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  • Board of corruption-riddled Nigerian oil company dissolved Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Nigeria's new president on Friday dissolved the board of the state oil company from which billions of dollars is missing, a move likely preceding an investigation. A statement from the head of the civil ... More »

  • Bomber who ran away feeds fears extremists using captives
    Bomber who ran away feeds fears extremists using captives Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A teenage girl strapped with explosives ran away from a crowded mosque this week, killing only herself and cementing suspicions that Boko Haram is using unwilling captives in its terror campaign in northeast Nigeria. More »

  • Obama, Nigeria's Buhari to meet July 20, discuss Boko Haram Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on July 20 to discuss fighting the Boko Haram militant group, among other issues, the White House said on Thursday. "The visit will underscore the United States' ... commitment to strengthening and expanding our partnership with Nigeria’s new government," the White House said in a statement. During the visit, Obama will discuss "a holistic, regional approach to combating Boko Haram" with President Buhari, who has led Africa's biggest economy and most populous country since being elected in March. More »

  • About 40 killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria - witnesses Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    About 40 people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants who torched houses and shot people as they fled in two villages in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses told Reuters on Wednesday. The attackers, who arrived on motorcycles and vehicles mounted with guns, shot residents and looted shops in the villages of Debiro Biu and Debiro Hawul late on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the witnesses said. Details of the attack did not emerge for several hours due to poor telecommunications networks in the remote villages in northeast Nigeria, a region in which Boko Haram has killed thousands in a six-year bid to set up an Islamic state. More »

  • Gunmen kill two policemen, abduct two foreigners in Nigeria's delta Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Gunmen shot dead two policemen and abducted two Lebanese nationals on Wednesday from a construction site in Nigeria's southern delta region, witnesses and police said. The gunmen approached in two speed boats, killed two policemen guarding the site in a gun fight, snatched the two foreign workers and fled in the craft, Anisim Butswat, spokesman for Bayelsa state police said. "We want to assure Bayelsans to go about their legitimate duties as the police are on top of the situation." Nigeria, Africa's largest economy and leading energy producer, is one of the world's most dangerous countries for kidnapping, mostly in the prosperous south where gangs net millions of dollars from ransoms. More »

  • 'Boko Haram' attacks kill over 40 in Nigeria
    'Boko Haram' attacks kill over 40 in Nigeria Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have shot dead at least 42 people in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, with no let-up in sight to the Islamist group's targeting of civilians. More »

  • Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in northern Nigeria Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    A young female suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and injured more than 20 in an attack on Tuesday in a market in northeast Nigeria, several witnesses said, the second such attack within 24 hours. The attack bore the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which is stepping up suicide attacks in towns and cities after losing most of an area the size of Belgium in the northeast since the start of the year. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has vowed to crush the insurgency, on Tuesday accepted an invitation to visit President Paul Biya in neighbouring Cameroon as part of efforts to intensify the region's joint fight against Boko Haram. More »

  • 30 killed in northeast Nigeria by 2 girl suicide bombers
    30 killed in northeast Nigeria by 2 girl suicide bombers Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Two girls blew themselves up on Monday near a crowded mosque in northeast Nigeria's biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses said. More »

  • Wrenches in hand, Nigerian lady mechanics retool gender roles Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    “The roads around here are terrible, absolutely terrible,” says Lancy Nowamagbe. Dressed in heavy black work boots and blue jumpsuits, their hands leathery and calloused, the group looks like any other mechanics’ school in the world, with one exception: all are women. Scroll through international news coverage of women in Nigeria and the main image that emerges is of kidnapped schoolgirls and hollow-eyed refugees, victims of Boko Haram militants. But if their plight has inspired global outrage and generated social media activism (#BringBackOurGirls) in a country with more than 85 million women, it is hardly the only storyline. More »

  • French convict on death row in Indonesia loses clemency appeal
    French convict on death row in Indonesia loses clemency appeal Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court rejected a French national's last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face execution for drug offences and likely to prompt an angry response from France. Serge Atlaoui had been granted a last-minute reprieve while legal avenues were exhausted and was left out of a group of seven foreign prisoners who were executed on April 29. President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant clemency despite repeated pleas for mercy has strained Indonesia's relations with a number of countries including Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands and Nigeria, which have all had citizens on death row. More »

