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Nigerians seek safety in Cameroon as Boko Haram crisis escalates

8 February 2019 A wave of increasingly sophisticated militant attacks in northeastern Nigeria has forced almost 60,000 people to flee since November, the largest number for more than two years, raising fears from the UN and aid groups of a renewed Boko Haram crisis. More than half of those who fled escaped a series of Boko Haram attacks in the remote town …

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2019: Nigeria

18 January 2019 Human Rights Watch published their 674-page World Report 2019, the 29th edition, yesterday. We reproduce some key parts of the section on Nigeria below. Heightened political tensions ahead of the 2019 elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election defined Nigeria’s rights landscape in 2018. Despite notable military advances, and apparently premature proclamations of Boko Haram’s defeat by government …

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Nigeria: “Recent fighting has created a humanitarian tragedy” – Humanitarian Coordinator

10 January 2019 The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern following an upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has caused tens of thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes. Clashes on 26 December 2018 between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake …

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How corruption is hindering fight against Boko Haram – ISSA

31 December 2018 Nigeria’s Buhari government Massively upgrades the fight … to protect itself; But Boko Haram still dominates the battlefield Analysis. From GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. A sense of desperation has now enveloped the Nigerian Armed Forces leadership as the insurgencies from Islamist groups — loosely referred to as Boko Haram (BH) — continue to gain dominance over …

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Nigerian army says 14 personnel killed in Boko Haram ambush

25 December 2018 Security forces were on escort duty when they were attacked in Yobe state in the north of the country, army says. Nigeria‘s military has said 14 military and police personnel have been killed in an ambush by armed Boko Haram group. An army statement said on Tuesday that the security forces were on escort duty when they …

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Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan asks the questions Nigerian journalists fail to ask

15 December 2018 Nigerian journalists should watch Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan and always do so with pen and paper ready for note-taking.  Hasan was at his best again on the Upfront programme titled: “Who will be Nigeria’s next president?”, and trying to hold Nigerian politicians to account – something Nigerian chequebook journalists consistently fail to do. This time, Hasan had within …

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Nigeria army lifts ban on UNICEF amid spying allegations

15 December 2018 Army suspended UNICEF operations early Friday accusing the agency’s staff of spying for Boko Haram. The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on UNICEF in the northeast of the country, hours after accusing the staff of the United Nations agency of “spying” for Boko Haram. Earlier on Friday, the Nigerian military said UNICEF had been training people to sabotage its counterinsurgency efforts by reporting alleged …

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Nigeria in Top 10 countries at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019

14 December 2018 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has named the countries most at risk of being hit by humanitarian catastrophe next year.  Top of the list is Yemen, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and then South Sudan. The next countries are Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Somalia.  The IRC “responds to the world’s worst …

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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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