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  • Capital: Abuja
  • Major Languages: English
  • Currency: Naira
  • Timezone: GMT +1:00

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In March, 2015 former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the president of Nigeria, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. It was the first time in the country’s 55-year history that a ruling party was ousted at the ballot box. Buhari, who took office in May, was voted in largely due to his reputation as a modest and disciplined leader – skills which he will need to tackle the country’s two largest problems. His first priority is to end the insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group in the north-east, which has claimed around 20,000 lives, displaced around 1.5 million Nigerians and spilled over into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The other main challenge is to tackle the widespread corruption which has prevented the fruits of strong economic growth reaching much off the population, with tens of millions still living on less than $2 a day, and at a time when failing oil prices will significantly reduce the government’s budget.

Boko Haram were formed in northern Nigeria in 2002 by the Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf; however, it was only in 2009 that they became a militant organisation. A three day uprising in July, 2009 left more than 1,000 people dead across north-eastern Nigeria, including 700 in the city of Maiduguri. Since then the group have carried out daily attacks on civilians and the Nigerian security forces, including suicide bombings, kidnappings, assassination and hit-and-run raids. Some of the most high-profile incidents include the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok in April, 2014, and the Baga massacre in January, 2015 where several hundred people were killed across the surrounding towns and villages. The group have also carried out isolated attacks in the capital, Abuja, including a twin bombing in April, 2014 which killed at least 88 people. Shortly after taking office Buhari relocated the military’s command centre from Abuja, to Maiduguri in Borno state, while a regional security force based in Chad has also been established to fight Boko Haram in the region. The states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency have been Borno, Yobe, Kano, Gombe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Plateau and Kaduna. Another Islamic militant group, Ansaru, are also known to operate in northern Nigeria, although they have been less active since carrying out a series of high-profile kidnappings between 2012 and 2013.

Prior to the emergence of Boko Haram in the north, the main militant group in Nigeria was the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). From 2006 to 2009 the group carried out a campaign of violence against the oil industry, including the murder and kidnapping of several foreign nationals. A ceasefire was signed in October, 2009, and apart from a few isolated attacks and public threats the group have largely adhered to the agreement. The Niger Delta remains a high risk destination however, with various criminal gangs operating throughout the region. Vessels and oil-installations throughout the Gulf of Guinea have been attacked by gangs of armed criminals, and a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped and held in the delta region. Nigeria has one of highest rates of kidnap-for-ransom in the world and, although the risk is highest in the delta, incidents are reported to be on the increase throughout the rest of Nigeria - including Port Harcourt, Benin City and Kano. In 2015 several foreign nationals were reportedly kidnapped in Kogi state.

There are long standing sectarian and socio-economic tensions within Nigeria, with the population in the south being predominantly Christian and the north predominantly Muslim. These tensions have led to inter-communal violence, particularly in the central Plateau state and Kano state in the north. In April, 2011, rioting erupted in the cities of Kano and Kaduna following Goodluck Jonathan’s victory in the presidential elections. In January, 2012, there were widespread strikes against the end of a government fuel subsidy which forced prices to rise significantly. Protests often turn violent and visitors to Nigeria are advised to avoid all large scale public gatherings as a matter of precaution. Tribal clashes, particularly involving Fulani herdsmen, occasionally erupt over grazing and access rights. In March, 2015 more than 80 people died in such fighting in Benue state.

There is a moderate threat of crime throughout Nigeria, particularly involving “419 scams”, credit card fraud and cybercrime. Home invasions and armed robberies continue to be reported in the affluent neighbourhoods of Lagos and Abuja, while street crime is prevalent in the poorer suburbs of most major cities. Corruption remains widespread in Nigeria and officials from all areas of society might expect bribes in return for services.

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Journalist killed in road accident

A journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akure, Mr. Alex Akinwale has died. He has been identified among those who lost their life in a fatal motor accident involving the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi today (Saturday, February 1, 2014).

Four people, including the late Akinwale, were said to be among the occupants of a vehicle belonging to the NTA Staff when the convoy of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi rammed on the Toyota Camry of a Traditional monarch, Oba Taofeek Olaposi, who was coming from Osun State, and heading to Akure.

The deputy Governor’s vehicle, which supposedly used as ‘spare car,’ bashed the white Toyota Camry car of Oba Olaposi, and immediately collided with another vehicle, a Nissan Serena of the NTA staff.

The Incident happened at Aponmu-Owena, along Akure-Ondo road, a suburb in Ondo state, Nigeria. 

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Army repels militant attack in Maiduguri

The Nigerian army has repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Six suicide bombers -all of them women - died when their devices exploded late on Thursday.  Another assailant died while trying to ram a military checkpoint with his vehicle.  Mohammed Kanar, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said there were no civilian or military casualties in either attack.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Akwa Ibom

A Catholic priest has been kidnapped in Akwa Ibom, according to local police.  Father Felix Akpan, a priest of Ikot Ekpene Diocese, was abducted by unknown gunmen along the Abak-Ukanafun road.  The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Mr Donald Awunah, said police detectives have been deployed to secure the priest's safe release.  “The Nigeria Police Force will remain cautious with the investigation to ensure that the priest regains his freedom without any harm,” he said.

