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  • Suicide bombers kill officer in northeastern Nigerian city Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers killed an Air Force officer at a checkpoint in a late-night attack in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses and police said Wednesday. More »

  • Suicide bombers kill soldier in NE Nigeria: vigilantes
    Suicide bombers kill soldier in NE Nigeria: vigilantes Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Two suicide bombers killed a soldier at a checkpoint in Boko Haram's heartland in northeastern Nigeria, vigilantes helping troops in the fight against the jihadists told AFP on Wednesday. More »

  • Nigerian graft-fighting commission accused of corruption Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The chairman of Nigeria's corruption-fighting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is appearing before the Senate to answer accusations that he diverted billions of dollars. More »

  • Girl suicide bomber kills 5, injures 41 in northeast Nigeria Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks Tuesday that killed five people in Damaturu, a town in northeastern Nigeria, police and witnesses said. More »

  • Playing through the pain
    Playing through the pain Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    How football is helping polio survivors in northern Nigeria. More »

  • Child bomber kills six in northeast Nigeria
    Child bomber kills six in northeast Nigeria Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A child bomber killed six people Tuesday outside a bus station in the heartland of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. More »

  • France offers to host international meeting on Boko Haram: Hollande
    France offers to host international meeting on Boko Haram: Hollande Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande offered Tuesday to organise an international meeting on tackling jihadist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands in Nigeria. More »

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomb blast at bus station in Damaturu kills 5 and injures  …
    Nigeria: Suicide bomb blast at bus station in Damaturu kills 5 and injures  … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A suicide bomb has been detonated in north east Nigeria, killing five people and injuring at least 41 others. The blast took place at a major bus station in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state today (25 August). According to reports in the Nigerian media, the Director of Media and Publicity to Yobe State Governor, Abdullahi Bego has confirmed that the dead have been evacuated to a mortuary. More »

  • UN to support initiatives by new Nigerian president
    UN to support initiatives by new Nigerian president Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Muhammadu Buhari Monday and promised solidarity in the new Nigerian leader's fight against insecurity, unemployment and corruption. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari orders investigation into defence purchasing
    Nigeria's Buhari orders investigation into defence purchasing Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Nigeria's president has ordered an investigation into military hardware purchases under his two predecessors to try to root out corruption and fulfil his election promise of stopping Islamist group Boko Haram's insurgency, the presidency said on Monday. President Muhammadu Buhari has told the National Security Adviser (NSA) to set up a panel to look into defence procurement over the past eight years, when the People's Democratic Party was in power, his spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement. The 13-member panel consists mainly of retired military officers but also includes an executive from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Adesina said. More »

  • What does it mean to be Nigerian?
    What does it mean to be Nigerian? Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    With the challenges of living in Nigeria, it becomes difficult for citizens to feel a sense of national identity. More »

  • UN's Ban Ki-moon in Nigeria in wake of attack on army chief
    UN's Ban Ki-moon in Nigeria in wake of attack on army chief Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon began a two-day visit to Nigeria Sunday in the wake of a suspected Boko Haram ambush on the army chief, saying it was "a time of hope" despite the rise of extremism. More »

  • UN chief arrives in Nigeria to mark bombing, abducted girls Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to commemorate the Boko Haram bombing of his organization's headquarters and focus new attention on 219 schoolgirls held by the extremists. More »

  • Boko Haram members ambush convoy of Nigeria's chief of army staff Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy carrying Nigeria's chief of army staff on a tour of towns in troubled Borno state, the army said early on Sunday. One Nigerian soldier died while 10 militants were killed and another five captured, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement. Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai was appointed in July as the new chief of army staff after President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the military's top brass. More »

  • Regional military chiefs finalise plans for Boko Haram force Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Military chiefs from the Lake Chad region have finalised details of the deployment of a joint force to fight Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, designating three command posts in Nigeria and Cameroon, military sources said on Saturday. At a two-day meeting in N'Djamena, which concluded late on Friday, military commanders from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin agreed to accelerate the deployment of the 8,700-strong force, which will have its overall command centre in the Chadian capital. A disjointed campaign by Nigeria, Chad and Niger swept Boko Haram out of the towns of northeast Nigeria earlier this year but the group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has killed hundreds of people in the last three months in those three countries, as well as neighbouring Cameroon. More »

  • Boko Haram strengthens ties with Islamic State group Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists are strengthening ties with the Islamic State group, as shown by reports that Nigerian militants are fighting in Libya, recent arrests in Lebanon and India and the blocking of thousands of suspected extremists from leaving Nigeria. More »

  • Werder Bremen draws at Hertha Berlin to earn 1st point Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah struck for Werder Bremen to draw at Hertha Berlin 1-1 and claim its first point of the Bundesliga season on Friday. More »

  • UN chief heading to Nigeria and Paris to push climate accord Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to Nigeria this weekend to discuss climate change, human rights and countering violent extremism with the country's new leaders. More »

  • Boko Haram has displaced 40,000 people in Chad in past two weeks, says MSF aid …
    Boko Haram has displaced 40,000 people in Chad in past two weeks, says MSF aid … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Relentless attacks by Islamist militants Boko Haram have displaced as many as 40,000 people in Chad from their homes in the past two weeks, says aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres. The news came a day after Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari told Chad's visiting minister of foreign affairs, Moussa Faki Mahamat, that he is convinced the end of the Boko Haram is in sight. Armed gunmen have assaulted villages around the Lake Chad region, shooting the residents and burning their homes to the ground. More »