  • A lot of Irish businesses are getting scammed
    A lot of Irish businesses are getting scammed Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    No, he’s not the Prince of Nigeria. More »

  • Nigeria LNG exports reach $85 bn in 15 years
    Nigeria LNG exports reach $85 bn in 15 years Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Nigeria's Liquefied Natural Gas company has generated $85 bn exports since its inception 15 years ago, it says More »

  • Chad to round up beggars, foreigners after Boko Haram attack Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Friday it planned to round up beggars and some foreigners as part of a security clamp-down, days after two suicide attacks on its capital blamed on Boko Haram Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria. Chad's Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said the detained beggars and foreigners would be held in a centre in Baga Sola, a town near Lake Chad, close to the Nigerian border. More »

  • Nigerian military says to investigate Amnesty killing allegations Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    By Abraham Terngu ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's military said on Friday it was investigating allegations by Amnesty International that more than 8,000 people had died in detention during a crackdown on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, weeks after dismissing the report. The army initially rejected the allegations of prisoners being executed and mistreated, published earlier this month, as "biased and concocted". "The military has a constitutional and moral responsibility to protect Nigerian citizens and cannot suddenly engage in mass murder as portrayed by Amnesty International allegations," said Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar. More »

  • Boko Haram raid in Niger leaves 'dozens' dead
    Boko Haram raid in Niger leaves 'dozens' dead Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Niger's government says at least 38 people killed in armed group's attack in Diffa province near Nigeria border. More »

  • Benin's president names former investment banker as prime minister
    Benin's president names former investment banker as prime minister Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi named Franco-Beninois economist and former investment banker Lionel Zinsou as prime minister of a new government announced on Thursday, in a bid to boost the West African nation's economic prospects. "(Zinsou), an important figure in the business world, will bring Benin closer to its partners and will offer Benin major economic opportunities," read a statement broadcast on state-owned television. Benin is forecast to post annual economic growth of 5 percent in coming years, driven by cotton exports and Cotonou's port, which feeds neighbouring Nigeria. More »

  • Chad says it bombs Boko Haram bases in Nigeria; Nigeria denies it
    Chad says it bombs Boko Haram bases in Nigeria; Nigeria denies it Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    By Madjiasra Nako N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's military said it had carried out air strikes against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria in retaliation for twin suicide bombings in Chad this week that killed at least 34 people, but the announcement was strongly rejected by Nigeria. The air raids caused heavy human and material damage to six of the Islamist militants' bases, Chad's military said late on Wednesday, without providing further details. Nigerian authorities denied reports that the attacks had taken place on its soil, saying they were likely to have instead hit targets in neighbouring Niger. More »

  • Nigeria's 72-year-old President Buhari improving with age - spokesman
    Nigeria's 72-year-old President Buhari improving with age - spokesman Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    By Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's new 72-year-old president is improving with age, his spokesman said on Thursday, in response to reports that the leader had suggested it would limit what he could achieve during his tenure. Three weeks ago Muhammadu Buhari took office as president of Africa's most populous nation and its top oil exporter. Buhari, yet to announce his cabinet, is likely to keep the oil portfolio for himself rather than trust anyone else with the source of most of the country's revenue and an industry mired in corruption scandals. More »

  • Boko Haram attacks villages in Niger, 40 dead, says official Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Militants from the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border into neighboring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government said Thursday. More »

  • Chad warplanes bomb Boko Haram after attacks
    Chad warplanes bomb Boko Haram after attacks Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Chad said Thursday its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists. More »

  • Bombs found at Boko Haram camp kill 63 in Nigeria
    Bombs found at Boko Haram camp kill 63 in Nigeria Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A large sack of home-made bombs discovered at an abandoned Boko Haram camp exploded, killing 63 people, witnesses said Wednesday of a toll many times higher than in any recent attack in northeast Nigeria. More »

  • Boko Haram bombs kill 13, injure 45 in northern Nigeria Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Bombs found at an abandoned stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists exploded, killing at least 13 people and injuring 45 others in northeast Nigeria, locals and a hospital source said. The explosives were found in a bag on the side of a road outside the town of Monguno in Borno state, the epicentre of Boko Haram's six-year battle to carve out an Islamist state in Africa's largest oil producer. Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and forced around 1.5 million people to flee, had occupied Monguno in January but was pushed out of the town by a military offensive in March. More »

