in Nigeria have been killed by security forces during the enforcement of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body …

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Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

31 March 2020 The 14-day lockdown enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm …

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