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Gunmen kill 25 in northern Nigeria village raids

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | At least 25 people were killed when armed men raided two villages in a northern Nigerian state wracked by cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom, witnesses and the police said on Friday. Gunmen on motorcycles on Wednesday invaded the villages of Gidan Halilu and Gidan …

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Nigeria Sharia police arrest 11 women over ‘lesbian wedding’

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Eleven young women were arrested in the northern Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly planning a lesbian wedding, the Islamic law-enforcement agency, the Hisbah, told AFP Thursday. The suspects were arrested on Monday by a team of Hisbah personnel while making last minute preparations for …

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Nigeria’s presidency ‘concerned’ by Amnesty International

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP |  Nigeria is “concerned” about Amnesty International’s activities, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday, just days after the government briefly banned UNICEF over claims it was training “spies” sympathetic to Boko Haram. “The federal government is increasingly concerned about the role that Amnesty International …

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Amnesty says over 3,600 killed in Nigeria’s farmer-herder violence

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | More than 3,600 people have been killed in clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria since 2016, Amnesty International said on Monday, blaming the government’s failure to punish the perpetrators for fuelling the violence. The international human rights organisation said more than 2,000 were killed …

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Hundreds flee after Boko Haram burns Nigerian village

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Hundreds fled late Sunday after Boko Haram burned their homes near Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, residents told AFP. Boko Haram fighters in several trucks stormed Maiborti village, five kilometres (miles) outside Maiduguri, firing indiscriminately and setting fire to homes, they said. A military officer …

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Fight against Boko Haram tops regional summit agenda

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Leaders of countries in the Lake Chad region met on Saturday in Nigeria to give fresh impetus to their fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian presidency said. The summit meeting, grouping Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin and the Central African Republic, is a follow-up to …

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Nigerian military lifts ban on UNICEF in restive northeast

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | The Nigerian military lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast late Friday after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training “spies” supporting Boko Haram jihadists. The military earlier Friday said the United Nations children’s agency had this week held …

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Nigeria’s military bans UNICEF over ‘spies’ training claim

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria’s military on Friday suspended UNICEF from operating in the country’s ravaged northeast over claims it was training “spies” who are supporting Boko Haram jihadists. The military said that the United Nations children’s agency had on December 12 and 13 held workshops in the northeast …

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Nigeria launches $1.1bn lawsuit against Shell, Eni

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The Nigerian government is taking oil giants Shell and Eni to court in London, requesting the return of $1.1 billion (969 million euros) as part of a case of alleged corruption dating back to 2011, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Nigeria alleges that the money …

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