LAGOS, Nigeria — Militants struck near the heart of the Nigerian state early Monday, bombing a bus station in the capital, Abuja, just miles from the seat of government in one of the worst attacks in years in the country’s struggle with insurgents.
Chinese companies are implementing huge infrastructure projects in Nigeria. But like the colonialists before them, they are engaged in serious labour violations apparently with impunity. How does this ‘south-south cooperation’ benefit the Nigerian worker?
By Theophilus Abbah, published on 2014-04-10 by Pambazuka News, Issue 673
Boko Haram has proved resilient despite government’s crackdown on the deadly islamist group in the northern parts of Nigeria. But as that country’s government seeks to deal with the terrorism quagmire posed by the group, with their source of funding and logistics support coming under scrutiny, Boko Haram’s demands point to a long battle ahead.
By Theophilus Abbah, 27 Sep 2013, The Africa Report
The deafening explosion shook our office, and our walls and ceiling trembled. Looking out of a now precariously loose window, I saw smoke oozing out of a high-rise building, located about two hundred metres away. The ‘This Day’ newspaper office had caught fire.
By Theophilus Abbah, ZAM Chronicle, 25 June 2013
It is no secret that governments and the media generally do not like each other. Not that they need to – many argue this antagonism is healthy and that the real problem would be if they actually took to each other.
By Lee Mwiti, The Monitor (Uganda) 5 May 2013
CALL FOR STORY PROPOSALS: The ‘War on Terror’ (WoT) programme purports to sniff out, hunt and neutralise perpetrators of armed non-governmental attacks in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Kenya and Somalia. Among known movements who have claimed responsibility for such attacks are Boko Haram in Nigeria, AQIM and Salafists in Mali, and Al Shabaab in Kenya and Somalia. Continue reading
Nigeria has lost an estimated $1billion (N156 billion) revenue in seven days as a result of the shutdown of 140,000 barrels of oil per day Nembe Creek pipeline, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has said.
By Theophilus Abbah, Hamisu Muhammad and Isiaka Wakili, 12 March 2013, Daily Trust
In a six-month transnational project led by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), journalists hailing from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and the Netherlands investigated the alleged benefits received by cocoa farmers in West Africa via the FAIRTRADE label. Continue reading
Hardly ever do Nigerian journalists get justice for assaults suffered in the line of duty. But things may be set to change with the case of Benedict Uwalaka, a photojournalist with Leadership Newspapers, who on August 9 was brutally assaulted at a government hospital in Lagos State. Peter Nkanga, CPJ west Africa consultant finds out more.
Yobe state in Nigeria is troubled and held captive by visceral violence and terror. So also is Yobe’s only ecological sanctuary. In the last few years, the villagers have been concerned about the drought that has turned water and wetlands into sand and dust, writes Ahmad Salkida
Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga, both from Kenya, were last weekend awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards.
A training workshop for investigative journalists and the press on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011 was organised from May 20 to 22, 2012, at the Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna, Nigeria. The training organised by the Right to Information Initiative (R2K), Nigeria, the Forum of African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), was supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
“Despite encouraging signs, access to information is still difficult”
Idris Akinbajo is a 30 year-old Nigerian journalist. On the sidelines of a talk in Holland he was giving on the powers of investigative journalism, he took a moment to discuss press freedom in one of Africa’s most dangerous reporting environments with the Doha Centre for Media Freedom. Continue reading