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Abuses and disappearances mar Nigerian counter-insurgency campaign

12 October 2018 The army’s indiscriminate arrests risk bolstering the Boko Haram insurgency Hajja Gana last saw her son six years ago when soldiers took him away in an early morning raid in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, accusing him of being a Boko Haram terrorist. She has no idea whether he is alive or dead. Gana denies that her …

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Shias demonstrate in Abuja demanding Zakzaky’s release

7 October 2018 Shia Muslims in Nigerian capital of Abuja have once again staged a protest rally to call for the release of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still in prison despite a 2016 high court ruling. The protest was held in front of the Federal Ministry of Justice. Spokesman for Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Abdullahi Muhammad, …

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Amnesty International: Nigeria must release presidential report on the military’s human rights record

14 September 2018 The Nigerian government’s delay in making public a report on the military’s human rights record is an appalling affront to victims who are still waiting for justice, Amnesty International said on Tuesday – one year after a presidential investigative panel started its work. The Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and …

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Nigeria: SARS overhaul is positive step but reforms must be robust

14 August 2018 Responding to news that Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered an immediate overhaul of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria Osai Ojigho said: “This is an overdue yet hugely important move by Acting President Osinbajo. The growing outcry over the brutality of Nigeria’s notorious SARS police unit has finally …

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Nigeria: Thousands living in fear as Zamfara armed bandits ramp up attacks

1 August 2018 • Armed bandits hold sway in rural parts of Zamfara state • At least 371 people killed since January and dozens of villages sacked Insecurity is escalating in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, with daily killings and kidnappings by armed bandits leaving villagers in constant fear of attack, Amnesty International said today. Thousands of people have been displaced …

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Amnesty International sends a clear message to Nigerian govt: Threats won’t deter us from defending human rights

The Nigerian military is increasingly resorting to threats, intimidation and smears to discredit Amnesty International’s work documenting the human rights violations it has committed, Amnesty International said today. On 24 May 2018 the organization released a report, “They Betrayed Us”, which documented the prevalence of sexual violence against starving women and girls detained in satellite camps under the control of Nigerian …

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Amnesty International exposes the lies of the Buhari administration

Amnesty International published a report (“They betrayed us”) on Thursday 24 May about the rape by the Nigerian military of women who survived Boko Haram. The Nigerian military were quick on the draw in denial.  A statement signed by Brigadier-General John Agim, Acting Director of Defence Information said: “In times like this, Amnesty International is expected to apply the natural law of …

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Boko Haram survivors have been starved and raped by Nigeria’s military

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. “They betrayed us” reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work …

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Fulani herdsmen violence: It’s about more than land

Clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria have left hundreds dead in the past few months. While West African regional leaders met to address the crisis, Nigerian lawmakers are calling President Buhari to task. Eighteen people, including two priests, were killed in an attack on a church in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Tuesday. The killings were blamed …

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