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Nigerian intelligence agency raids news website (Reporters Without Borders)

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. Nigerian intelligence agency raids news website | RSF

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Nigerians react with joy and resolve to lifting of Twitter ban (Festus Iyorah, Al Jazeera)

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 […]

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How can ‘bandit’ attacks be stopped in northern Nigeria? (Al Jazeera)

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 […]

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About 200 dead in bandit attacks in northwest Nigeria: Residents (Al Jazeera)

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. About 200 dead in bandit attacks in northwest Nigeria: Residents | News | […]

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Nigeria labels bandit gangs ‘terrorists’ in bid to stem violence (Al Jazeera)

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 labels bandit gangs ‘terrorists’ in bid to stem violence | News | Al Jazeera

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Dozens killed in ‘barbaric, senseless’ violence in Nigeria (Al Jazeera)

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. Dozens killed […]

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Nigeria: Halt Closure of Displaced People’s Camps (HRW)

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. Nigeria: Halt Closure of Displaced People’s Camps | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Jailbreak epidemic hits Nigeria’s overcrowded prisons (Eromo Egbejule, Al Jazeera)

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 […]

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Nigeria’s Borno state to limit food, aid distribution to some in northeast (Reuters)

Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state will bar non-governmental organizations from distributing food or aid to resettled displaced people, the governor said in a circular seen by Reuters on Thursday. Nigeria’s Borno state to limit food, aid distribution to some in northeast | Reuters

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Nigeria slams UK’s Omicron travel ban as ‘discriminatory’ (Al Jazeera)

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 […]

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Gender-responsive education in emergency in Nigeria (Edem Dorothy Ossai, Brookings)

This policy brief highlights ways that a gender-responsive perspective can be fully incorporated into planning, policy design, and implementation models for education in emergencies (EiE) in Nigeria, so that governments and education stakeholders can ensure that girls, like boys, can continue learning in times of crisis. Gender-responsive education in emergency in Nigeria (brookings.edu)

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The COVID-19 crisis isn’t over for workers in Nigeria (Jonathan Lain and Tara Vishwanath, Brookings)

The labor market is the main vehicle through which the proceeds of growth are shared among households and individuals. Therefore, understanding the labor market is essential for poverty reduction. This topic is crucial in Nigeria, where the government aspires to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030—an ambitious objective since, even before the pandemic, around 4 […]