Vigilantes arrested for kidnapping in Enugu

Two members of a vigilante group have been arrested by Enugu State Police Command and charged with kidnapping.  The pair are accused of abducting Enechi Ejiofor in Nimbo in December 2016, and demanding a N10m ransom from the victim's family.  A N2m ransom was paid and collected by the kidnappers.

Seven people kidnapped in Epe

Five farmers and two members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) were kidnapped in Epe, Lagos on Tuesday night.  The group were abducted by unknown gunmen dressed in military uniforms in the Igbodu area before they were taken into the nearby forest.  Another farm worker who escaped the attack called local police, who are investigating the incident.  Four people were kidnapped from the same area on 27 January and released for a N2m ransom.

Boko Haram ravages village in Borno state

Dozens of suspected Boko Haram militants have raided a village in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that a fleeing terrorist convoy stormed Mussa village - in the Askira council - in the early hours of Saturday, setting ablaze several houses and buildings. Military sources told The Guardian Nigeria that the attack in the outskirts of the Sambisa Forest became recurrent amid a military crackdown on insurgent-held areas. 

Scores killed in road accident in northern Nigeria

At least 22 people have been killed and 58 others have been injured in a road accident along the Kano-Kaduna motorway in northern Nigeria. Road Safety authorities suspect the cause of the crash was speeding as the vehicle was loaded both with passengers and wood. Authorities have urged drivers to take extra-caution on Nigerian roads, where accidents often occur due to overloading and reckless driving.

Gunmen attack community in Ebonyi state

Gunmen have attacked eight villages in the Azuof­fia Edda community in Ebonyi state.  The assailants killed six people and burned down more than 200 houses during the raids.  The community has been at conflict with the neighbouring Obubra community in Cross River state.  “This is man’s inhumanity to man. It is disheartening that this kind of thing will be happening in our society; it’s so shocking,” said Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

Pirates kidnap eight foreign nationals off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and a Ukrainian national from a vessel off Nigeria.  Russian embassy’s spokesman Artyom Romanov said that "all necessary measures are being taken to find out where the kidnapped Russian sailors are at the moment."  The sailors were on board the BBC Caribbean cargo ship when they were attacked by pirates 45nm from Brass.

Six kidnapped in Kogi state

Six people have been kidnapped by armed men in the Okene Local Government area of Kogi state.  According to reports, the victims were travelling from Abjua to Onitsha when their vehicle was blocked by 10 assailants.  The Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Williams Ayah, confirmed the incident, which happened on Tuesday morning.

Illegal miners killed in Plateau clashes

Ten people have been killed in clashes between two groups of illegal miners in Plateau state.  The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) said the fighting took between miners from Gero and Bassa in the Gyel district.  The NSCDC official confirmed that security had been restored to the area after the clash.

Two female suicide bombers intercepted in Maiduguri

Two female suicide bombers have been intercepted by Nigerian security forces in Maiduguri.  The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Borno Command confronted the two suspects along Damboa Road early on Tuesday morning.  “One of the bombers got scared and threw her bomb and was instantly arrested, while the other one started running after people with her explosive but luckily, she was shot on the leg by our personnel after he chased her to a safe place," said Ibrahim Abdullahi from the NSCDC.

Several killed during inter-community clashes in Cross River

Over nine people have reportedly been killed amid inter-community clashes in Cross River and Ebonyi states, south-western Nigeria. Local authorities urged the military and police reinforcement to be deployed to the area that has been suffering a surge on violence. The communities affected by the armed stand-off were Ogurude and Azuofida-Edda. Similar clashes were previously reported in Ikwo and Adadama along the areas of Yala and Igbeagu.

Kidnappers and militia group clash in Cross River state

Clashes between kidnappers and the militia group known as the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) have led to the death of 10 people in the Cross River state, south-western Nigeria. Despite no confirmation of the incident by the authorities, the police said that five kidnappers were arrested. The militant group has issued a statement to local media saying that the move was carried out to prove that the BSF is not behind the wave of kidnappings and criminal activities in the area. 

Four government workers kidnapped in Kogi state

Four government workers have been kidnapped by unknown men in the Kogi state, southern Nigeria. The information was revealed on Wednesday by a member of the Mopa-Muro constituency, who said that the victims worked for the local government and were taken on the Kabba-Obajana road when heading to Lokoja. In early-January, a traditional ruler was also kidnapped in Kogi on a road near Lokoja.

A dozen Boko Haram militants killed in Borno state

At least 13 Boko Haram militants have been gunned down in an internationally-led operation in the Borno state, northern Nigeria. Cameroon's ministry of communication stated that the successive incursions against Boko Haram militants took place from 27 to 28 January in Zumbula, through efforts of the International Joint-Task Force. A cache of ammunition, weapons and explosives was also seized. Northern Nigeria - especially near the border with Cameroon's Far North region - is haunted by successive Boko Haram attacks.

