Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by a Nigerian intelligence agency’s harassment of an Abuja-based news website with the aim of identifying its source for a leaked memo questioning the head of the agency’s qualifications for the job.
Solomon Elusoji, a Lagos-based journalist, felt a rush of relief early on Thursday after being able to access Twitter for the first time in seven months.
“It feels like freedom,” Elusoji told Al Jazeera. “As a journalist, I use Twitter a lot to track what’s happening in Nigeria, so the past few months have been quite challenging. So it was really nice to have free access to the site once again.”
Armed groups have terrorised people in central and northwestern Nigeria for years.
The so-called “bandits” burn down villages, steal cattle and kidnap people for ransom.
The government appears to be struggling to stop a rise in attacks.
Gunmen killed at least 200 people in Zamfara state on Tuesday, in an apparent retaliation for military air raids on the armed groups’ hideouts.
So what’s behind the assaults and what can be done to stop them?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Mike Ejiofor – Former director of Nigeria’s State Security Service
Bulama Bukarti – Analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Aliyu Musa – Independent researcher on conflict and Nigerian politics
An estimated 200 people have been killed in attacks by armed bandits in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, residents say, following military air raids on their hideouts last week.
The state government said 58 people were killed in the mass killings.
Nigeria has branded criminal gangs known locally as bandits that are blamed for mass abductions of schoolchildren as “terrorist” groups, a designation aimed at containing growing insecurity in the north.
Nigeria’s presidency says dozens of people have been killed in violence between farmers and herders in the country’s central Nasarawa state.
In a statement late on Tuesday, the office of President Muhammadu Buhari said at least 45 farmers were killed in the violence that erupted on Friday. Dozens more were wounded, it said.
Nigeria’s Borno State government’s efforts to shut down government camps hosting thousands of displaced people by December 31, 2021 is creating risks and hardships, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should suspend the camp closures, which fail to guarantee displaced people’s rights.
Last month, gunmen stormed a medium-security prison in Jos, central Nigeria, for the second time this year, managing to free more than 250 inmates.
It was just the latest occurrence in a spate of jailbreaks that has been unravelling in Africa’s most populous country since 2010. More than 7,000 people have escaped from several prisons over that period, with many still remaining at large, according to an Al Jazeera analysis of data from local media reports and escapee numbers provided by officials. The figure amounts to a tenth of the total official number for those currently in custody nationwide, a regularly updated summary of the inmate population published by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) shows.
A Nigerian official on Monday criticised a travel ban imposed on the West African nation by the British government amid fears about the new Omicron coronavirus variant as “punitive, indefensible and discriminatory”.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Saturday added Nigeria to the United Kingdom’s travel “red list”, which means that arrivals from there will be banned except for British and Irish residents. He said there was a “significant number” of Omicron cases linked to travel with Nigeria, with 27 cases recorded in England.