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Sense of calm slowly returns in Lagos as curfew relaxed after deadly protests

A sense of calm was restored in Nigerian cities after more than two weeks of deadly protests against police brutality and widespread anger over the shooting of peaceful demonstrators. In Lagos, the country’s commercial hub and the epicentre of the protests, authorities on Saturday eased a 24-hour curfew, while the streets of the capital, Abuja, […]

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Nigeria’s president urges youth to discontinue street protests

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an end to street protests in the country, as authorities in the commercial capital Lagos struggled to enforce a curfew imposed to contain anger over a crackdown on anti-police protesters. Gunshots rang out and smoke rose from at least two fires in the affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood on Thursday, […]

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Soldiers indiscriminately open fire at protesters in Nigeria; dozens dead and injured: Witnesses

A number of people taking part in a protest against police brutality have reportedly been shot dead or injured in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos. Eyewitnesses say they have counted about 20 bodies and at least 50 injured after soldiers opened fire. Amnesty International said it had obtained credible reports of deaths. Uniformed men opening fire […]

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Police brutality leaves 10 demonstrators dead in Nigeria, Amnesty International says

Ten people died in protests over police brutality in Nigeria, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The the human rights group said police used excessive force against unarmed protesters since the protests started last Thursday. “So far, Nigerian Police have killed at least 10 people since the start of protests against callous operations of SARS,” according to […]

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At least 11 people killed in attack on security convoy in northeastern Nigeria

At least 11 people were killed in northeastern Nigeria in an attack on security convoy that was taking people displaced by an armed uprising back to their homes, police and security sources said. The convoy was taking people back to Baga at the start of an initiative by authorities in Borno to relocate displaced people […]

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Nigeria: Oil tanker explosion kills 23 people

At least 23 people died after a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire on a busy road in Nigeria’s central state of Kogi. The tanker lost control and rammed into five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles on the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Wednesday. It fell on one of the five cars carrying a family, crushing […]

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13-year-old boy sentenced to 10 years in prison over blasphemy in Nigeria

A 13-year-old boy, Omar Farouq was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Sharia court in Kano State in northwest Nigeria after he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend. Child rights agency, UNICEF condemned the sentencing. He was sentenced on August 10 by the […]

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22-year-old singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in northern Nigeria

A musician in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad. An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March. Mr Sharif-Aminu did […]

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Armed ‘bandits’ kill at least 23 Nigerian soldiers in remote northwest village

At least 23 Nigerian troops were killed when they were ambushed by a gang of “bandits” in a remote village in the northwest of the country on Sunday. The gang opened fire on the soldiers as they walked through a forested part of the Jibia district in Katsina State. “The bodies of 23 soldiers have […]

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Nigeria’s first female pilot dies after school friend accidentally reverses car into her

Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot was killed in a freak car accident on Tuesday. Tolulope Arotile, 24, died of head injuries sustained after a former school friend accidentally reversed into her while she was trying to greet her, the country’s air force said in a statement. President Muhammadu Buhari said he received the news […]

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Pathao and Gokada founder, Fahim Saleh found dismembered in luxury New York apartment

The founder of Nigeria’s Gokada ride-hailing app was found decapitated and dismembered in a luxury New York apartment with a power saw plugged in nearby on late Tuesday. The police in a statement confirmed the death of Fahim Saleh and deemed it a homicide. Detectives found Saleh’s torso near a power saw and later discovered […]

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Nigerian state governors declare state of emergency on rape following a flurry of sexual violence

The governors of Nigeria’s 36 states have resolved to declare a state of emergency on rape following a spate of sexual violence against women, according to the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF). Following its meeting this week, the Forum is calling on all states to set up a sex offenders register and to sign on to […]