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Four Chinese sailors kidnapped in Gabon are free

Lagos - Four Chinese sailors who were kidnapped last month in the port of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, have been released, the Chinese consulate in Lagos said.

Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria 'bandit' conflict

Anka - Haruna Hasaman knew she only had moments to get away when the roar of motorbikes ruptured the quiet of her village in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.She scrambled for her five children and fled just as the gunmen screeched in and opened fire.

Clashes over garrison town kill 3 Nigerian soldiers

Kano - Three soldiers have been killed in intense fighting between Nigeria's army and jihadists over a key northeastern garrison town, a security source said Wednesday.

Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft

Abuja - Nigeria's former national defence advisor, who was arrested in 2015 for allegedly stealing $2 billion, has been freed from jail after several court rulings ordering his release, a security official said Wednesday.

In crime-hit Nigerian city, rape victims find their voice

Port Harcourt - "They forced their way in at around 2am. They raped us. And when they left, they stole our phones and money.

Radio show helps ordinary Nigerians take on officials

Abuja - Early each morning, a crowd gathers outside Ahmad Isah's radio studio in Nigeria's capital Abuja hoping to share their problems over the airwaves.

Drone project aims to put floating Lagos slum on map

Lagos - John Eromosele records the coordinates of a bustling canal on his smartphone from aboard a dug-out canoe navigating the floating slum of Makoko in Nigerian megacity Lagos.

Nigeria army frees hundreds of cleared 'Boko Haram' suspects

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army on Wednesday released nearly 1,000 detainees, some of whom had been held for years, after clearing them of having links to the Boko Haram jihadist group.

'Horror houses' shed light on care crisis for Nigerian addicts

Lagos - The day his wife walked out 10 years ago, Nigerian musician Jagunlabi started taking drugs to make the shadows go away.The drugs came to stay.

Ten Nigerian troops killed in jihadist ambush: military sources

Kano - At least 10 Nigerian soldiers have been killed and nine severely injured in an ambush by jihadists in restive northeast Nigeria, military sources said Thursday.

Nigeria police rescue 259 'hostages' from another Islamic centre

Lagos - Police in southwest Nigeria have rescued 259 "hostages" from another Islamic correctional centre, police said Tuesday, in the latest raid on religious institutes accused of abuse.

Nigeria puts squeeze on oil majors as upends deals

Lagos - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed a measure to change the country's agreements with multinational oil companies to significantly increase the share of offshore oil revenue it takes.

Nigerian pastor accused of abusing children who fled Boko Haram

Benin City - Deep in the tropical forest in southern Nigeria, an evangelical pastor runs a sprawling camp billed as a refuge for thousands of children who fled the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the north.

'House of torture' puts focus on Nigeria Islamic schools

Kano - Horrific revelations of torture and abuse at a compound billing itself as a Koranic reform school in northern Nigeria have shone a spotlight on Islamic institutes unregulated by the authorities.

Hundreds of 'abused' captives freed from Nigeria Islamic school

Kaduna - Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna have rescued more than 300 male students being held at an Islamic school where many had been tortured and sexually abused, a police spokesman said Friday.

Jihadists kill abducted aid worker in Nigeria

Maiduguri - Jihadists aligned to Islamic State have killed one of six aid workers abducted in July in northeast Nigeria, charity group Action Against Hunger said Wednesday.

Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal

Benin City - Emerging from her ordeal, Gloria considers herself "privileged". Last year, the 26-year-old left Nigeria with four other women, dreaming of a better life in Europe.

Nigeria hardens rhetoric over anti-immigrant violence in S. Africa

Lagos - Nigeria intensified hostility with regional rival South Africa this week, in a harsh response to a recent wave of anti-migrant violence, with Africa’s most populous country asserting its leadership on the continent.

Nigeria hails 'historic milestone' after 3 years polio-free

Abuja - Nigeria on Wednesday announced that three years had elapsed since it last recorded a case of polio, a key step towards eradicating the notorious disease in Africa.

Nigeria's Buhari assigns new ministers

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday handed out jobs to his new cabinet, insisting the government was able to meet Nigeria's challenges despite criticism that his lineup favoured ageing loyalists.
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