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Nigeria announces end of Twitter ban after six months

Nigeria will lift a ban on Twitter from midnight after the social media platform agreed to open a local office, among other agreements with authorities in the West African country, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that […]

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Nigeria publicly destroys more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines

Nigeria has destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation. The destruction came on Wednesday, more than a week after health authorities said some Covid-19 doses donated by rich Western nations had a shelf life that left […]

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Nigeria: Woman soldier arrested for accepting marriage proposal while on duty

A female soldier has been arrested in Nigeria for accepting a marriage proposal while on duty, an army spokesman has said. She had breached the military’s code of conduct by “indulging in romance while in uniform”, he added. A video emerged last week of the soldier accepting a ring from a man kneeling in front […]

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Nigeria: At least 29 killed after their boat drowns in a river in Kano state

At least 29 people, including schoolchildren, have died in northern Nigeria after a boat capsized in a river in Nigeria’s northern Kano state. Most of the victims were Islamic school pupils aged between six and 12 who were travelling to a religious event. Police say seven survivors have been taken to a hospital as search […]

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Nigeria: Under construction 22-story high-rise building collapses in Lagos, dozens feared trapped

Rescuers are racing against time in search of survivors in the Nigerian city of Lagos after a 22-storey high-rise block collapsed during construction. At least four people have died and dozens are missing. A digger is at the scene and rescue workers and some locals are searching through rubble and twisted metal. Four survivors have […]

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8 dating scam conmen defraud $7 million from more than 100 women

Eight Nigerian men accused of an internet dating scam have been charged in a South African court after a massive international operation involving the FBI and Interpol. Authorities in the US, where the investigation originated and most of the alleged victims are based, have applied for their extradition. They are accused of defrauding more than […]

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Gunmen launch multiple attacks in northern Nigeria, dozens killed

Three separate attacks in different states in northern Nigeria left scores of people. In the northwestern state of Kaduna, at least 34 people were killed and seven wounded after gunmen attacked a village there. “Unidentified gunmen attacked Madamai village in Kaura … 34 residents have been confirmed dead following the attack. Seven others sustained injuries,” […]

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Some 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Nearly 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a research study conducted by the United Nations Development Programme and Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics has found. The report offers a detailed ledger of the pandemic’s uneven impact across both the formal and informal sectors. “Wealthier nations can afford to institute the […]

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Gunmen abduct more than 70 students in northwest Nigeria

Nigerian police say gunmen have abducted more than 70 students in the country’s northwest, in the latest in a series of school attacks targeting pupils. Zamfara state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that a large group of attackers stormed the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya on Wednesday […]

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Nigeria: Clerics, health experts slam glitzy wedding ceremony of President Buhari’s son

The wedding of Yusuf Buhari, son of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, to Zahra Nasir Bayero the daughter of a prominent monarch in northwestern Kano State was conducted in a lavish ceremony over the weekend. The festivities, spanning over two days, commenced on Friday amid tight security at the palace of the Emir of Bichi, the […]

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Nigeria: Gunmen abduct 19 people from college in northwestern Zamfara state

Armed men abduct 15 students and four staff members from an agricultural college in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, police said on Monday. During the attack late on Sunday night, the gunmen exchanged fire with a security team protecting the college, resulting in the deaths of one police officer and two guards, according to […]

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Shell will compensate Nigerian community $111 million for oil spill more than 50 years ago

Oil giant Shell will pay a Nigerian community $111 million over an oil spill more than 50 years ago. A spokesman said the payment would mark the “full and final settlement” to the Ejama-Ebubu community over a spill during the 1967-70 Biafran War. The company has maintained that the damage was caused by third parties. […]