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Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protesters put lives at risk in Nigeria

Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: “This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding …

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New website set up to combat human rights abuses in countries like Nigeria

In 2016, a 12-year-old boy was reportedly detained and tortured in Giwa barracks in northeastern Nigeria. He ended up nearly paralysed. “We wanted to cite the officers in charge,” said lawyer Chino Edmund Obiagwu. “But we weren’t able to get the information on their names.” Obiagwu is the director of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, an organisation representing victims …

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Security forces failed to act on warnings about Boko Haram attack hours before abduction of schoolgirls

Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards a town where they abducted 110 schoolgirls last month, an investigation by Amnesty International has revealed. The military failed to respond while Boko Haram conducted an armed raid on the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, on …

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Amnesty International activists uncover serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni in Nigeria’s Niger Delta

A groundbreaking research project by Amnesty International has exposed evidence of serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni, whose irresponsible approach to oil spills in the Niger Delta is exacerbating an environmental crisis. Through the Decoders network, an innovative platform developed by Amnesty International to crowdsource human rights research, the organization enlisted thousands of supporters and activists to collect data …

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‘Escalation of attacks against Christians in Northern Nigeria’ – Baroness Cox

Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords and also CEO of an organisation called Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), released a Briefing Report today (9 February 2018) addressing the ongoing attacks against the Christian community in Northern Nigeria. Her statement is reproduced in full below. Escalation of attacks against Christians in northern Nigeria Briefing report, February 2018 Summary …

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Amnesty International calls Buhari “totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective” in dealing with Fulani herdsmen violence

The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful, Amnesty International said today, as clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna have resulted in 168 deaths in January 2018 alone. “The government must totally overturn its response to these deadly clashes to avoid this crisis …

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New film reveals Nigeria oil spill devastation

Lessi Phillips was only 16 when a Shell oil pipeline burst near her village, in Nigeria‘s resource-rich Niger Delta in 2008. In the 77 days that followed, vast quantities of oil seeped into mangrove swamps near Bodo City, devastating the diverse ecosystem and destroying once-vibrant local fisheries and farms. Ten years later, Al Jazeera’s virtual reality unit, Contrast VR, caught up with Phillips as …

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Amnesty International slams Nigerian govt’s poor response to Fulani herdsmen attacks

Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria Country Director, has condemned Nigeria’s governments at state and federal levels for lacking a “concrete response” to the spate of violence from Fulani herdsmen that has led to hundreds of deaths this January. Ojigho, was speaking to Lagos-based Channels TV this morning. She talked about escalation of the violence beyond to unseen levels and “we …

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