Five UN officers shot dead in Adamawa state

Five non-governmental officers have been killed in western Nigeria's Adamawa state. Officers of the UN responsible for the monitoring of the delineation mission to the border between Adamawa and Cameroon, were ambushed by armed men on Wednesday near Tungo. The information was confirmed by the state commissioner for justice. The commission has been under International Court orders amid a lengthy delimitation process of the disputed boundaries between both nations.

Scores dead in clashes between army and Boko Haram

Three Nigerian soldiers and 41 Boko Haram militants have been killed in heavy fighting in Borno state.  The clashes erupted as troops from the 25 Task Force Brigade carried out clearing operations in the Dulsa and Buk areas of the Damboa Local Government Area on Wednesday.  “Unfortunately, three soldiers paid the supreme price, while five others were wounded in action. The bodies of the late soldiers and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated," said army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sani Usman.

Ethnic clashes erupt in Taraba

At least 10 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Taraba state in north-eastern Nigeria.  Police said the fighting took place between the Fulani and Mummuye ethnic groups in Lau local government area.  The unrest follows a series of reprisal attacks over the weekend that left eight people dead across the Lushi, Sakuwa, Hore Ladde and Garin Dogo communities.

Boko Haram attacks motorists on Maiduguri-Biu road

Boko Haram militants killed at least seven people in an attack on a convoy of motorists in Borno state.  Gunmen opened fire on the vehicles as they travelled along the newly opened Maiduguri-Biu highway near the village of Damboa on Saturday.  "We were somewhere between Bulabulin and DogonWaya villages when the Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on the vehicles ahead of us in the convoy,” a local resident told the Premium Times.  "When the shooting stopped and the Boko Haram fighters left, we had about seven passengers that were killed and some soldiers too were injured”, the witness said.

Suicide bomber targets mosque in Maiduguri

At least three people have been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Maiduguri.  The incident happened during morning prayers at the mosque in Dalori, close to the University of Maiduguri.  Earlier a 10-year-old girl detonated a suicide vest in Banki, near the border with Cameroon.  According to military sources, the girl attempted to enter a IDP camp in the town when she was confronted by troops, at which point she detonated the device.  No other injuries were reported in the blast.

Police officer killed in Port Harcourt

A police officer has been killed during clashes with armed robbers in Port Harcourt.  Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the incident happened at a branch of the New Generation bank in Rumuibekwe.  “Intensive search for the robbers is on. The Command’s Tactical Units have taken over the entire area, combing all the nooks and cranny with a view to arresting the hoodlums," said Omoni.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Delta state

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Catholic priest in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta state.  Rev. Fr. Joseph Oghenekevwe Ojakorotu from the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was abducted along the Sapele-Eku Road on Friday.  Some of the reverend's worshippers have reportedly received a ransom demand of N10m ($32k) to secure his release.

Militant group warns of fresh Delta attacks

The Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) has threatened to target essential infrastructure in the Niger Delta.  The NDRC said it would switch from bombing oil pipelines to destroying equipment from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA) and other federal agencies.  "In seven days’ time, Victor Ndoma Egba, and his NDDC board will know that we are professionals that do not only know how to bomb pipelines for calling us criminals," the NDRC said in a statement.  Earlier this month the militant group, along with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), announced plans to resume hostilities against the government.

Army repels Boko Haram attack in Yobe

The Nigerian military says an attack by Boko Haram militants on an army base in Yobe has been repelled.  Dozens of insurgents attacked the Kamuya base on Wednesday evening, with gun battles raging for several hours until reinforcements arrived from Buni Yafi.  At least three Nigerian soldiers and multiple Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed in the clashes.

Shia protesters clash with police in Abuja

Shia protesters clashed with police outside the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Wednesday.  Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria gathered to protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky, when they were confronted by police, who fired tear gas to disperse them.  Zakyzaky has been in custody for over a year, despite the fact that in December the Abuja Federal High Court ordered his immediate release.

Airstrike death toll rises to 236

Nigerian officials have said that the death toll from last week's accidental airstrike on an IDP camp has risen to 236.  Refugees and aid workers were among those killed in the attack on the camp in Rann, Borno state.  The military mistakenly believed they were targeting Boko Haram militants, blaming the "fog of war" for the strikes.

Gunmen kill teenage boy in Kaduna village

A 13-year-old boy has been killed in an attack by gunmen on a Fulani settlement in Kaduna state.  The assailants arrived at the village of Zankan at around 20:30 on Saturday evening.  Five people were also wounded in the attack.

A dozen feared dead in pro-Trump demonstration in Rivers state

Nearly a dozen supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have allegedly been shot dead by security forces in Rivers state, southern Nigeria. The incident reportedly happened when hundreds of people were staging a rally in Port Harcourt to celebrate the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. It was claimed by the IPOB leadership that Nigerian security forces engaged violently against the peaceful demonstration. Nigerian forces denied claims and said that they only employed the use of tear gas to disperse the crowd. Rallies for and against Trump are expected to be held throughout the next few days in several cities worldwide.

Traffic officials clash with road workers in Kano

At least 24 people have been wounded in clashes between officials from the Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Kano.  The unrest started when KAROTA attempted to close an illegal motor park, sparking a confrontation with union members.  Kano Police Command deployed officers to the scene to restore order.

