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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.


Armed gang kills at least 30 in northwest Nigeria, police say

An armed gang on motorbikes killed at least 30 people in attacks on two villages in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina, police said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's military razed villages in war on Islamist insurgents: Amnesty International

Nigeria's military burned down villages and forcibly displaced hundreds of people in its fight against Islamist insurgents in the country's northeast, rights group Amnesty International alleged on..
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Attackers kill, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria [Video]Attackers kill, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria

Women and children kidnapped by gunmen in attack close to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Trump Admin Expands List Of Countries On Travel Ban List [Video]Trump Admin Expands List Of Countries On Travel Ban List

The Trump administration's controversial visa and travel bans have now been extended to include more countries. According to CNN, the bans are among President Donald Trump's signature policies. The..

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Transfer deadline day: Manchester United sign Odion Ighalo on loan [Video]Transfer deadline day: Manchester United sign Odion Ighalo on loan

Manchester United have signed Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on a season long loan deal, while West Ham have snapped up Jarrod Bowen and Arsenal have picked up defender Cedric Soares on transfer..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:22Published

S. Africa's Massmart to restructure after forecasting loss [Video]S. Africa's Massmart to restructure after forecasting loss

South Africa's Massmart Holdings, majority-owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart, forecast a full year loss on Thursday as it battles tough trading conditions. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Nigerian rice farmers fall short after borders close [Video]Nigerian rice farmers fall short after borders close

Thomas Tyavwva Maji is planting rice on more of his land than ever on his farm in Nigeria's Benue State to take advantage of a surge in prices since the country shut its land borders in August. Angela..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:22Published

Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria [Video]Floating slum tries to put itself on the map in Nigeria

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Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool [Video]Police name father and 2 children who died in Spanish resort pool

A British father and his two children who drowned in a swimming pool at a holiday resort in the Costa del Sol have been named. Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, nine, and his son..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere [Video]John Boyega's sister designed Nigerian outfits for 'Star Wars' premiere

The traditional Nigerian attire the John Boyega wore at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was more than just a tribute to his family's ancestry - it was also designed by his..

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published


Thousands of Cameroonians flee to Nigeria as violence flares

Nearly 8,000 Cameroon refugees have fled to eastern and southern Nigeria in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday, as violence flared between security forces and..
Reuters - Published

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists kill at least 30 in northeast Nigeria: residents

At least 30 people have been killed in Nigeria's northeastern Borno region after suspected Boko Haram Islamists set ablaze several trucks carrying passengers on Sunday night, eyewitnesses and residents..
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West African countries to investigate Nigeria border closure

West African countries have agreed to conduct an investigation into the impact of Nigeria's decision last year to close off its land borders to trade, Nigeria's presidency said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Court case of 47 Nigerian men charged under homosexuality law delayed again

A closely-watched trial of 47 Nigerian men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, seen as a test of a law criminalizing homosexuality, was delayed for a third time on..
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Nigeria ‘Blindsided’ by Trump Travel Ban, Its Top Diplomat Says

The Nigerian foreign minister said he learned about the ban just before a meeting with the United States to expand cooperation. But he said American officials had signaled it could soon be lifted.
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Nigeria working to have U.S. travel ban lifted: foreign minister

Nigeria has begun working on the security and information sharing requirements for the lifting of a U.S. travel ban on prospective immigrants from the African nation, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Jersey sign $300 million Abacha loot repatriation deal with Nigeria

The United States and the British dependency of Jersey have agreed with Nigeria to repatriate more than $300 million in funds stolen by former military ruler General Sani Abacha, the three governments..
Reuters - Published

Families in Africa fear impact of U.S. immigration ban

An Eritrean father yearning to be reunited with his four children after 15 years apart. An American woman adopting a Nigerian toddler. A Nigerian man desperate to be with his American wife and..
Reuters - Published

Eritrea blasts U.S. visa ban, Nigeria creates committee to address issues

Eritrea denounced a U.S. ban on immigrant visas for its citizens as "unacceptable" on Saturday, while Nigeria's government said it had created a committee to address the issues that prompted U.S...
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Nigeria creates committee to tackle issues that led to U.S. visa ban: presidency

The Nigerian government has created a committee to address the issues that led to a suspension of U.S. immigrant visas to its citizens, the president's office said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Nigerians in New York Worry Expanded Travel Ban Will Hurt Family Ties

“It’s just not right to just blanket ban a group of people,” said one college professor who has lived in the U.S. for about 20 years.
NYTimes.com - Published

Trump's expanded travel ban targets Nigeria, five other countries

U.S. President Donald Trump will issue an expanded version of his travel ban on Friday that targets prospective immigrants from Nigeria and five other countries, U.S. officials said, a move that could..
Reuters - Published

Trump expands controversial travel ban restrictions to six new countries

Officials will suspend overseas visas for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria. Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals face restrictions.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump Administration Adds Six More Countries to Travel Ban

President Trump adds Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list.
NYTimes.com - Published Also reported by •Reuters

