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2 dead, 8 rescued in Lagos building collapse

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:32 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency says the death toll would have been higher if the building had been fully occupied

An aerial view shows empty streets in Lagos on March 31, 2020. - Lagos was deserted on March 31, 2020, after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital Abuja, in the continent's latest effort to brake the juggernaut of COVID-19 coronavirus. Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to a halt on the first full day of a two-week shutdown. (Photo by Pierre FAVENNEC / AFP)

Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The killings are the latest in a spike of assaults by fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction

Virus crisis puts Nigeria corrupt fuel subsidy system in spotlight

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Nigeria's fuel subsidy scheme is described as a sprawling web of patronage and mismanagement

OIL PRODUCTION. The Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit, shown here in Nigeria on February 23, 2018, has the capacity to produce up to 200,000 barrels of oil per day. File photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Nigeria central bank cuts key interest rate

May 28, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, slashes its key interest rate to 12.5% amid fears of a deep recession

SLUMPING SALES. A lady walks past meat vendors waiting for buyers in a sparsely attended Mile 12 Market in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 6, 2020. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa's oil producers

May 14, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Here is a look at how African oil-exporting countries are faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

A view of the Kaombo Norte, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel(FPSO), a project operated by Total, the French multinational oil company, on November 8, 2018, about 250km off the coast of Angola in the Atlantic Ocean. - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around. For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below. The arrival of the platform ship which belongs to French oil giant Total has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP)

Nigeria oil industry scrambles as price fall slams economy

May 14, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The future is bleak for Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, with plunging crude prices and the coronavirus pandemic

OIL PRODUCTION. The Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit, shown here in Nigeria on February 23, 2018, has the capacity to produce up to 200,000 barrels of oil per day. File photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

IMF approves $3.4 billion for Nigeria to address coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The International Monetary Fund notes that the coronavirus pandemic and the plunging global demand for oil are severely affecting Nigeria's economy

LOCKDOWN. An aerial view shows empty streets in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Pierre Favennec/AFP

Nigeria to ease lockdown for millions in key cities

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:04 AM

The President also announces an immediate two-week lockdown in northern Nigeria's largest city Kano after officials said they were probing a spate of 'mysterious deaths'

MEAT. A lady walks past meat vendors waiting for buyers in sparsely attended Mile 12 Market in Lagos, on April 6, 2020. Photo by Pius Utomi Expei/AFP

Nigeria hopes for $15 price rebound from oil cut deal

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and biggest oil producer, is hoping for additional revenues once oil prices bounce back

A photo taken on February 23, 2018 shows the Egina FPSO berthed in Lagos harbour, Nigeria. - The Egina FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) unit is the largest FPSO ever installed in Nigeria and has the capacity to produce up to 200 000 barrels of oil per day. (Photo by Stefan HEUNIS / AFP)

Nigerians struggle as virus lockdown hits supply chains

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Farmers, sellers, and consumers complain the fight against the coronavirus has turned Nigeria into a patchwork of roadblocks and regulations that have ruptured business links

A lady walk past meat vendors waiting for buyers in a sparsely attended Mile 12 Market in Lagos, on April 6, 2020. - The lockdown of Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub has set food vendors at loggerheads with consumers . While food vendors are complaining of low patronage as securities operatives intensify enforcement of the sit-at-home order to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, consumers are blaming the arbitrary hike in prices of foodstuffs across the state to trader's insensitivity to the suffering of the people. Traders attribute the price hike of food items on restriction of vehicle movement by security operatives enforcing the lockdown and difficulties in transportationing goods from rural areas to the metropolis. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Nigeria seeks billions from lenders over virus

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Africa's most populous nation and biggest oil producer is battling to halt the spread of the coronavirus

An aerial view shows empty streets in Lagos on March 31, 2020. - Lagos was deserted on March 31, 2020, after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital Abuja, in the continent's latest effort to brake the juggernaut of COVID-19 coronavirus. Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to a halt on the first full day of a two-week shutdown. (Photo by Pierre FAVENNEC / AFP)

Nigeria reports 1st coronavirus death

Mar 23, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The confirmed number of infections in Nigeria has now risen to 36, with cases registered in largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja, and 4 other states

