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‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

As Nigerians get ready to head to the polls on Saturday, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), described the pre-election period as “largely, peaceful and participatory”, and called for that spirit to prevail through election day and beyond.

Judicial independence under threat in Nigeria, warns UN rights expert

The dismissal of Nigeria’s Chief Justice may constitute a grave attack on judicial independence from the State, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday, warning of “threats, pressures and interferences” made against the lawyers defending him.

‘Hit-and-run’ tactics a mark of North-East Nigeria attackers

Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Frantz Celestin, told UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the extremists’ use of “hit-and-run” tactics in north-east Nigeria and explained what the priorities are now for the aid teams coping with mass displacement and overcrowded protection camps.

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News in Brief 5 February 2019

  • North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid attackers’ ‘increased sophistication’
  • $202 million appeal for life-saving aid to half a million Libyans
  • Tech transformation saves UN food agency millions in first year
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North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid ‘increased sophistication’ of attackers, warns UN

An upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-riven north-east Nigeria has displaced nearly 60,000 people in the last three months, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Tuesday.

Nigeria refugees ‘too traumatized to return’ as UN News witnesses thousands fleeing over Cameroon border

Nigerian refugees are “too traumatized to return” anytime soon, according to a senior official from the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), talking to UN News on the border with Cameroon.  Daniel Dickinson was at the border for UN News on Friday, and began by asking Mr. Munié to describe the scene around them. 

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‘No other possibility but to leave’: UN News special report from the Nigeria-Cameroon border as 35,000 newly-displaced seek safety

Small shelters, some covered in the ubiquitous white sheeting provided by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), dot the dusty grey sun-bleached plain around the village of Goura, in the far north-east of Cameroon. 

‘No country, no region’ can tackle global challenges alone says UN’s Mohammed

Against the backdrop of seemingly endless challenges across the world, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a conference of development-minded partners in Nigeria that “no country, no region” could tackle them alone

Nigeria: Armed conflict continues to uproot thousands, driving up humanitarian need

Since November, more than 80,000 Nigerians have been forcibly displaced due to ongoing violence in the north-east, adding to two million people already displaced by violence, or forced across the country’s borders as refugees, the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’; UN ‘gravely concerned’

Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.