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Chaos In Nigeria After Soldiers Open Fire On Large Anti-Police Demonstration

Late Tuesday night chaos broke out in the Nigerian capital of Lagos as demonstrators calling for an end to police brutality were reportedly fired upon by national soldiers or police attempting to clear the streets. At least one person was killed and one or more others were severely wounded, while dozens more were reported injured as the…

Nigerian Lawmakers Debate ‘Chopping Off the Genitals’ of Rapists

Nigeria’s legislature on Wednesday advocated for stricter penalties for perpetrators of sexual assault, including “chopping off the genitals” of convicted rapists, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported on Thursday. The number of sexual violence cases reported across Nigeria has surged in recent weeks. Lawmakers convened at the national assembly in the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday to discuss solutions…

Leaders Of Persecuted Christians In Middle East ‘Deeply Grateful’ For Trump’s International Religious Freedom...

Leaders of persecuted Christian communities expressed their gratitude for an international religious freedom executive order that President Trump signed in June, according to the National Catholic Register. Bishops of churches in the Middle East and Africa applauded the the Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom, especially since it comes at a time of rampant persecution…

FACT CHECK: Did Nigeria Lose 700 Billion Naira From A Coronavirus Relief Fund In...

An image shared on Facebook claims the Nigerian government lost 700 billion naira from a COVID-19 relief fund to a fire. Verdict: False The Nigerian Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning refuted the claim on Twitter. Fact Check: The Facebook post features a screen grab of an article, which put up the headline “We…

FACT CHECK: ‘False COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria’ – Did CNN Air This News Chyron?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a CNN news chyron that reads, “False COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.” Verdict: False There is no record of CNN ever airing the chyron. It was created using a news chyron generator website. Fact Check: The image features CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and New York City Mayor Bill de…

Washington State Reportedly Lost ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ To Nigerian Unemployment Fraud Scheme

Washington state officials claimed that “hundreds of millions” of dollars have been lost to a Nigeria-based fraud scheme that used stolen information to file false unemployment claims, according to a Seattle Times report. BREAKING: Washington state lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” to a Nigerian fraud ring which used stolen information to file false unemployment…

Pope Francis Denounces ‘Plague’ of Human Trafficking

ROME — Pope Francis condemned human trafficking as a “true plague” on Sunday, calling for an international effort to eradicate it. Following his weekly prayer of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square, the pontiff recalled that Saturday was the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, set on the liturgical memory of Saint…

Boko Haram Jihadis Kill Seven in Nigeria on Christmas Eve

Islamist terror group Boko Haram, an affiliate of the Islamic State, attacked a largely Christian village new Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on Christmas Eve and killed seven people. A teenage girl was also reportedly abducted from the village. AFP quoted locals who said the jihadis emerged from Sambisa Forest, an area covering over 20,000 square…

Report: Asia Is the ‘Hot Spot’ for Christian Persecution

“Persecution against Christians has worsened the most in South and East Asia,” notes a report documenting the growing oppression of Christians around the world. South and East Asia is now “the regional hot spot for persecution,” states the new report by Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation providing assistance to Christians, “taking…

Nigerian Military Frees 25 Children ‘Linked with Boko Haram Activities’

STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images The Nigerian military announced the release of 25 children arrested in Boko Haram raids on Thursday. Years after Nigeria declared Boko Haram “defeated,” authorities released 23 boys and two girls held in custody to ensure that they were not a threat to the public. Boko Haram, an Islamic State affiliate, popularized the…

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