INSPECTION. A priest measures the body temperature of Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Olanrewaju Elegushi (L), on inspection to enforce the government directive against social gatherings at the Methodist Church of Trinity, Tinubu in Lagos, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigeria says Chinese-built rail project 'delayed' by coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Most of the Chinese workers building a 150-kilometer railway line from Nigerian economic hub Lagos to the city of Ibadan have yet to return

Workers stand along a prototype rail line, to be constructed by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), during the ground breaking for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan rail line project at the Ebute-Metta headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Lagos on March 7, 2017. - Nigeria's acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed off on the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line modernisation project to be executed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC). The project, when completed, will open up direct transit from the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, to Ibadan, in the heart of the south west. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Virus detected in sub-Saharan Africa as markets plunge

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

The World Health Organization warns that African health systems are ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak

POLLS. A woman sits beside a campaign poster for Atiku Abubaka on February 9, 2019. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

ISIS claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'This is a message to Christians all over the world,' says a masked man in a video posted online by ISIS-linked propaganda arm Amaq

Nigeria security services free prominent journalist

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Omoyele Sowore – a publisher of online news site Sahara Reporters – still faces trial for treason and other crimes but was freed on bail under orders from the attorney general

FREED. Convener of #Revolution Now Omoyele Sowore speaks during his arraignment for charges against the government at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on September 30, 2019. Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP

At least 2 killed, 13 injured in jihadist attack in Nigeria

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Islamic State West African Province fighters intensify deadly attacks, targeting soldiers and mounting fake checkpoints to kill and and abduct civilians


Vietnam seizes two tons of ivory tusks, pangolin scales

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Authorities find the ivory tusks and pangolin scales inside wood boxes shipped from Nigeria

Nigeria Supreme Court upholds Buhari's election victory

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The judgement brings an end to an eight-month bitter legal battle since the presidential election in February when Muhammadu Buhari, 76, won a second term with 56% of the vote

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 1, 2018 Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a military parade marking the country's 58th anniversary of independence, on Eagle Square in Abuja. - President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. "President Buhari suspends the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen and appoints Mr Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as acting CJN," presidential aide Bashir Ahmad tweeted. The announcement came ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on February 16 -- a contest in which Onnoghen would rule if any dispute emerged about the outcome, analysts say. (Photo by Sodiq ADELAKUN / AFP)

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

6 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls freed – state official

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai says kidnappers demanded ransom payment

Nigeria, South Africa pledge to stop xenophobic attacks

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands following their opening remarks during his official state visit at Union Buildings in Pretoria, on October 3, 2019. Recent xenophobic attacks threaten to dominate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's three-day official visit to South Africa and the presidency in Abuja has said he would use the state visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians". Phill Magakoe / AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Cameroon and Nigeria

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite banning the trade in pangolins, business in Cameroon is still thriving in plain sight in some rural regions. In Nigeria, Chinese traders have taken over the market for pangolins.

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

12 dead in Niger Boko Haram village attack

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:06 PM

11 of the 12 killed were shot, says a local official from the Niger village

17 Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:43 AM

A source in the Cameroonian navy says the kidnappers are 'probably Nigerian pirates'

Nigerian soldiers kill 3 police in 'kidnap' shooting

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The army confirms the killings but insists troops mistook the police officers for kidnappers

Nigeria insists Boko Haram 'defeated' after 10-year insurgency

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,' says Nigeria's presidency

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

4 Turkish nationals freed after Nigeria kidnapping

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

Authorities say gunmen snatched the 4 foreigners after storming a bar in a village in the western Kwara state

Nigerian president condemns killing of 37 villagers by cattle thieves

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the 'frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by gangs of mass murderers must be met with the fiercest force the government can mobilize'

Forest elephants: The jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Forest elephants are the shy relations of their larger savannah cousins and are experts at hiding; so skilled, in fact, very few in the city know about them

This handout picture taken on January 3, 2017 and released by the Omo Forest Initiative shows elephants walking in the Omo Forest, a home for elephants, northeast of Africa's biggest city Lagos. Omo, spreading across some 1,325 square kilometres (510 square miles) of southwestern Ogun state, was protected as a government reserve nearly a century ago. A UNESCO "biosphere reserve" of global importance, it is one of the last patches of pristine rainforest left in Nigeria. Nigeria's deforestation rates are among the highest in the world, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Handout / Omo Forest Initiative / AFP

