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Nigeria’s okada motorcycles have a bad image, but banning them solves nothing

12 May 2021 Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these motorcyclists – popularly known as okada …

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#EndSARS: Denials and cover up mark 100 days since Lekki shooting

28 January 2021 No justice for victims  Supporters of #EndSARS movement continue to face intimidation Authorities yet to initiate concrete police reforms  Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020 and have brazenly attempted …

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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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