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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

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

May 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The presidency announces that months of talks with the jihadists has yielded results just over 6 months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators

KIDNAPPED. This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by Agence France-Presse shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram/handout/AFP

Father of Chibok girls, 3 years on: 'I lost my peace'

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Three years after Boko Haram abducted 276 girls many grief stricken families still wait for their children to return

STILL WAITING. The Mark family at home. Three years ago, two girls from the family were among the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram armed group Photo by Chika Oduah/Al Jazeera

Nigeria marks 3 years since mass schoolgirl kidnap

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The Bring Back Our Girls movement has been urging President Muhammadu Buhari to ramp up efforts to free the 195 Chibok schoolgirls still believed held by Boko Haram

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

Meningitis outbreak death estimate rises to 489 in Nigeria – official

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:06 AM

At least 5 northern states – Sokoto Zamfara Katsina Kebbi Niger – and the Federal Capital Territory have been affected by the epidemic over the past 5 months

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – UN

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UN s humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien calls for an urgent mobilization of funds for northeastern Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen to avert a catastrophe

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria's Chibok – IOM

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Boko Haram s Islamist insurgency has left at least 20 000 people dead in northeast Nigeria since it began in 2009 and has displaced more than 2 6 million others

1.4 million children face famine in 4 countries – UNICEF

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

These children in Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen could die from severe malnutrition this year

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, assisting at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Botched Nigeria air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Local official: From what the people who buried the dead victims with their hands told me not those who treated the wounded they buried 234 dead

This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on January 17, 2017, shows people standing next to destruction after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Handout/AFP

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria 'kills 52'

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:51 PM

An air force jet accidentally bombs a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants medical charity MSF says

This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on January 17, 2017, shows people standing next to destruction after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Handout/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 9, 2017

Jan 09, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

DEVOTION. The Black Nazarene procession moves in front of the National Museum as of 9:30 am on Monday, January 9. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is committed to finding the remaining 195 schoolgirls who were abducted almost 3 years ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.   The Nigerian army on January 5, 2017 said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby.Rakiya Abubakar was one of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

10-year-old girl used as human bomb in Nigeria attack

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The girl approached a crowd buying noodles from a food vendor and detonated her explosives witnesses and aid workers say

Boko Haram leader in new video says group safe, not crushed

Dec 29, 2016 - 8:27 PM

We are safe We have not been flushed out of anywhere And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree the group s leader says

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram/AFP

Nigerian troops foil suicide attack in restive city

Dec 26, 2016 - 10:21 PM

One of the two suicide bombers blew herself up injuring several people while the other was arrested by vigilant soldiers

11 children killed as bus runs into Muslim procession in Nigeria

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:05 PM

An angry mob attacks the bus driver and beats him to death

No way home for victims of Boko Haram

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Many reclaimed towns are charred looted ruins still vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks so people live in the guarded camps cut off from any means of supporting themselves and dependent on external aid

BOKO HARAM WAS HERE. An aerial view taken on December 8, 2016 shows Bama, northeast Nigeria, where reconstruction is underway after the town was liberated from Boko Haram. Stefan Heunis/AFP

Toll rises to 60 after Nigeria church roof collapses

Dec 11, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Akwa Ibom state governor Emmanuel Udom a survivor of the tragedy declares two days of official mourning

Gunmen kill 4 guards in Nigeria's oil hub

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:51 PM

4 members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC a paramilitary agency of the government are killed November 21 at the installation at Omoku near the oil hub of Port Harcourt

Nigeria rescues one Chibok schoolgirl near Cameroon border – army

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The government says it was hoping to secure the release of 83 other girls believed to be from Chibok being held by a different factions of Boko Haram

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE The Nigerian government denies that the girls were exchanged for Boko Haram prisoners saying this is not a swap

One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016.  Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram.  / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

Even darker days for Nigeria, as power supply gets worse

Oct 02, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Even at the best of times Nigeria which is home to more than 170 million people ranks among the lowest countries in the world for energy consumption at just 155 kilowatt hours per person

A vendor (L) sells meat at the Oshodi night market in Lagos, late on June 6, 2015, lighting his stall with a with a fuel lamp in absence of electricity. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

Sep 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

4th UPDATE Oh tyrants I m in a happy state in good health and in safety says Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a YouTube video

RESURFACED. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau denies he has been critically wounded. Screenshot from HO/Boko Haram AFP/AFP

15 workers kidnapped in Nigeria's oil hub – police

Sep 03, 2016 - 10:07 PM

The workers were on their way to their office in Port Harcourt when they were seized by unknown gunmen says a police spokesman

Nigeria's Buhari says Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem They are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets adds Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes part in the High level meeting during the the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) conference in August 28, 2016 Nairobi. Japan will pour $30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on on August 27, 2016 at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be $30 billion," Abe said at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, where he will meet dozens of leaders from across Africa. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The Niger Delta Avengers NDA says the ruling party should stop moves to arrest intimidate invade and harass innocent citizens

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows an advertising board in the City of Warri in the Delta State.  The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group that has been attacking Nigeria's oil infrastructure since early this year, announced August 21 on their website they will lay down their arms and return to talks with the Nigerian government after eight months of sabotage in the oil-rich south of the country.  / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

wRap Olimpiade hari ini: Minggu, 21 Agustus 2016

Aug 21, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Apa saja yang terjadi di Olimpiade Rio 2016 sejauh ini?

UPCARA PEMBERIAN MEDALI EMAS. Pemain sepak bola asal Brasil, Neymar da Silva Santos (kedua dari kiri) respons ketika menghadiri upacara pemberian penghargaan untuk cabang olah raga sepak bola di Olimpiade Rio pada Sabtu, 20 Agustus. Foto oleh Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Honduras vs Nigeria: Misi membawa pulang kebanggaan

Aug 20, 2016 - 3:39 PM

Nigeria tak boleh pulang dengan tangan hampa Peluang meraih medali perunggu di depan mata

Pemain Jerman Serge Gnabry (kiri) menghadapi kiper Nigeria Emmanuel Daniel dalam laga semi final. Foto: Akun Twitter Resmi Timnas Jerman.

Nigeria vs Jerman: Mimpi ulangi memori 1996

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Dua puluh tahun lalu Nigeria meraih medali emas sepak bola di Olimpiade Para penerusnya memimpikan hal yang sama

Nigerian journalist wanted over Chibok girls

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The announcement comes a day after Boko Haram released a new video purportedly showing some of the more than 200 girls who were seized by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED The 11 minute video shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background

Spain gets first basketball win despite security scare

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:40 PM

In other action Lithuania emerged victorious against Argentina

USA topples Nigeria in final pre-Olympic basketball contest

Aug 02, 2016 - 1:51 PM

A half dozen Americans finish in double figures including Carmelo Anthony who tallies a team high 19 points

SLAM. DeMar DeRozan makes a slam dunk against Nigeria in a pre-Olympic exhibition game during USA Basketball Showcase at Toyota Center on August 1, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Nigerian behind $60M online fraud network arrested – Interpol

Aug 01, 2016 - 4:46 PM

According to a statement from Interpol The network compromised email accounts of small to medium businesses around the world including in Australia Canada India Malaysia Romania South Africa Thailand and the United States

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Jul 29, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The convoy was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State Nigeria returning from delivering desperately needed assistance when it was ambushed UNICEF says