At least 45 killed in Nigeria fuel tanker blast

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Local residents rush to the scene and collect leaking gasoline for over an hour before the fuel catches fire, causes a blast that tears through the surrounding area

A petrol tanker that crashed off the road and exploded leaving over 100 people injured is seen in Ahumbe, Benue State, northcentral Nigeria, on July 2, 2019. At least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded as people gathered fuel, the emergency services said on July 2, 2019. The truck overturned close to shops as it was travelling through the village of Ahumbe on July 1. EMMY IBU / AFP

At least 8 killed in Nigeria oil pipeline blast

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Authorities say the accident happened during maintenance work on the pipeline in Oyigbo near the West African country's oil hub Port Harcourt

30 killed in triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Three bombers detonate their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometers from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV

Gunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in Nigeria – police

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Witnesses say bandits opened fire on farmers on their fields outside the villages and also pursued those who fled

Nigerian gangs kill 43 in several attacks – police

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The gangs have long been a scourge of rural communities in northern Nigeria, raiding villages, stealing cattle, burning homes, looting food, and kidnapping for ransom

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term

May 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,' says reelected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was reelected in February, has been in power since 2015. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Nigerian president vows corruption crackdown in second term

May 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he will push on with rooting out rampant corruption in Nigeria, saying the legal process is what has slowed progress so far

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria – U.N.

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The freed children will be enrolled into a reintegration program with education and training to help them return to civilian life

FREE. This file photo shows released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

12 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria – police

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Authorities say the tanker fell on its side and 'spilled its contents and exploded, causing an inferno that engulfed other road users'

5 years after Boko Haram kidnap, 112 Chibok girls still missing

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Relatives of the kidnapped Chibok girls remain hopeful their children would come home someday. But the world is losing interest

STILL MISSING. Musa Maina holds a picture of her kidnapped daughter, Hauwa, on April 12, 2019 in Chibok. Photo by Audu Ali Marte/AFP

Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

Apr 07, 2019 - 9:40 PM

'When you're young your first million is important, but after, the numbers don't mean much,' says Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote

Nigerian businessman and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote leaves the Elysee presidential Palace following a meeting between French President and French and African businessmen on October 7, 2016 at in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Death toll now 20 in Lagos building collapse – state gov't

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:48 PM

'Twenty people were killed and 45 people were treated in different hospitals,' says Lagos State health commissioner Jide Idris

RESCUE. Emergency personnel rescue a child at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. File photo by Segun Ogunfeyitimi/AFP

Search ends in Lagos building collapse as anger flares

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) The National Emergency Management Agency has said that 37 people were rescued alive

BUILDING COLLAPSE. Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. Photo by Segun Ogunfeyitimi/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari looks to consolidate at state polls

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:30 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari will be expecting to consolidate his victory on February 23, where he wins in 19 states to secure a second 4-year terms of office

POLLS. Officials of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) look on as a woman casts her vote at a polling station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 9, 2019, as voting has started to elect governors and lawmakers in 29 of the nation's 36 states two weeks after presidential and national assembly elections in which Buhari was elected for a second term. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

U.S. hails 'successful' Nigeria vote

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

RE-ELECTED. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) addresses the audience following his re-election, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. File photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari faces long to-do list in second term

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'The hard work to build a better Nigeria continues,' Muhammadu Buhari says in his acceptance speech on Wednesday, February 27

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the audience following his reelection, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari wins reelection as opposition vows court battle

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) It is the second victory at the ballot box for Muhammadu Buhari, a one-time military ruler who was first elected in 2015 to lead Africa's most-populous nation and top oil producer

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a military parade marking the country's 58th anniversary of independence, on Eagle Square in Abuja. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

Nigeria election violence killed 'at least 39' – monitors

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:05 PM

In the Okoto area of the country's biggest city, Lagos, voters were chased away and ballot boxes were destroyed, say poll monitors

NIGERIA VOTE. Electoral Commission Officers await for voters as a polling station opens at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP