Boko Haram captures Nigerian town, military base

2015-01-25 20:17

Boko Haram Islamists have captured the northeastern town of Monguno, including a military base, after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops, security sources say.

Boko Haram frees at least 190 in Nigeria's Yobe state

2015-01-25 10:06

Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram has released at least 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe, officials say.

Nigerian election will go ahead

2015-01-24 09:57

The head of Nigeria's electoral body has maintained that elections set for next month will still take place, despite widespread concern.

Nigerian security chief urges vote delay

2015-01-23 06:30

Nigeria should delay next month's elections to give organisers more time to distribute millions of biometric ID cards to voters, the country's top security official says.

Chad leads fight against Boko Haram

2015-01-22 20:39

Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies.

Davos Stars: Aliko Dangote – the richest man in Africa

2015-01-22 14:42

Aliko Dangote is a self-made commodities man, who has built a fortune on a foundation of cement, sugar, and flour, in oil-rich Nigeria, that makes Dangote a standout.

AU urges action against Boko Haram attacks

2015-01-21 15:49

Defeating Nigeria’s "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, the AU chief says, urging increased backing for Nigeria and affected neighbouring countries.

Nigeria, Cameroon mistrust stalls fight

2015-01-21 05:00

Mistrust between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon as well as disagreements over how to deploy troops against Boko Haram have stalled efforts to set up a regional force.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages

2015-01-20 20:16

Hundreds of people from four villages near the Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee their homes after a warning from militants.

Chad joins Boko Haram fray

2015-01-20 05:00

The Chadian army is putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and a number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram.

Nigeria finds an H5 strain of bird flu in poultry

2015-01-19 17:00

Nigeria, has announced that two poultry farms have been quarantined after an H5 strain of bird flu was detected at each.

Nigeria lowers petrol price as elections near

2015-01-19 11:03

Africa's largest oil producer Nigeria has announced a cut in petrol prices, a month before the country votes in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Nigeria finds an H5 strain of bird flu in poultry

2015-01-19 09:15

Nigeria, has announced that two poultry farms have been quarantined after an H5 strain of bird flu was detected at each.


We're joined via Skype by Lisa Otto, currently based in the UK. Lisa is an African relations expert who speaks to us about Boko Haram and the world's lacklustre reaction to their latest terror attack that left over 2000 dead. Watch.

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Nigerian elections will be seriously hampered by Boko Haram as officials from the Nigerian National Electoral Commission refuse to venture into the north of the country for fear of attack from the militant Islamic group.

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JP Morgan could remove Nigeria from bond index

2015-01-18 11:19

JP Morgan says it would assess Nigeria's suitability to remain in a key emerging currency bond index it manages.

SA residents send condolences to Nigeria

2015-01-17 13:20

A small group of Johannesburg residents have gathered at the Nigerian consulate in Sandton to send condolences to Nigeria following a string of attacks.

Chad to send troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-16 11:05

Chad will send a large number of troops to neighbouring Cameroon to help it fight increasing incursions from Boko Haram Islamist militants attacking from Nigeria.

Nigerian army kills 42 Boko Haram fighters

2015-01-16 07:41

The Nigerian army has killed 42 fighters from the radical Islamist group Boko Haram after repelling its attempt to take over the north-eastern town of Biu, a report says.

UN: African states must unite against Boko Haram

2015-01-15 21:09

The four African nations most threatened by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram must put aside mutual distrust and agree on a command structure and strategy.

Boko Haram attacks: Malema slams 'irresponsible' Jonathan

2015-01-15 10:15

EFF leader Julius Malema has launched a scathing attack on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan over his silence on recent Boko Haram attacks in the west African country’s northeast town of Baga.

Ex-UN chief Annan warns Nigeria about poll violence

2015-01-14 16:17

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Nigeria to hold peaceful elections next month, warning that violence could be a set-back to progress across Africa.

