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Nigerian Army “technically” looks into Buhari’s “technical” lie

Nigeria’s army on Sunday said it has launched a probe into recent attacks by Boko Haram militants which claimed dozens of lives of lives near Maiduguri, capital of northeast Borno state. At least 85 people died when insurgents stormed and torched a village on January 30, the third attack in four days defying President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim Nigeria had largely …

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Buhari “vacation” controversy and DSS arrests

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in London from Strasbourg yesterday allegedly for a conference in support of Syrian refugees. But before he had reached London a Nigerian website had already reported that he was using the conference as a cover to visit the UK for health issues. This morning the president’s spokesman stated that Buhari is going on a “five-day vacation” …

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SGF Babachir Lawal shows a lack of intelligence

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal said while visiting the scene of last Saturday’s Boko Haram attack in Dalori, about three miles from Maiduguri, that poor intelligence gathering by locals was to blame for the attacks. He went on to say that locals should report strangers in their midst to the authorities. Blaming victims …

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Nigeria’s President Buhari must stop side-stepping justice

UK visit: Nigeria’s President Buhari must stop side-stepping justice and start investigating war crimes “This is no time for a diplomatic tap-dance around the issues of mass unlawful killings, arbitrary arrest and deaths in detention.” – Kate Allen No UK military assistance to Nigerian troops accused of committing human rights violations, urge Amnesty David Cameron must urge Nigeria’s President Muhammadu …

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Buhari’s shocking insensitivity is going global

President Muhammadu Buhari is in London today, having arrived from France, ostensibly for the “Supporting Syria and the Region” conference. The blurb from the conference’s website says: “Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Billions of dollars in international aid are needed to support people caught up in the conflict. “The Supporting Syria and the Region conference will bring together …

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Which side is turncoat Ali Ndume on?

The Senate Majority Leader Ali Ndume of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and representing Borno South said in an interview that he was happy to testify at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and all those accused alongside Dasuki of diverting $2.1bn meant for prosecuting the war against Boko Haram. Ndume said: “As …

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Amnesty International condemns reinstatement of Nigerian general

Anyone that watched President Muhammadu Buhari during his “media chat” a few weeks ago and particularly his reaction to allegations that soldiers massacred Shia Muslims would not be surprised by his cavalier attitude towards human rights. This is a press release from Amnesty International. Nigeria: Reinstatement of army general implicated in mass murder makes mockery of commitments to end war …

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Investigating clashes between Nigeria’s Shia and the army

Eyewitnesses have told the BBC that the Nigerian army has killed dozens of members of a Shia organisation during a military crackdown last month – something the army denies. The BBC’s Nigeria correspondent Martin Patience travelled to their headquarters in Zaria to investigate. Driving through some of the city’s quiet streets, it was hard to imagine that just a month …

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Olisa Metuh in handcuffs: different treatment?

Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who has been charged on seven counts of corruption relating to misappropriating 400m naira ($2m), appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja today in handcuffs. While this organ has little sympathy for Metuh, as pointed out here, photographs showing him in handcuffs would cause presentational difficulties for …

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