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Nigeria, South Africa pledge to stop xenophobic attacks

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands following their opening remarks during his official state visit at Union Buildings in Pretoria, on October 3, 2019. Recent xenophobic attacks threaten to dominate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's three-day official visit to South Africa and the presidency in Abuja has said he would use the state visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians". Phill Magakoe / AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Cameroon and Nigeria

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite banning the trade in pangolins, business in Cameroon is still thriving in plain sight in some rural regions. In Nigeria, Chinese traders have taken over the market for pangolins.

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

12 dead in Niger Boko Haram village attack

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:06 PM

11 of the 12 killed were shot, says a local official from the Niger village

17 Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:43 AM

A source in the Cameroonian navy says the kidnappers are 'probably Nigerian pirates'

Nigerian soldiers kill 3 police in 'kidnap' shooting

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The army confirms the killings but insists troops mistook the police officers for kidnappers

Nigeria insists Boko Haram 'defeated' after 10-year insurgency

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,' says Nigeria's presidency

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

4 Turkish nationals freed after Nigeria kidnapping

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

Authorities say gunmen snatched the 4 foreigners after storming a bar in a village in the western Kwara state

Nigerian president condemns killing of 37 villagers by cattle thieves

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the 'frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by gangs of mass murderers must be met with the fiercest force the government can mobilize'

Forest elephants: The jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Forest elephants are the shy relations of their larger savannah cousins and are experts at hiding; so skilled, in fact, very few in the city know about them

This handout picture taken on January 3, 2017 and released by the Omo Forest Initiative shows elephants walking in the Omo Forest, a home for elephants, northeast of Africa's biggest city Lagos. Omo, spreading across some 1,325 square kilometres (510 square miles) of southwestern Ogun state, was protected as a government reserve nearly a century ago. A UNESCO "biosphere reserve" of global importance, it is one of the last patches of pristine rainforest left in Nigeria. Nigeria's deforestation rates are among the highest in the world, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Handout / Omo Forest Initiative / AFP

At least 45 killed in Nigeria fuel tanker blast

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Local residents rush to the scene and collect leaking gasoline for over an hour before the fuel catches fire, causes a blast that tears through the surrounding area

A petrol tanker that crashed off the road and exploded leaving over 100 people injured is seen in Ahumbe, Benue State, northcentral Nigeria, on July 2, 2019. At least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded as people gathered fuel, the emergency services said on July 2, 2019. The truck overturned close to shops as it was travelling through the village of Ahumbe on July 1. EMMY IBU / AFP

At least 8 killed in Nigeria oil pipeline blast

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Authorities say the accident happened during maintenance work on the pipeline in Oyigbo near the West African country's oil hub Port Harcourt

30 killed in triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Three bombers detonate their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometers from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV

Gunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in Nigeria – police

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Witnesses say bandits opened fire on farmers on their fields outside the villages and also pursued those who fled

Nigerian gangs kill 43 in several attacks – police

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The gangs have long been a scourge of rural communities in northern Nigeria, raiding villages, stealing cattle, burning homes, looting food, and kidnapping for ransom

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term

May 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,' says reelected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was reelected in February, has been in power since 2015. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigerian president vows corruption crackdown in second term

May 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he will push on with rooting out rampant corruption in Nigeria, saying the legal process is what has slowed progress so far

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria – U.N.

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The freed children will be enrolled into a reintegration program with education and training to help them return to civilian life

FREE. This file photo shows released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

12 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria – police

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Authorities say the tanker fell on its side and 'spilled its contents and exploded, causing an inferno that engulfed other road users'

5 years after Boko Haram kidnap, 112 Chibok girls still missing

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Relatives of the kidnapped Chibok girls remain hopeful their children would come home someday. But the world is losing interest

STILL MISSING. Musa Maina holds a picture of her kidnapped daughter, Hauwa, on April 12, 2019 in Chibok. Photo by Audu Ali Marte/AFP

Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

Apr 07, 2019 - 9:40 PM

'When you're young your first million is important, but after, the numbers don't mean much,' says Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote

Nigerian businessman and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote leaves the Elysee presidential Palace following a meeting between French President and French and African businessmen on October 7, 2016 at in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Death toll now 20 in Lagos building collapse – state gov't

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:48 PM

'Twenty people were killed and 45 people were treated in different hospitals,' says Lagos State health commissioner Jide Idris

RESCUE. Emergency personnel rescue a child at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. File photo by Segun Ogunfeyitimi/AFP

Search ends in Lagos building collapse as anger flares

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) The National Emergency Management Agency has said that 37 people were rescued alive

BUILDING COLLAPSE. Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. Photo by Segun Ogunfeyitimi/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari looks to consolidate at state polls

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:30 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari will be expecting to consolidate his victory on February 23, where he wins in 19 states to secure a second 4-year terms of office

POLLS. Officials of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) look on as a woman casts her vote at a polling station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 9, 2019, as voting has started to elect governors and lawmakers in 29 of the nation's 36 states two weeks after presidential and national assembly elections in which Buhari was elected for a second term. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

