NIGERIA

  • 'Mysterious' disease kills 17 in Nigeria: official April 18, 2015

    Lagos: A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said on Saturday. "Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town," the government spokesman for Ondo state, Kayode...
  • Yemen is 'in flames', immediate cease-fire needed, says UN chief April 17, 2015

    Washington: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen to spur peace talks and get lifesaving aid into the impoverished Middle East nation. The UN chief on Thursday addressed "the many fateful challenges" the world confronts, from 50 million refugees and displaced people the largest number...
  • Nigeria: A year on after Boko Haram militants kidnapped over 200 school girls April 15, 2015

    It has been a year since Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 200 school girls in Nigeria. UNICEF has said that such abductions are now being replicated there with reports of children being trafficked in northern Nigeria. ...
  • 800,000 children forced to flee homes in Nigeria: UNICEF April 14, 2015

    United Nations: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a new report has revealed that at least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups. The report, "UNICEF's Missing Childhoods", was released...
  • African leaders to hold Boko Haram summit April 8 April 5, 2015

    Abuja: Leaders of central and west African states will hold a summit on April 8 to try to draw up a joint strategy against the threat posed by Nigeria's Boko Haram militants, a statement from organisers said on Sunday. It will be the first meeting of its kind since Nigeria's election...
  • Giriraj Singh is a loose cannon: Congress April 1, 2015

    Congress reacted sharply to Giriraj Singh's sexist remarks. Congress spokesperson Sushmita Deb said "Giriraj is a loose canon, shocking one is a minister, other is a CM. BJP is supposed to change mind-sets yet PM is watching silently. We are representatives of people and we should refrain from such comments." ...
  • Nigerian envoy to India condemns Union Minister Giriraj Singh's racist remark on Sonia's skin April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Nigerian envoy to India OB Okongor on Wednesday condemned Union Minister Giriraj Singh's controversial and bizarre statement on Congress President Sonia Gandhi. "I believe PM will do right thing on this. I am not going to lodge protest," said the envoy. Singh had commented that the colour...
  • UN chief lauds 'largely peaceful' Nigerian elections March 29, 2015

    Nigeria: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated Nigerians for holding "largely peaceful and orderly" elections despite Boko Haram attacks and urged them to continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. Ban condemned attacks carried out by "Boko Haram and others who have attempted to disrupt" the presidential and parliamentary polls. But...
  • Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria March 29, 2015

    Abuja: Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in...
  • 23 'beheaded' in northeast Nigeria on eve of election March 29, 2015

    Kano: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in Buratai, northeast Nigeria, on the eve of general elections, a federal lawmaker representing the area said. "There was an attack on Buratai late Friday by gunmen suspected to be insurgents. They beheaded 23 people and set homes...
  • Nigerian man arrested in Jaipur for having 'fake' Indian visa March 26, 2015

    Jaipur: A Nigerian man who came to study nursing at a dental college here was arrested on the charge of having a "fake Indian visa", police said. Sameul Olaolu Onaolapo, 35, who had applied for renewal of Indian visa through the state CID-Crime Branch was arrested, they said. A case...
  • Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack March 22, 2015

    Abuja: Nigeria's defence headquarters said on Saturday that a combination of air and ground operation repelled an attack on a northeastern town of Bama by Boko Haram militants. Chris Olukolade, spokesperson for the defence headquarters, said over a score of the terrorists died while others fled with wounds, Xinhua reported citing...
  • 100 bodies in Nigeria 'mass grave' taken from Boko Haram March 21, 2015

    N`Djamena: Around 100 bodies were found in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Damasak in northeast Nigeria on Friday, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP. Soldiers discovered the bodies under a bridge just outside the town, which was retaken from Boko Haram terrorists on March 9 by...
  • Karnataka: Four students from Ivory Coast thrashed by locals at Kothanur March 11, 2015

