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#EndSARS: British MPs suggest sanctions against Nigeria

24 November 2020 British MPs yesterday debated sanctions against the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari following an e-petition against the shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters in Lagos. The petition was signed by 220,330 people in the UK, many of whom were constituents of the MPS that contributed to the debate. Theresa Villiers, the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet, started the …

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Nigeria: Punitive financial moves against #EndSARS protesters

14 November 2020 Unblock Bank Accounts, Dismiss Fines Nigerian authorities appear to have used coercive financial measures to suppress protests against police brutality and independent media reporting, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should urgently lift arbitrary restrictions, including unblocking bank accounts of protest supporters, dismissing or reimbursing arbitrary fines, and investigating and appropriately disciplining officials responsible for any abuse …

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#EndSARS shows why the police is not ‘your friend’

13 November 2020 The Nigerian police’s motto, The Police is Your Friend, intends to remap perceptions of state violence at the fore of the youth-led #EndSARS protests. While highlighting the transformative potential of social media,  protesters also brought into focus the ways in which the Nigerian postcolonial state abuses citizens and estranges them through acts of violence. But if not a …

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Do the #EndSars protests create prospects for a new Nigeria?

23 October 2020 Following the shooting of unarmed protesters, the wounds inflicted on Nigerian society by the government’s security agencies in October 2020 will entrench anger and political mistrust. Supporters and critics of President Buhari both cite a lack of vision and leadership for the country, and with no sign the #EndSars protests will calm the country’s future remains uncertain. …

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Tensions rise in Nigeria as some 2,000 inmates escape in attacks on prisons

20 October 2020 Nigerian authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 2,000 inmates had broken out of jail after crowds attacked two prisons, while officials announced a 24-hour curfew in the megacity of Lagos in an attempt to quell the unrest stemming from two weeks of protests against police brutality. The Inspector-General of Police deployed anti-riot police across Africa’s most populous nation and …

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Death toll climbs as Nigeria protests spiral

19 October 2020 Crowds have taken to the streets of Nigeria in protest against police brutality. The demonstrations come as the government disbanded a controversial security unit accused of misconduct. Crowds took to the streets again in Nigeria’s largest cities on Monday in protest against police brutality. Rights group Amnesty International said five people had died since the start of the …

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Nigeria’s nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions

29 May 2020 Sensei Uche has earned a living for the last three years as a “hype man” in Nigeria’s entertainment capital Lagos, standing alongside the DJ in bars and clubs and whipping up dancers’ enthusiasm. But the coronavirus pandemic has cut off his livelihood. Nigeria’s government, like others across the globe, has shut bars, nightclubs and restaurants since late …

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Nigerian religious leaders demand lifting of COVID-19 lockdown

19 May 2020 Growing rates of coronavirus infections have led Nigeria to slow down a planned relaxing of confinement measures. Religious gatherings remain banned, inflaming the ire of many mosque and church leaders. Among religious leaders there is a small but vocal minority who reject Nigeria’s coronavirus lockdown. Some reacted angrily to Monday’s announcement by the Nigerian government prolonging a ban on …

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Nigeria reports record infections hours after lockdown was eased

5 May 2020 Number of COVID-19 cases jumps by 245, the day Nigeria began phasing out emergency measures. Nigeria has recorded its highest single-day infection rate of COVID-19, the day Africa’s biggest economy began a six-week phase-out period of the emergency lockdown measures. A total of 245 new cases were confirmed on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 73 …

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Nigerian security forces kill 18 during curfew enforcement

17 April 2020 National Human Rights Commission says it received ‘105 complaints of rights violations by security forces’ in 24 states. At least 18 people in Nigeria have been killed by security forces during the enforcement of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body …

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