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Gunmen kidnap two Germans in northern Nigeria: police

Kano - Two German archaeologists have been kidnapped in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday, stoking fears of more abductions in a region hit by rising violence.

Logistics nightmare: helping the Boko Haram displaced

Yal - Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone lines have been blown up.

Nigeria's Buhari to stay in London for 'further rest'

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari needs "further rest" so will extend his month-long medical stay in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office said Tuesday.

Buhari's health sparks fresh debate on leadership in Nigeria

Lagos - The protracted absence on medical grounds of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has stoked fears of a full-blown political crisis at the heart of Africa's most populous nation.

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

Port Harcourt - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces.

Boko Haram ambushes, kills troops in NE Nigeria

Kano - Nigeria's military on Friday said seven of its soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a Boko Haram ambush, in the latest incident against troops and the security services in the country's northeast.

Nigeria politician returns home after 4 years in UK jail

Lagos - One of Nigeria's most powerful men, who was jailed in Britain for money laundering and fraud in a landmark anti-corruption case, has returned home, his aides told AFP on Saturday."Chief James Ibori has arrived.

Nigeria revises death toll from botched air strike to 112

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army on Thursday said 112 people were killed in an air strike that hit civilians and aid workers rather than Boko Haram militants.

Pregnant and abandoned by soldiers in NE Nigeria

Kano - Ummi Hassan sat on the trunk of a felled tree, her eyes fixed on her bulging belly. She was just weeks away from giving birth but tears rolled down her cheeks.

UN food agency hopes for continued US funding

Maiduguri - The head of the World Food Programme said she was hopeful of continued US funding for the organisation, despite reports that Washington was mulling heavy cuts in financial support.

Nigeria says Buhari 'hale and hearty', denies illness

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is "hale and hearty", his government said Thursday, denying rumours in the press and on social media that he was seriously ill or even dead.

Nigeria casts its first social safety net

Lagos - Nearly two years after taking office, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is making good on an election vow to help the poor, deploying a welfare scheme that is gaining traction across Africa.

Nigeria botched air strike 'may have killed up to 236 people'

Kano - As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP on Saturday.

Death toll now 90 in Nigeria air strike, could reach 170

Kano - The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without Borders said on Friday.

Nigerian air force overflies The Gambia: official

Abuja - The Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, an official said Thursday, as African troops seemed ready to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his December election defeat.

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike that killed 70

Maiduguri - Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes.

Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Maiduguri - The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more could die without urgent treatment.

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria 'kills 52'

Kano - At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said.

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday he was hopeful the remaining 195 Chibok schoolgirls will be rescued, as he marked 1,000 days since the mass abduction by Boko Haram that drew global attention to the jihadist insurgency.

10-year-old girl used as human bomb in Nigeria New Year's Eve attack

Kano - One person was seriously injured when a suicide bomber aged around 10 blew herself up in a New Year's Eve attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses and aid workers told AFP Sunday.
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