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Query Responses

Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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Nigeria: 1. Do Igbos in Nigeria believe in witchcraft? 2. Are there any reports of suspected witches being harmed in Anambra State? If so, by whom and in what ways? 3. Are there any reports of men in Nigeria being suspected of being witches? 4. What is the level of state protection for those suspected of being witches (and harmed or threatened by non-state actors)?

1 June 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Deleted. 2. Please provide general information relating to the Egor Local Government area in Benin City, including any information relating to political assassinations, other suspicious murders, corruption, connections to criminal gangs, etc. 3. Please provide information in relation to People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, candidates, significant events and involvement in elections in Benin City in the period between 1994 and 2008. 4. Please provide information relating to rules for obtaining passports in Nigeria including if it is only possible to obtain a passport in your home state. 5. Please provide information relating to violence against Christians in Kaduna State, in connection with the April 2011 Presidential election.

29 May 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Please provide information relating to: (i) Whether a Christian person affiliated with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and who intends to work in the oil industry would be at risk of harm from MEND (a) in the Niger Delta, and (b) elsewhere in Nigeria; a) Whether such a person would be at risk of harm from MEND in the Niger Delta. b) Whether such a person would be at risk of harm from MEND elsewhere in Nigeria. (ii) whether a person who had studied petroleum engineering, but worked in Nigeria in a different field, would be at risk of harm from MEND; (iii) whether such a person is at risk from MEND because he is a member of a well-educated, moderately well-off family and has a father who was a member of the ruling party PDP; (iv) whether the police in Edo State, and in Nigeria generally, would be willing and able to protect such people from the risk of harm from MEND

4 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Please provide a brief description of the Sokoto Caliphate, including whether the head of the Caliphate is the Imam or Mufti of all Muslims in Nigeria. 2. Is there any information available that indicates that the Caliphate or its agents target particular (Christian) individuals wherever they are in Nigeria because their names have been given to the Caliphate by local Muslims through an established or an informal communications network that operates throughout Nigeria? Is there any information available that indicates that they, or police and/or military officers acting on their behalf, locate Christians hiding in southern Nigeria who fled violence in Jos? 3. Who are the Aljimiris? Are references to the Caliphate Sokoto and the Aljimiris used interchangeably? 4. Is there any information available that indicates that the Aljimiris or their agents target particular (Christian) individuals wherever they are in Nigeria because their names have been given to them by local Muslims through an established or an informal communications network that operates throughout Nigeria? Is there any information available that indicates that the Aljimiris, or police acting on their behalf, locate Christians hiding in southern Nigeria who fled violence in Jos? 5. Is there any information available about any other national, Muslim (terrorist) organisation or network that collects the names of individuals and targets them for persecution? 6. Deleted. 7. Is there any information that indicates that the kind of violence that erupted in Jos occurs in all states of Southern Nigeria during periods of political upheaval or uncertainty?

9 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. What is the demography of Nigeria by state, and Anambra state particularly? Please provide particular reference to religious, socio-economic, and state protection issues. 2. Discuss the treatment of Christians in Nigeria, and in Anambra state particularly, including the relationship between Christians and Muslims. 3. Please provide any information on the treatment of Nigerian citizens who have returned to Nigeria with a criminal record from overseas

7 October 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Has the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2006 (referred to in earlier research reports as a bill) now passed into law? 2. Are there any recent incidents (since 2007) of killings or physical harm against gays by individuals or groups? 3. Are there any recent incidents of killings or physical harm against gays by police, or police inaction? 4. Do you know anything about "juju"? 5. Do you have information on the "Area Boys" and their activities in Lagos? 6. Do you have information on a church run by Jide Macaulay and what happened to it and its members?

9 June 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Are there any reports of ritualised killings/murder in Enugu state, Nigeria? If so, who carries out the practice and for what reason(s)? Are there any reports of village councils and/or village kings ("igwe") implicated in such practices? 2. Is there any information about Christians, or Christian groups being discriminated against or harmed by people who practice "black magic" / "juju"? in Enugu State? 3. Do the police or authorities investigate ritual killings (or violence associated with traditional practices)? Is there state protection for those who fear being a victim of such harm?

4 May 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. How are kings appointed at village level in Nigeria? 2. What is their role? How much political influence and power do they have? 3. Is the position passed on to father and son only if the son has a son himself? If not, how is the position passed on? 4. [Deleted] 5. [Deleted] 6. Is Ekiti State still part of Nigeria? Who is the current Alara? 7. A brief update on the adequacy of state protection in Nigeria, particularly related to the effective (or otherwise) investigation and prosecution of serious crimes, such as murder. 8. Any relevant information about the Igwe ethnic group, such as whether it is predominant, whether there are any reports of discrimination against people of Igwe ethnicity, and whether local village kings have to be from a particular ethnicity

24 April 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Please provide information on the Social Democratic Party (SDP). 2. Please provide information on the current situation of Christians in Nigeria. 3. Please provide information on the current situation of homosexuals in Nigeria

6 February 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Nigeria: 1. Please provide information on the Ijwa group - not necessarily the ethnic group

8 January 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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