'Regulate Us-Not Kill Us': Lagos motorcycle taxi drivers march against ban

More than 1,000 motorcycle taxi drivers marched to the gates of the Lagos state legislature on Friday to protest against a measure that will bar them from much of Nigeria's traffic-choked commercial..
Reuters - Published

'Me Too' Nigeria style: women opt for martial arts over marches

Frustrated by one of the world's highest rates of sexual assault, poor law enforcement and tribal taboos that keep people quiet about gender violence, some Nigerian women are breaking with tradition to..
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Crowded Lagos to ban motorbikes from most of Nigerian metropolis

Nigeria's business capital of Lagos will ban commercial motorcycles from operating in large parts of the city, the state government announced on Monday, a move that could change the commute for..
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Nigeria had no warning on potential U.S. travel ban: minister

Nigeria had no warning from Washington that it could be added to the list of countries subject to a U.S. travel ban, information minister Lai Mohammed said on Monday, adding such a move would be..
Reuters - Published

Mass evictions prompt protests as Nigerian housing crisis mounts

The men in naval uniforms charged into the Nigerian waterfront village of Okun Glass in the morning, chased out the residents, then called in the bulldozers.
Reuters - Published

Trump administration plans to add Nigeria and six other nations to travel ban list: reports

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania - to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday.
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Pipeline fire kills three in Lagos: Reuters witness

A fire on a pipeline owned by Nigeria's state oil company in the commercial capital Lagos killed three people on Sunday, a Reuters witness said.
Reuters - Published

U.N. says militants targeted aid worker hub in northern Nigeria

Militants attacked a facility housing several aid groups in northeast Nigeria over the weekend in what the U.N. warned on Monday is an escalation in attacks specifically targeting aid workers.
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UK seeks to confiscate convicted Nigerian politician's loot

A British prosecutor launched a fresh attempt on Thursday to confiscate tens of millions of pounds stolen from an oil-producing state in Nigeria by its former governor, who was convicted of laundering..
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Nigerian Islamist militants free three aid workers, other civilian hostages: U.N.

Islamist militants released three aid workers and other civilians in northeast Nigeria who had been held hostage since late December, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the country said on..
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#MeToo gave women a voice but solutions still missing: novelist Adichie

The #MeToo movement may have given women's rights a boost but the drive for gender equality still takes "two steps forward, and one step backwards," Nigerian novelist and activist Chimamanda Ngozi..
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Militant attack in Nigerian town kills 20 soldiers, displaces 1,000 residents

About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Thirty killed in northeast Nigeria bomb blast on crowded bridge

At least 30 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno after an improvised explosive device detonated on a bridge, sources told Reuters on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Militants kill 10 in Nigeria attack targeting aid workers, Christians: witnesses

Islamist militants killed at least 10 people and took two women captive in an attack on a convoy in northern Nigeria that targeted Christians and those associated with international aid groups,..
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Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its..
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Nigeria releases Sowore and Dasuki after AG orders bail

Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki left prison Tuesday evening after the attorney general ordered their release on bail, in recognition of court orders.
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Nigeria orders release of Sowore, Dasuki, heeding court orders: attorney general

Nigeria's attorney general ordered the release on bail of an ex-presidential candidate and a former national security adviser, in recognition of a court order that they be released.
Reuters - Published

Pro-government group attacks rally demanding release of 'illegally' held Nigerians

Pro-government activists in Nigeria on Monday attacked civil society protesters who were demanding the release of people they say are illegally detained, a Reuters witness said.
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Armed group claims killing four humanitarian hostages in Nigeria, aid organization says

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
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Armed group says it killed 4 hostages kidnapped in Nigeria: Action Against Hunger

An armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Rights groups urge release of Nigerian ex-presidential candidate

Human rights groups called on Monday for the release of a former presidential candidate facing treason charges who was re-arrested a day after being freed from detention on bail.
Reuters - Published

New Jersey journalist re-arrested in Nigeria after brief glimpse of freedom

Omoyele Sowore, imprisoned in his home country of Nigeria since August, has been freed from government custody, but still has to stand trial.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pirates capture crew members of Hong Kong-flagged tanker: SCMP

A Hong Kong-registered crude oil tanker was attacked and its sailors kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday, the South China Morning Post cited the city's Marine..
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Nigeria files fraud charge in bid to overturn nearly $10 billion penalty

Lawyers for the Nigerian government filed "new and substantive" allegations of fraud with a British court on Friday, carrying on a fight against an arbitration award now worth close to $10 billion, a..
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Nigerian activist Sowore re-arrested hours after he was freed: lawyer

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention has prompted protests by rights groups was re-arrested on Friday at a court hearing hours after he was freed on bail, his lawyer..
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Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail: Sahara Reporters

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose continued detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail late on Thursday, the news organization that he founded said on..
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Pirates kidnap 19 crew members from Greek tanker off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship's operator said on Thursday, in another sign of worsening piracy in the region.
Reuters - Published

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