Gunmen kidnap more than 70 students from high school in northwestern Nigeria
Gunmen have abducted 73 students in a new school attack in northwestern Nigeria on Wednesday, police said, just days after three other groups of hostages were freed when large ransom payments were reportedly made. More than 1,000 students have been kidnapped from schools in northern Nigeria since December. The gunmen have demanded large ransom payments from parents, and while most pupils ultimately have been released, some have died or been killed in captivity (source. France24).
EASO publishes a COI report: Nigeria – Trafficking in Human Beings
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report titled “Nigeria: Trafficking in Human Beings”. After the peak of some 47 000 applications for international protection in 2016, Nigerians have sought asylum in the EU+ less frequently: around 23 000 in 2018-2019 and just above 13 000 in 2020. So far in 2021 (January-March), Nigerians lodged over 3 600 applications in the EU+. Since 2018, there has been a gradual increase in the share of repeated applications in the same reporting country. While the report’s main focus remains on sex trafficking – in which to a large extent women are involved as victims, other types of trafficking in human beings are also briefly discussed, such as trafficking of men and children and for purposes of labour, drugs, organ or ‘baby factory’ trafficking in Nigeria (source: EASO). Report available here.