Eleanor Whitehead

Human Rights

Nigeria's addiction to the death sentence

Over 650 people were handed the death penalty in Africa's most populous nation last year, though none were executed.

War & Conflict

Nigeria urged to investigate military war crimes

Armed forces reject Amnesty International's call for probes against commanders leading fight against Boko Haram.


The growing appeal of popular uprisings in Africa

Burundi is one in a string of sub-Saharan countries where anti-government demonstrations have recently taken hold.

Oil spill

Drenched in oil: Nigerians demand Shell spill clean-up

Compensation was paid for the devastating 2008 spills that soaked the delta, but clean-up hasn't begun six years later.


Nigerians turn out in numbers for crunch election

Voters head to polls to choose their president against a backdrop of violent attacks by armed group Boko Haram.

Nigeria Decides

Nigeria's mass migration ahead of super close election

Nigerians are flooding home for Saturday's vote, but fears of violence grow amid the too-close-to-call election.


A tough choice in Nigerian elections

Recent public polls show an election too close to call with each party commanding about 42 percent of the vote.

War & Conflict

Nigeria's escalating Boko Haram nightmare

Under-equipped and demoralised, army fails to protect northerners against intensified Boko Haram attacks.