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Attacks on police in Nigeria could fuel more crime: how to stop them

25 May 2021 There has been a rising wave of attacks on police stations and police officers in some southern states in Nigeria. At the last count, 127 cops had been killed and 25 stations razed in the past five months. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asked sociologist Lanre Ikuteyijo for his view on why this is happening and how the country can …

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Nigeria’s unhappy union: How growing insecurity threatens the country’s future

9 April 2021 An attack this week on a police headquarters and prison in southeastern Nigeria is the latest example of the country’s fast-deteriorating security situation, which is raising deeper questions about the unity of this fractious regional superpower, political and security analysts warn. “The state no longer has the monopoly of force, it’s lost control,” Idayat Hassan, director of …

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Is President Muhammadu Buhari unwilling to stop the violence in Nigeria?

23 February 2021 Violence is escalating in Nigeria. Is a minister’s assertion that civilians are ‘cowards’ for not fighting armed gangs a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari has reached the end of his tether? Speaking of armed gangs preying upon civilians, Nigerian Minister of Defense Bashir Magashi said, “I don’t know why people are running away from minor, minor, minor things …

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Fulani herdsmen crisis: Time for a beef boycott

9 February 2021 Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka, while speaking to the BBC this week, called out President Muhammadu Buhari for a failure to deal with the terror being visited on Nigeria in the name of grazing cattle all over the country.  Buhari is a patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a pressure group for …

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Insights from Fulani pastoralists and host communities in southwestern Nigeria

3 February 2021 The Fulani in the Ibarapa community of Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria, are mostly migrants from the northern part of the country. A small number come from neighbouring Chad, Niger, Benin Republic and Cameroon. These settlers mostly live in settlements, far away from the host communities. The emergence of Fulani in Ibarapa dates back to the early 20th century. For …

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The longshot bid to end rampant banditry in Nigeria’s northwest

19 January 2021 ‘We simply have to find a way out of this criminality.’ The scale of Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has long been clear. But it took the abduction last month of more than 340 schoolboys for many people – even within Nigeria – to appreciate just how bad the insecurity has become in the country’s neglected northwest. …

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How can a food security crisis be avoided in northern Nigeria?

22 December 2020 Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme took a look at the insecurity crippling much of northeast and northwest Nigeria today, with host Mohammed Jamjoom and guests Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria country director at ONE, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty by 2030, Ovigwe Eguegu, a geopolitical analyst at the security think-tank Afripolitika, and firebrand activist Aisha Yesufu, …

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Nigeria: Vigilantes rescue kidnapped children

20 December 2020 Local vigilantes and police have rescued a group of children who were kidnapped by an armed gang. The release followed a shoot-out in northwestern Nigeria. Vigilantes from a small village in northern Nigeria rescued scores of children who had been abducted while returning from a religious ceremony, police said on Sunday. Armed bandits kidnapped 80 children on Saturday as they were …

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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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