Shias protest for release of leader

Thousands of Shia from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) sect have been protesting across northern Nigeria to demand the release of their leader.  Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been detained without trial since December, 2015 when troops also killed hundreds of his supporters.  Last month a Federal High Court ordered El-Zakzaky's release; however, he remains in custody.  Rallies were held in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kano and in the capital, Abuja.

Nigerian army bombs Borno IDP camp by mistake

A Nigerian fighter jet has accidentally fired a missile at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the north-eastern state of Borno.  There has been no official confirmation of the casualties, although scores of people were reportedly killed in the incident.  Staff members from Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) were both affected by the blast at the camp in Rann.  In a statement the ICRC said six staff members were killed, adding that they are "coordinating medical emergency efforts with relevant authorities and other aid actors."

Businessman kidnapped in Imo state

A Malaysia-based businessman has been kidnapped in Akokwa town in the southern state of Imo.  The victim, a Nigerian national, was targeted at his home at around 22:00 on Saturday.  “The men, who were armed, bundled their victim into his Jeep and drove off while the people around took to their heels because of the bullets the kidnappers fired into the air," a source told the local media.

Kidnapping attempt foiled in Ondo state

An attempted kidnapping was foiled by police in Ondo state on Sunday.  Gunmen seized Grace Faduyie, wife of the traditional ruler of Ikoya in Okitipupa, outside a church in Ikoya.  “Immediately the command received the information about the monarch’s wife’s abduction, a team of policemen went after the kidnappers in conjunction with the local hunters," said Police Command spokesman, Femi Joseph.  “The hoodlums later abandoned the victims and ran into the bush."

Staff and pupils kidnapped from Ogun international school

Two staff members and three pupils have been kidnapped from the Nigerian Turkish International College in Ogun state.  Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, confirmed that the group were abducted on Friday evening.  “The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command, has deployed the anti-kidnapping unit and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad as well as other police operatives in the area," said Oyeyemi.

Twin bomb attack hits University of Maiduguri

At least five people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a twin bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri.  The first blast hit a mosque near the staff quarters during morning prayers on Monday, while a second device exploded at the university's fifth gate.  Boko Haram have carried out multiple attacks in the city in recent years; however, this is the first reported bombing at the city's university.

Scores feared dead in Adamawa blasts

Scores of people have been killed in a triple suicide bomb attack in the northern state of Adamawa.  Three female assailants detonated their explosive vests at a motor park on the outskirts of Madagali on Friday morning.  The number of casualties has not yet been confirmed, although volunteers have been recovering bodies from the scene.

Two army officers killed in IED blast

Two Nigerian army officers have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in north-eastern Nigeria.  The device exploded around the Golgore River in the Damboa Local Government Area on Thursday.  The officers were members of the Nigerian Army 27 Brigade Task Force, which is deployed to clear Boko Haram militants from their remaining strongholds in the region.

Soldiers found dead in north-eastern Nigeria

The bodies of 16 Nigerian soldiers have been found in north-eastern Nigeria.  The Nigerian Army said the bodies were recovered along the Kamadogou River near the city of Maiduguri.  The troops were part of the 46 soldiers declared missing in November.  “They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery with full military honours,” said Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Herders clash with farmers in Niger state

Four people have been killed in clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Niger state.  According to residents the fighting erupted in Sabon Saga village in the Bosso Local Government Area on Wednesday morning and lasted for several hours.  DSP Bala Elkalla, public relations officer for the state police, said additional police have been deployed to the area to restore peace.

Police break up kidnapping cell in Lagos

Nigerian police have broken up a kidnap for ransom gang in Lagos.  "The gang was smashed with the arrest of Dominic Nwankpa , also known as Alhaji who is the gang leader," said Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.  The group are suspected of kidnapping Ambassador Bagudu Hirse in November 2016.  Awunah added that military and police uniforms were recovered during the raid, along with a cache of weapons.

NDRC militant group warns of Delta attacks

The Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) has vowed to resume attacks against the oil industry in the Niger Delta.  “After a keen observation of our ceasefire, declared on the 17th day of November, 2016, the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders want to resume attacks with a warning to the Nigerian government and the oil multinationals to be ready for the consequences of their oppressive and devilish politicization of the Niger Delta agitation and failure to utilize the precious intervention of our distinguished royal fathers and elders of PANDEF,” the NDRC said in a statement.  “The Federal Government was never sincere, all they were looking for was just to buy time to enable them prepare, acquire sophisticated arms to commit genocide against the defenceless people of the Niger Delta."

Eight killed in multiple suicide blasts

Eight people have been killed in a series of suicide bomb attacks across the northern city of Maiduguri.  Five suicide bombers, a civilian from the Joint Task Force (JTF) and two civilians died in three separate incidents on Sunday night.  Two blasts were reported in the Kaleri district, while another blast hit the Kaleri area of Gwange.  Boko Haram are suspected of being behind the attacks.

