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Nigeria

One year after #EndSARS protests, has Nigerian police changed? (Ope Adetayo, Al Jazeera)

Tunde Abass says he was in a plaza building at Onipanu, a major bus stop in Lagos, in March when he saw police officers harass a family in their car near a police station.

The private vehicle’s windows were tinted, something that required a police permit. The driver produced the necessary documents but the officers insisted the family step out of the car to be questioned. Abass, a 34-year-old project manager, then took out his phone to record the incident on Facebook Live.

One year after #EndSARS protests, has Nigerian police changed? | News | Al Jazeera

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Nigeria

Gunmen raid Nigeria market, kill at least 20 people (Al Jazeera)

At least 20 people have been killed in Nigeria’s Sokoto state when gunmen attacked a market and torched cars, according to a state official and local member of parliament.

The killings in Sokoto state on Saturday came as armed gangs continue to wreak havoc in the northwest of the country.

Gunmen raid Nigeria market, kill at least 20 people | Police News | Al Jazeera

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India Nigeria

India–Nigeria Relations (Abhishek Kumar, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses)

India has a long history of partnership with Nigeria, with solidarity and political affinity going back to early 19th century when both the nations were fighting against the British colonial rule and oppression. The system of indentured labour migration during the colonial era led to an informal relationship between both the countries. Like many other African nations, the Nigerian nationalists also adopted non-violence in their struggle for independence.1 India and Nigeria have enjoyed warm, friendly and deep-rooted bilateral relations for several decades and continue to do so. It is interesting to note that India had established its first Diplomatic House in Lagos in 1958, two years before Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain in 1960.2 For several decades, the bilateral cooperation between India and Nigeria has flourished in diverse sectors like trade, energy and defence sectors, which are covered in detail in the following sections.

India–Nigeria Relations | Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (idsa.in)

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Nigeria

Nigeria forces rescue nearly 200 abducted victims in northwest (Al Jazeera)

Nigerian security agents have rescued nearly 200 kidnapped people during raids on camps of criminal gangs in dense forests in the country’s northwest, police said.

Heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits have plagued northwest and central Nigeria for years, raiding and looting villages and abducting for ransom.

Nigeria forces rescue nearly 200 abducted victims in northwest | News | Al Jazeera

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Nigeria

Power problems: Could solar solve Nigeria’s electricity woes? (Olatunji Olaigbe, Al Jazeera)

On a recent Monday morning, Mathew Bello, popularly known as Matey, switched on the generator that powers his shop in the capital of Kwara State at exactly 9:28am. It sputtered for a second before roaring to life, coughing up clouds of grey smoke in the process.

Inside Bello’s multipurpose shop are places to watch television, play video games, get a haircut and fix a mobile phone. As David, Bello’s apprentice, transferred the shop’s fuse box from the utility grid — which was currently experiencing a blackout — over to the generator, the TVs lit up and hair clippers buzzed to life.

Power problems: Could solar solve Nigeria’s electricity woes? | Energy News | Al Jazeera

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AfCFTA Nigeria

Quantifying the impact on Nigeria of the African Continental Free Trade Area (Yewande Olapade and Chukwuka Onyekwena, Brookings)

While there is a general optimism around the promise of the newly in-force African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), like any other free trade agreement (FTA), it will inevitably create winners and losers. This unequal distributional impact is a function of many possible factors, including manufacturing capacity, domestic costs of doing business, firm productivity, infrastructural capability, AfCFTA awareness levels, and access to loans and financing. Whether due to firm-level inefficiencies, information frictions, or the suboptimal business environments, some firms—or even sectors—within a country may be unable to expand market opportunities as competition from other continental economies rises. The AfCFTA drops 90 percent of tariffs and includes policies aimed at eliminating nontariff barriers, such as customs delays, so the aggregate long-term benefits of AfCFTA are likely to be substantial and larger than potential losses; however, some countries and sectors will likely be impacted negatively in the short term.

Quantifying the impact on Nigeria of the African Continental Free Trade Area (brookings.edu)