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Rights Groups Condemn Shooting of ‘End SARS’ Protesters in…

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Protesters in Lagos, Nigeria, have accused the military of opening fire on them Tuesday as they defied a curfew to demand an end to police brutality. Nigeria’s military has denied that the uniformed men, seen in social media videos firing on the unarmed protesters, were their troops. Twenty-five year old Dominic Alonge left work early after Lagos authorities announced an impromptu curfew that began at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday. He spent hours in traffic but couldn’t make it through road blocks mounted by protesters. He then walked until he arrived the Lekki toll gate and decided to join the protests. readmore

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At Least 1,588 People Were Killed in Nigeria as…

At least 1,588 have been reportedly killed in Nigeria between July to September 2020, according to findings by SBM Intelligence. The findings also revealed that 137 security personnel have been hacked to death within the period under view. According to the findings, the breakdown of people killed by geo-political zones includes; 638 in North-West, 544 in North-East, 194 in North Central, 93 in South-South, 70 in South-East and 49 in South-West.readmore

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Boko Haram Jihadists Kill Eight Farmers in Nigeria’s Borno…

Eight farmers have been killed by Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said Monday. The insurgents attacked the farmers on Sunday as they were harvesting crops in Moranti outside Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, two sources said. “The attackers used knives, not guns, to kill all eight farmers, so as not to attract attention,” militia leader Babakura Kolo said. readmore

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Miscontrued “Formal Qualification” tag :Justice Ishaq Bello, Gambia former…

The African Bar Association has issued a statement putting the records straight in respect of the false information which saturated the social media and the mainstream media claiming that African countries sponsored judges who were not qualified to sit at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
The AFBA statement read : “The negative statement by Africans especially the ones made by Nigerians has become a source of worry and the African Bar Association is disturbed, and most especially given the wide circulation given to the statements in the local and international media in relation to the nominations of some notable African Judges for election into the Bench as judges of the International Criminal Court (I.C.C) which will take place in December, 2020. We wish to state categorically that the criteria for nomination and election as judge of the ICC are well contained in the Rome Statute. The treaty was signed by all member countries and not subject of political or mundane interpretations. readmore

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Set Them Free! The Judge Who Liberates Nigerians Forgotten…

Ishaq Usman Bello is shaking the conscience of the courts – and nearly 4,000 wrongly detained prisoners are grateful for it. In a crowded prison courtyard in Suleja, Nigeria, a judge flipped through a battered folder detailing the case against a young woman who stood quietly before him in a faded pink dress. She was charged with “issuing a dud cheque”, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. But she’d already spent three years in prison awaiting the outcome of her trial. readmore

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Several Killed in Ambush In Northeastern Nigeria

A security convoy carrying displaced persons back to their home was ambushed by suspected terrorists in Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria on September 25th, 2020. At least 18 people were killed, including four civilians and 10 police officers. The Islamist militant group ‘Islamic State in the West African Province’ (ISWAP) claimed responsibility of the attack, declaring on its Amaq website that 30 police officers and soldiers were killed in the ambush. The ambush happened on a road leading to the strategic fishing town of Baga, only a day after the Nigerian military had claimed to have killed several top commanders of Boko Haram in “massive clearance operations”. readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. In the urgent appeal dated October 10, 2020 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said such action by the Commonwealth will be commensurate with the gravity of the human rights abuses in the country.  readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. In the urgent appeal dated October 10, 2020 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said such action by the Commonwealth will be commensurate with the gravity of the human rights abuses in the country. readmore

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Nigerian Youth Want to #EndSARS

Nigerian youth are staging protests against serious human rights violations committed by one of the country’s police force units. #EndSARS, a top trending hashtag on Twitter in the past week — both in Nigeria and worldwide. It was created by aggrieved Nigerian youth who are calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad — a unit of the Nigerian Police Force accused of serious human rights violations. With over 1.5 million tweets shared in one weekend, Thursday saw the movement take to the streets. readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. readmore