  • Shell lifts force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria's NLNG
    Shell lifts force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria's NLNG Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Shell said on Friday that its Nigerian joint venture lifted its force majeure on natural gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Co (NLNG) after repairing a pipeline. The force majeure was put in place on Aug. 4 after the company discovered a leak on the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1). "The leak was caused by a crude theft connection, apparently installed by people who thought the line was transporting crude oil," a spokesman for Shell said in an emailed statement. More »

  • Nigeria's fuel subsidy unsustainable: state oil head
    Nigeria's fuel subsidy unsustainable: state oil head Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Nigeria produces some two million barrels of crude oil a day but despite its huge reserves, the country imports much of its fuel due to a lack of refining capability -- a situation blamed on corruption ... More »

  • Corruption blights Nigeria's oil industry
    Corruption blights Nigeria's oil industry Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, the executive secretary of NEITI, discusses Nigeria's fight against corruption. More »

  • Death toll in Nigeria Boko Haram massacre rises to 160: locals
    Death toll in Nigeria Boko Haram massacre rises to 160: locals Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The number of villagers massacred by Boko Haram jihadists in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria rose to 160 on Wednesday, according to locals, amid official denials over the attack. More »

  • Infinix Hot 2 to debut Android One program in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco …
    Infinix Hot 2 to debut Android One program in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Google's budget-friendly hardware campaign with its Android One initiative in the Indian market will reportedly be expanded to African countries with the launch of Infinix Hot 2. The new smartphone will be launched starting with Nigeria at select retail outlets and online retail through Jumia for a recommended retail price of N17, 500 ($88). Other African countries including Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Morocco will see the launch of Hot 2 in the next few weeks as Google plans to expand its software reach to several countries across the globe. More »

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen shoot fleeing villagers killing 150 people
    Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen shoot fleeing villagers killing 150 people Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Gunmen from Boko Haram shot villagers while others drowned trying to escape the notorious jihadists as they assaulted their homes in north-eastern Nigeria. The attack left 150 Kukuwa-Gari villagers in Yobe state dead in the attack. This is just the most recent attack on the Kukuwa-Gari villagers by Boko Haram, which began to forge an alliance with Islamic State (Isis) in 2014. More »

  • Chelsea winger Victor Moses confirms fresh injury on Twitter
    Chelsea winger Victor Moses confirms fresh injury on Twitter Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Chelsea winger Victor Moses has confirmed he is suffering from an injury but is hopeful of returning to the first team soon. Despite Stoke City's efforts to resign the 24-year-old after his impressive loan spell at the Britannia Stadium last season, manager Jose Mourinho took the unexpected step of bringing the player back into the first-team fold during pre-season. The Nigeria international picked up what appeared to be a minor knock in his side's final pre-season game against Fiorentina but his manager told reporters ahead of their season opener against Swansea City the winger would be "fine". More »

  • My Nigeria: Going beyond cliches
    My Nigeria: Going beyond cliches Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Filmmaker Brian Tilley talks about the making of the My Nigeria series and the idea behind it. More »

  • Togo refugees: On the run for 10 years, no peace in sight
    Togo refugees: On the run for 10 years, no peace in sight Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Asylum seekers who fled political violence in Togo 10 years ago are now seeking refuge in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. More »

  • Wolves keeper Ikeme gets Nigeria call-up
    Wolves keeper Ikeme gets Nigeria call-up Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    LAGOS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – - Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was called up by Nigeria for the first time on Tuesday in an 18-man list of foreign-based players selected for next month’s African Nations Cup qualifier in Tanzania. English-born Ikeme, 29, is joined by fellow newcomers Russian-based Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu and strikers Emem Eduok and Sylvester Igboun as new coach Sunday Oliseh showed his hand ahead of his debut match. Players from Nigerian clubs must still be added to the squad for the match in Dar-es-Salaam on Sept. 5. ... More »

  • Boko Haram and the media
    Boko Haram and the media Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    We explore the challenges facing journalists as they report on Boko Haram's insurgency in Nigeria. More »

  • Boko Haram leader Shekau says he is 'still in charge'
    Boko Haram leader Shekau says he is 'still in charge' Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram denied he had been killed or ousted as chief of the jihadist group in an audio recording released Sunday attributed to him by security experts. More »

  • Suicide bomber kills at least three in Nigeria's Borno Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped on her body near a market in the northeastern Nigerian State of Borno, killing at least three people, police and civilian vigilante sources said on Saturday. No one claimed responsibility for the attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has conducted a six-year insurgency to carve out a caliphate in Nigeria's northeast. "Three persons including the suicide bomber died on the spot. More »

  • They're back: Boko Haram's return under Buhari
    They're back: Boko Haram's return under Buhari Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    In less than three months of Buhari's reign, the gory era of terrorism is back in Nigeria. More »

  • Nigeria: Thousands mourn late King Oba Sijuwade in Ife amid human sacrifice …
    Nigeria: Thousands mourn late King Oba Sijuwade in Ife amid human sacrifice … Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Thousands of Nigerians gathered in the city of Ife in Osun state to pay homage to the late Ooni (king), Oba Okunade Sijuwade, also known as Olubuse ll. Sijuwade, regarded as the king of the Yoruba people, one of Nigeria's largest ethnic groups, died in July after being flown to London to receive medical care. The announcement triggered speculation that human sacrifice would take place to honour the late monarch. More »

  • Stoke's Bojan, Odemwingie ruled out of Spurs clash
    Stoke's Bojan, Odemwingie ruled out of Spurs clash Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    (Reuters) - Stoke City duo Bojan Krkic and Peter Odemwingie will not make the trip to North London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, manager Mark Hughes has said. Nigeria international Odemwingie, who came off the bench against Liverpool in Stoke's Premier League opener on Sunday, is likely to miss the next couple of weeks after injuring his hamstring. More »