Boko Haram attack Nigerian army base in Yobe

Boko Haram fighters have attacked a Nigerian army base in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  Five soldiers and at least 15 Boko Haram militants were killed in the clash in Buni Yadi late on Saturday.  “The Boko Haram members came from the eastern area of Buni Yadi in large numbers and launched an attack on us. We do not know the casualty figure on the side of Boko Haram, but some dead bodies are seen scattered in the bush,” a source told the Punch newspaper.

Government resumes amnesty payments to Delta militants

The Nigerian government has resumed amnesty payments to former militants in the Niger Delta.  "Two months of the ex-militants' stipends were paid yesterday ... The rest of their stipends will be paid later in batches by (central bank) CBN," said Piriye Kiyaramo, an officer in the government's Amnesty Office.  The statement comes as talks continue between the government and militants in an attempt to end the recent increase in attacks against the oil industry in the Niger Delta.

Suicide bombers killed in Adamawa

A vigilante group has killed three suspected female suicide bombers in Adamawa state.  The incident happened at the Gulak market in the Madagali Local Government Area.  “On seeing them fast approaching, they asked them to stop but the girls declined instead running faster, so one was instantly gunned down and the bomb on her body exploded," said local official Yusuf Gulak. “The third girl attempted to run but could not succeed as she was also shot dead.”

Traditional ruler kidnapped in Kogi state

A traditional ruler has been kidnapped in Nigeria's Kogi state.  Alhaji Isah Achuja, the Ohi of Ajaokuta, was abducted on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road and taken to an unknown destination.  A member of the royal family said the kidnappers had demanded a N20m ($65k) ransom for the Ohi's release.

Kano businessman kidnapped in Okene

A Kano-based businessman has been kidnapped in the town of Okene in Kogi state.  Alhaji Zubairu was abducted by unknown assailants along the Okene-Akure federal highway.  The victim's wife, Hajiya Asabe, said that “the kidnappers are yet to establish contact with the family, and I want to appeal to whoever is behind this saga to set him free in the interest of humanity”.

Boko Haram militants killed in Borno clashes

At least 15 Boko Haram militants have been killed in clashes with the Nigerian security forces in the northern Borno state.  Fighting erupted when militants attacked troops stationed in Rann at 06:00 on Friday morning.  Several soldiers were also wounded during the incident, including one who had to be evacuated via air ambulance.

Army captures Boko Haram stronghold

The Nigerian army has captured a former Boko Haram stronghold in the northern state of Borno.  President Muhammadu Buhari said the Sambisa forest was now completely under the army's control.  The president said the operation's success was the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa forest.”

Abuja airport to close for six weeks

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the main airport in Abuja will close for six weeks to allow for major upgrades and repairs.  Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will close in February 2017 and all flights will be diverted to Kaduna, around 160km north of Abuja.  The main runway has been deteriorating for some time, sparking safety concerns from several airlines.

Customs officer kidnapped in Lagos

A senior customs official has been kidnapped in the southern city of Lagos.  Mrs. Comfort Alaba was visiting her children in Festac Town when she was abducted by gunmen, who escaped with her jeep.  "I suddenly heard a gunshot, and before I knew it, they had zoomed off with her. They wore black clothes. They didn’t say anything to us except when they threatened me. They were two in number,” said Alaba's daughter, Faith.

Youths protest at power shortages in Minna

Nigerian youths have protested outside the office of the Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC) in Minna, Niger state over ongoing power shortages.  Around 5,000 people joined the rally on Tuesday.  “For more than two years now, Niger State has been in darkness. Officials of AEDC promised that there would be steady power supply through to December, but it has not been so,” said youth spokesman Mohammed Mohammed.

Kidnapped superintendent killed in Ekiti state

A Superintendent of Police has been found dead in Nigeria's Ekiti state. The body of Idowu Taiwo was discovered in a car in Ado Ekiti on Monday.  He was abducted by armed men in the Ologede area on Monday.  "He was taken away from where he was in the Ologede area and was later found dead in the Ajebamidele area of the same Ajilosun," said a police public relations officer.

Unions shut down Arik Air

The United Labour Congress (ULC) and the Nigeria Pilots and Engineers union have shut the offices of Arik Airlines.  The action comes after the airline failed to pay its staff for seven months.  “The office will remain shut until the end of the year, unless the management reaches a compromise with our union on the anti-labour issues," said the Acting Chairman of ULC, Tokunbo Korodo.  Recently the airline warned that shortages of aviation fuel could lead to flight delays and cancellations at airports across the country.

Chinese national wanted in Kano over attempted murder

The Kano State Police Command has said that a Chinese national is wanted for attempted murder.  Mr Yang Zhong is accused of being behind an attack on fellow Chinese businessman Mr Wu Haiwang in July.  “As a result, Mr Yang Zhong, holder of Passport No. G58738024, suspected to be the brains behind the murder attempt, has been declared wanted by the police,’’  said police Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya.

Fulani herdsmen clash with farmers in Taraba

At least 24 people have been killed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Taraba state.  Local residents said the fighting erupted in Dan Anacha in the Gas­sol Local Government Area on Saturday.  Fulani herdsmen are suspected of carrying out the attack in revenge for the killing of two herders by Tiv farmers.

