‘Kunle Adebajo heads the investigations desk at HumAngle, a media establishment covering Africa’s conflict and development trends. He has documented the Boko Haram crisis and its humanitarian fallout for several years. He also writes about disinformation, the environment and human rights. He finds pleasure in writing about unusual topics or typical issues in unusual ways. He won the 2021 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2023 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. ‘Kunle is passionate about innovative journalism and how it can help bring attention to critical problems as well as lead to lasting reforms.
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Since the Boko Haram insurgency erupted in Nigeria’s northeast in the early 2010s, thousands of people have gone missing. A New Lines/HumAngle investigation has revealed that the Nigerian state — and the military in particular — has helped to drive this crisis, through extrajudicial killings, mass burials and a deliberate cover-up.