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Insecurity: Animal kingdom now safer than Nigeria –Christian leaders

With the daily rise in cases of kidnapping, banditry, and other crimes, the animal kingdom is now safer than Nigeria. That is the verdict of the leaders of All Nation’s Christian Assembly (ANCA).“The church is troubled because; it looks as if the non-state actors are leading whereas the state actors seem to be overwhelmed. We urge President Buhari to declare emergency in the security sector of the country by seeking help and collaboration with the external bodies to tame the menace of Boko Haram, herdsmen, kidnapping that have led to loss of lives of many Nigerians.” readmore
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Nigeria: Things Are Not Getting Better

Every government is saddled with the responsibility of providing security and welfare to its citizens. The problems of insecurity we are facing today predate this administration. The root causes of the problem have been allowed to fester for so long. What we are witnessing is the manifestation of the hydra-headed monster. readmore
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COVID-19: Nigeria to Receive More Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Monday, Flags…

The government of Nigeria has disclosed that additional 698,880 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the rampaging coronavirus pandemic would be received on Monday (today). The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Monday during the flag-off of the second phase of vaccination against the pandemic in the country. readmore

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‘Breach of Right to Express’: Activists Claim Court Restrains…

After banning Twitter in the country, the Nigerian attorney general declared that anyone who defied the ban will be prosecuted. However, he had not made it clear which law will be invoked for such ‘criminal activities. To counter this, a local rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), knocked on the court’s door to challenge this new law. The court ruled that interfering with someone’s interest in Twitter would be equivalent to interfering with their freedom of expression. readmore
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Nigeria Suffering From Human Rights Violations Despite Democratic Progress…

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says Nigerians are still suffering from rights violations despite the country’s progress in democratic practice. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu, said there was the need to entrench the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms to curtail the current challenges bedeviling the country. Mr. Ojukwu, who also noted that there was a general lack of political will to hold perpetrators accountable, spoke on the occasion of Nigeria’s June 12 Democracy Day in Abuja. readmore

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Atrocity Alert No. 257: Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, and Afghanistan

Nigeria Faces New Security Crisis as Bandits Kill 150 People

Communities in northwest Nigeria are coming under increased attack from armed groups – described as “bandits” by locals – who are engaged in organized cattle-rustling, kidnapping, plunder, murder and rape. At least 88 people were killed when bandits attacked seven villages in Kebbi state on 3 June. Less than a week later, on 8 June, armed groups attacked Munawa, Malele, and Randa villages in Zamfara state and kidnapped 60 women. Then from 10-11 June, armed men on motorcycles attacked the villages of Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa and Askawa in Zamfara state, killing more than 50 people. readmore

 

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ECOWAS Court Hears Motion Against Twitter Ban June 22

The Community Court of Justice, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has fixed June 22 for hearing a suit challenging the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria. The Registered Trustees of The Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) and 420 Nigerians, including former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili and the co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement Aisha Yesufu, filed the suit. readmore
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The Rise of Isis Means Boko Haram’s Decline is…

For more than a decade, Nigerian security services and their international supporters have struggled to end Boko Haram’s brutal reign of terror over north-eastern Nigeria. But few observers of the conflict are celebrating – even though it appears increasingly likely that Abubakar Shekau, the Islamist extremist movement’s notoriously violent leader, is dead, its strongholds overrun and remaining fighters scattered. readmore

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Falana Writes US President, Biden Over Detained Venezuelan Envoy

Femi Falana (SAN), the human rights lawyer and counsel for Alex Saab, special envoy of the Venezuelan government, says the continued detention of his client by the Cape Verdean authorities is illegal. Saab was arrested on June 12, 2020, after his private jet made a stopover at Cape Verde on his way to Iran for a humanitarian mission on behalf of the Venezuelan government.  readmore