Nigeria

Demolition sparks protests in Abuja: ‘The residents have nowhere to go’

 
Protests erupted in the suburbs of Abuja on Thursday following the government demolition of homes in a temporary housing settlement inhabited by indigenous people of the region. Read more...
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Fake schoolgirl stoning video goes viral, as fury mounts at Nigerian govt

 
A gruesome video showing a schoolgirl apparently being stoned to death went viral in Nigeria on Thursday, with many believing claims that it shows Islamist militants from Boko Haram stoning one of the 200 children they kidnapped in Chibok, northern Nigeria three weeks ago. However, FRANCE 24 can confirm that this video was in fact published back in early 2013 on several websites, and likely shows a stoning in Somalia that dates back several years. Read more…
 
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Father of kidnapped schoolgirl speaks out: ‘If she’s alive, she’s a slave’

 
Nigerians are growing impatient over the fate of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by Boko Haram insurgents. Protesters are now holding gatherings on a daily basis in the capital to pressure authorities to find them. FRANCE 24 spoke to the father of one of the missing girls, who says he is outraged by the lack of progress. Read more...
 
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Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapping: “The wait is unbearable”

 
Parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped in northern Nigeria have told FRANCE 24 that, though the military said the girls were freed on Wednesday, their daughters are still missing. One father was brave enough to describe his agonizing wait. Read more...
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Anger in Nigeria: Official steals 110 million euros, fined 3,500

 
Hundreds of protesters descended on Nigeria’s justice ministry in Abuja on Wednesday after a court handed down a strangely lenient sentence to an official convicted of embezzlement. The former boss of Nigeria’s police pension fund, John Yakubu Yusufu, was convicted Monday with stealing 23.3 billion Nigerian naira (about 110 million euros) meant for retired police officers. A judge gave him the choice of either spending two years in jail or paying 750,000 naira (about 3,500 euros). Unsurprisingly, he chose the latter option. Read more…
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Four months after devastating floods, Nigerian farmers are at their wits’ end

 
Last summer, Nigeria suffered its worst flooding in 50 years. Four months on, small farmers in Kogi state, the worst affected zone in the centre of the country, are struggling to rebuild a normal life after their harvest was destroyed. Our Observer reports on the alarming state of the agricultural sector there. Read more...
 
 
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From Iran to DR Congo, our Observers share reactions to Obama’s win

 
As soon as Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, Internet users from around the world went online to react to the news. Our Observers sent us some of the most interesting comments they spotted, giving us an idea of how Obama’s win is viewed outside of the United States. Some are enthusiastic, others blasé, and yet others downright funny. Read more…

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Nigerian student lynching video prompts protests

 
Four students from the University of Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria, were burned alive Friday by locals who accused them of being thieves. A horrific video of the scene has since surfaced online, angering their classmates, some of whom reportedly decided to get revenge by setting fires in the part of town where the young men were killed. Read more…
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