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February 10, 2021

Human Rights
Nigeria's Lekki Toll Gate Massacre Will Not Go Away

Civil organizations in Nigeria have thrown their support behind planned demonstrations for February 13 at the Lekki Toll Gate, the site of the police killing of demonstrators calling for the disbanding of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers and a passing car in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS written in chalk on the pavement.

December 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate

On the night of November 20, Nigerian army units attacked demonstrators calling for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit known for its brutality. CNN has conducted an investigation of the Lekki episode.

A picture of the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, the site of a killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian military. The #EndsSARS hashtag is seen written in chalk on the ground in the foreground of the picture.

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

January 5, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Human Rights Activist Arrested—Again

Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, was arrested New Year’s Eve following a peaceful protest in the capital, Abuja.

A melee takes place in a Nigerian courtroom in response to the re-arrest of journalist and human rights activist Omoyele Sowore.

December 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

November 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Security Forces and the Dangers of a Violence-First Approach

On October 20, 2020, Nigerians watched in horror on social media as men suspected to be members of the military opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters—a movement responding to a litany of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A pair of military officers are seen walking towards a group of young men on the street in Nigeria. One man has both arms raised.

November 18, 2020

Nigeria
Financing Boko Haram

Federal Court of Appeals in the United Arab Emirates, which sits in Abu Dhabi, has sentenced to jail six Nigerians for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.

A flag of Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating in northwest Nigeria, is seen attached to an electrical pole.

November 12, 2020

Nigeria
Harsh Measures in Nigeria

Human rights advocates in Nigeria and abroad are concerned that the Buhari administration is following a policy of repression following the demonstrations against abuses by the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A Nigerian police officer in full uniform speaks with two protesters during protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There is a large crown in the background.