Gulf of Guinea: Africa's new pirate paradise

2014-12-19 12:55

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea - the new epicentre of piracy in Africa - are struggling to get their act together.

African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

2014-12-18 20:29

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, has opened in Mauritania.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 people in Nigeria

2014-12-18 15:27

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people from the northeast Nigeria village of Gumsuri, carting the hostages away on trucks towards the Sambisa Forest.

Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram fighters

2014-12-18 12:53

Cameroon's army says its troops have killed 116 Nigerian fighters from the Islamist Boko Haram group in the far north.

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to die for refusing to fight

2014-12-18 07:28

A court martial in Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight the Boko Haram radical Islamist group, a media report says.

Nigeria's economic pain may not decide election

2014-12-15 10:57

Nigeria is suffering from a plummeting currency, steep budget cuts, corruption scandals and diving oil prices; yet all this is unlikely to decide a tight race for the presidency.

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos

2014-12-12 22:29

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos, the capital of Plateau state in north-central Nigeria, killing at least 31 people.

Nigerian girl, 13, found wearing explosives vest

2014-12-11 21:01

Nigerian police have arrested a 13-year-old girl wearing an explosives-packed vest in the northern city of Kano hours after an attack by two female suicide bombers.

Goodluck Jonathan to contest Nigeria election

2014-12-11 14:42

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won party primaries while the opposition coalition continued voting to choose a challenger for February presidential elections.

Nigeria security agencies accused of killings

2014-12-09 22:30

Nigeria's human rights commission has accused the country's security agencies of systematic extra-judicial killings.

Nigeria’s army kills 27 Boko Haram insurgents

2014-12-09 13:26

Nigeria's army has killed members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram as part of efforts to regain control over the country’s volatile north-east, the defence ministry says.

Nigeria detains Russian cargo plane

2014-12-06 20:20

Nigeria has detained a Russian cargo plane and its French-speaking crew on after it made an unauthorised landing in the northern city of Kano.

Nigeria-US training cancellation 'logistical, not political'

2014-12-05 14:43

Nigeria says a decision to cancel US training of its soldiers to fight Boko Haram is a logical, not political decision.

Yet another attack by Boko Haram

2014-12-04 21:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have surrounded a village in north-eastern Nigeria and started shooting while chanting, "God is great", in the latest of a series of attacks.

Nigeria: 150+ killed in Boko Haram dawn raid

2014-12-03 18:18

More than 150 people, including 38 people, died in a Boko Haram raid on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, police say.

Cameroon troops desperate for help against Boko Haram

2014-12-02 13:15

Boko Haram is increasingly a regional threat and the battle against the Nigerian Islamist sect is meant to be a regional campaign, but that's not the way it feels for Cameroon's soldiers.

Nigeria halts US training of battalion

2014-12-01 22:03

The US Embassy says Nigeria has asked the United States to stop training a battalion of Nigerian soldiers, the latest sign of troubled relations between the two countries.

Explosions, gunfire in Nigeria's Damaturu city

2014-12-01 10:24

Explosions and gunfire rocked the north Nigerian city of Damaturu , in a suspected Boko Haram attack that targeted police, residents say.

At least 120 dead in mosque attack

2014-11-29 11:09

Police say at least 120 people have been killed and 270 others injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mosque.

64 dead in Nigeria mosque bombing - rescue official

2014-11-28 20:45

A double bombing during Friday prayers at one of Nigeria's most prominent mosques killed at least 64 people and injured another 126.

Government denies 'bartering' for bodies with Nigeria

2014-11-28 16:33

The Mail & Guardian has defended its report that Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe promised Nigeria weapons in exchange for the repatriation of the bodies of those killed in a building collapse.

Jonathan 'misread' Boko Haram threat

2014-11-27 20:34

Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the current leader Goodluck Jonathan of misreading the Boko Haram crisis and allowing the threat to escalate to "gargantuan" heights.

Shell must pay $4bn oil damages, says Nigeria

2014-11-27 10:21

Nigeria's national assembly says oil major Shell should pay $3.96bn for a 2011 spill in the latest assessment of damage to the environment.

Nigerian 'terror mastermind' challenges conviction

2014-11-26 18:47

A Nigerian jailed in Johannesburg for masterminding a series of terror attacks in his homeland is to challenge South Africa's right to try him.


Consultant at TB Joshua church says it had no permit

2014-12-19 06:47

A town planner who worked for influential Nigeria preacher TB Joshua told an inquest that the building which collapsed at Joshua's church did not have planning approval.

