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Women, children 'tainted' by Boko Haram become Nigeria outcasts

Maiduguri - Starving and alone, five-year-old Umar was left for dead in a camp for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.The reason? He is the son of a Boko Haram fighter.It took a Boko Haram widow to rescue Umar.

Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Geneva on Friday

Abuja - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday for talks on Syria and Ukraine, his spokesman said Wednesday.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the meeting.

Kerry warns against crackdowns as Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Sokoto - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not confirm military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.

Boko Haram's Shekau 'wounded' in air strike

Lagos - Nigeria's military claimed Tuesday to have seriously injured Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau and killed other commanders in an air strike on the Islamist group's forest stronghold.

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire

Warri - A Nigerian rebel group has announced a conditional ceasefire and agreed to hold talks with the government following months of attacks on key oil and gas facilities that have hammered the economy.

Chibok girls: 'bargaining chip' of Boko Haram insurgency

Lagos - Boko Haram's list of victims -- dead, displaced or abducted -- grows longer by the day. The jihadist group has claimed more than 20,000 deaths, displaced 2.

Nigerian journalist wanted over Chibok girls

Lagos - Nigeria's army said Monday it wants to question three suspects, including a journalist, for allegedly concealing information on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Kano - Boko Haram on Sunday released a new video showing at least one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok more than two years ago, and called for its detained fighters to be freed.

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status

Lagos - First it was falling oil prices that plagued Nigeria, then came inflation, power shortages, and a humanitarian crisis in the north."Suddenly, we're a poor country," Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Boko Haram's Shekau vows to fight on in new video

Kano - Boko Haram's shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. "I...

Nigerian army says 11 troops killed in clashes with bandits

Lagos - Eleven Nigerian troops have been killed in clashes with gunrunners and bandits in the violence-wracked north central region, the army said Saturday.

Audio from Boko Haram's elusive chief fuels talk of split

Kano - Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau broke his silence Thursday to insist he was "still around" following reports Islamic State had replaced him, but his message fuelled talk of a split within the jihadist group.

5 Islamists killed as Nigeria army foils Boko Haram attack

Lagos - Five Islamists were killed as Nigerian troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.

UNICEF resumes aid to NE Nigeria after convoy attack

Lagos - UNICEF will continue to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite an attack on its convoy by Boko Haram Islamists, the UN children's agency has said.

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Lagos - A United Nations humanitarian convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram jihadists Thursday in Nigeria's restive northeast, leaving several people wounded, the UN children's agency and the Nigerian army said.

No hawking. No trading. Lagos bans street selling

Lagos - Every morning, Mama Biliki prepares small bags of popcorn outside her ramshackle house in Ajegunle, one of Lagos' poorest neighbourhoods, to sell by the roadside for 50 naira each.

UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram

Kano - The United Nations has made the first food aid delivery to thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists in the Nigerian town of Banki, where hundreds have starved to death since March, the UN said on Friday.

Pokemon Go: Only for the brave in Lagos

Lagos - It's safe to say Nintendo's hit mobile game Pokemon Go is more suited for playing in the clean, well-lit streets of San Francisco or the impeccably-maintained parks of New York.

Defence contracts 'tainted' by corruption: Nigeria

Abuja - Military procurement deals during the Boko Haram insurgency were "tainted" by corruption, a statement from the Nigerian government on its investigation into misspent security funds said.

Nigerian militants claim they blew up pipeline, but who knows?

The Niger Delta Avengers, a Nigerian militant group has claimed responsibility for blowing up an Exxon-Mobil pipeline on Monday, yet Exxon-Mobil says nothing happened.
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