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Amnesty International calls on Nigeria to investigate the deaths of three Shia protesters in police custody

6 August 2019 Amnesty International issued a press statement yesterday on the deaths in police custody of three members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria Authorities must investigate deaths in police custody of three IMN protesters At least 3 injured detainees have died in police custody15 injured protestors, including minors, held incommunicado for weeksPolice raid government hospital and arrest …

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Nigeria: The politicised herders and farmers conflict

17 July 2019 Special grazing zones and settlements for pastoralist Fulani groups were supposed to be the answer to the heated farmers and herders conflict. It has instead become a highly politicised debate. It appeared to be a done deal. Nigeria’s government under President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that they would be introducing the so-called Ruga settlements –  a Hausa …

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Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

22 April 2019 After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad’s family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, says he would …

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Nigeria government failures fuel escalating conflict between farmers and herders as death toll nears 4,000

The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more, Amnesty International revealed today.  17 December 2018 *WARNING: This article contains graphic descriptions of killings …

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Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

1 December 2018 Insecurity is a major electoral issue for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks re-election in 2019 polls. As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country’s northeast in 2018, pushing into towns …

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

2 November 2018 Nigeria’s army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group this week. “Please watch and make your deductions,” said the army in a post on its official Twitter account. In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican …

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Nigeria’s security forces must be held accountable for killing of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters

2 November 2018 Strong evidence that soldiers used automatic firearms on Shi’a Muslims holding religious procession and protest At least 39 protesters killed, and 122 injured, in a single day Victims include men, women and children An investigation by Amnesty International shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least …

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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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