Nigeria

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack — the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region — took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. “Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDPRead More
Abuja (AFP) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s 100-day-long overseas medical trip is stoking tensions in the country, as calls grow for him to either return or resign. Buhari, a northern Muslim, has been in London since May 7 to receive treatment for an undisclosed ailment, appointing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a southern Christian, to act on his behalf. There have been series of rallies in Abuja since August 7 over the long absence of the 74-year-old retired general who led a military regime in the 1980s. On Tuesday, singer and mediaRead More
Lagos (AFP) Nigeria must step up security for those displaced by Boko Haram violence, a global humanitarian agency said Wednesday after suicide bombers killed 28 people at the entrance to a refugee camp. “Camps sheltering innocent families fleeing war should be places of refuge. But instead they are turning into death traps,” said a statement by Ernest Mutanga, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Nigeria. “We need to see the Nigerian government stepping up to protect civilians in displacement camps. It’s their primary responsibility.” His remarks came afterRead More
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) Boko Haram gunmen have killed four people and torched homes in a nighttime raid on a village in restive northeastern Nigeria, local sources said Sunday. The militants stormed Amarwa village, while lies about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of Boko Haram. According to a leader of a local militia fighting the jihadists, the gunmen shot indiscriminately at villagers and set fire to homes in the raid late Saturday. “Two were shot dead and the other two choked to deathRead More
Warri (Nigeria) (AFP) Hundreds of protesters have occupied a Nigerian oil facility owned by Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, demanding that a local company take over its operations, a community leader said Saturday. “We want Shell to hand over the operations of the flow station to Belema Oil Company because it appreciates our challenges and needs,” community leader Godson Egbelekro told AFP. Protesters from the Kula and Belema community in Nigeria’s restive southern Rivers state said the community has suffered through decades of poverty and neglect. At the same time theyRead More
Abuja (AFP) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in London for treatment of an undisclosed illness for more than three months, has assured a government delegation that he is doing fine. “I am okay,” the 74-year-old leader said, according to a Saturday statement from the information ministry. “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.” The comments came following protests in the capital Abuja demanding that Buhari “return or resign”. “If President Buhari cannot returnRead More
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised dawn raid on the UN’s main base in the country’s conflict-torn northeast on Friday, the UN said, further inflaming tensions between the government and aid groups. A UN source told AFP that the search of the camp in Maiduguri, known as the “Red Roof”, was illegal under international law and may have been triggered by inaccurate information that a key leader of the Boko Haram jihadists was at the base. “Information about (Boko Haram leader Abubakar) Shekau’s presence in the Red RoofRead More
Lagos (AFP) Eleven worshippers gunned-down in a Nigerian church funded by a man accused by some of being a drug lord and described by others as a philanthropist may be victims of “gang war”. Just hours after the slaughter at the Sunday mass in St Philip’s in the Ozubulu area of southeastern Anambra state, detectives linked the killings to local mafia-style syndicates that have influence well beyond Nigeria’s shores. “Information revealed that this is not unconnected to a kind of a ‘gang war’ between the children of the same villageRead More
Rann (Nigeria) (AFP) He fled to Rann to escape Boko Haram, but Babagana Jugudum lost everything on January 17 when the Nigerian military accidentally killed more than 100 people in a botched air strike on the town. His wife and two children were among the dead. Only now can his story be told after AFP became one of the first global media organisations allowed access to the area. On that fateful Tuesday at around 12:30 pm, witnesses say a Nigerian fighter jet flew over the northeastern town of more thanRead More
Lagos (AFP) A Nigerian court has confiscated the $37 million luxury apartment complex of a former oil minister accused of fraud and money laundering as well as rental proceeds from the properties. Lagos high court judge Chuka Obiozor on Monday also ordered ex-minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to handover more than $2.7 million (2.3 million euros) that she made leasing the apartments. Since leaving office in 2015, Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States. The firstRead More