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Human Rights Watch World Report 2018: Nigeria

Yesterday Human Rights Watch published its 643 page World Report 2018, reviewing events of the past year.  The Nigeria section makes for sober reading. Nigeria Events of 2017 The ongoing Boko Haram conflict in the northeast, cycles of communal violence between pastoralists and farmers, and separatist protests in the south defined Nigeria’s human rights landscape in 2017. Notably absent for much …

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Nigerian demonstrators in Abuja demand release of Sheikh Zakzaky

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the country’s prominent Shia group, held another rally yesterday, demanding the release of its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky in the Nigerian capital Abuja.  The protest however turned violent after the Nigerian police clashed with the demonstrators and arrested several members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention, despite …

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Nigerian forces attack protesters calling for top Shia cleric’s release

Nigerian government forces have attacked protesters calling for the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, killing at least one person. The protester was killed on Sunday in the northwestern state of Kaduna amid widespread demonstrations which were held in over 50 separate locations. The demonstrators were calling on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari …

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Nigeria: Families of hundreds of Shi’a Muslims killed in Zaria still await justice

The Nigerian authorities must ensure justice, truth and reparation over the military’s unlawful killing of more than 350 Shi’a Muslims in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015, Amnesty International said on the two-year anniversary of the massacre. No one has been held accountable for the killings, while the families of the missing are still awaiting news of their …

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ICC confirms Nigeria under investigation for crimes against pro-Biafrans, Shias & others

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, yesterday (4 December 2017) published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2017).  The report provides an overview of her preliminary examination conducted between 1 October 2016 and 30 November 2017 in relation to ten situations under consideration for possible investigation.  The actions of Nigeria’s security forces against pro-Biafran protesters, the Shia Muslim …

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Tukur Buratai: An officer and an embarrassment to the Nigerian army

A little over a week after Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff endured a public humiliation at the hands of Stephen Sackur on the BBC’s Hardtalk programme, he decided to grant another TV interview – this time to the much friendlier Lagos-based Channels TV. Brutal Buratai may have been advised that he needed to redeem himself after his shocking performance on …

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War criminal Tony Blair should feel at home in Kaduna State

Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, who is still trying to avoid facing trial on war crimes charges for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which devastated the country and culminated in the creation of Islamic State, flew into Kaduna State today and was met by Governor Nasty Nasir El Rufai.  Last week a high court in London heard …

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Nasty Nasir El-Rufai – a shameless shrimp

If you ever wondered why Nigeria is such an almighty mess, you need to look no further than the characters (or lack of) in the ruling elite.  Nobody personifies Nigeria’s messed up state more than the nasty piece of work that moonlights as governor of Kaduna State – Nasir El-Rufai. Many Nigerians are painfully aware of the deaths and destruction …

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