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Nigeria: Boko Haram, herdsmen, military responsible for 1,300 civilian deaths in 2017- AI Report (attached)

•Boko Haram killed 411 civilians in 2017 • At least 340 people died in military detention •Inter-communal violence claimed 549 lives across 12 states •Human rights abuses peaked in Nigeria, globally Jude Johnson The Amnesty International (AI) has published its State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018, with revelations that

MRA inducts TCN into its ‘FOI Hall of Shame’ for leaving Nigerians in the Dark

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) on Monday inducted the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) into the Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame for leaving Nigerians in the dark over its operations and activities arising from its flagrant disregard of several provision of the FOI Act, including its failure to submit

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian govt violated own laws, historical role by expelling Cameroonian separatists

By Evelyn Okakwu Despite widespread condemnation of the Nigerian government for arresting and detaining some Cameroonian separatists, they were on January 26 deported to Cameroon where they would be tried as terrorists. About 12 members of Southern Cameroon proposing an independent state of Ambazonia were arrested by Nigerian security officials after they

Zamfara massacre: HURIWA upbraids FG

Babatunde Abiodun The nation's security forces continue to receive knock for inability to stem the spate of violent killings across the country as a frontline non-governmental organization – Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the mass genocide of villagers by freelance armed hoodlums in Zamfara State. The Rights group

Boko haram member sentenced to 60 years in prison

A federal High Court sitting in Wawa, Niger State has sentenced a 22-year-old Boko Haram member, Abba Umar, to sixty years in prison. While delivering judgement on Tuesday, the judge found Umar guilty of four terrorism-related charges. On count one of being a member of the proscribed Boko Haram sect, the judge

YIAGA Launches #BOUNCECORRUPTION  public integrity debates in Tertiary Institutions Across Nigeria

Press Statement, 12th February, 2018 A Corruption survey report by National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) in 2017 shows that majority of Nigerians will accept a bribe when offered or pay a bribe when demanded. According to the report, only 5.3 per cent of Nigerians will either refuse to pay a bribe when

My life is in danger, ex-IPOB member cries out

Freeda Nzemo   The former member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Chidozie Oliver Mbah, has cried out to the international community, particularly to the United Nations (UN), to save his life and that of other IPOB members from the hands of Nigeria military officials who are determined to punish

Abuja arts and craft artisans seek Buhari’s protection over harassment

President Muhammadu Buhari should restrain the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe from using policemen to harass and scare tourists from the Abuja Arts and Crafts Village.   This was disclosed on Thursday by the African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association, an umbrella body

Metuh’s Health: Igbo Think-Tank group accuse Justice Abang of bias

Appeals to CJN for urgent intervention  Jude Johnson    The Igbo Think-Tank group, Nzuko Umunna, has accused Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja of bias against the embattled former Publicity Secretary of opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.   Metuh is facing trial for corruption charges in connection with the

Herdsmen killing: FG rejects ‘murderer’ tag on President Buhari

Babatunde Abiodun  The federal government on Friday said that it was insulting, unfair and “grossly” disrespectful to refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as a murderer over the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country. Acknowledging the fundamental right of freedom of expression by citizens, the presidency berated slanderous