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Attacks on Aid Workers in Northeastern Nigeria

24 January 2020 Insurgent attacks against civilians constitute war crimes Worrying reports of gruesome attacks and killings by insurgents in Nigeria’s restive northeast region appear to show an escalation of attacks on aid workers and other civilians over the past several weeks. On January 21, Boko Haram insurgents executed Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, …

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US security source opens up on Nigerian corruption

7 January 2020 The head of the Nigeria station of one of the United States’ major security agencies has expressed disappointment about the corruption of Nigeria’s security top brass. Speaking to Naijiant.com, he explained how the US had bilateral “aid” agreements with Nigeria to provide equipment to help the Nigerians deal with various security challenges, ranging from Boko Haram in …

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International Criminal Court opens the door for the prosecution of Nigeria

8 December 2019 The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. The report looked at situations in several countries “under consideration for possible investigation”. In Nigeria, these mainly cover the conflict with Boko Haram in the northeast and possible war crimes committed by Nigerian security forces (NSF). The report …

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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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