Nigerian magistrate orders remand of political activist Omoyele Sowore, four others

A magistrate court in Abuja adjourned the case filed against publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and others without granting or denying them bail. The magistrate adjourned the case to January 8. Mr Sowore was arrested alongside four protesters during a #CrossOverProtest held on the eve of new year in Abuja. After spending four days… Read More Nigerian magistrate orders remand of political activist Omoyele Sowore, four others

Nigerian police arrests former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore

The Nigerian police have again arrested the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, for leading a protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Mr Sowore and some activists were arrested at the #CrossoverWithProtest, a planned procession across the country on New Year eve. Some of the protesters who escaped arrest said that Mr Sowore… Read More Nigerian police arrests former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore

Protests erupt over insecurity in northern Nigeria following abduction of students

Protesters marched in northwestern Nigeria on Thursday under a banner reading #BringBackOurBoys as pressure mounted on the government to improve security in the region and secure the release of more than 300 kidnapped schoolboys. Parents fear time is running out to bring the boys home. The Islamist group Boko Haram, which has said in an… Read More Protests erupt over insecurity in northern Nigeria following abduction of students

Witnesses testify to judicial panel over military shooting at Lagos protest

Nigerian soldiers shot dead peaceful protesters at a demonstration in Lagos last month, trucking away the bodies, said written witness testimonies submitted to a judicial panel on Saturday but contradicted by an army general. “The soldiers kept shooting at random, and I saw people falling to the ground, injured or lifeless,” said Dabiraoluwa Ayuku in… Read More Witnesses testify to judicial panel over military shooting at Lagos protest

Nigeria’s police chief Mohammed Adamu orders immediate mobilisation to tackle unrest from recent protests

Nigeria’s police chief ordered the immediate mobilisation of all force resources on Saturday to control the worst street violence in two decades stemming from protests against police brutality. The unrest, unprecedented since the 1999 return to civilian rule, is the most serious political crisis confronting President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler elected in 2015.… Read More Nigeria’s police chief Mohammed Adamu orders immediate mobilisation to tackle unrest from recent protests

Nigerian military offers to deploy in Lagos amid unrest following anti-police protests

The Nigerian military has offered to deploy in Lagos state if needed to protect key business and government sites amid anti-police protests, the governor said on Thursday. Unrest has broken out across the state, which is under 24-hour curfew, sparked by protests and the shooting of civilians by security forces on Tuesday evening. Governor Babjide… Read More Nigerian military offers to deploy in Lagos amid unrest following anti-police protests

U.S. condemns use of excessive force, urges restraint following shooting of protesters in Nigeria

The U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned “excessive force” by Nigerian military forces on unarmed civilians and called for restraint, two days after soldiers opened fire on protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Lagos. “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces. Those involved should be… Read More U.S. condemns use of excessive force, urges restraint following shooting of protesters in Nigeria

Unrest erupts following shooting of civilians at anti-police protests in Lagos

Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos and several states were under curfews on Wednesday as unrest rooted in anti-police protests broke out again following a day of violence, including the shooting of civilians by security forces. Fires burned across Lagos and residents reported hearing gunfire despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s appeal for “understanding and calm”. Armed police tried… Read More Unrest erupts following shooting of civilians at anti-police protests in Lagos