Nigeria's decision to close its land borders was aimed at cracking down on smuggling. But traders in neighboring Niger say their businesses are being crippled as a result.
Two decades ago, several Nigerian states introduced Islamic legal systems. Some see the move as having brought benefits, but others are disappointed and critical about the results.
Nigerian border crossings with Benin and Niger remain sealed despite a warning from West Africa's regional grouping that the shutdown is harming prosperity.
Abused students at an Islamic school in Nigeria have "revolted," with most of them managing to escape, officials have said. Police found dozens more in chains. The latest raid comes just weeks after a similar rescue.
The 25 boys and girls allegedly cooperated with the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Human and children's rights activists are concerned at how minors are being treated by both militants and Nigeria's army.
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