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Nigeria says 45 jailed at Boko Haram secret trials

Abuja - Nigeria's government on Friday said 45 Boko Haram members had been sentenced to between three and 31 years in jail after being convicted at secret trials.

Leaked memo rekindles scandal around Nigeria's oil giant

Lagos - A leaked memo from Nigeria's minister of state for oil has shown that irregularities in the state-owned oil giant remain entrenched, despite official vows to root out the "cancer" of graft.

Nigeria president denounces Biafran separatists

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday railed against separatists seeking Nigeria's "dismemberment" and called for "proper" dialogue after clashes between pro-Biafra activists and security forces in the restive southeast.

Nigeria's Boko Haram trials to be held behind closed doors

Kano - Trials of Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria will take place behind closed doors with no media present, a justice ministry official with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Friday.

UN warning over school closures in NE Nigeria

Lagos - Most schools in the state worst-hit by the Boko Haram conflict remain shut, the UN children's agency said on Friday, blaming the jihadists for deliberating targeting education.

Cameroon accused over Nigerian Boko Haram refugees

Abuja - Cameroon on Wednesday denied allegations by a human rights group that it had forcibly returned about 100,000 Nigerian refugees in breach of international agreements, putting them in danger from Boko Haram Islamists.

At least three killed by sea pirates in Nigeria's oil region: police

Warri - Sea pirates shot dead at least three people, including a policeman, in an ambush in southern Nigeria's restive oil region, police said Saturday.Bayelsa state police spokesman Asinim Butswat said the incident happened on Friday.

UN seeks $10 million as Nigeria cholera outbreak worsens

Maiduguri - At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations said Monday, calling for nearly $10 million to keep the disease from spreading.

Calls for calm as community tensions rise in Nigeria

Jos - State governors in Nigeria on Friday moved to calm fears after clashes between pro-Biafra supporters and the military risked taking on a wider ethnic dimension.

Security forces, pro-Biafra group clash in Nigeria

Lagos - Tensions mounted between Nigerian security forces and pro-Biafra supporters on Thursday, after renewed protests calling for independence and clashes targeting police.

Nigeria hit by labour disputes over unpaid salaries

Lagos - Kenneth Madiebo isn't seeking global recognition for helping to stop the spread of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014 -- he just wants to be paid.

7 killed in Boko Haram attack on displaced camp

Kano - At least seven people were killed when Boko Haram jihadists attacked a camp for people displaced by the conflict in northeast Nigeria, militia members and locals said Saturday.

Boko Haram attacks kill 400 since April: Amnesty

Lagos - A spurt in attacks by Boko Haram Islamists has claimed nearly 400 lives since April in Nigeria and Cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, Amnesty said on Tuesday.

Nigeria 'kidnap king' forced to plead guilty: lawyer

Lagos - A feared Nigerian kidnapper known as "Evans" entered a guilty plea Wednesday to kidnap charges that his lawyers say was obtained through police intimidation.

Nigeria president leads first cabinet meeting in 5 months

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led his first cabinet meeting for five months after a long stay in London where he received treatment for an undisclosed condition.

Poverty, pirates, protest: Locals seize Nigeria oil hub

Port Harcourt - The people of Belema village can only be reached after a three-hour journey aboard a rickety makeshift speedboat from the nearest major town.

N.Nigerian Muslim group retracts threat to Christians

Abuja - A radical Muslim group has bowed to political pressure and backed off from a ultimatum to the mainly Christian Igbo minority that they quit northern Nigeria or face reprisals.

Buhari back in Nigeria but leadership doubts linger

Abuja - Questions are being raised about the ability of Nigeria's president to rule after his decision to cancel Wednesday's cabinet meeting -- the first since he returned from a long overseas medical absence.

Rodents force Nigerian president to work from home

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman told AFP Tuesday.

Nigeria's president slams divisions after absence

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took to state TV on Monday in his first speech since returning from a long medical absence in Britain, in a bid to dampen mounting separatist tensions in the country.
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