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Nigeria: Unfolding genocide – new report launched

18 June 2020 The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has launched a new report in Westminster on Monday entitled Nigeria – Unfolding Genocide? The report launch featured speeches from the Chair of the APPG, Jim Shannon MP, Co-Chair Baroness Cox, and Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago and has …

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Nigeria: Islamic militant attacks in Borno kill dozens

14 June 2020 At least 60 people are believed to have been killed in twin attacks in Borno state. Armed militants also attacked a UN humanitarian hub with rocket launchers, reportedly accusing them of being “non-believers.” Jihadists connected to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militant group killed at least 20 soldiers and 40 civilians over the weekend in …

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Beyond the pandemic, Boko Haram looms large in Nigeria

11 June 2020 As Nigeria suffers from the coronavirus crisis and shrinking oil revenue, security forces will be further strained in their fight against the jihadi group. How is Boko Haram exploiting the health crisis? Even amid the pandemic, all Boko Haram factions have rejected the notion of a truce with the Nigerian government, which they see as an agency …

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Nigeria violence drives 23,000 into neighbouring Niger: UNHCR

12 May 2020 Number of people fleeing to Niger from Nigeria almost triples from the last year, says the UN refugee agency. Violence in northwest Nigeria has forced about 23,000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation, the United Nations has said. The numbers fleeing to neighbouring Niger have almost tripled from …

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First cases of coronavirus lock down Nigeria’s northeast

24 April 2020 The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria’s conflict-hit northeast rose to 12 this week, as aid workers scrambled to improve water and sanitation services in the region’s overcrowded displacement camps. The death of a Médecins Sans Frontières health worker on 18 April was the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Borno State – the centre of the conflict with …

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Six killed in attack on Nigeria military base

4 March 2020 Suspected Boko Haram fighters launch a dawn raid on army base in the town of Damboa, sparking intense fighting. Armed assailants killed four police officers and two civilian militiamen in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria‘s Borno state on Wednesday. Suspected Boko Haram fighters in trucks fitted with machine guns launched the dawn raid on the army …

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Should Nigeria have released Boko Haram suspects?

20 February 2020 The Nigerian government recently announced that it had released about 1,400 Boko Haram suspects. The reason given was they had repented and were to be re-integrated into society. The government said the releases – which happened in three tranches – were part of its four-year old de-radicalisation programme called Operation Safe Corridor. The announcement generated a lot of angst. Opposition …

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