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The UK’s House of Lords debates “religious violence” in Nigeria

22 September 2020 The UK’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, yesterday held a debate on the “religious violence” in Nigeria, with several contributors drawing from their experience to attempt to get the UK government to put pressure on the Nigerian government to deal effectively with the problem. Lord Anderson said “it is clearly beyond the capacity, or perhaps …

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Nigeria: Government failings leave rural communities at the mercy of gunmen

24 August 2020 At least 1,126 villagers killed by bandits from January to June 2020 Attacks pose threats to food security in rural areas Failure to bring killers to justice fuels impunity The Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the north of the country since January, Amnesty International …

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Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

17 August 2020 COVID-19 has had a dire effect on global economies. Rising infection rates have led to social distancing directives, persistent lockdowns, the closing of businesses, travel restraints, salary cuts, and a looming high unemployment situation. Economic activity has shrunk dramatically, and with it the food supply value chain globally. The story for Nigeria has been no different. The country has instituted a range …

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Videos of Nigerian wedding massacre, mass burials go viral amid call for end to ethnic violence

3 August 2020 Violence in the northwest Nigerian state of Kaduna escalated in July as reports of massacres and arson attacks emerged from villages in the region. The attacks, characterised by the government as “politically-motivated banditry”, have increased tensions between the Fulani and Atyap ethnic groups. Photos and videos of mass burials went viral on Nigerian social media networks as …

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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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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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What can be done to fight rural banditry in northern Nigeria?

12 September 2019 Banditry is on the increase in northern Nigeria. This is a region with many security problems, chief among them Boko Haram’s insurgency. In the north-central region, herdsmen militancy has become a key security concern. Northwest Nigeria, which used to be the bastion of security and stability, has been hit hard by rural banditry. I have explored this situation …

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