Nigeria

Jos (Nigeria) (AFP) At least 29 people were killed in a new flare-up of violence in central Nigeria targeting people sheltered in a primary school, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an appeal to “stop the madness”. The attack happened on Monday in Plateau state, which has been dogged for years by ethnic, sectarian and religious unrest. Sunday Audu, the head of the Irigwe Community Development Association, said armed men stormed the school in the village of Nkyie Doghwro, in the Bassa area of the state. Hundreds of local residentsRead More
Abuja (AFP) The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to show up in court on Tuesday as his treason trial resumed, an AFP reporter said. Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen for several weeks and his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the Federal High Court in Abuja his client was “in the custody of the (federal government)”. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group is facing a number of charges linked to his calls for a separate state for the IgboRead More
Abuja (AFP) The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to appear in court on Tuesday as his treason trial was scheduled to resume. Nnamdi Kanu, who heads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, was nowhere to be seen as proceedings resumed at the Federal High Court in the capital, Abuja. Prosecutor Shuaibu Labaran said Kanu’s absence was “contrary to the order of this court” but the separatist leader’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said: “I don’t know where my client is. “The home ofRead More
Lagos (AFP) The leader of a pro-Biafran separatist group in Nigeria has apparently gone missing, prompting speculation as to his whereabouts on the eve of his trial on treason charges. Nnamdi Kanu, who heads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, has not been seen in public since troops were deployed to the southeastern city of Umuahia last month. Kanu, who wants a separate state for the Igbo people who dominated the country’s southeast, has been on bail since April. He is scheduled to appear in court in Abuja onRead More
Lagos (AFP) Fela Kuti was known as “the King of Afrobeat”. Krizbeatz calls himself “the King of AfroDance”, the Nigerian music that has got millions dancing across Africa and the world. For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game. But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer — real name Chris Alvin Sunday — still takes hisRead More
Abuja (AFP) Nigeria’s government on Friday said 45 Boko Haram members had been sentenced to between three and 31 years in jail after being convicted at secret trials. The media has been banned on security grounds from attending proceedings at four civilian courts set up at a military base in Kainji, in the central state of Niger. Information Minister Lai Mohammed gave no details about those jailed, such as their names, ages, where and when they were arrested, what charges they faced and what pleas they entered. But he saidRead More
Lagos (AFP) Nigerian pop star Davido was questioned twice by police over the suspicious death of his friend after two other members of his entourage died later in the same week. The incident triggered passionate reactions in Nigeria, where the 24-year-old singer, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a generational star with 2.8 million followers on Twitter and five million on Instagram. Tagbo Umeike had a night of heavy drinking — he had 40 shots of tequila, according to the police — with his friends, including Davido, beforeRead More
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) Nigeria on Monday began its first major trials of Boko Haram suspects, with a promise to “prosecute and not to persecute” defendants at the closed-door hearings, the justice ministry said. A court at a military base in Kainji, in the central state of Niger, was told that 1,669 suspects were awaiting trial at the facility. Of those, 1,631 were men, 11 were women, with 26 boys and one girl. All of the defendants have been arrested and detained since the start of Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency inRead More
Abuja (AFP) Nigeria’s state-run oil firm on Monday hit back at claims of corruption from a senior government minister that have put President Muhammadu Buhari’s war on graft in the spotlight. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the allegations made by junior oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu were “baseless and due process has been followed”. Kachikwu, a former ExxonMobil executive to whom Buhari handed the day-to-day running of the oil and gas sector, made the claims in a letter to the president that was leaked last week. In it,Read More
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) More than 2,300 suspected members of the jihadist group Boko Haram were expected to appear in court in Nigeria from Monday in unprecedented mass trials to be held behind closed doors. The defendants have all been picked up and held in detention since the start of the conflict eight years ago, which has left at least 20,000 dead in the country’s remote northeast. To date, just 13 people have been put on trial and only nine convicted for their links to the Islamist insurgency, according to officialRead More