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Tens of thousands flee attacks on northeast Nigerian town: UN

16 April 2021 UN says tens of thousands have fled a series of attacks this week by an armed group on the town of Damasak, Borno state. As many as 65,000 people have fled the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak following a series of attacks by an armed group, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Fighters from the so-called …

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Pandemic underscores flaws in Nigeria’s farming and food supply chains

15 April 2021 During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban slums. The project was launched because food was not available and accessible to millions of people in Africa’s most populous city. Given my background in agricultural innovation, I set about trying to understand why the supply of food was …

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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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How insecurity affects the lives of everyone in the Niger Delta

7 April 2021 Nigeria has an urgent insecurity problem. News from the country often emphasises insecurity related to Islamic insurgents in Northern Nigeria, organised armed banditry involving Fulani herdsmen, farmer-herder conflicts, kidnapping and armed robbery. Insecurity has long been a problem in the country’s oil rich Niger Delta region too. From the early 2000s, armed militants targeted oil industry infrastructure and kidnapped expatriates. This continued until the late …

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Hundreds of prisoners escape in Owerri amid armed attack

5 April 2021 Nigeria has experienced one of its largest jailbreaks — involving more than 1,800 inmates — after gunmen attacked a prison in the south of the country. More than 1,800 inmates of a prison in southern Nigeria have escaped after heavily armed men attacked the facility in the early hours of the morning, prison authorities said on Monday. …

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No shortage of stupidity from Chris Ngige

3 April 2021 Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, once said that is opponent Chris Ngige was “too short” to be a governor. Ngigie, an ex senator and former governor of Anambra State, is now Nigeria’s labour minister. He may be diminutive in stature but intelligence is where he chronically comes up short. Ngige was at it on Channels …

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Boko Haram brutality against women and girls needs urgent response – new research

25 March 2021 Recent attacks in Borno State marked by war crimes, including rape and other sexual violence, as well as murder and mass pillageNigerian authorities and partners must provide food and services to affected communities Boko Haram fighters targeted women and girls with rape and other sexual violence, amounting to war crimes, during recent raids in northeast Nigeria, new …

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What is behind the rise in kidnappings in Nigeria?

18 March 2021 At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. Nigeria’s school kidnappings have become a key security challenge for its government and security forces. At least 700 students have been abducted in northern states since December. That figure changes every day with reports of more attacks and abductions. Dozens of students managed to escape a raid on Monday, …

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Nigeria’s poor response to Boko Haram has left border communities feeling abandoned

17 March 2021 For over a decade, the North-eastern region of Nigeria has been ravaged by insecurity, as the militant group Boko Haram has destabilised border communities. The damage ranges from loss of life to destruction of property and farmlands. We analysed the efforts of various state and non-state actors (both local and international) to address these security challenges, and found evidence of uncoordinated actions between government …

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