    Kothanur: Four students from Ivory Coast were allegedly thrashed by locals at Kothanur in Karnataka late on Monday night. The police has said that there was no assault but only a verbal scuffle that happened. "It is a case of mistaken identity as another African had created ruckus earlier leaving...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State March 8, 2015

    Maiduguri (Nigeria): Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group. The pledge to Islamic State came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from...
  • Teenage girl bomber kills 15 at northeast Nigeria bus station February 24, 2015

    Damaturu: A teenage girl blew herself up at a crowded bus station in a northeastern Nigerian town on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 53 in the second such attack there this week. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing in Potiskum but the main suspect is likely to...
  • Nigeria military says it kills 300 Islamists as neighbours join fight February 19, 2015

    Maroua: Nigerian forces have killed more than 300 Boko Haram fighters during an operation to recapture 11 towns and villages since the start of the week, the military said on Wednesday, as its war increasingly sucked in neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The latest fighting comes as the tide has appeared...
  • Female suicide bomber kills 16 in Northeast Nigeria February 15, 2015

    Maiduguri: A teenage female suicide bomber blew herself up at crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others. Most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money at the time of the explosion, said witnesses. The bomber...
  • African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram January 30, 2015

    Addis Ababa: The African Union called for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said. "Boko Haram's horrendous abuses, unspeakable cruelty, total disregard for human lives, and wanton destruction of property are unmatched," Dlamini-Zuma said...
  • UN estimates 14,000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad after Boko Haram violence January 29, 2015

    Libreville: More than 14,000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to a United Nations report on Thursday. The report by the UN's Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the daily arrivals rate at 774 and said...
  • Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria's neighbours January 21, 2015

    Kano: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a video published online. "We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book," Shekau said in a...
  • Amnesty releases satellite images of Nigeria, US accuses Boko Haram of 'crime against humanity' January 16, 2015

    Lagos: US Secretary of State John Kerry branded a Boko Haram massacre in northern Nigeria a "crime against humanity" on Thursday as satellite images suggested massive destruction in the two towns reported razed by its fighters. "What they have done... is a crime against humanity, nothing less," Kerry said as first...
  • Boko Haram may have killed up to 2,000 people in Nigeria: Amnesty International January 11, 2015

    Yola: Hundreds of bodies too many to count remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International suggested on Friday is the "deadliest massacre" in the history of Boko Haram. Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued Friday for Baga, a...
  • Child suicide bomber kills at least 16 in Nigeria January 11, 2015

    Maiduguri: A bomb worn by a girl aged about 10 exploded in a busy market place in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more...
  • Suicide bombing by young girl in NE Nigeria, 10 dead: Red Cross January 10, 2015

    Maiduguri: At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when a young girl, thought to be aged about 10, blew herself up at a crowded market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the Red Cross and vigilantes said. The powerful explosion rocked the city's Monday market at about 12:40 PM...
  • Boko Haram kills dozens in fresh raids in Nigerian town January 9, 2015

    Bauchi: Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people and burned down homes in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga in the past two days, in a second killing spree since seizing control there at the weekend, witnesses said on Thursday. Two locals said the Islamist insurgents began shooting indiscriminately and...
  • Bombs in north Nigeria bus station, market kill 27 December 23, 2014

    Abuja/Maiduguri: Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly set off bombs targeting civilians, especially in the northeast where they...
  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 100 over women, children in Nigeria December 18, 2014

    Maiduguri (Nigeria): Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the remote northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, a security source and resident said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed it yet, the attack bore the hallmarks...
  • India records highest deaths among under-five children December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India reports the highest number of deaths among children below the age of five years, annually due to pneumonia and diarrhoea, according to an international report, the government told Lok Sabha on Friday. India has 3.18 lakh under-five children deaths annually due to the two diseases and the countries...
  • At least 120 dead in mosque suicide attack in Nigeria's Kano November 29, 2014

    Kano (Nigeria): At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Saturday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders. The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in...