U.S. hails 'successful' Nigeria vote

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

RE-ELECTED. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) addresses the audience following his re-election, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. File photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari faces long to-do list in second term

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'The hard work to build a better Nigeria continues,' Muhammadu Buhari says in his acceptance speech on Wednesday, February 27

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the audience following his reelection, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari wins reelection as opposition vows court battle

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) It is the second victory at the ballot box for Muhammadu Buhari, a one-time military ruler who was first elected in 2015 to lead Africa's most-populous nation and top oil producer

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a military parade marking the country's 58th anniversary of independence, on Eagle Square in Abuja. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

Nigeria election violence killed 'at least 39' – monitors

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:05 PM

In the Okoto area of the country's biggest city, Lagos, voters were chased away and ballot boxes were destroyed, say poll monitors

NIGERIA VOTE. Electoral Commission Officers await for voters as a polling station opens at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Nigeria votes for a new president after delay

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Results are expected from early next week, with the winner gaining control of Africa's most populous nation and leading oil producer for 4 years

NIGERIA VOTE. Electoral Commission Officers await for voters as a polling station opens at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

2 die in political unrest ahead of Nigeria vote

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:19 PM

The election delay has increased tensions between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, stoking fears of violence and rigging

UNREST. A motorcyclist drives by a vehicle set on fire following deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Kofa in Bebeji district of Kano, economic nerve centre of northern Nigeria, on February 22, 2019. - Two people were killed, while 40 vehicles, 12 motorcycles and houses were burn following bloody clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kofa town, Bebeji district of Kano, northeast Nigeria ahead of tomorrow's rescheduled presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Nigeria panel confirms elections will take place on February 23

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'There won't be another postponement. The commission does not envisage there will be a postponement of the election scheduled for 9th March,' the Independent National Electoral Commission says

ELECTIONS. Rickshaws emblazoned with campaign posters bearing images of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party election candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi stand on a road in Abuja on February 19, 2019, ahead of rescheduled general elections. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigeria counts cost of postponed presidential poll

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates the cost of the postponed elections at $1.5 billion

Last-minute Nigeria election delay disappoints voters

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'If you want to postpone the election, then you can do so one week beforehand, but you can't just postpone a few hours before,' says leading opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar

POSTPONED. Nigerians read a daily newspaper on February 16, 2016 in Lagos after the national election has been postponed. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'This was a difficult decision for the commission to take but necessary for the successful delivery of elections and the consolidation of our democracy,' the country's electoral commission chair says

Crunch time as Nigeria goes to the polls

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A total of 73 candidates are on the ballot for Saturday, February 16 – the sixth election in 20 years since Nigeria returned to democracy after decades of military rule

ELECTIONS. This combination of file photos created on February 15, 2019 shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during a joint press conference in Abuja on August 31, 2018 and former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaking during the People's Democratic Party's national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 6, 2018. Photos by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Boko Haram attacks governor's convoy in Nigeria – security sources

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:47 PM

A civilian militia member travelling with Kashim Shettima says jihadist fighters staged an ambush near the town of Dikwa at about 5:30 PM GMT on Tuesday

Nigeria main opposition cry foul at rally cancellation

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Nigeria's Peoples Democratic Party, the main opposition camp, says it had been denied access to the Old Parade Ground venue, despite making payments and having obtained official approval

POLLS. A woman sits beside a poster at the campaign headquarters of main opposition PDP party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (L) and his running mate for vice president Peter Obi following the cancellation of a campaign rally by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, on February 9, 2019. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Top judge's suspension not linked to election – Nigeria

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare foreign currency bank accounts, in breach of rules governing the declaration of assets by public officials

NIGERIA ELECTION. President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

EU, U.S., Britain concerned at suspension of Nigeria's top judge

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:38 PM

All 3 statements express concern at the timing and manner of the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was charged for false declaration of assets

CHARGED. Nigeria's chief justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen is charged for failing to declare his assets. Photo from Onnoghen's Facebook page

Nigeria's chief justice facing assets charges

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The charges are allegedly related to several bank accounts in US dollars, euros and sterling

CHARGES. Nigeria's chief justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen is charged for failing to declare his assets. Photo from Onnoghen's Facebook page

Nigeria eyes graft charges against football officials

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Okoi Obono-Obla discloses that the body is in the process of finalizing charges and that a 'prima facie case' has been established

Nigeria arrests 2 reporters over Boko Haram coverage

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:16 AM

A combined team of secret police, soldiers and civil defence paramilitary storm the office of the Daily Trust in Maiduguri and whisk away its northeast regional editor Uthman Abubakar and reporter Ibrahim Sawab

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

'Breaking Bad' Nigeria? Fear of a new narco-state

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:58 PM

More and more meth labs are sprouting in Nigeria, stoking fears that the country will follow in the footsteps of Mexico

Hundreds flee after Boko Haram militant raid in northeast Nigeria

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The raid highlights the fragile security in Nigeria's northeast where the army is still battling to end a conflict that erupted in 2009

7 Filipino seafarers freed a month after Nigeria abduction

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs welcomes the release of the 7 overseas Filipino workers kidnapped aboard the Swiss vessel MV Glarus

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP