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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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Nigeria: Older people often an invisible casualty in conflict with Boko Haram

8 December 2020 Recent Boko Haram massacre in Borno State exemplifies years of repression and abuse of older people by the armed group Older people are frequently killed in military raids and die disproportionately in unlawful military detention Humanitarian response treats older people as ‘an afterthought’ Older people have suffered in unique ways from the conflict that has raged for …

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#EndSARS shows why the police is not ‘your friend’

13 November 2020 The Nigerian police’s motto, The Police is Your Friend, intends to remap perceptions of state violence at the fore of the youth-led #EndSARS protests. While highlighting the transformative potential of social media,  protesters also brought into focus the ways in which the Nigerian postcolonial state abuses citizens and estranges them through acts of violence. But if not a …

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Video reveals Nigerian air force learning to fly helicopters in England amid human rights concerns

11 November 2020 Nigerian air force personnel are learning to fly helicopters in Newquay, southwest England, amid allegations by Amnesty International that military aircraft have killed civilians in Nigeria. Yet the UK’s Ministry of Defence says it has no knowledge of this training. Investigative journalists from Declassified caught three Nigerian air force personnel on camera in the Cornish surfing resort of …

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Nigeria: Ogoni 9 activists remembered 25 years on

9 November 2020 On November 10, 1995, nine Nigerian environmental activists accused of murder were executed by Sani Abacha’s military regime. Their deaths sparked an international outcry that lingers to this day. Tired of seeing the environmental pollution and the exploitation of natural resources in his native Ogoniland, Ken Saro-Wiwa founded the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People …

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Nigerian youth demand political reforms and end to police brutality

31 October 2020 President Muhammad Buhari’s appeal for protesters against the special anti-robbery police unit SARS to stop their demands for reform and work with the government is likely to be in vain. First of all, it was astounding that he failed to mention the dozen people who had died as a result of the weeks-long protests during his national broadcast. And there is …

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Nigeria: Authorities must stop attempts to cover up Lekki Toll Gate massacre

28 October 2020 The Nigerian authorities’ must end their attempts to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, Amnesty International said, as it released a new timeline investigating the atrocity one week later. The timeline – available here – collates photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp, a military base approximately a seven-minute drive from the …

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Nigeria: Scores killed in #EndSARS protests, Buhari says

24 October 2020 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that over 50 civilians have been killed in the worst violence in years. Protests first erupted in anger at the SARS police unit that is accused of torture and murder. Fifty-one civilians have been killed since the start of police brutality protests in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted on Friday, confirming …

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Nigeria: Killing of #EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated

21 October 2020 At least 12 people killed at Alausa and Lekki Toll Gate Lagos Hundreds severely injured CCTV dismantled to cover murder   An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police …

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Death toll climbs as Nigeria protests spiral

19 October 2020 Crowds have taken to the streets of Nigeria in protest against police brutality. The demonstrations come as the government disbanded a controversial security unit accused of misconduct. Crowds took to the streets again in Nigeria’s largest cities on Monday in protest against police brutality. Rights group Amnesty International said five people had died since the start of the …

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