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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

5 other Filipinos spared from Nigeria kidnapping

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The search is on for the missing 7 Filipinos kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Cayetano vows 'all efforts' for kidnapped OFWs in Nigeria

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to report to President Rodrigo Duterte the alleged kidnapping of 7 overseas Filipino workers in Nigeria

ALL EFFORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is 'doing all the efforts' for Filipinos reportedly kidnapped in Nigeria. Photo by Angie de Silva

Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

9 dead in Nigeria gas explosion – state governor

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The gas explosion happens in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa state.

Nigeria claims 'normalcy restored' after Boko Haram attack

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:08 PM

At least 8 civilians are thought to have been killed and thousands more forced to flee, in what was the Islamist extremists' first major seizure of a town in two years

30 Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram raid – military sources

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The attacks appear to undermine repeated claims by the military that Boko Haram had been defeated

Nigerian police secretly arraign detained journalist

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist, is in police custody since his arrest for reporting on a takeover of parliament last week by masked security agents

Policemen from Nigeria are pictured at the International Police Cooperation Center on June 12, 2018 in Domodedovo outside Moscow, two days ahead of the the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Policemen from 32 countries will coordinate the safety matters for the Russia 2018 football World Cup. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

With a population of 1.2 billion, 60% of which are under 24 years old, Africa represents huge growth opportunities for tech companies like Facebook and Google. The majority welcomes them but some also warn of cyber-colonialism

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Macron in Lagos calls on Africans to 'succeed in Africa'

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Saying that the continents share a 'common destiny,' Macron outlines his vision to solve the thorny issue shaking the European Union, saying it can only be solved in the 'long run' by Africa

MACRON IN LAGOS. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech to entrepreneurs at a convention centre in Lagos on July 4, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Lagos street kids dance their way to fame with viral hit

Jul 01, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The 'Dream Catchers' are in a viral video dancing like double-jointed puppets in front of a battered red bus on wasteground

The Dream Catchers dance group pose in the backyard of their house in Ikorudu, a poor suburb on the outskirts of Lagos on May 29, 2018. The Dream Catchers dance group is a collective of underprivileged children from Ikorodu, a suburb in Lagos, and have caught the attention of superstars like Rihanna and Naomi Campbell. / AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR

Messi suffered more than ever to reach World Cup last 16

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Argentina avoids humiliating early exit as Messi, Rojo rescue the country's campaign

RELIEF. Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi (top) celebrates the last-gasp goal of teammate Marcos Rojo. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Preview Argentina vs Nigeria: Asa Terakhir La Albiceleste

Jun 26, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Argentina tidak punya pilihan lain selain memenangi laga kontra Nigeria jika ingin lolos ke babak knock out

LATIH. Timnas Argentina mempersiapkan diri menghadapi laga kontra Nigeria. Foto dari instagram @afaseleccion

Messi's Argentina has a shot at World Cup redemption

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

If Argentina beats Nigeria and Iceland fails to win against Croatia, they will go through to the last 16. If Iceland wins, it will be time to get the calculators out.

NOT OVER. Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina squad look to clinch their first World Cup win over Nigeria.

Suicide blasts in northeast Nigeria kill at least 31 – official, local militia

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) The suspected Boko Haram jihadists also fire rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, increasing the casualties

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Uzoho, rangkaian keberuntungan dan Rusia 2018

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Di usia 19 tahun, Francis Uzoho dipercaya mengomandoi area di bawah mistar Nigeria pada Piala Dunia 2018 di Rusia

UZOHO. Penjaga gawang Nigeria Francis Uzoho meninju bola dalam laga persahabatan jelang Piala Dunia 2018 antara Inggris dengan Nigeria, pekan lalu. Foto instagram @uzoho4sure1

45 dead as militia, bandits clash in northern Nigeria

May 07, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The killings follow the death of 13 people in prolonged clashes between cattle thieves and local civilian militia in Zamfara last week

Dozens killed in northeast Nigeria suicide blasts

May 01, 2018 - 11:37 PM

A medical source at the Mubi General Hospital says they had 'so far received 37 dead bodies and dozens of injured from the two blast scene'.

Nigerian president's U.S. visit to focus on security, economy

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

According to a White House statement, the talks will focus on economic growth and democratic development, and fighting terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria

OFF TO US. In this file photo, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Trump to host Nigerian president April 30 – White House

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Nigeria, West Africa's largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the United States

MUHAMMADU BUHARI. Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013 – UNICEF

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,' says Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria

FREE. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

4 teen girl suicide bombers launch deadly attack in Nigeria

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The suspected Boko Haram attack highlights the challenge the government faces in reaching a ceasefire agreement with the fractionalized insurgents

Boko Haram releases 76 abducted schoolgirls

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Information Minister Lai Mohammed says 'the 76 are those who have been documented,' adding that the release of the abducted students 'is ongoing'

Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Malacañang to probe corruption allegations vs PH envoy to Nigeria

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:12 PM

'The President takes this very, very seriously,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque of the claims against Ambassador Shirley Ho Vicario

ENVOY TO NIGERIA. Ambassador to Nigeria Shirley Shirley Ho Vicario faces a complaint filed by a consular officer. Photo from the Facebook page of Shirley Ho Vicario

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The disappearance sparks fears of a repeat of the 2014 mass kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a similar school in Chibok

Chibok girls' kidnapper jailed for 15 years

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The conviction is the first in relation to the kidnapping, which triggered global outrage and sparked a worldwide campaign for the girls' release

Abducted Chibok girls say 'we won't return' – Boko Haram video

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The 20-minute-long video is the first since May last year, when another woman who also claimed to be among the 219 seized from the town in Borno state said she wanted to stay

CHIBOK GIRLS. In this video grab made on January 15, 2018 from a video released the same day by Islamist militants group Boko Haram shows at least 14 of the schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Nigeria to speed up repatriating migrants from Libya

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:44 AM

'The reality is that a large number of these Nigerians here have suffered greatly and have gone through an extreme traumatic experience,' Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama tells reporters.

