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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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Nigeria: Military razes villages as Boko Haram attacks escalate

19 February 2020 The Nigerian military has burned and forcibly displaced entire villages in response to a recent escalation in attacks by the armed group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said today, based on interviews with affected villagers in Borno State and satellite data analysis. The military also arbitrarily detained six men from the displaced villages, continuing a pattern of violations …

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Nigerian military under scrutiny after latest attacks

13 February 2020 Widespread failings in Nigeria’s security sector are causing frustrations to boil over in the conflict-ridden north. While reform may be on the horizon, implementation will likely prove to be a major challenge.  More brutal attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state have once again sparked criticism of the Nigerian military’s response towards extremist groups. More than …

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We’ve raised concerns to Buhari about rising levels of violence in Nigeria – British minister

7 February 2020 Heather Wheeler, the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs minister, said yesterday that: “We regularly raise concerns with the Nigerian Government about the increasing levels of violence. Most recently, the Prime Minister did so during his meeting with President Buhari at the UK-Africa investment summit on 20 January.” Minister Heather Wheeler Wheeler was contributing to a parliamentary debate on …

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Travel ban: Is the US afraid of Nigeria?

31 January 2020 The US is punishing Nigeria amid a current humanitarian crisis where the West African nation is grappling with a violent terrorist problem in the form of Boko Haram; a terrorist entity that the US indirectly helped rise to power. The Trump administration is considering expanding its travel ban to include five more countries, including Nigeria. While there is opposition to the …

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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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