Nigeria

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

On 15th August 2018, journalist Jones Abiri was released on bail after being detained for over two years, largely incommunicado, by the Department of State Security (DSS) without appearing in front of a court. Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Weekly Source, was arrested on 21st July 2016 by armed agents of the State Security Service at his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, accusing Abiri of being the leader of separatist group Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force in a statement sent by the security service to Nigerian journalists in July 2016. Read more

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

In a statement on 7th June, Amnesty International Nigeria condemned the Nigerian's military's use of threats, intimidation and smear campaigns to discredit the work of Amnesty International. Read more

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

Government plans to profile NGOs as NGO Bill remains under consideration

On 4th April, the Nigerian government announced its plan to profile NGOs “to ensure compliance with regulations against money laundering and terrorist financing”. Read more

Government plans to profile NGOs as NGO Bill remains under consideration

Group of human rights CSOs take the fight against the NGO Regulation Bill to court

As reported previously on the Monitor, the draft NGO Regulatory Commission Bill is currently under consideration in the National Assembly. The Bill has been criticized heavily as it contains restrictive provisions and could potentially "endanger constitutional guarantees of freedom of association, assembly, speech as well as freedom of conscience and religion". The National Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the National Assembly on 26th September outlining its opposition to the Bill stating that:
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Group of human rights CSOs take the fight against the NGO Regulation Bill to court

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"

In recent months, there have been reported cases of the government cracking down on independent media outlets, critical voices and journalists. Read more

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"

Protest and expression rights still seriously violated in Nigeria

Numerous protests have taken place throughout Nigeria over the last several months, some of which led to clashes between police and protesters. Read more

Protest and expression rights still seriously violated in Nigeria

Protest bans in Kano as at least ten protestors shot dead

At least ten members of a shiite movement were shot dead by police during a public gathering. Read more

Protest bans in Kano as at least ten protestors shot dead

Demonstrations violently suppressed in Nigeria

Police tried to block a rally by the #BringBackOurGirls group, and violently suppresed an IMN protest demanding their leader's release. Read more

Demonstrations violently suppressed in Nigeria

New bill to regulate civil society worries local groups

Nigerian civil society is concerned by provisions in a proposed bill to regulate the sector, which could increase scrutiny and surveillance over CSOs. Read more


Reports: at least 17 unarmed protestors killed in late May

Despite legal protections, at least 17 unarmed protestors were reportedly killed by security forces in late May. Read more