REPATRIATION. Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama (R) and Vice Minister of Congolese Expatriates, Emmanuel Ilunga Ngoie Kasongo (L) attend a joint press conference on the situation of illegal immigrants, in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on January 6, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:02 AM

The attacks occur in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicenter of Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency

Kidnapped cargo crewmen freed in southern Nigeria

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:41 AM

The 6 were abducted last month when the Demeter was attacked by an armed criminal gang off the southeastern port of Onne

SAVED. 6 members of a cargo ship kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria's Port Harcourt have been freed, says German employer Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG.

UN bracing for 40,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:46 PM

'We are preparing to help up to 40,0000,' UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch tells AFP, stressing though that the number of people fleeing into Nigeria could easily surpass that figure

DISPLACED. In this file photo in September 14, 2016, displaced Cameroonians wait for food parcels at a food distribution center in Nigeria. FILE PHOTO

Nigeria says trial of Boko Haram suspects to start by October

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:55 PM

About 1,600 detainees will be tried early next month, according to Justice Minister Abubakar Malami

Nigerians fume as ailing leader passes 100 days abroad

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari s 100 day long overseas medical trip is stoking tensions in the country as calls grow for him to either return or resign

In this file photo, a man reads a newspaper, which front page focuses on President Mohammadu Buhari's follow-up medical consultation in London, as he stands outside a newstand in Obalende district in Lagos, on May 8, 2017. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

12 killed in 'barbaric' Nigeria church shooting

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED Authorities say the shooting spree may have been tied to a feud within the local community

Locator map of Ozubulu, Nigeria

Ill Nigerian president appears in rare photo – presidency

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Buhari has spent most of this year in London receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition

This handout picture released on July 23, 2017, by the Office of the Nigerian Presidency shows the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) receiving in audience the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation in the Abuja House in London. Office of the Nigerian Presidency / Handout / AFP

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Diezani Alison Madueke is the first female minister of petroleum resources whose term was marred by corruption allegations

NIGERIA CASE. Diezani Alison-Madueke is Nigeria's first female minister of petroleum resources whose service was marred with corruption claims. Photo from Wikipedia

Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Charity group Doctors Without Borders says they are extremely worried by the Nigerian military s statement 6 months after the bombing

4 suicide bombers kill 15 in Maiduguri, Nigeria – police

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The bombers detonated IEDs improvised explosive devices strapped to their bodies at different locations of the area killing 19 people including the bombers he says adding 23 people are injured

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:59 PM

According to the International Rescue Committee internally displaced people are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse

Calls for clarity over Nigeria's absent president

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Beyond official denials of rumors that he is terminally ill and even dead questions about President Muhammadu Buhari s health have been met with a deafening silence

HEADLINE. A man reads a newspaper, which front page focuses on President Mohammadu Buhari's follow-up medical consultation in London, as he stands outside a newsstand in Obalende district in Lagos, on May 8, 2017. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Boko Haram fighters found posing as refugees – Nigeria

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:40 AM

They were arrested during screening of the returnees at the border town of Banki by security personnel an official says

World population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, UN says

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:33 AM

India s numbers will surpass China s in just 7 years and Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world the UN says

MORNING RUSH. In a picture taken on June 19, 2014, commuters cross a pedestrian bridge during rush hour in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP

Suicide bombers kill 16 in NE Nigeria

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA says the attacks took place at about 8:45 pm 1945 GMT on Sunday close to the Dalori camp at Kofa village near the Borno state capital Maiduguri

UN Population Fund chief dies

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:21 AM

Babatunde Osotimehin passes away suddenly at his home on Sunday evening June 4 according to a statement from UNFPA

A SUDDEN DEATH. This file photo taken on March 14, 2016 shows actress/activist Ashley Judd and UNFP Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin attending a press conference in New York City. Photo by Jemal Countess/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Another kidnapped Chibok girl free in Nigeria

May 18, 2017 - 8:18 AM

The girl s escape announced by the Nigerian government means 107 of the 219 schoolgirls held by the jihadists since April 2014 are now free

CHIBOK ABDUCTION. This screengrab taken from a video on May 12, 2014 shows girls wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released the video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Photo from AFP

Chibok girl refused to be part of release deal – Nigeria

May 09, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Presidency spokesman Garba Shehu: One said No I have a husband I m happy where I am And then 82 came back

Nigeria president vows support for freed Chibok girls

May 08, 2017 - 11:04 AM

President Buhari: I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom

WITH THE PRESIDENT. An handout picture released by the PGDBA&HND Mass Communication shows Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) addressing the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on May 7, 2017. PGDBA&HND Mass Communication/Sunday Aghaeze/Handout/AFP