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    Amnesty: We uncovered 82 cases of torture, execution by SARS operatives

Amnesty: We uncovered 82 cases of torture, execution by SARS operatives

Amnesty International has accused the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of torturing and killing people on at least 82 occasions since January, 2017. In a new report shared with TheCable on Thursday, the international rights watchdog alleged that SARS uses torture and ill-treatment “to execute, punish and extract information” from suspects, some of whom it said end up dead. Over the years, [...]

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    ‘Nine years after UNEP report, there’s still no clean-up of Ogoniland’

‘Nine years after UNEP report, there’s still no clean-up of Ogoniland’

An international coalition of civil society organisations (CSO) says efforts by the federal government and oil companies to clean-up Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region are "too weak". The coalition is made up of Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action, Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Friends of the Earth Europe and Milieudefensie. In 2011, a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on [...]

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    Amnesty: How children who escaped Boko Haram captivity are tortured in detention

Amnesty: How children who escaped Boko Haram captivity are tortured in detention

Hundreds of children who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in the north-east are being tortured by the military, Amnesty International (AI) says in a report to commemorate Children’s Day on Wednesday. Entitled ‘We dried our tears’, the 91-page report addressed the toll of the Boko Haram war on children, and also examined how the military’s detention and torture have compounded the [...]

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    Lockdown: Some states using mobile courts to extort citizens, says Amnesty

Lockdown: Some states using mobile courts to extort citizens, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says mobile courts are being used to extort alleged defaulters of lockdown violations in parts of the country such as Kaduna and Kano states. Speaking during a webinar organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, Osai Ojigho, AI director in Nigeria, said the watchdog has been receiving complaints of such extortion. The webinar which was titled, [...]

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    Amnesty: Nigerian health officials working under extremely difficult conditions

Amnesty: Nigerian health officials working under extremely difficult conditions

Amnesty International says health workers in Nigeria are working under “extremely difficult" conditions. In a statement commemorating the international workers' day, Osai Ojigho, director, Amnesty International Nigeria, said health workers on the frontline of COVID-19 pandemic are constantly exposed to risk due to shortage in the availability of personal protective equipment. “Across Nigeria, health workers are facing extremely difficult and unsafe conditions [...]

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    COVID-19: Amnesty asks FG to consider releasing old, sick prisoners

COVID-19: Amnesty asks FG to consider releasing old, sick prisoners

Amnesty International (AI) has asked the federal government to consider releasing prisoners at risk of the coronavirus, including sick and old inmates. Osai Ojigho, AI country director in Nigeria, also called for the immediate release of "prisoners of conscience" to decongest correctional facilities across the country. Ojigho, in a statement on Thursday, added that there must be alternatives to detaining people to [...]

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    Amnesty: No justice yet for 640 Boko Haram detainees ‘killed by soldiers’

Amnesty: No justice yet for 640 Boko Haram detainees ‘killed by soldiers’

Amnesty International says the federal government has failed families of the 640 recaptured Boko Haram detainees of Giwa Barracks reportedly killed by soldiers in 2014. On March 14, 2014, Boko Haram attacked the Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno stste, reportedly freeing hundreds of its members who were detained there. Commenting on the incident on Friday, Osai Ojigho, director of the human rights [...]

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    CSOs to senate: Drop ‘obnoxious bill’ on social media

CSOs to senate: Drop ‘obnoxious bill’ on social media

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSO) has asked the senate to drop the controversial social media bill and to halt the public hearing on the proposed legislation. The CSOs, at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said what is expected of the senate is to use the public hearing to apologise to Nigerians for wasting legislative time in resuscitating [...]

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    CSOs: ‘Hate speech bill’ not justifiable in a democratic setting

CSOs: ‘Hate speech bill’ not justifiable in a democratic setting

A coalition of civil society organisations has asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to advise the government against some "controversial bills" before the national assembly. The coalition include Amnesty International Nigeria, Centre for Information Technology and Development, Girl Child Africa, Enough is Enough, Say No Campaign Nigeria, Spaces for Change and Yiaga Africa. In a statement on Wednesday, the groups accused [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers razed Yobe, Borno villages — and claimed it was a rescue operation

Amnesty: Soldiers razed Yobe, Borno villages — and claimed it was a rescue operation

Soldiers of the Nigerian army burnt down three villages in Borno and Yobe states as a war tactic while battling Boko Haram insurgents, Amnesty International (AI) says. In a new report released on Friday, a copy of which was sent to TheCable, AI said soldiers razed Bukarti, Matiri and Ngariri villages -- all along the stretch of Maiduguri-Damaturu road -- in [...]

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    ‘It’s time to leave Nigeria’ — protesters storm Amnesty office

‘It’s time to leave Nigeria’ — protesters storm Amnesty office

Some protesters have besieged the Abuja office of Amnesty International, asking the rights watchdog to leave Nigeria. The protesters arrived at the office located at Maitama at about 12pm on Tuesday and barricaded the road leading to the entrance. They expressed solidarity with the federal government in songs, while preventing entry and exit into the office premises. They accused the organisation of fuelling insecurity [...]

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    ‘Cross River becoming a den of repression’ — Amnesty hits Ayade over Jalingo

‘Cross River becoming a den of repression’ — Amnesty hits Ayade over Jalingo

Amnesty International says the trial of Agba Jalingo falls short of international standards. Jalingo, publisher of CrossRiverWatch, is standing trial on charges bordering on conspiracy, terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the government of Cross River. Speaking with reporters on Thursday, in Calabar, the state capital, Isa Sanusi, the organisation's media manager, accused Ben Ayade, governor of the state, of running [...]

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    Amnesty: Failure to punish violent gangs turning Rivers to killing field

Amnesty: Failure to punish violent gangs turning Rivers to killing field

Amnesty International says the "failure" of the Rivers state government to protect residents from violent gangs has led to the loss of many lives. The organisation, in a statement on Thursday, said it is deeply concerned that the authorities are doing "little or nothing" to address ongoing violence in the state. Citing communities like Khana and Gokana local government areas, AI said at least [...]

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    Amnesty accuses FG of delaying ICC’s probe of Boko Haram crisis

Amnesty accuses FG of delaying ICC’s probe of Boko Haram crisis

Amnesty International (AI) has accused the federal government of delaying the International Criminal Court's (ICC) investigation into alleged atrocities in the north-east. In a statement on Wednesday, the group called on the ICC to fast track the investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the military and the Boko Haram insurgents. The human rights watchdog made the call following the visit of [...]

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    Amnesty International: 119 Nigerians on death row in Malaysia

Amnesty International: 119 Nigerians on death row in Malaysia

At least 119 Nigerians are on death row in Malaysia, according to Amnesty International. They were arrested over drug-related offences and later convicted. The human rights organisation disclosed this in a report entitled: “Fatally flawed: Why Malaysia must abolish the death penalty.” It said 1,281 persons were on death row in the Asian country, adding that the inmates were being kept in 26 detention [...]

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    Presidency accuses Amnesty of supporting call for overthrow of Nigerian constitution

Presidency accuses Amnesty of supporting call for overthrow of Nigerian constitution

The presidency has accused Amnesty International (AI) of supporting the call for the overthrow of the Nigerian constitution. The Nigerian government made the accusation via its Twitter handle on Sunday. It said even though it has no objections with the operations of AI, the human rights watchdog is promoting tweets calling for lawlessness. It wrote: “The Government of Nigeria has absolutely no difficulty [...]

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