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Nigeria cracks down on separatists as security issues mount in the north

22 July 2021 The arrest of another separatist activist wanted by Nigeria sends a clear message that President Buhari won’t tolerate secessionist aspirations. But critics say there’s much more at play than just arresting figureheads. Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, known popularly in Nigeria as Sunday Igboho, was arrested in neighboring Benin on Monday evening, according to media reports. He …

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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’s okada motorcycles have a bad image, but banning them solves nothing

12 May 2021 Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these motorcyclists – popularly known as okada …

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Another day of violence across Nigeria

30 April 2021 Deepening insecurity requires urgent response to protect civilians As I went about my day on Monday of this week catching up on the happenings in Nigeria, I was struck by the number of violent incidents reported across the country in just 24 hours.   I began in the morning following up on reports of attacks by Boko Haram’s splinter …

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Tens of thousands flee attacks on northeast Nigerian town: UN

16 April 2021 UN says tens of thousands have fled a series of attacks this week by an armed group on the town of Damasak, Borno state. As many as 65,000 people have fled the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak following a series of attacks by an armed group, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Fighters from the so-called …

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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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Nigeria’s poor response to Boko Haram has left border communities feeling abandoned

17 March 2021 For over a decade, the North-eastern region of Nigeria has been ravaged by insecurity, as the militant group Boko Haram has destabilised border communities. The damage ranges from loss of life to destruction of property and farmlands. We analysed the efforts of various state and non-state actors (both local and international) to address these security challenges, and found evidence of uncoordinated actions between government …

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Nigerian kidnappings reach crisis point

10 March 2021 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in response to the recent mass kidnapping of 279 schoolgirls in the country’s Zamfara state, ordered security agents “to shoot any person or persons seen carrying AK-47s in any forest in the country.” Buhari also directed a ban on “all mining activities in Zamfara State, as well as the imposition of a no-fly zone over …

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