Zuma orders departments to help get families to Nigeria after fatal building collapse

2014-09-16 23:39

President Jacob Zuma has ordered government departments to help family members get to Nigeria to identify the bodies of the 67 South Africans who died when a multi-storey building on televangelist TB Joshua's campus in Lagos collapsed.

TB Joshua building collapse: Death toll still rising

2014-09-16 12:33

The death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Nigeria’s financial capital Lagos has hit 57, rescuers say, as they hold hopes that more survivors would be found.

Unclear if South Africans in Nigeria disaster

2014-09-15 23:53

It is unclear whether any South Africans have been affected by the collapse of buildings in Lagos, Nigeria, the department of international relations says.

Preacher suggests sabotage over building collapse

2014-09-14 19:17

Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua has linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft, but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play.

At least 17 die in Nigeria church building collapse

2014-09-14 09:12

Seventeen people were killed when a building collapsed at the megachurch of one of Nigeria's most famous preachers and televangelists, the country's main rescue body said on Saturday.

Building collapses in Lagos

2014-09-12 21:03

A rescue operation is underway in Lagos after a building linked to a Nigerian preacher's megachurch collapsed.

Ebola death toll hits 2 400 - WHO

2014-09-12 13:00

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola fever has now killed more than 2 400 people and infected twice that number, according to the WHO.

In US, calls mount for major scale-up to Ebola crisis

2014-09-12 07:56

The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors say.

Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

2014-09-11 15:09

Cameroon's claims that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram position have sparked fresh interest in the group’s links to the wider jihad network.

Ebola not a death sentence - Nigerian survivor

2014-09-11 07:42

A Nigerian Ebola survivor says the disease is "not a death sentence" and believes his survival can give hope to those who fall ill.

Nigeria: No evidence US air marshal attacked in Lagos

2014-09-10 15:53

Nigeria's aviation authorities says there was no evidence for the US claim that one of its air marshals was attacked as he tried to board a flight in Lagos.

Air marshal being monitored after syringe attack

2014-09-10 08:02

A US air marshal is being monitored after being attacked with a syringe containing an unknown substance at a Nigerian airport, officials say.

WHO adjusts conditions as staffers get Ebola

2014-09-09 17:23

WHO staff battling an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are working in larger quarters and no longer live with people from other agencies after a scientist with the UN group was infected.

US air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

2014-09-09 05:48

A US air marshal was attacked with a syringe at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria and has been hospitalised, the FBI says.

AU: Efforts to stop Ebola are stigmatising

2014-09-08 14:43

The African Union says the largest Ebola outbreak in history is creating a sense of siege in affected communities.

Boko Haram seize more towns - thousands flee

2014-09-07 07:55

Thousands of fear-stricken residents in several towns and villages in Nigeria's northeast Adamawa state have fled their homes after troops failed to retake a major town.

Nigeria bombs Boko Haram bases

2014-09-06 06:59

Nigerian warplanes are carrying out air strikes against Boko Haram militant bases in northeast Borno state, says a senior official.

EU pledges $181m to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-05 14:43

The EU has promised $181m in assistance to bolster the overstretched health sectors of four West African nations struggling to halt the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Nigeria nurtures its cocoa industry

2014-09-05 09:44

High unemployment and poverty levels have prompted the Nigerian government to look again at cocoa for which prices have been rising.

MTN's tower deal a shift to broadband?

2014-09-04 19:14

Tower company IHS, who announced a deal with MTN that could be worth about $1.8bn, says mobile operators are selling their towers to free up capital for broadband.

WHO warns over Ebola in Nigeria's Port Harcourt

2014-09-04 13:44

An Ebola outbreak in Nigeria’s oil producing hub of Port Harcourt could spread wider and faster than in the financial capital Lagos, the WHO says.

Nigeria suffers dramatic upsurge in Violence

2014-09-04 10:28

Nigeria has suffered a dramatic upsurge in violence claimed by, or blamed on, the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, including a series of bloody attacks and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.

Ministers meet as Boko Haram attacks intensify

2014-09-03 14:35

Foreign ministers from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have met to discuss Boko Haram, as militants' rapid land grab intensified in the far northeast, raising fears for regional security.

Cameroon army 'kills 40 Boko Haram fighters'

2014-09-03 08:53

Cameroon's army have claimed to have killed more than 40 Boko Haram fighters who tried to storm a strategic border crossing from Nigeria.


