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Virus fear stalks Nigeria displaced camps

Maiduguri - Men and women cluster around plastic wash basins hastily set up outside one of northeast Nigeria's sprawling displaced persons’ camps, lathering their hands with soap under the gaze of security personnel.

Nigeria virus lockdown pushes Lagos poor to the brink

Lagos - A large crowd jostled and cheered in the poor district of Alimosho in Nigeria's megacity Lagos as the doors of a lorry swung open to reveal hundreds of sacks of food.

Lagos in lockdown as Africa virus closures spread

Lagos - Africa's largest city Lagos appeared deserted Tuesday after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital in the continent's latest effort to brake the juggernaut of coronavirus.

Nigerians brace for lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus

Lagos - Over 20 million Nigerians on Monday scrambled to prepare for lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggled to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Nigeria orders lockdown in Lagos, Abuja over virus

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the "cessation of all movements" for two weeks in the largest city Lagos and capital Abuja to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Jihadist ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers

Kano - At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by jihadist fighters in the restive northeast, military and security sources said on Tuesday.

Church coronavirus restrictions hit African faithful

Lagos - Nigerian police with megaphones struggled to keep the faithful in bustling Lagos away from church on Sunday, as worshippers in Africa faced tough restrictions aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.

Nigeria, South Africa step up fight against virus in Africa

Lagos - African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa have ramped up action against the coronavirus after the continent recorded its first fatality.

Lagos closes schools as virus shadow lengthens over Africa

Lagos - African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa on Thursday ramped up action against coronavirus, a day after the continent recorded its first fatality from the disease and the UN's health chief warned it was time to "wake up" to the threat.

Nigeria gas explosion kills at least 15: emergency services

Lagos - A gas explosion in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Sunday killed at least 15 people, injured many more and destroyed around 50 buildings, emergency services said.Houses, lorries, cars and motorbikes were torched in the blast.

Emir's fall shows limits for Nigerian traditional rulers

- An outspoken ruler mired in conflicts is ousted without warning from his palace and banished under armed guard into an uncertain exile beyond the borders of his realm.

Nigeria braces as coronavirus arrives in megacity Lagos

Lagos - Residents of Nigeria's economic hub Lagos scrambled for hygiene products Friday, after the chaotic megacity of 20 million announced the first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria confirms coronavirus case, first in sub-Saharan Africa

Lagos - Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jihadists kill, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria

Maiduguri - Jihadists killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state, a regional government spokesman said on Monday.

Motorcycle taxi ban brings Lagos to a halt

Lagos - Even before a sudden controversial ban on motorcycle taxis and tricycles in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, crippling traffic jams were a daily ordeal for its more than 20 million inhabitants.

Terror as jihadists target key northeast Nigeria road

Maiduguri - The bus driver sensed straight away that he and his six passengers were in trouble when the gunmen, dressed in Nigerian army uniforms, stopped their vehicle at a checkpoint.

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.
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