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'Deeply Unfortunate Killings' Have Left Dozens of Farmers and Herders Dead in Nigeria

'Deeply Unfortunate Killings' Have Left Dozens of Farmers and Herders Dead in NigeriaNigeria’s presidency late Sunday announced a “deeply unfortunate killings across a number of communities” in central Plateau State as one report cited police as saying 86 people were dead in clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers



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Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit NigeriaAmnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram but the government said the rights monitor was repeating false accusations. Amnesty said it had gathered multiple testimonies about alleged abuse by the security forces, including claimed that soldiers coerced vulnerable survivors into having sex in exchange for food. In November 2016, police vowed to look into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in the camps but several months later, the military rejected the allegations.



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U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed

U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killedThe United Nations has suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants left three humanitarian workers dead and at least three others missing, possibly kidnapped. The suspension of aid work in the town of Rann, which hosts a camp for 55,000 people displaced by the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, was announced late on Friday in a statement from the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. “At the time of the attack, over 40 humanitarian workers were in Rann,” said the UN statement.



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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 11 including 3 aid workers in Nigeria attack

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 11 including 3 aid workers in Nigeria attackBy Paul Carsten ABUJA (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people including three aid workers in an attack on a military facility in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state late on Thursday, according to two security reports seen by Reuters. The raid in the town of Rann marks the latest high-profile attack by militants in the northeast, coming less than two weeks after militants abducted 110 girls from a school in the town of Dapchi in neighbouring Yobe state. The United Nations confirmed three aid workers, all Nigerian nationals, were killed in the attack in Rann, near the Cameroon border, and said a female nurse was missing, feared abducted.



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Students too scared to return to Nigeria school after attack

Students too scared to return to Nigeria school after attackLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Frightened students on Monday stayed away from the school in northern Nigeria where Boko Haram extremists seized 110 girls in a raid a week ago, while the military said it had handed over the town's security to police ahead of the attack because it was "relatively calm."



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Nigeria releases 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation

Nigeria releases 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitationA Nigerian court has released 475 people allegedly affiliated with Boko Haram for rehabilitation, the justice ministry said on Sunday, as the country’s biggest legal investigation of the militant Islamist insurgency continues. The first person convicted for the kidnapping in 2014 of Chibok schoolgirls, sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment last week, was also handed an addition 15-year sentence, to run back-to-back, the justice ministry said in a statement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and two million forced to flee their homes in northeastern Nigeria since Boko Haram began an insurgency in 2009 aimed at creating an Islamic state.



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Gunmen cross from Nigeria, attack Cameroon border post: witnesses

Gunmen cross from Nigeria, attack Cameroon border post: witnessesBy Josiane Kouagheu DOUALA (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a border crossing in Cameroon’s southwest on Thursday, launching their assault from Nigeria, according to security officials who witnessed the incident. A Nigerian military spokesman denied the assailants had crossed over from Nigeria, and the incident is likely to further damage relations between the neighbours, strained over the rise of an Anglophone Cameroonian separatist movement.



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2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police sayTwo Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed.



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Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria: police

Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria: policeBy Garba Muhammad KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Two Americans and two Canadians have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said on Saturday, as it emerged that five oil workers had been abducted in the southern Niger Delta region. The Americans and Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen on Wednesday while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja.



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Nigeria holds mass burial for 73 people killed in communal violence

Nigeria holds mass burial for 73 people killed in communal violenceBy Alexis Akwagyiram MAKURDI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Seventy-three people killed since the start of the year in communal violence between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers were buried in Nigeria on Thursday highlighting a bloody conflict over fertile land that is taking on political significance. The mass burial took place in Makurdi, in the central state of Benue, where thousands of mourners took to the streets to watch the funeral procession. The killings occurred in remote parts of Benue, the state worst hit by clashes that have killed at least 83 people since Dec. 31.



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