Suicide bombers kill 13 in Chibok home of kidnapped girls
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Suicide bombers kill 13 in Chibok home of kidnapped girls

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Four female suicide bombers exploded at a market in the Chibok hometown of Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls on Wednesday Jan. 27, killing 13 civilians and wounding 32 people, witnesses said. Three soldiers including their commanding officer are among the injured being treated at the hospital, according to a man who was at the … Continue reading

Nigeria: Ex-security adviser detained over missing billions
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Nigeria: Ex-security adviser detained over missing billions

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Agents from Nigeria’s intelligence and financial crimes agencies have detained the former presidential security adviser and several others over missing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram. PR Nigeria, which publishes government news, said the Department of State Security on Tuesday took former national security adviser Sambo … Continue reading

Nigeria slashes telecoms company fine by a third to $3.4 bln
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Nigeria slashes telecoms company fine by a third to $3.4 bln

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is slashing its fine on MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, by more than a third to $3.4 billion, and the CEO of the embattled Nigerian subsidiary has resigned, the company said Thursday. The South Africa-based MTN Group also announced major management changes to strengthen oversight and regulatory compliance across all … Continue reading

Nigeria’s president: Ex-officer stole billions in arms deals
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Nigeria’s president: Ex-officer stole billions in arms deals

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leader has ordered the arrest of the former president’s national security adviser for allegedly stealing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram Islamic extremists rampaging across northeast Nigeria. “Thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided” if the money had been properly spent, Femi Adesina, … Continue reading

Global Hunger: Calamitous famine eradicated in last 50 years
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Global Hunger: Calamitous famine eradicated in last 50 years

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Those horrendous images of stick-like victims of famine may disappear from your screen. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, says a new report published Monday. The study, part … Continue reading

54 die in blasts in Borno state capital
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54 die in blasts in Borno state capital

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Members of a Nigerian civilian defense group say suspected Islamic extremists have killed at least 54 people by detonating explosive devices in crowded places in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, in the northeast. The civilian defense force members insisted on anonymity Monday for fear of reprisals from the Nigerian military … Continue reading

Nigerian civic groups suggest rigging in election
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Nigerian civic groups suggest rigging in election

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian civil societies say discrepancies in election tallies suggest the turnout was inflated in defeated President Goodluck Jonathan’s southern strongholds. The differences do not invalidate the victory of former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari but should be investigated before April elections for state governors, the Transition Monitoring Group told a … Continue reading

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Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. The Chadian forces regained control Monday of Dikwa, a town occupied by the militants for weeks, said Chad’s military spokesman Col. Azem Bermandoua. One … Continue reading

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Angry youths stone Nigerian leader’s convoy; police fire gas

  JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government’s failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday, January 29, at President Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt. Police used tear … Continue reading

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Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than 40 people have been killed in seven villages in Adamawa state this week, according to resident Emmanuel Kwache. “They slaughtered people like rams and they burned down … Continue reading