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Suicide car bomber kills 3 outside Nigeria church

JOS Nigeria (AP) - A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a major church Sunday, killing three people and wounding 38 in a restive central Nigerian city that has seen hundreds die in religious and ethnic violence. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the...

Nigeria police want to interrogate rights leader

LAGOS Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's federal police want to interrogate the leader of the nation's human rights commission over comments he's made about so-called "extrajudicial" killings in the country. Lawyers for Chidi Anselm Odinkalu said Monday authorities in Nigeria's capital...

Nigeria island prison offers nation's dark history

ITA OKO ISLAND Nigeria (AP) - The prison, cut out of the dense jungle that engulfs this island outside Lagos, never officially existed in records, though critics of Nigeria's military rulers were locked up here decades ago in harsh conditions. Ita Oko Island, accessible only by boat and helicopter...

58 killed in central Nigeria raids and reprisals

JOS Nigeria (AP) - Raids and reprisal attacks have left 58 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have struggled to contain religious violence, officials said Sunday. Assailants launched "sophisticated attacks" on several villages near Full version (available...

Will Nigerian Slum Demolition Violate Human Rights?

The Nigerian government plans to demolish the Abuja slum of Mpape. The government contends that this high crime area operates as a base for the terrorist group Boko Haram . In addition, the slum predominantly consists of shanties built illegally. In other words, Mpape is both a public nuisance and...

Nigerian Sex Trafficking, Witchcraft, and the Rule of Law

Imagine you are a young woman living in Nigeria. Living in poverty without an education or vocational skills, your choices are limited. How will you survive? If you're a single mother, a popular option is to work as a prostitute. Don't expect child support from your kid's biological...