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Nigerian police use live ammunition against peaceful demonstrators

13 November 2019 Nigerian media is reporting that on November 12, the Nigerian police fired live bullets to disperse those protesting the continued imprisonment of Nigerian journalist Omeyele Sowore. The media describes the protestors as conducting a “sit-in” at the offices of the Department of State Services (DSS), though it is not clear whether the protestors were inside or outside the compound. …

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How Boko Haram has evolved over the past ten years

13 November 2019 Last month marked ten years since Mohammed Yusuf, founder of Boko Haram, died in police detention. His death led to the radicalisation of the sect and a declaration of Jihad against the Nigerian state. In an earlier paper on the sect I argued that before 2009, its operations were more or less peaceful, but that it was radicalised in 2009 after a confrontation …

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Nigeria Releases 86 More Children and Youth from Military Prison

8 November 2019 Several months ago, we traveled to northeast Nigeria to interview children who had been imprisoned on suspicion of being members of the extremist armed group Boko Haram. Their stories horrified us. We met a boy who was detained when he was only five years old. Another – whose village had been attacked by Boko Haram – told us he …

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Aid workers question USAID counter-terror clause in Nigeria

6 November 2019 The restrictions are ‘inconsistent with, in capital letters, humanitarian principles’. Reaching all those in need in conflict-hit northeastern Nigeria has long been a struggle for aid workers. But now – in addition to the hostility of the jihadist insurgents and a Nigerian military suspicious of humanitarian efforts – the US development agency has imposed controversial new restrictions …

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ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, concludes visit to Abuja, Nigeria

15 October 2019 On Monday, 14 October 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, concluded a two-day visit to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was her fourth mission to this situation country. During her visit, Prosecutor Bensouda met with the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the Nigerian Government’s support …

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Nigeria warned it risks humanitarian disaster by expelling charities

29 September 2019 Aid agencies strongly deny Nigeria’s claims they are diverting funds to Boko Haram Nigeria has been warned it risks a humanitarian disaster if the government goes ahead with its threat to throw aid agencies out of the north-east of the country, claiming they are in league with extremist Islamic groups. A spate of aid offices have been forcibly …

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Nigerian govt presiding over an injustice pressure cooker – United Nations human rights expert

27 September 2019 Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, has published her report following a visit to Nigeria. The report is reproduced below. Introduction I conducted an official country visit to Nigeria from 19 August to 3 September 2019. I warmly thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for their invitation to visit the …

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Nigerian army orders closure of aid agency for ‘aiding terrorism’

20 September 2019 Action Against Hunger urges authorities to allow ‘life-saving’ work to continue after sanction imposed without ‘notice or explanation’ The Nigerian army has ordered Action Against Hunger to close its main office in Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, amid allegations the group has been “aiding and abetting terrorism”. Soldiers forced the organisation to stop its work in …

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