Nigeria tightens security for WEF

2014-04-15 14:01

Nigeria is mounting the largest security operation ever for an international summit during the World Economic Forum on Africa, following the rush hour bomb blast.

State must compensate Sanusi $300 000

2014-04-04 12:26

A Nigerian court has ordered the State Security Service to give suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi to return his passport back and pay him $300 000.

Islamic court clears 2 on gay charges

2014-04-01 14:51

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has cleared two men accused of violating a ban on homosexuality, according to a court official.

Nigeria: Governors blamed for uprising

2014-03-30 14:05

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has blamed governors in the northeastern states for the country's Islamic uprising.

Ban on gay unions 'violates African Charter'

2014-03-14 12:07

The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has reportedly expressed concern over the recently passed Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, saying the law is was a violation of the African Charter.

Nigeria's economic growth to quicken - IMF

2014-03-07 17:51

Economic growth in Nigeria is set to accelerate, driven by sectors outside its dominant energy industry, while inflation will continue its downward path.

Ex-general takes charge of Nigeria defence ministry

2014-03-05 18:24

Ex-army general Mohammed Gusau has formally taken charge of Nigeria’s defence ministry, a choice analysts say may lead to a change in strategy in the raging battle against Boko Haram.

Soldiers flee, 33 die in attacks in north Nigeria

2014-02-28 10:31

Soldiers have abandoned checkpoints and fled into the bush, leaving five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed at least 33 people at a college in northeast Nigeria, survivors say.

Nigeria suspends bank governor - market falls

2014-02-20 20:34

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi, removing an increasingly outspoken critic of the government's record on tackling rampant corruption resulting in the faal of the naira.

Nigeria suspends central bank governor

2014-02-20 11:27

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi, says a presidency spokesperson.

Governor: Nigeria losing war on terrorists

2014-02-18 16:52

The governor of the north-eastern state where Nigeria’s terrorist movement was born has warned the country’s president that the military is losing the war to halt an Islamic uprising.

Senator says 100+ killed in Nigeria attack

2014-02-17 07:49

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in Nigeria, a local senator says.

Nigeria Senate leader blocks defections

2014-02-11 20:38

The leader of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament has blocked 11 lawmakers from defecting.

1000s missing in Nigeria – Red Cross

2014-02-06 16:55

Tens of thousands of people in Nigeria are missing out on vital services because of conflict, with the areas where Boko Haram operates worst affected, the Red Cross says.

Archbishops 'clash over gay unions'

2014-02-05 14:43

A Kenyan Anglican head has reportedly opposed calls made by his Britain colleagues to recognise gay unions, saying this "would impact negatively on society".

God loves homosexuals - UK archbishops

2014-01-31 11:07

Archbishops in UK have reportedly written to the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda following the passing of legislation targeting homosexuals in their countries.

Rivalries led to top brass sackings - Jonathan

2014-01-29 14:01

Poisonous rivalries among Nigeria’s top military brass hindered a fight against Islamic militants, forcing President Goodluck Jonathan to fire the army, navy and air force chiefs two weeks ago.

Gunmen kill 22 in Nigeria church attack

2014-01-27 22:22

Assailants armed with guns and explosives killed 22 people at a busy church service in a northeast Nigerian village..

Nigeria opposition to block budget

2014-01-24 14:29

Nigeria’s main opposition party says it will block the passage of this year’s budget until what it describes as lawlessness is ended in politically volatile Rivers state.

Nigeria top general - swift end to Boko

2014-01-21 07:44

Nigeria's top military officer has called for a swift end to the Islamist insurgency gripping the country's north.

Man lashed 20 times for sodomy in Nigerian court

2014-01-17 07:28

A young man convicted of sodomy has been whipped 20 times in a northern Nigerian Shariah court.

US slams Nigerian anti-gay law

2014-01-14 10:15

The US has criticised Nigeria for approving a law that punishes same-sex marriage with prison, saying the move would curtail basic human rights.

Nigerian governor’s dad survives attack

2014-01-08 14:39

The father of a state governor who defected from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling party has escaped unhurt after gunmen attacked a mosque in his village, police say.

Jonathan orders probe of political hit list charge

2013-12-23 14:02

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he has ordered a probe into a rash of allegations, including the creation of a political hit squad, levelled against him by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo.

Nigeria: Obasanjo tells Jonathan not to stand

2013-12-13 07:08

One of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's predecessors and mentors has turned against him, penning a scathing denunciation that could deepen division in the ruling party.


Islamist attack mosque, kill 17 in Nigeria

2014-04-07 10:07

Islamist militants have attacked a remote town in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state, killing 17 people including five who were worshipping at a mosque, witnesses say.

