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.

2 teenage female bombers kill dozens in Nigeria's Maiduguri

2014-11-25 17:23

Two teenage female suicide bombers have blown themselves up in a crowded market in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, witnesses say.

Bharti Airtel selling 4 800 towers in Nigeria

2014-11-25 11:43

American Tower Corporation has agreed to buy the communications towers in Nigeria from Bharti Airtel, the companies said on Monday, without disclosing the deal's value.

Nigeria's top Islamic leader slams military

2014-11-24 22:32

Nigeria's top Islamic leader has accused the military of fleeing when Boko Haram attacks and terrorising civilians, in the harshest ever criticism from the key cleric.

Report: Nigeria DNA samples difficult to match

2014-11-22 14:15

Genetic testing to identify the remains of 84 South Africans killed in the Nigerian building collapse is extremely difficult, a report says.

Nigeria to endure oil price shock - minister

2014-11-21 09:26

Nigeria will have to adjust to oil prices heading lower for some time to come, says Finance Minister Ngozi Okonja-Iweala, on the 2015 economic growth outlook.

Teargas fired at Nigeria parliament before key vote

2014-11-20 14:18

Nigerian security forces have fired teargas inside the parliament complex as opposition lawmakers arrived for a key vote on emergency rule in the northeast.

Boko Haram steps up attacks in Cameroon

2014-11-20 09:52

Nigerian Islamist extremists Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons.

Nigerian opposition: Govt playing politics with Boko Haram

2014-11-19 17:42

Nigeria’s main opposition party has accused the government of playing politics with Boko Haram, as it held its first major election rally.

Nigeria seeks $2bn oil account for projects

2014-11-19 12:39

Nigeria's 36 states have requested to withdraw $2bn from the country's $4.11bn oil savings account to complete projects and provide security ahead of 2015 polls.

Mob sets suspected bomber on fire

2014-11-18 22:21

A suspected would-be suicide bomber has been set on fire by an irate mob at a bus station in north-eastern Nigeria.

Nigeria to extend state of emergency

2014-11-17 20:51

Nigeria's government will seek to extend emergency rule in the restive northeast for six more months, the justice minister says.

Nigerian army recaptures Chibok, abducted girls' hometown

2014-11-16 16:40

The Nigerian army says it has recaptured and "secured" the northeastern town of Chibok, where Islamic militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

Lagos victims: Families, media separated

2014-11-16 15:53

Relatives of the South Africans who died in the Lagos building collapse have been separated from journalists at the formal reception ceremony for the bodies at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria.

Nigeria repatriation team on the way

2014-11-15 05:45

A team appointed to expedite the repatriation of the remains of 85 people from South Africa who died when a church building collapsed in Lagos are on the way to Nigeria.

Military chopper crashes in northeast Nigeria

2014-11-14 11:41

Witnesses and police say a military helicopter has crashed in an explosion of fire near a college hostel in northeast Nigeria, where troops are fighting an Islamic insurgency.

Archbishop: Pray for repatriation of bodies from Nigeria

2014-11-14 06:17

South Africans should pray for the successful repatriation of the remains of the 85 people who died when a church building collapsed in Nigeria, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba says.

US denies failing to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

2014-11-13 13:09

The US has hit back at allegations by the Nigerian ambassador of failing to help fight Boko Haram, saying there has been “a great deal” of US aid to his country.

Shell says Nigeria spills bigger than thought

2014-11-13 09:01

Royal Dutch Shell has said two 2008 oil spills in Nigeria were larger than earlier thought, ahead of a compensation court case in England's High Court.

US support lacking in Boko Haram battle – Nigeria

2014-11-12 08:03

Nigeria’s envoy to Washington has criticised US support in the battle against Boko Haram militants as insufficient, including failure to share enough intelligence and sell needed weaponry to fight the Islamist group.

Goodluck Jonathan a fortunate leader

2014-11-11 21:13

An incumbent president running for re-election who has lost parts of his country to Islamist rebels and whose administration has been hit by waves of massive corruption scandals arguably has reason to worry.

Nigerian ambassador blasts US refusal to sell arms

2014-11-11 16:49

Nigeria's ambassador to the US has castigated Washington for refusing to sell 'lethal weapons' to fight his country's Islamic uprising, saying the extremists otherwise would have been defeated long ago.