Four suspected kidnappers killed in Lagos

Police have shot dead four suspected kidnappers near the southern city of Lagos.  The group were killed during an operation to rescue a doctor kidnapped from St. Francois Hospital in Onikan, Lagos last week.  Dr Ajayi was rescued by the security forces and has since been reunited with his family.

Nigerian soldiers turn against officers, Bula Bello

Nigerian soldiers of the 21 Brigade have turn against their officers in mutiny during an operation against the Boko Haram in Bula Bello. The soldiers were on a mission to clear the Boko Haram from the Sambisa Forest in Borno State when they started rebelling against their orders. The soldiers allegedly began firing indiscriminately, readying vehicles to vacate the area and threatening to shoot officers who stood in their way. The cause of the mutiny has reportedly been attributed to the mistreatment of soldiers and frequent lies told by officers. The Nigerian army has not yet commented on the incident. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Suicide bomber intercepted in Borno State

A suicide bomber has been intercepted by Nigerian troops in Rann, in the Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. The suspect was a female who had previously been kidnapped by the Boko Haram group. The militants ellegedly kidnapped, only to release her into a crowd, wearing a vest strapped with explosives. Nigerian soldiers reportedly restrained the suspect and removed the first. Investigations into the suspect's claims are underway. Travellers should be on alert for suspicious activity in the area.

ExxonMobil office in Lagos shut by protesting staff

ExxonMobil's Lagos office has been shut down following a protest by staff over attempts by the oil giant to sack more than 100 Nigerian workers.  The employees union - Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) - said the strike action would continue through Thursday and could continue indefinitely.  ExxonMobil has not commented on the complaints.

Women's football team protest in Abuja

Members of Nigeria's women's football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid bonuses.  President Buhari was at the National Assembly to make a budget statement when the players from the Super Falcons held a protest outside.  The team won the 2016 Africa Women's Cup of Nations and have refused to leave their hotel until they each receive their $17,150 bonus payments.

Senior army commander killed in Boko Haram ambush

A commanding officer in the 118 Task Force has been killed in an ambush in north-eastern Nigeria.  O. Umusu, a lieutenant colonel, was targeted by suspected Boko Haram militants between Sari and Gudumbali in Borno state on Monday evening.  Members of his security detail were also killed in the attack, the fourth lieutenant colonel to die in less than two months.

Two young girls carry out suicide attack in Borno

Two young girls have carried out a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Borno, killing one other person and wounding at least 18.  The pair detonated their devices in a crowded market on Sunday morning.  “They got out of a rickshaw and walked right in front of me without showing the slightest sign of emotion,” said militia fighter Abdulkarim Jabo.  “I tried to speak with one of them, in Hausa and in English, but she didn’t answer. I thought they were looking for their mother,” he added.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Political rivals clash in Abia

Supporters of rival political parties have clashed in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Abia.  Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fought with their All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts in the Mgboko Obete area on Saturday.  "The PDP came to destroy our campaign posters and when we tried to stop them, they attacked us with weapons," said Chinonso Friday, a candidate of APC in the local government.

Scores killed in Uyo church collapse

At least 60 people have died after a church collapsed in the south-eastern city of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state.  The roof of the Reigners Bible Church International caved in during the ordination of a bishop.  Governor Udom Emmanuel was among those inside the church during the incident but he survived unhurt.  Etete Peters of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital said that at least 160 bodies had been recovered from the site.

Twin suicide blast kills 30 in Borno

At least 30 people have been killed and 67 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Two female assailants detonated their devices in the town of Madagali on Friday morning.  The town was liberated from Boko Haram militants in 2015, and the group are suspected of being behind the latest attack.

Pensioners protest march outside House of Assembly

Pensioners have protest marched down Osogbo Road outside the House of Assembly, demanding the government owed them 10 months worth of pensions which had never been paid. Some marchers became violent in their approach: two lawmakers were rough-handled, three buses were chased away and one pensioner threw stones at a bus - stating he was ready to be killed. State security forces reportedly monitored the situation but refrained from physically intercepting violence, instead opting to negotiate with an organiser. Some minor traffic disruption may be expected in the immediate area until demonstrators have dispersed.

Three suspected kidnappers arrested, Lagos and Kwara

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder. Two men were detained in the Ijebu Igbo forest in Lagos and the third was detained in the Ipwo forest in Kwara. The suspects are allegedly connected to a kidnapping incident, in which a senior strategist of Dangote Industries Limited was kidnapped by a group and later murdered. A small cache of weapons and ammunition has also been seized. Investigations are underway to determine precisely what roles the three suspects played in the kidnap and murder case.

Fourteen killed, three wounded in Boko Haram attack, Borno State

At least 14 people have been killed and three others have been wounded in an attack on Nigerian troops carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Kangarwa area of Borno State. The militants have attacked the 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kanarwa, triggering a gunfight in which at least one soldier and 13 militants been killed. Army officials have claimed the initial attack was so intense, the troops had to call for air force back-up. 

Journalist kidnapped in Makurdi

A radio journalist has been kidnapped from her home in Makurdi in Nigeria's Benue state.  Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye, editor of Radio Benue, was abducted in the early hours of Friday on the Abu King Shuluwa road by a group of four suspected kidnappers.  The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, said officer were investigating the kidnapping, while the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) called for her immediate and unconditional release.

