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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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How corruption undermines peacebuilding in Nigeria’s oil region

8 September 2020 In the wake of an insurgency that devastated Nigeria’s petroleum industry and sent the economy into a tailspin, the Nigerian government granted unconditional amnesty to thousands of insurgents in 2009. Amnesty provided a clean slate for peacebuilding measures. These were meant to safeguard the communities to which the insurgents would be returning and build capacity for peace, security and development in …

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Nigeria: Protect most vulnerable in COVID-19 response

15 April 2020 Extended lockdown threatens livelihoods of millions Nigeria’s federal and state governments should ensure the rights to food, shelter, and other basic necessities for people losing jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic assistance that the government has announced in response to the virus has exposed inadequacies in Nigeria’s social protection systems and risks excluding the country’s …

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Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for coronavirus lockdown

26 March 2020 Small business owners worry about cash flow as Nigeria prepares to go into lockdown later on Thursday. Nigerians are bracing for a partial lockdown from Thursday as authorities try to contain the spread of coronavirus cases in the country of about 200 million people. Markets, religious centres, schools, offices and leisure spots have already been shut in …

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Nigeria: Rise in Cult Related killings in Rivers state

9 January 2020 At least 60 killed in ten months in Khana and Gokana LGAAt least five killed in two days in Rumuodogo, Emohua LGANo investigation or justice for victimsBodo community targeted, activist killed The failure of authorities to protect people from attacks and intimidation by violent gangs is leading to loss of lives and rising impunity that is making life precarious …

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Nigerian pastor Nims Obunge runs for London mayor

8 November 2019 Nims Obunge is the senior pastor of Freedom’s Ark Church, in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, and well known among Nigerians and other black people in London, from his ministry and work with several faith organisations, government and voluntary agencies around curbing violent crime in the British capital. He is running as an independent to be mayor of London …

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Human Rights Watch condemns Omoyele Sowore’s detention

7 August 2019 Human Rights Watch has issued a strong-worded condemnation of the arrest and detention of Sahara Reporters publisher and activist Omoyele Sowore. The press statement is published in full below. Nigeria: Activist’s Detention a Sign of Growing Intolerance Release or charge detainee; allow peaceful protests The detention of  a pro-democracy activist on August 4, 2019 may well signify the Nigerian government’s growing intention …

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