  • Local gin kills 70 in Nigeria: health officials
    Local gin kills 70 in Nigeria: health officials Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    About 70 people have died in Nigeria's oil-rich south after consuming home-brewed gin that was found to contain large amounts of methanol, senior health officials said on Wednesday. More »

  • Home-made bombs found at abandoned Boko Haram camp explode killing 63 in northeast … Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Home-made bombs found at abandoned Boko Haram camp explode killing 63 in northeast Nigeria. More »

  • US, Cameroon and Australia advance at WWCup
    US, Cameroon and Australia advance at WWCup Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The United States beat Nigeria 1-0 to secure top place in its group at the Women's World Cup, while Australia and Cameroon got the results they needed to also reach the knockout stages on Tuesday. More »

  • Hundreds 'modern-day slaves in UK'
    Hundreds 'modern-day slaves in UK' Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Hundreds of people from Nigeria are being illegally trafficked to the UK where they face sexual exploitation or being forced into domestic servitude, the anti-slavery commissioner said. More »

  • After 'group of death', do-or-die for U.S. and Australia
    After 'group of death', do-or-die for U.S. and Australia Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Having escaped the 'group of death', it is now do-or-die for the United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday. In a pool featuring three sides ranked in the top 10 and the top African nation Nigeria, there may be no tougher route to the July 5 title game than from Group D, but the U.S. (2) and Australia (10) navigated the first stretch hitting only a few bumps along the way. More »

  • U.S top Group of Death with win over Nigeria
    U.S top Group of Death with win over Nigeria Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States beat Nigeria 1-0 to take top spot in the 'Group of Death' on Tuesday and move onto the knockout round of the Women's World Cup with Australia. Abby Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in women's football, added to her record total in the 45th minute and that was the only goal the Americans would need to finish the group phase unbeaten with a record of 2-1-0. The Nigerian challenge faded in the 69th minute when the Super Falcons were reduced to 10 women after Sarah Nnodim was shown the red card for a clumsy challenge on Sydney Leroux. More »

  • U.S. set to provide $5 million for anti-Boko Haram force Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The United States plans to provide $5 million (£3.2 million) to help support a regional military force fighting Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a state department official said on Tuesday. Boko Haram last year held a vast swathe of territory in northeastern Nigeria of just over 30,000 square kilometres (11,500 square miles), about the size of Belgium. The militants have since been beaten back but are still blamed for isolated attacks such as in Chad's capital on Monday where at least 27 people were killed. More »

  • Women's football in Nigeria faces funding shortfall
    Women's football in Nigeria faces funding shortfall Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Nigeria is one of just three teams to have qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup but the games struggles back home. More »

  • Suicide bombers in Chad may open new front for Boko Haram Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Four suicide bombers on motorcycles killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 100 others in Chad’s capital on Monday, raising fears of a widening threat from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the simultaneous attacks on two buildings, including the national police academy, in N’Djamena. The suicide attacks were the first of their kind in the capital of an ally of Nigeria involved in the fight against the group. More »

  • New Nigerian leaders to meet anti-corruption watchdog head Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    By Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's new leaders will meet the head of a leading global watchdog on corruption to see how billions of dollars in oil revenue leakage can be curbed. The head of Oslo-based the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is expected to meet Nigeria's president or vice president this week, its local arm said on Monday. Stamping out corruption was one of the main pledges of new President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign. More »

  • Two blasts in northeast Nigeria's Potiskum kill 10 Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Two bomb attacks in Nigeria's northeastern city of Potiskum killed 10 people on Monday, eyewitnesses and a hospital source said. "I heard a loud sound... It shook the whole of the area," said Babagana Aminu, a shopkeeper based near the first bomb site, told Reuters by telephone. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the bombings bear the hallmarks of attacks by Boko Haram, the militant group that has tried to set up an Islamic state in the northeast of Africa's top oil exporter during a six-year insurgency. More »

  • NE Nigeria blasts 'kill 10'
    NE Nigeria blasts 'kill 10' Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Ten people were killed in twin suicide bombings in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria, a police source and a civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram told AFP on Monday. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari plans Cameroon trip for Boko Haram force
    Nigeria's Buhari plans Cameroon trip for Boko Haram force Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to visit Cameroon to cement a regional fighting force against Boko Haram, he told AFP on Monday. More »