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Nigeria's new trekking trend: Taking political protest to capital on foot

When one man’s journey on foot from Lagos to Abuja earned him an audience with Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, he sparked a trend of “trekkers”—Nigerians walking long distances to get the attention of their politicians. Read more...

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Nigerians seek answer for ‘mysterious’ deadly illness


Last week, at least 23 people fell ill with a ‘mysterious’ illness in Ode Irele, Nigeria. Eighteen of those people died and panic ensued. Many locals had a theory—that the sickness was the result of an injustice committed against a local goddess. Thanks to a quick and thoughtful response, however, local health authorities are close to solving the mystery. Read more...

In pictures: Army, volunteers repel new Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri


Boko Haram militants have launched a ferocious attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the second consecutive week. Soldiers and local vigilante groups successfully repelled the assault which was launched in the dead of night. In a place widely considered off-limits for many journalists, our Observer took these photos of Sunday's dramatic events. Read more...
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As army fights Boko Haram, Maiduguri turns to ghost town


When Boko Haram launched a deadly attack on Maiduguri on Sunday, the usually bustling city of almost two million went eerily quiet… except for the sounds of artillery throughout the morning. Our Observers describe scenes from a city under attack. Read more…
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Vigilantes kill suspected Boko Haram militants in terrifying ‘jungle justice’


With the Nigerian government’s continuing failure to combat the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, many locals are forming their own vigilante groups. In one town in Adamawa state, these militias have taken justice into their own hands with a very bloody result. Read more... 

A Boko Haram massacre survivor’s harrowing account


A survivor of what is potentially Boko Haram’s deadliest massacre spoke to FRANCE 24 from northern Nigeria Tuesday, despite the unreliable phone network that often hinders communications from this part of Nigeria. Otunga (not his real name) told us how he managed to survive the carnage, and what he thinks lies ahead for the refugees now flooding into Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s northern state of Borno. Read more...

Stories from a village terrorised by Boko Haram


The attacks of Islamist group Boko Haram continue in northeastern Nigeria and the government seems unable to stop them. Our Observer returned to his home state and was shocked to see scores of soldiers and refugees and to hear firsthand of the terror experienced by his family and friends. Read more...
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Doubts surround Boko Haram leader’s "third death"


Last Thursday, the Nigerian army announced that a high-ranking member of Boko Haram had died in battle. Using amateur photos and videos as evidence, they claimed that the man in question “played the role” of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s proclaimed leader. This confusing announcement has left many unconvinced, especially since the Islamist sect is known for its attempts to obfuscate. Read more...
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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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