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Why support for secession is growing in southeast Nigeria

17 September 2021 ‘I don’t think Nigerians want a broken country. They think the country is already broken and they’re protesting it.’ When President Muhammadu Buhari flew into southeastern Imo State last week to commission a handful of development projects, he was greeted by deserted streets and shuttered businesses: Residents were demonstrating against his leadership by staying at home. Dressed …

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Amnesty International: At least 115 people killed by security forces in 4 months in Nigeria’s southeast

6 August 2021 • Police said at least 21 personnel were killed in three months in Imo state. • More than 500 arrested after police and military raids.  • Widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment.  Nigerian security forces have committed a catalogue of human rights violations and crimes under international law in their response to spiralling violence in Southeast Nigeria, carrying …

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Twitter restricted in Nigeria after government decree

5 June 2021 Suspension comes two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Buhari’s account for violating its rules. Telecoms operators in Nigeria have restricted access to Twitter, a day after the government announced its indefinite suspension for activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension in Africa’s most populous country came two days after the social …

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Helicopter attack on Nigerian civilians puts British pilot training under fresh scrutiny

13 May 2021 Declassified UK visited villages in Nigeria ruined by indiscriminate air strikes, which killed civilians, levelled marketplaces and hit a school — months after they revealed Nigerian air force pilots were secretly training in the UK. Amnesty International calls for “a major overhaul of the way that military training is regulated” by the UKNigerian lawyers condemn the airstrikes …

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Nigeria: 7 years after Chibok mass abduction, still no solution

14 April 2021 A string of mass kidnappings has resulted in the closure of 600 schools, Amnesty says, calling on the gov’t to hold perpetrators to account. Seven years after the abduction of 279 girls from a government school in northern Nigeria, authorities have failed to find a strategy to protect schoolchildren and their right to education, according to a human …

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Nigeria’s unhappy union: How growing insecurity threatens the country’s future

9 April 2021 An attack this week on a police headquarters and prison in southeastern Nigeria is the latest example of the country’s fast-deteriorating security situation, which is raising deeper questions about the unity of this fractious regional superpower, political and security analysts warn. “The state no longer has the monopoly of force, it’s lost control,” Idayat Hassan, director of …

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Boko Haram brutality against women and girls needs urgent response – new research

25 March 2021 Recent attacks in Borno State marked by war crimes, including rape and other sexual violence, as well as murder and mass pillageNigerian authorities and partners must provide food and services to affected communities Boko Haram fighters targeted women and girls with rape and other sexual violence, amounting to war crimes, during recent raids in northeast Nigeria, new …

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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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#EndSARS: Denials and cover up mark 100 days since Lekki shooting

28 January 2021 No justice for victims  Supporters of #EndSARS movement continue to face intimidation Authorities yet to initiate concrete police reforms  Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020 and have brazenly attempted …

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The longshot bid to end rampant banditry in Nigeria’s northwest

19 January 2021 ‘We simply have to find a way out of this criminality.’ The scale of Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has long been clear. But it took the abduction last month of more than 340 schoolboys for many people – even within Nigeria – to appreciate just how bad the insecurity has become in the country’s neglected northwest. …

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