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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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Coronavirus: Mixed messages from Nigeria’s pastors

10 April 2020 Religious leaders have asked their congregations to respect governments’ stay-at-home advice; others are defying it. With Easter coming in a few days, followers are confused and this is risky. Nigeria is home to most of Africa’s mega-churches – you can call it the Vatican for Africa’s televangelists if you like. A federal government lockdown imposed on three …

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Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

31 March 2020 The 14-day lockdown enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm …

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Nigerians take coronavirus precautions, but threat seems far away

18 March 2020 People in Nigeria are less concerned about the coronavirus than other problems in the country. But some fear the true case numbers are not yet known. DW’s Fanny Facsar reports from Lagos. I could never have imagined people in Europe asking me to send them hand sanitizers from Nigeria. But nothing is normal these days. In West …

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Lagos pipeline blast kills 15, destroys several buildings – Nigerian officials

15 January 2020 A pipeline explosion on Sunday killed at least 15 people and destroyed about 50 buildings after a fire broke out in a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, emergency services said. Several people were injured and taken to hospital, according to Ibrahim Farinloye, zonal coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Plumes of smoke billowed into …

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Anger as Lagos residents protest against motorcycle ban

9 February 2020 A week after the introduction of the ban on the popular two- and three-wheeled vehicle, its impact has been widespread. Holding a white placard above her head and surrounded by a group of young people, Sally had a clear message. “All we want is for the government to lift the ban until an alternative is made ready,” …

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