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Four Roman Catholic priests who were kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria last week have been rescued, police have said .
A second man has been jailed for his part in the mass kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, more than four years ago, the government says.
Nigeria is marking four years since Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok, with renewed calls for their release and that of thousands of others seized in the bloody conflict.
Islamist militants Boko Haram has released a new video purporting to show at least 14 of the schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014.
Gunmen have kidnapped 19 bus passengers near Nigeria's southern oil hub, Port Harcourt, police say, in the latest of a series of abductions in recent weeks.
Police in Nigeria have reportedly arrested at least five women suspected of abducting and selling a 3-year-old boy for less than $2000.
The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity are reuniting with their families for the first time, officials say.
A Nigerian minister says the government is negotiating "seriously" for the release of the more than 110 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls still held by Boko Haram extremists.
Eighty-two Nigerian schoolgirls who were released from Boko Haram captivity after more than three years face a wait to be reunited with their families, a town elder says.
Nigerian newspapers have published the names of 82 Chibok schoolgirls set free three years after being kidnapped by Islamic extremists, but they remained behind closed doors and their parents awaited word on whether they could see them
Gunmen have abducted four Catholic priests in southern Nigeria, a local state official says.
Armed men have kidnapped a German national working for a construction firm in northern Nigeria in an attack that also killed a police officer, police say.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has slammed last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington's "full support" in the country's fight against Boko Haram jihadists.
Six members of a cargo ship kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria's Port Harcourt have been freed, their German employer says.
Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped at least 10 members of an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria, colleagues and the state-run oil firm says.
Nigerian officials say the 82 young women released by Boko Haram extremists this month are set to begin a special rehabilitation programme in the capital Abuja.
Nigeria's government has retracted its announcement that another Chibok girl is free, saying she is not one of the 219 whose kidnapping three years ago caused global outrage.
Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls who were released after being held for more than three years by Boko Haram will be reunited with their parents next week, according to Nigeria's minister for women.
A schoolgirl who was among more than 200 kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 refused to be part of a release deal because she is now married to a militant fighter, Nigeria's government says.
The United Nations has welcomed the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls in a prisoner swap after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity and urged others to be freed.
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