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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. […]

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‘I can’t breathe’: Indonesian immigration officials manhandle Nigerian diplomat in Jakarta

The Nigerian government is demanding punishment for Indonesian immigration officials who were filmed assaulting a Nigerian diplomat. Footage circulating on social media showed Abdulrahman Ibrahim, a consular officer based in Jakarta, being held down in a vehicle by several men. Nigeria called it “an egregious act of international delinquency by the Indonesian state”. It vowed […]

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Nigeria seizes elephant tusks, pangolin scales and claws worth $54 million

Nigeria seized a record amount of pangolin scales and claws and elephant tusks as the government attempts to combat the trade, the head of customs said. The seizure, worth 22 billion naira ($54 million), included 17,137 kg of pangolin scales, 44 kg of elephant tusks and 60 kg in pangolin claws, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali, […]

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Nigeria: Armed bandits kidnap at least 140 children in Kaduna state

Armed bandits kidnapped at least 140 school going children in the north-west of the country, police said. On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school near Kaduna city, about 80km south-west of Zaria. In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel […]

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Nigerian President Muhammadu BuharI forms team to negotiate with Twitter, two weeks after ban

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari assembled a reconciliation team to lead negotiations with Twitter, more than two weeks after banning the social media company’s operation indefinitely. The move came about after Twitter wrote to the President “seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension,” according to a statement on Tuesday. The team comprises some […]

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Armed attackers abduct at least 80 students from school in Nigeria, 1 policeman killed

Armed gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi. The attack took place on the Federal Government College in the remote town of Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State on Thursday. It is the third assault by armed gangs on […]

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Bike-borne gunmen kill 53 people in Nigeria’s Zamfara state

Armed gunmen killed 53 people in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, according to police, the latest violence to hit the region. Many motorcycle-riding assailants known locally as bandits on Thursday through Friday raided the villages of Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa and Askawa in the Zurmi district, AFP reported. The gang shot residents, attacked farmers in […]