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Boko Haram suicide bombers kill seven in Cameroon

Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police and a local official said.
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Amnesty: Nigerian authorities must uphold human rights in fight to curb coronavirus

The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights-respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation, has said.
Police force ferry passengers to lie down after firing tear gas and detaining them in Mombasa, Kenya [The Associated Press]

Kenyan police using ‘excessive force’ during virus curfew

Human rights groups have condemned the "unnecessary and excessive use of force" by Kenyan police as the country imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew amid efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Boko Haram attack kills nearly 100 Chadian troops

Boko Haram jihadists have killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in a seven-hour attack on an island army base, in their deadliest assault yet on the country's armed forces.
People converge on market day in Djibo, in the Soum Province of Burkina Faso’s Sahel administrative region. The majority of attacks by armed Islamist groups active in Burkina Faso have been on villages in the Soum Province. Alamy Stock Photo

Amnesty: Vigilante groups behind Fulani massacre in Burkina Faso

A vigilante self-defence militia was behind for this month’s massacre of 43 people in three Fulani villages in northern Burkina Faso, according to testimonies collected by Amnesty International.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, orchestrated the forcible return home of Sheikha Shamsa from Britain in 2000, the High Court ruled earlier this week.

UK police review probe into abduction of Dubai ruler’s daughter

British police said Saturday they were reviewing an investigation into the disappearance of the ruler of Dubai’s daughter after a court found that she had been abducted by her father.
Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera, who was held in jail for seven months in a case that prompted international concern, was freed on Tuesday after pleading guilty to economic crimes.

Tanzanian journalist freed after pleading guilty to economic crimes

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera, who was held in jail for seven months in a case that prompted international concern, was freed on Tuesday after pleading guilty to economic crimes.
Journalist Agba Jalingo has been released from prison custody after meeting his bail conditions.

Amnesty urges Nigeria to drop treason charges against Agba Jalingo

Amnesty International has asked the federal government and Cross River government to drop treason and other charges against Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo.
Rwanda has lashed out at the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death of a dissident singer in Rwandan police custody has revived long-running criticism of Kigali.

Friction between DRC and Rwanda after dissident singer dies

Rwanda has lashed out at the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death of a dissident singer in Rwandan police custody has revived long-running criticism of Kigali.

Two soldiers killed, many houses razed in Jos attack

Nigerian soldiers have torched many homes across southern and central Nigeria after recent attacks by armed groups that left six soldiers dead, security sources and residents said Tuesday.
Journalist Agba Jalingo has been released from prison custody after meeting his bail conditions.

Agba Jalingo released from prison custody

Jalingo, who is the publisher of Cross River Watch, was first arrested by the police in August 2019 on the orders of the Ben Ayade-led Cross River State Government.

Femi Falana: Presidency lacks power to stop protests

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), said on Sunday, the Presidency lacked the power to stop people from protesting alleged poor handling of the country’s security challenges by the military.
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Amnesty: Military burning villagers’ houses, detaining innocent people in Northeast

Amnesty International, on Friday, alleged that the Nigerian military is deploying unlawful tactics, including the forcible displacement and detention of villagers in its purported fight against insurgency in the North-East.
“In several cases, journalists, bloggers and activists have either been denied bail, as it is the case with journalist Agba Jalingo, or granted bail with stringent conditions that implicitly violate human rights, as it is the case with journalist and activist Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare. In all of such cases, the alleged offences are not constitutionally and internationally recognizable.”

Court grants Agba Jalingo bail after 174 days in detention

Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian journalist on trial for treason, has been granted bail by the court, after spending 174 days in detention in both the police cell and Calabar prison.

Amnesty: CSO condemns ‘government-sponsored protest’

A civil rights movement, Concerned Nigerians Group, CNG, Wednesday, condemned alleged government-sponsored protest at the office of Amnesty International, AI.

Senator Shettima urges Auno attack probe

Amnesty International has condemned the massacre of stranded travellers in Auno village of Borno State, with a call on the Nigerian government to do more to secure innocent citizens.
Patrick George Zaki, 27, had been in Bologna since August 2019 for his postgraduate studies and returned to Egypt's capital for a brief family visit on Friday, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

Egypt arrests, tortures human rights advocate – rights group

An Egyptian researcher and activist has been arrested at Cairo's international airport upon his arrival from Italy, in a move that raised alarm and prompted condemnation by human rights groups.
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US visa ban: PDP blames President Buhari, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday said Nigerians should hold President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress responsible for the negative impacts of the travel sanctions imposed on Nigeria by the United States.

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Speaker Gbajabiamila: Chinese doctors must be quaratined

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday insisted the Chinese doctors coming to help in the fight against COVID-19 must first be quarantined for 14 days and comply with all relevant laws in the country.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will postpone its April 28th presidential primary election until June 23rd, as the Empire State deals with the largest coronavirus outbreak in the US, the New York Times reports.

New York increases fine for violating social distancing guidelines to $1,000

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, on Monday said that fines for violating social distancing guidelines would be increased from $500 to $1,000.
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Nigeria declares April 10, 13 as Easter holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter Celebration.
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Kano coronavirus fund raising committee hits N400 million

The COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee constituted by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state submitted its interim report on Monday, saying it had raised almost N400m.
The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Street To School Initiative, has unveiled a newly renovated ultra-modern Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for residents of Surulere Community in Agbado-Oke-Odo, Lagos

Japan donates $236, 000 for humanitarian mine action in Northeast

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has received a donation of $236, 363 from the Government of Japan to support the UNMAS Nigeria in providing critical life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians and humanitarian actors in the Northeast.