Ten dead in Imo state attacks

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes in Nigeria's Imo state.  Suspected former Delta militants stormed the Umuokeduru and Imeni communities, attacking residents and setting most of the communities' buildings on fire.  Local residents said the assailants were militants who are angry at the government amnesty programme, which has seen some former militant leaders acquire substantial wealth while others "live in abject poverty."

Police foil kidnapping gang in Port Harcourt

Police in Nigeria say they have foiled a kidnapping gang in Port Harcourt.  “Acting on credible intelligence and public support, on the 29th of November, 2016, the IRT intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing the waterways and kidnapping in Rivers and Bayelsa states, along Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on their way for an operation," said a Nigerian police force public relations officer.  Three suspected kidnappers were shot dead in the clashes, while another was arrested.  “The arrested member of the gang has since been cooperating with the police in their investigation," the PR spokesman, Don N. Awunah, added.

Gunmen kill four mine workers in Nasarawa state

Gunmen have killed four mine workers, including a Chinese national, in the central state of Nasarawa.  Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kennedy Idirisu, said the victims were returning from work when they were attacked in Alongani village on Monday.  Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, has deployed additional officers to the area to investigate the incident and locate the assailants.

Police foil attack on airline in Rivers state

Police in Nigeria have shot dead three suspected armed robbers who were planning an attack on a passenger plane in Rivers state.  The trio were killed at the busy UTC junction in Port Harcourt on Monday.  “Today, November 28, 2016, the IGP Intelligence Response Team, working on credible intelligence, intercepted this gang of armed robbers, who were heading to Arik Airline," said Rivers state police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni.

Militants target NPDC pipeline in Delta State

Militants have attacked an oil pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in Delta State.  Ughelli South council chairman, Paul Etaga, told the Vanguard newspaper that the Abura line was blown up at around 07:30 local time on Sunday morning.  The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the army refuted the claims.

Aviation workers protest at Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Aviation trade union workers have held a protest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.  The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) shutdown operations of Caverton Helicopters over the recent sackings of 150 workers.  Police and aviation security guards were deployed to control the rally on Thursday.

Two killed in Maiduguri suicide bomb

Two people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern city of Maiduguri.  The blast hit the Muna Garage bus station late on Wednesday night.  Borno state police said the assailant and a civilian died in the bombing, which comes less than a week after another suicide bomber targeted the same site.

Security forces accused of killing 150 Biafra protesters

Amnesty International have accused the Nigerian security forces of killing 150 pro-Biafra protesters since August, 2015.  In a report Amnesty said 60 people were killed in extrajudicial killings in Onitsha during two days in May, 2016.  "This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths, and we fear the actual total might be far higher" said Makmid Kamara, Amnesty's interim director for Nigeria.  The security forces have refuted the allegations.

Five kidnapped in Huni-Gade

Five people have been kidnapped in Huni-Gade community near Darka village. The Fulani Herdsman are suspected to be behind the attack. The incident follows the kidnapping of six people four days prior from nearby Darka village. Officials have promised to rescue all victims and have advised people in the areas to be wary of further abductions.

Demonstrations in Akure

Demonstrations have broken out in Akure, the Ondo state capital, in protest against the substitution of Eyitayo Jegede for Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate for the Peoples' Democratic Party. Protesters also call for factions of the party to stop employing delay tactics to Court proceedings The people are angry they haven't been able to elect a candidate and believe the substitution is part of a plan to delay the election. People in the area should be avoid crowds and expect traffic disruptions.

Four guards killed in attack at Eni oil facility, Omoku

Four security guards have been killed in an attack on Italian oil group, Eni, in Omoku. It has been reported that the assailants approached the facility by speedboat in the early morning, dressed in military camouflage. The gunmen then opened fire on the facility -  the security operatives fired back after realising the attackers were not military men. Attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria have been increasing in recent months despite government attempts to promote peace.

Soldiers arrested for supplying arms to Delta militants

Two Nigerian soldiers have been arrested for allegedly supplying arms to militants in the Niger Delta.  The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, said the pair were detained following a tip-off from local residents in the FESTAC area of Lagos state.  Owoseni also said two AK47 rifles, 24 magazines and a pistol were recovered during the operation.

Justice arraigned over money laundering charges

A Justice of the Supreme Court has been arraigned on money laundering and fraud charges in Nigeria.  Justice Sylvester Ngwuta was charged following a police raid on his home and appeared in court on Monday to face 16 counts.  He is accused of transferring N505m to a building contractor between January and May, 2016.

Ex-minister kidnapped in Nigeria

A former minister of foreign affairs has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna state.  Ambassador Bagudu Hirse was abducted by three armed assailants outside the home of President Buhari's nephew, Alhaji Mamman Daura, on Inuwa Wada road.  Aliyu Usman, spokesman for the Kaduna police command, said detectives had been deployed to secure Hirse's "unconditional" release.