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.

Nigeria Central Bank devalues currency

2014-11-25 20:36

Nigeria has devalued its currency, seeking to stabilise the naira after it hit historic lows against the US dollar.

Boko Haram in control of another Nigerian town

2014-11-25 14:23

Boko Haram has taken over another town in Nigeria’s far northeast, a lawmaker, a local government official and a security source say.

Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in Nigeria

2014-11-23 12:00

Boko Haram gunmen have killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association says.

Nigeria must adjust to oil prices - minister

2014-11-21 19:07

Nigeria will have to adjust to oil prices heading lower for some time to come, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says.

TB Joshua challenges summons

2014-11-20 18:15

Lawyers for Nigerian preacher TB Joshua have mounted a legal challenge against a coroner who has ordered him to testify about the fatal building collapse.

Coroner threatens TB Joshua for 2nd inquest no-show

2014-11-20 13:26

A coroner says he would order the arrest of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua after he again failed to appear to give evidence about a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch.

Military plane was mystery Joshua aircraft

2014-11-19 22:31

A mysterious aircraft that a popular Nigerian preacher linked to the collapse of a guest house at his Lagos megachurch was an air force plane.

Fear of Boko Haram wrecks tourist business

2014-11-19 13:06

Tourists once flocked to Cameroon for its wildlife and spectacular scenery, but raids by the Nigerian extremists of Boko Haram all but halted such visits.

Nigeria facing serious issues amid oil price collapse

2014-11-19 12:01

Nigeria has made pragmatic moves to curb spending to offset falling global oil prices, analysts say, but blamed corruption for the failure to prevent a budget crisis that many saw coming.

Nigerian cleric backs vigilantes in Boko Haram fight

2014-11-18 11:39

One of Nigeria's most powerful Muslim leaders, the emir of Kano, has voiced support for vigilantes fighting Boko Haram, urging others to form civilian militias.


In today's news headlines: six have been killed after a high-speed chase with police in Durban, the bodies of 74 South Africans killed in the Nigerian church collapse have been returned to SA and Obama condemns the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.

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Lagos ceremony: Families break down

2014-11-16 16:33

Paramedics have rushed to the aid of some family member who had broken down and wept hysterically as the names of the Lagos church collapse were read out at a reception ceremony at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria.

Media access to Waterkloof base limited

2014-11-16 14:09

With the exception of the SABC, media houses were not granted access to the tarmac of the Waterkloof air force base for the arrival of the remains of 74 South Africans killed in the Nigeria building collapse.

Three dead in Nigeria air crash

2014-11-14 21:10

Three servicemen have been killed in a military helicopter crash in the restive northeast, while Boko Haram rebels raided two more towns.

Boko Haram invades 2 towns in NE Nigeria

2014-11-14 07:38

Scores of Boko Haram fighters have invaded two towns in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state after hunters and civilian vigilantes reportedly ousted them from a key town, residents say.

Hunters kill 75 Boko Haram members in Nigeria – reports

2014-11-13 16:24

Hunters have killed at least 75 members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in a norethern Nigerian town, a report says.

Female suicide bomber attacks Nigerian teaching college

2014-11-13 10:36

A female suicide bomber has injured four people at a teachers’ college in northwest Nigeria, while the US hit back at allegations it has not done enough to tackle Boko Haram militants.

Repatriation of bodies from Nigeria 'will bring closure'

2014-11-12 08:03

The government says it hopes the repatriation of the remains of 85 South Africans who died in a church building collapse in Nigeria will bring closure to "this very traumatic experience".

Remains of nationals killed in Lagos home soon

2014-11-12 05:15

The government is ready to repatriate the bodies of 81 South Africans killed in a September church building collapse in Lagos at the weekend.

Potiskum schools closed after Boko bomb attack

2014-11-11 18:48

Nigeria's northern Yobe state has closed all schools in the town of Potiskum after a suicide bomber killed dozens of students there.

Nigerian envoy blasts US refusal to sell arms

2014-11-11 14:29

Nigeria's ambassador to the US has criticised Washington for refusing to sell "lethal weapons" to fight his country's Islamic uprising, saying it has let down an old ally in its hour of need.

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