Nigerian central bank restricts dollar holdings

2014-12-18 15:43

Nigeria's central bank has barred banks from holding their own funds in dollars in order to end speculative pressure on the ailing naira currency.

Oil prices slash Nigeria GDP growth

2014-12-18 13:51

Nigeria's economy will grow 5.5% in 2015, down from an earlier projection of 6.4%, due to lower oil revenues, the budget the finance minister says.

Islamists kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

2014-12-18 10:39

Boko Haram militants have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness says.

Million displaced Nigerians unable to vote unless law changed

2014-12-16 05:15

More than a million Nigerians displaced by an Islamist insurgency in the northeast may not be able to vote in the 14 February presidential election unless the law is changed.

Thousands flee Boko Haram

2014-12-13 06:40

More than 1.5 million Nigerians have been forced from their homes by the raging Islamist insurgency, which has left 13 000 dead since 2009 and raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Boko Haram 'likely behind Jos, Nigeria bombings'

2014-12-12 14:03

A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said on Friday.

Faced with Boko Haram refugees, Niger calls for help

2014-12-11 16:10

Niger says it needs more international assistance to help it confront a looming food crisis compounded by an influx of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram.

All-night vote in Nigeria opposition presidential primary

2014-12-11 12:04

Members of Nigeria’s main opposition party have voted throughout the night to choose a candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan at next year’s elections.

Polls: Nigeria opposition meets to pick candidate

2014-12-10 18:24

Nigeria’s main opposition coalition has begun a convention to select a candidate to take on President Goodluck Jonathan, in what will be the most closely fought vote since the end of military rule in 1999.

France: Cargo plane detained in Nigeria has no weapons

2014-12-09 13:26

A Russian cargo plane that Nigerian authorities detained over the weekend had no weapons on it but was carrying two French army helicopters out of CAR, the French ambassador says.

Prison break frees 200 inmates in Nigeria

2014-12-07 15:50

Gunmen have broken into a prison in the central Nigerian city of Minna, freeing around 200 inmates, a police spokesperson and security sources say.

Coroner puts TB Joshua building hearing on hold

2014-12-05 22:26

The coroner has put on hold the inquest into the deaths of 116 people in a church building collapse in Nigeria's commercial hub.

Should you buy a Nigeria-focused ETF?

2014-12-05 11:40

Value is likely to be found in Nigerian equity, but it is also true that there is a great deal of downside risk associated with the potential for a good return.

Joshua building collapse inquest adjourned

2014-12-03 20:11

An inquest into a deadly church building collapse in Lagos that killed 81 South Africans has resumed but was immediately adjourned pending a legal challenge.

Nigerian capital city attacks claim 77 lives

2014-12-02 21:21

Hospital workers say 77 people, including 33 police, have been killed in attacks by suspected extremists on two northeast Nigerian cities.

Minister: Military alliance vs Boko Haram readies

2014-12-02 10:49

Cameroon's foreign minister says a five-country African coalition will soon be operational to fight terrorism, notably Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

2 blasts at market in Nigeria's Maiduguri

2014-12-01 14:08

Two explosions have ripped through a market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses say, nearly a week after two female suicide bombers attacked the same area, killing more than 45 people.

Nigeria vows to hunt those behind 'heinous' mosque attacks

2014-11-30 07:23

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to hunt down those behind "heinous" attacks that killed at least 120 at the mosque of an Islamic leader who issued a call to arms against Boko Haram.

Nigeria camps struggle with aid for displaced

2014-11-29 07:00

More than 1.5 million Nigerians displaced by the militant group Boko Haram are flocking to relief centres across Nigeria's northeast where they find overcrowded facilities and a shortage of supplies.

Three blasts rock Nigeria's emir's mosque - report

2014-11-28 17:35

Three explosions have rocked the mosque of one of Nigeria's most well-known Islamic leaders, the Emir of Kano, as worshippers gathered for weekly prayers.

Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people

2014-11-27 20:50

A roadside bomb has torn through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said.

Tough talk but no force against Boko Haram

2014-11-27 17:41

Nigeria and its neighbours have vowed to have nearly 3 000 troops on the ground to combat Boko Haram by the start of this month, but a regional force has yet to be deployed.

Nigeria's naira touches record low

2014-11-26 20:16

The naira has hit a record low against the dollar, a day after the central bank devalued it by 8%, complicating efforts to contain inflation.

Nigeria bourse aims to offer derivatives by 2016

2014-11-26 09:30

The Nigerian Stock Exchange plans to start allowing trading by 2016 of derivatives such as currencies, equity indices and options in interest rates.

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