67 South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse

2014-09-16 20:57

Sixty-seven South Africans have died after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed, the presidency says.

12 Nigerian troops sentenced to death for mutiny

2014-09-16 05:39

A court martial has sentenced 12 Nigerian soldiers fighting Islamic extremists to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer.

Nigeria keeping options open about missing plane

2014-09-15 22:03

Nigeria's military have appeared to rule out sabotage after an air force jet disappeared while on operations in the insurgency-hit northeast.

Deaths from Nigeria church collapse rise to 41

2014-09-14 17:36

The number of people killed in the collapse of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of a Christian evangelical pastor rose to 41, rescuers say.

Soldiers hammer Islamic fighters in Nigeria

2014-09-13 11:31

An officer and other witnesses say soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory.

Nigeria army, militants clash near Maiduguri

2014-09-12 17:15

Nigerian government forces are fighting Islamist insurgents 35km outside Borno state capital Maiduguri to try to stop any attack on the north-eastern city, residents say.

No info on SA Ebola case in Nigeria

2014-09-12 11:06

The health department had not received information about a South African woman who reportedly was being tested for Ebola in Nigeria, it says.

Boko Haram surround Maiduguri

2014-09-11 17:40

Boko Haram fighters have surrounded the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and are preparing an imminent takeover.

Ebola: South African quarantined in Nigeria

2014-09-11 13:45

Nigerian health authorities say they are holding, for Ebola testing, a South African national in transit to her country because she is showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Jonathan orders removal of #BringBackGoodluck posters

2014-09-10 17:04

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the removal of signs and banners that mimic the social media campaign to release more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, his spokesperson says.

Scores flee advancing Islamic militants in Nigeria

2014-09-10 10:02

Fleeing residents say Boko Haram fighters are patrolling 50km of the main road between two of several towns the Islamic extremists have seized in a 320 arc running alongside northeast Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

20 police still missing after Boko Haram attack

2014-09-10 06:04

Twenty Nigerian police officers are still missing three weeks after Boko Haram fighters attacked a training academy outside the remote northeastern town of Gwoza, the country's police chief says.

Cameroon army 'kills +100 Boko Haram fighters'

2014-09-09 10:32

Cameroon says its soldiers have killed "more than 100" Boko Haram fighters during an attempted incursion by the Nigeria-based Islamist insurgents.

No Saudi ban over Ebola for Nigerians going on haj

2014-09-08 16:30

Saudi Arabia, which has barred pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from the haj due to Ebola concerns, will allow Nigerians to attend, an official says.

Boko Haram grabs towns in northeast Nigeria

2014-09-07 19:23

Nigeria's Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have seized more towns along Nigeria's northeastern border and are adopting a new strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses say.

Boko Haram looks stronger than ever

2014-09-06 16:31

Boko Haram looks stronger than ever despite a promise eight months ago by Nigeria’s newest chief of staff to end the violence being waged by the militant group.

Diamond's Africa bank buys Nigeria's UBN stake

2014-09-05 14:45

An African investment vehicle of former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, has lifted its stake in Union Bank of Nigeria to almost 30% with a $270m investment.

World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs

2014-09-05 11:46

World health experts are set to meet for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors in the worst-hit countries pleaded to be given serums.

Boko Haram systematically killing men in Nigeria

2014-09-05 08:33

The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is systematically killing men to assert its control and has seized yet another area in northern Nigeria, reports say.

Not enough Ebola drugs - WHO

2014-09-05 05:00

Stocks of experimental Ebola drugs will be too small to immediately quell the virus outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization says.

$600m needed to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-04 14:44

The United Nations (UN) says $600m in supplies is required to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to reports, as the death toll passes 1 900.

IHS to take control of MTN's Nigeria towers

2014-09-04 12:04

MTN has made a deal with IHS for the transfer of business towers, which is expected to reduce MTN Nigeria's operating costs and drive network efficiency.

Nigeria's Bama still under state control

2014-09-03 20:05

The Nigerian town of Bama remains under government control after an assault by Boko Haram, the Borno state government says, contradicting reports that the Islamist group had seized much of it.

Islamic fighters besiege Nigerian city: Senator

2014-09-03 10:51

Thousands of Nigerians are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a federal senator says.

Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset - expert

2014-09-02 08:43

It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them.

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