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  • Nigeria's security agency says arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram chiefs Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Camillus Eboh ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's security agency said on Sunday it had made significant breakthroughs in the fight against Boko Haram and arrested 20 prominent members of the militant Islamist group accused of orchestrating deadly attacks. President Muhammadu Buhari has made halting Boko Haram's six-year-old insurgency a priority, but a Reuters tally shows the militants have killed more than 700 people in Nigeria in bomb attacks and shootings since he came to office on May 29. In the latest violence, around 56 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen at a village in northeastern Borno state on Friday night, Borno state governor Kashim Shettima said late on Saturday. More »

  • Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers. More »

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram used teenager to spy on airport Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance, Nigeria's intelligence agency said. More »

  • Nigeria says uncovers Boko Haram spy ring at Abuja airport Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Nigeria has uncovered a spy cell run by militant Islamist group Boko Haram at the international airport in the capital Abuja apparently aimed at selecting targets for attack, the country's national security agency said. In a statement late on Friday, the Department of State Services (DSS) said it discovered the ring on Monday and was working with aviation authorities to pre-empt any attack. President Muhammadu Buhari has made halting Boko Haram's six-year-old insurgency a priority, but a Reuters tally shows the jihadist group has killed more than 700 people in Nigeria in bomb attacks and shootings since he came to office on May 29. More »

  • Liverpool: Nigeria U23 striker Taiwo Awoniyi to sign for Reds as Joe Maguire …
    Liverpool: Nigeria U23 striker Taiwo Awoniyi to sign for Reds as Joe Maguire … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Liverpool are set to announce the arrival of 18-year-old striker Taiwo Awoniyi after the player impressed the Reds coaches to earn himself a place in the club's youth setup. The forward is a Nigeria U23 international currently taking part in the All Africa Games. The 18-year-old forward is joining the Merseyside club from Imperial Academy in his homeland and will be sent out on loan following his confirmation as a Liverpool player, according to the Liverpool Echo. More »

  • Extremists kill 28 in villages in northeastern Nigeria Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists killed 28 people during attacks on remote villages in northeast Nigeria, members of a civilian defense group said on Friday. More »

  • African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women
    African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world. More »

  • School gives children orphaned by Boko Haram new start
    School gives children orphaned by Boko Haram new start Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Many pupils at the northern Nigeria school are still in shock, including a boy who witnessed his father's beheading. More »

  • Shell shuts down 2 key Nigeria pipelines over leaks, sabotage
    Shell shuts down 2 key Nigeria pipelines over leaks, sabotage Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Crude oil theft or "bunkering" is a major problem in Nigeria, with estimates that the country loses some $6 billion (4.3 billion euros) in revenue every year because of the practice More »

  • Nigerian networks block 10.7m SIM cards in crackdown on scammers, kidnappers …
    Nigerian networks block 10.7m SIM cards in crackdown on scammers, kidnappers … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Mobile network operators in Nigeria have deactivated 10.7 million unregistered SIM cards in an attempt to block communication methods used by terrorists and criminals in the country. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered SIM cards that lacked corresponding biometric user information to be barred, though reports suggest that a significant proportion of legitimate users have been affected by the crackdown. The directive followed discussions between Nigeria's National Security Adviser, the Department of State Services, network operators and the NCC aimed at tackling "incessant occurrences of threats" via telecommunication networks. More »

  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill three in southern Niger Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Suspected Nigerian Boko Haram militants raided a village in southern Niger, killing three people including a soldier, security sources in the West African nation said on Thursday. The overnight attack took place in the village of Abadam in the Diffa region near Niger's border with Nigeria earlier this week. "Boko Haram attacked Tuesday night," one military source said. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari appoints chief of staff Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Alhaji Abba Kyari, who has held posts at United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil, as his chief of staff. Unlike his recent predecessors, Kyari is not a politician. "Chief of staff might not appear as high profile as some of the top ministerial posts but is probably the key appointment in terms of defining an administration and how effectively it operates," said Antony Goldman, of Nigeria-focused PM Consulting. More »

  • Nigeria marks 500 days since Chibok girls' abduction
    Nigeria marks 500 days since Chibok girls' abduction Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Relatives of more than 200 missing girls mark grim landmark amid renewed push to end rebellion in northern Nigeria. More »

  • Diamond's Atlas Mara on lookout for more deals after swing to profit Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Atlas Mara, the African bank co-founded by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, said it remains on the hunt for more deals and may double the number of countries it operates in after swinging to its first profit. Atlas Mara, co-founded by Diamond and entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar in 2013 with the aim of building sub-Saharan Africa's leading bank, said on Thursday it expected to increase its presence to 10-15 countries in the medium term. After a series of deals it has operations or interests in seven countries including Botswana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. More »

  • 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 »