Nigeria's two leading presidential candidates

2015-01-14 13:13

Nigeria's presidential election on February 14 is set to be a head-to-head contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.


New Boko Haram attacks as Kerry visits Nigeria

2015-01-25 17:06

Nigeria's military has fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.

Opposition rally venue attacked in Nigeria

2015-01-24 22:02

Unknown gunmen have stormed and bombed the site of a planned opposition rally outside southern Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt though police said no lives were lost.

Election, politicians a turn-off for Lagos' young voters

2015-01-23 14:30

Nigeria’s politicians are out courting young voters but many of them are too preoccupied with trying to eke out a living to pay much attention to next month’s election.

Campaign vs Boko Haram hampered by cowards

2015-01-22 21:40

Nigeria's campaign against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents is being hampered by 'cowards' within the armed forces, its presidential security adviser says.

Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed – WHO

2015-01-22 14:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the WHO says.

Attack me if you dare - Boko Haram chief

2015-01-21 18:04

The head of Boko Haram, the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau, has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group.

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria neighbours

2015-01-21 08:23

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants.

Nigeria petrol prices too high

2015-01-20 21:14

Nigeria's government was under pressure to cut petrol prices further, with unions saying people were being short-changed over the global crude price plunge.

Bird flu hits two Nigerian cities

2015-01-20 17:37

Thousands of chickens have been culled in southern Nigeria after the discovery of bird flu at some poultry farms.

Nigeria presidential campaign in the gutter

2015-01-19 19:03

When Kofi Annan was in Abuja, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter, but it seems to have gone unheeded.

Drug execution: Nigeria summons Indonesian envoy

2015-01-19 14:08

Nigeria has summoned Indonesia’s ambassador over the execution of two of its citizens by firing squad for drug trafficking.

Nigeria finds an H5 strain of bird flu in poultry

2015-01-19 10:01

Nigeria, has announced that two poultry farms have been quarantined after an H5 strain of bird flu was detected at each.


Chad’s government has pledged support for its neighbour Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram. We speak to African relations expert, Lisa Otto, about Boko Haram's possible movements into neighbouring states.

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We're joined via Skype by African relations expert Lisa Otto who speaks to us about Boko Haram's activity in northern Nigeria. Watch.

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Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

2015-01-19 05:00

Boko Haram has staged its largest kidnapping yet in Cameroon, Nigeria's information has said, adding that some of the about 50 hostages were children.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria, AU 'must take urgent steps'

2015-01-16 12:15

The General Council of the Bar of SA has called on Nigeria and the AU to take urgent steps against Boko Haram for its mounting crimes against humanity.

Jonathan visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

2015-01-16 10:19

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a surprise visit to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

Nigerians lose homes, loved ones, votes

2015-01-16 05:00

Nigerians fleeing a wave of killings by the Islamist group Boko Haram have already lost loved ones, livelihoods and now they seem likely to lose their vote.

Kerry: US, UK may set up scheme to deal with Boko Haram

2015-01-15 19:57

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his British counterpart are discussing a special initiative to deal with the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria and its neighbours.

Images show Nigeria's Baga destruction by Boko Haram

2015-01-15 11:12

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that have been attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group say.

AI: Boko Haram killed woman in labour during attack

2015-01-15 07:28

Boko Haram killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared could be the deadliest attack in the militants’ six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claims.

Nigerian troops say repel Boko Haram attack

2015-01-14 17:50

Nigeria’s military says soldiers have repelled a new Boko Haram attack after a two-hour gun battle in the restive northeast.

Crunch presidential vote looms for Nigeria

2015-01-14 14:34

Nigerians are set to go to the polls in a month’s time to elect a new president against a backdrop of a raging Boko Haram insurgency, economic troubles and persistent concerns over rampant corruption.

SA warned against fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

2015-01-14 11:15

A military expert has reportedly warned that South Africa would be under threat if SA soldiers join African Union forces in the fight against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.

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