Defecting Nigerian MPs 'must vacate seats'

2014-04-01 21:10

Nigerian lawmakers who defected to the main opposition coalition must vacate their seats, a court has ruled in a victory for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of next year’s elections.

AI: Nigerian uprising kills 1 500 this year

2014-03-31 10:11

Increasing atrocities by extremists and uncontrolled reprisals by security forces have killed at least 1 500 people this year in north-eastern Nigeria’s Islamic uprising, Amnesty International says.

Suspects in Nigeria gay trial freed on bail

2014-03-28 14:30

Two Islamic courts in northern Nigeria have secretly released on bail seven men on trial for allegedly breaking the law on homosexuality, a prison official and a court clerk say.

Nigerian leader orders audit of missing billions

2014-03-13 15:49

Nigeria’s president is ordering a forensic audit into at least $20bn allegedly missing from the petroleum earnings of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Nigeria's opposition sets out its vision for govt

2014-03-07 15:20

Nigeria’s main opposition party has unveiled what it hopes will be a blueprint for winning power when voters in Africa’s most populous nation go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament.

Nigeria at war with Boko Haram – presidency

2014-02-28 15:43

Nigeria’s presidency says the country is at war with Boko Haram, apparently backing off previous claims that the Islamist rebels are on the run and desperate.

Nigeria attack: Terrified pupils flee schools

2014-02-27 07:41

Terrified students in northeast Nigeria have fled boarding schools after an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in which 43 students were shot and hacked to death.

Sanusi worries about Nigerian economy

2014-02-20 20:02

Suspended Central Bank governor of Nigeria Lamido Sanusi says he is proud of his term and he hoped the economy would not be hurt by his suspension.

Nigeria says winning war against insurgents

2014-02-19 11:28

Nigeria is winning the war against Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast that has claimed thousands of lives, a presidential spokesperson says.

Nigeria military outgunned

2014-02-18 07:44

The governor of Nigeria's embattled Borno state has warned the military is outgunned in its fight against Boko Haram and more troops are urgently needed.

Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigerian capital

2014-02-15 18:11

Human rights activists say a mob dragged men accused of being homosexuals from their homes in the Nigerian capital and beat them up with wooden clubs and iron bars.

Nigeria president sacks chief of staff

2014-02-10 20:56

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed his chief of staff, three senior government sources have told Reuters, extending a wave of government changes a year before elections.

Do not disappoint, Nigeria top brass told

2014-02-05 20:59

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called on his new military top brass not to disappoint the nation in their task to crush the Boko Haram insurgency.

Boko Haram 'deadline' not literal - Nigerian army

2014-02-05 08:42

Nigeria’s military force says a call by the country’s top military officer for a swift end to the Boko Haram insurgency has been "taken too literally".

Nigerian senators defect in blow to ruling party

2014-01-30 13:33

Eleven Nigerian senators have defected to the main opposition coalition, in a largely expected move but one which further weakens President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling party ahead of elections next year.

Death toll hits 52 in Nigeria market attack

2014-01-29 08:44

The number of people killed in a deadly market attack blamed on Boko Haram militants in northeast has risen to 52, police say.

Nigeria's Boko Haram kills 18 in village attacks

2014-01-24 16:57

Nigerian Islamists have killed 18 people and burned dozens of houses in attacks on two villages in remote north-eastern Borno state, witnesses say.

Call for US, UK to punish Nigeria over anti-gay law

2014-01-21 10:59

Nigerian diaspora academics have reportedly called on the US and Britain to punish Nigeria with diplomatic sanctions following the signing of an anti-gay bill into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ex-governor to take over Nigeria ruling party

2014-01-20 20:26

Nigeria's People's Democratic Party has appointed a former state governor as its new chair as President Goodluck Jonathan looks to stabilise his ruling party.

Dozens held in north Nigeria for being gay

2014-01-14 15:49

Rights activists say dozens of gay men are being arrested in northern Nigeria, adding such persecution is set to increase after President Goodluck Jonathan signed a legislation banning same-sex marriage.

Nigerian senator says military bombs his convoy

2014-01-13 07:38

A Nigerian military fighter jet has bombed the cavalcade of a prominent federal senator as he drove to the scene of an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in the country’s northeast, the senator says.

Nigeria's Jonathan calls for unity

2014-01-01 14:44

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called for greater national unity in 2014, urging compatriots to build on the work of their predecessors as the country marked its effective centenary.

Nigerian MPs defect to opposition coalition

2013-12-19 16:26

Thirty seven Nigerian lawmakers have defected to Nigeria’s main opposition coalition, giving it a slim majority in the lower house of parliament

16m at risk of hunger in Africa's Sahel

2013-12-11 08:42

At least 16 million people are at risk of hunger across Africa’s Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth despite good harvest and rainfall, the UN says.

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