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#EndSARS: The use of Nigerian soldiers in civil unrest

9 November 2020 The shooting of #EndSARS protesters by Nigerian soldiers has brought to the fore again the controversial issue of soldiers being used to quell civil protests. Wale Fatade, from The Conversation Africa, asked Kester Onor how Nigeria could resolve this conundrum. What do you make of the recent shooting of protesters by Nigerian soldiers? Peaceful protesters were shot by men in military …

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Nigeria’s #EndSARS protest: De-escalate tensions, start deep police reform

28 October 2020 What began as an orderly demonstration against an abusive police squad has become a national crisis in Nigeria. To lower the temperature, the government needs to move quickly to investigate wrongdoing by security agencies, give victims the justice they deserve and initiate far-reaching police reforms.  Unprecedented protests against police brutality have spun into deadly clashes in several …

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Livestreaming Lekki: digital evidence of #EndSARS shooting in Nigeria makes impunity much harder

26 October 2020 Nigeria continues to convulse in angry protests over allegations that at least 12 people were killed by security forces at a toll gate in Lagos on October 20. They were taking part in the EndSARS protests against Nigeria’s notoriously violent Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Countless videos of the Lekki massacre have been uploaded online. More than 100,000 people witnessed the slow, agonising death of …

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Nigeria special police unit reined in after abuse allegations

5 October 2020 Move comes after accusations the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was involved in unlawful arrests and torture. Nigeria’s top police chief has banned a controversial anti-robbery unit and other special agents from carrying out stop-and-search operations and mounting roadblocks over accusations of abuses. Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP) said in a statement on Sunday the Federal Special …

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Nigeria’s Lagos state suspends plans to reopen places of worship

16 June 2020 Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has suspended plans to reopen places of worship after a review of the new coronavirus outbreak, the state governor said on Tuesday. Earlier this month Nigeria’s government said it would allow the reopening of places of worship, which the government ordered to close in March to halt the spread of the highly infectious …

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