Tag: boko haram

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Tech hubs and incubators in Africa are expected to number close to 300 by year-end, and in some surprising locations. Last year, Disrupt Africa, which describes itself as a one-stop-shop for news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup—and investment—ecosystem, reported on a new hub and entrepreneurship development center in Somalia—the first such […]

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Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

Human rights groups demand justice for Maiduguri victims

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Two years have passed since 640 men and boys were shot and left for dead in the northeast region of Maiduguri. The Nigerian Army is said to have committed the murders after a jailbreak with fatalities. “The soldiers asked the people to lie on the ground… a few minutes later they started shooting. I counted […]

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Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa state,  Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told AP news that the spill was “massive—the biggest in years.” Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days. A spokesman for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company estimated a […]

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Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Once the largest water reservoir in Africa’s Sahel region that provided freshwater and supported livestock and fisheries for nearly 30 million people for thousands of years, Lake Chad is slowly disappearing, and is now about 10 percent of its former size. Poor human management through overgrazing and unsustainable irrigation has resulted in the replacement of […]

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European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

| September 22, 2015

(GIN)—Not long after a three-year-old Syrian refugee child was found on a Turkish beach, the president of the European Commission declared belatedly: “We can build walls; we can build fences. But if it were you, your child… there is no price you would not pay, there is no wall you would not climb.” Europe has […]

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Black lives should matter to black killers, too

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

| August 18, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic—for black lives do matter. And black lives should always matter—even when the killers are not hyper-aggressive cops, white supremacists or other emblems of oppression. In 2011, the […]

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram. But, it also encompassed a discussion of stolen assets—namely billions of dollars siphoned away by bankers, ministers and, in some cases, newly-minted millionaires. According […]

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As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)–Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away but on the contrary has launched new deadly attacks in that country. Two bombs blamed on Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and at Shagalinku, an upscale Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos. […]

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