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Six awaiting death by stoning, 10 for amputation in Bauchi

Six inmates sentenced to die by stoning Sharia courts over various offences are still waiting for their sentences to be carried out over 10 years after their conviction in Bauchi, the State’s comptroller of Prison Mr Sulaiman Suleiman, has said.

In the statement issued on Friday, the Controller also said 10 other inmates sentenced for amputation have also been waiting for the sentences to be carried out for over ten years.

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“We suspect those children to be witches or wizards. That’s why we eliminate them”

Campaign Tackles Baby-killing Ritual in Nigeria

Nine-month-old David drops to his knees, crawls toward a bottle of milk on the counter and begins to whimper. A young lady picks him up and rests him on her hips.

“David,” she says. “Are you a hungry boy?” David coos and grins. “What about Davida? Is she hungry?”

Davida is sleeping on one of the dozens of cots that line the yellow walls in the nursery.

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Catholic church attacked in Nigeria – estimates of 20 dead

Gunmen numbering about 5 invaded St Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra state and killed many worshippers. Reports say 50 people were killed but Police said only 12 died and 18 seriously injured.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen invaded the church around 7:30 am today, Sunday, August 6th, 2017

This may be due to gang violence as opposed to sectarian conflict.


More… Gunmen on Sunday morning attacked worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, near Nnewi, Anambra State killing at least eight.

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were also receiving treatment at the hospital. Witnesses said they feared that up to 20 people may have died.

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Nigerian Parents Give Girls to Boko Haram as Bombers, Army Says

Parents in the northeast of Nigeria are giving their daughters to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions, the country’s military said.

Some arrested female suicide bombers have testified that “minors were donated to the terrorists sect’’ by their parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the Boko Haram insurgency, spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement Sunday on the Nigerian Army’s website. Authorities are appealing to religious and community leaders to help stop the practice, he said.

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Boko Haram attack on Nigeria oil team ‘killed more than 50’

More than 50 people were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, multiple sources told AFP on Thursday, warning the death toll could rise.

Tuesday’s attack in the Magumeri area of Borno state on a convoy of specialists from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was the Islamist militants’ deadliest in months.

It underscored the persistent threat posed by the jihadists, despite government claims they were a spent force, and also the risks associated with the hunt for crude in the volatile Lake Chad basin.

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How corruption in the Nigerian military fuels Boko Haram

Nigeria is set to pass a record-breaking federal budget. After months of political wrangling, several governmental departments are in line to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers. Among the biggest beneficiaries is the country’s Ministry of Defense, which will receive around $440 million in capital expenditure alone.

But for Nigerians in the country’s troubled northeast, the planned cash injection isn’t necessarily good news. For years, the federal government has been amping up defense spending, hoping to stamp out Boko Haram, a militant group that has waged an armed insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

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Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained.

The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.

Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

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Boko Haram plot to attack US and British embassies in Nigeria is foiled as five Muslims arrested

Nigeria says it has foiled a plot by ISIS-linked Boko Haram militants to attack British and United States embassies.

Five suspected members of the Islamist militant group based in Benue state, in the country’s middle belt, have been arrested over plans to strike the two consulates in the capital Abuja.

Police say the terror cell had ‘perfected plans’ to attack the two headquarters and ‘other western interests’.

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The Vigilantes Fighting Boko Haram With Magic Amulets

Call it the placebo effect, psychological warfare, or what have you—this medicine show raises the morale of volunteers in a very dangerous war.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—At first glance the corrugated tin shack with its display of dried plants and powders in empty rice sacks spilling outside and animal skins tacked to the front door seems like any other roadside spice market or traditional medicine shop here in northeast Nigeria. But this humble depot is where members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)—a vigilante group integral to the Nigerian government’s counterinsurgency operations—procure the charms and amulets they believe protect them from the terrorists of Boko Haram.

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Switzerland funds Nigerian TV show urging migrants to AVOID coming to the nation illegally

THE SWISS government has funded a Nigerian television series telling migrants not to illegally emigrate to the country.

The television series is called “The Missing Step” and cost Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) more than £360,000.

Lukas Rieder, a spokesman for SEM, said: “We have seen that a lack of information or false information is one of the main problems that leads to illegal migration.

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Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?

Christians massacred by Muslim Fulani tribesmen in Nigeria

Another day in northern Nigeria, another Christian village reeling from an attack by the Muslim Fulani herdsmen who used to be their neighbours — and who are now cleansing them from the area. The locals daren’t collect the freshest bodies. Some who tried earlier have already been killed, spotted by the waiting militia and hacked down or shot. The Fulani are watching everything closely from the surrounding mountains. Every week, their progress across the northern states of Plateau and Kaduna continues. Every week, more massacres — another village burned, its church razed, its inhabitants slaughtered, raped or chased away. A young woman, whose husband and two children have just been killed in front of her, tells me blankly, ‘Our parents told us about these people. But we lived in relative peace and we forgot what they said.’

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Nigerian military ‘mistake’ kills at least 50 in attack on refugee camp

Boko Haram Big Daddy

BAMAKO, Mali — The Nigerian military bombed a crowded camp for people fleeing Islamist militants Tuesday, killing more than 50 people in what was described as a mistake by air force pilots targeting Boko Haram fighters.

The bombardment occurred in the city of Rann, near the Cameroon border, one of places where more than 1 million victims of Boko Haram have fled in recent years as part of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.

More than 100 people were injured, and humanitarian workers were among the dead, aid officials said.

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