Nigerian Court Sentences Inmate to Death Over Zoom

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday society, governments around the world have had to make careful changes to their judicial systems in order to adapt to physical distancing policies. Thousands of prisoners serving minor or short sentences have been temporarily released, and many European countries have chosen to postpone trials […]

Excessive Enforcement Of COVID-19 Lockdowns: The UN Warns Against Police Brutality

Police worldwide have been using excessive and sometimes deadly force to enforce coronavirus-related curfews and lockdowns. The UN Human Rights Office has observed a range of human rights violations including arbitrary detention, harassment, abuse, beatings, and deaths in over 20 countries. In Nigeria, security forces have killed 18 people in […]

Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East […]

No Ceasefire For African Conflicts Amidst COVID-19

Amidst pleas from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, violent conflict in Africa rages on. On March 23, Guterres urged warring parties worldwide to unite against the COVID-19 pandemic by laying down their arms temporarily. “The fury of the virus illustrates the […]

Report: The Ravaging Effects Of Indoor Air Pollution

Introduction In the past few months, citizens across the globe have been forced into isolation as a social-distancing measure to combat the spread of COVID-19. The OWP sends out its condolences to those who have lost friends and family members. However, as we begin to spend even more time inside […]

Thousands Flee Their Homes In Sahel And Lake Chad After Military Crackdown On Armed Groups

On 23 April, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed that thousands of civilians in West Africa’s Sahel and Lake Chad regions have fled their homes following a surge in military activity in the area. At the end of March, security forces from Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon launched a military crackdown […]

MENA Governments Account For Majority Of Global Confirmed Executions

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed the vast majority of confirmed executions last year, according to data released by Amnesty International today. The report, entitled Death Sentences and Executions 2019, reveals that Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq together accounted for 81% of the world’s confirmed […]

Inhumane Treatment Of Nigerians In China Threatens China-Nigeria Diplomatic Ties

As Nigeria battles with the COVID-19 pandemic internally, the federal government is also concerned by the economic, health, and social conditions and well-being of its citizens abroad. For some days now, a viral video has been paraded across different social media platforms portraying an ugly picture of Chinese authorities maltreating […]

30 Million People In Lockdown: Nigerian Government Issues Sweeping Restrictions In Major Cities 1

Nearly four weeks after sub-Saharan Africa’s first COVID-19 case, the coronavirus has managed to halt yet another commercial hub. This time it is Nigeria, which has had to take unprecedented measures in order to combat this global pandemic. The lock-down in the continent’s most populous country began on Monday night […]

Twin Attacks In Nigeria And Chad Prove Boko Haram Is Alive And Still Dangerous

At least 50 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a recent ambush conducted by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northern Yobe state, near the town of Goneri. Details of the attack were provided by a source from the Nigerian military on Monday, March 23rd, who claimed the attack occurred as […]