Posts Tagged ‘Nigeria’

KANO, 5 August 2009 (IRIN) – Most of the 4,000 Maiduguri residents in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria who fled last week’s violence to shelter in military and police barracks on the outskirts of town, have now returned home, according to the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC).

“Most of the IDPs [internally displaced people] have left the camps save for those whose homes were either burnt or looted after they had fled during the violence,” Adamu Abubakar, head of the Nigerian Red Cross in neighbouring Bauchi state, told IRIN.

Up to 4,000 residents of Maiduguri fled violence that broke out on 27 July between Nigerian security forces and the Boko Haram radical Islamic group, killing 780 people, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).  (more…)

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 4 (Reuters) – It was when the first home-made bomb went off that we realised this was more than just a demonstration by misguided youths.

We knew the young men living in our midst with beards and turbans hanging down behind their heads were followers of Mohammed Yusuf, a charismatic Islamic cleric opposed to everything Western, but we never thought they were dangerous.

At times they would say “Salam Alaikum” (Peace be with you) on the way to their mosque on the edge of our neighbourhood in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri but mostly they kept themselves to themselves.

Many were among our own children. We knew their parents, we saw them born and grow up.

When the gunshots started that Sunday night (July 26) we thought it was one of the joint police and army patrols set up last year to fight armed robbery and clashes between herdsmen and farmers. (more…)

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigeria’s League for Human Rights says overzealous security forces are killing innocent civilians as the military tries to crush an Islamist militant sect.

League director Shamaki Gad Peter tells The Associated Press that rights workers saw the bodies of up to 20 people after troops began an offensive on the sect’s headquarters in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

He says they were unarmed and some were shot from behind and assumed to be trying to escape the mayhem. The rights worker says many other innocent people have been arrested. (more…)

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Samuel Yunana’s father, Fayam, was taken from his home, stabbed in the side of the stomach and told to convert to Islam. When he refused, his throat was slit.

Fayam was among more than 700 people killed in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri during an uprising last week by a radical Islamic sect which wants sharia (Islamic law) imposed across Africa’s most populous nation. (more…)

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MAIDUGURI, 31 July 2009 (IRIN) – Security forces have killed innocent civilians and unarmed men in a crackdown on the radical religious group known as Boko Haram, which reportedly left several hundred people dead in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, residents and human rights activists told IRIN.

“It is unbelievable the way the security forces went about indiscriminately shooting and killing innocent residents of Maiduguri, and members of Boko Haram,” Shamaki Gad Peter, head of Jos-based League for Human Rights told IRIN. (more…)

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