Six dead in Maiduguri blasts

Four suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers and two civil defence fighters have been killed in a series of explosions in the northern city of Maiduguri.  Two blasts were reported at a security checkpoint in the Jiddari Polo suburb, while two suspects detonated their devices in the east of the city, during which two members of the Civilian-JTF died.  Borno state police said another suspect was arrested during the attacks, which occurred early on Friday morning.

JNI cleric kidnapped in Kaduna state

The administrative secretary of the Jama’atu Nasirl Islam (JNI) for Plateau state was kidnapped along the Kaduna-Jos road on Wednesday.  Abdulaziz Yusuf was abducted along with his driver near the town of Saminaka.  The kidnappers have called Yusuf's son but it is not clear if a ransom demand has been made.

Police kill suspected thief in Calabar clash

A suspected armed robber has been killed and six others arrested during clashes with police in Calabar.  Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Ozi Obe Jimoh, said the suspects had robbed a bank in Calabar South on Wednesday.  "My men immediately swung into action and confronted the gang in a serious gun battle which eventually led to the death of one of them by name Alex," said Jimoh.

Cattle rustlers kill six in Niger raids

A group of 50 armed cattle rustlers raided a Fulani village on Monday, killing six people.  Several people were also wounded during the attack on Kukoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area.  More than 700 cattle and other livestock were reportedly stolen during the raid.  State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said two suspects had been arrested.

Police foil attempted kidnapping of billionaire

The Nigerian police say they have foiled an attempt to kidnap billionaire businessman Femi Otedola.  Three men, including a serving officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been arrested in connection with the plot.  In a statement police said the trio planned to demand a N1bn ($3.2m) ransom for Otedola, chairman of Forte Oil Pc and with an estimated net worth of $1.2bn.

Attacks against oil pipelines continue in Delta

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group claims to have carried out three attacks on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta.  "At about 11.45 pm November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State," the NDA said in a statement late Tuesday.  The Nigerian government has not confirmed the claims.

Eight Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno ambush

Eight Nigerian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Commanding Officer of the 114 Task Force Battalion, Lt-Col B.U. Umar, is reported to be among the dead.  The attack, which began when the troops' armoured vehicle hit an IED, occurred on the Bitta-Pridang road on Tuesday morning.

Students protest against fee hike in Edo state

The Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo state has been forced to close by protesting students.  The university's management team took the decision on Monday after students clashed with the security forces, with two students critically wounded by stray bullets fired by troops.  The unrest was sparked when the university increased tuition fees by 400 percent, from N47k to N165k.

Police clash with Shia pilgrims in Kano

At least 12 Shia pilgrims have been killed in clashes with police in the northern city of Kano.  "They wounded one of our officers, and our men opened fire because they were becoming violent,” an officer told AFP.  The police said one of their officers also died in the clash with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), which had organised the Arbaeen Trek procession to the neighbouring city of Kaduna.  Last year around 350 IMN members died during a crackdown by the security forces.

NDA blames government for Delta attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group has claimed that the continued presence of the army in the region has sparked the recent wave of attacks on the oil and gas network.  "The Niger Delta Avengers cannot be blamed for the continuous bombing of crude oil export pipelines and other oil installations, since the government has been relentlessly carrying out military build-ups to continuously harass communities," the NDA said in a statement.  President Muhammadu Buhari sent additional troops to the Niger Delta in May following a series of attacks by the NDA and other groups, who want a greater share of the region's oil wealth.

Three female suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri

Three female suicide bombers have been killed in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The Borno Police Command said the suspects were shot dead by security forces as they tried to gain entry to the city.  "This morning at about 05:30hrs , three female suicide bombers with IED strapped to their bodies were sighted by military patrol team in Umarari village along Maiduguri/Damboa road near Mulai," said command spokesman Victor Isuku.

Bomb scare near Abuja mall

Police in Nigeria have found an improvised explosive device (IED) near a shopping mall in the capital, Abuja.  The anti-bomb squad was deployed to a bridge near the Shoprite mall to defuse the device.  Access to the Jabi bridge has been closed to motorists.

Army foils NDA attack in Delta state

The Nigerian army says it has successfully repelled an attack by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in the Delta state.  “Troops deployed at Delta State while on watch at the Nigeria Gas Company Outpost in Batan/Egwa Area of Warri South West Local Government of Delta encountered suspected militants who claimed to be members of Niger Delta Avengers," said Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu.  Two suspected militants were killed in the operations, which took place between Saturday and Tuesday.

Protesters storm electoral commission office in Abuja

Hundreds of protesters stormed the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Tuesday.  The protesters claimed that former INEC chair, Amina Zakari, has been involved in voter fraud by printing fake result sheets for the Rivers state elections.  A re-run election in Rivers has been scheduled for 10 December to decide Senate and House of Representatives positions for the state.

Gunmen kill 36 miners in Zamfara state

Unknown gunmen have killed 36 gold miners in an attack in the north-western state of Zamfara.  Eyewitnesses said around 50 assailants carried out the raid at the mine in the Maru district on Monday.  Zamfara governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar called the attack an "act of terrorism", while the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Shehu Muhammad, said a counter-terrorism unit has been dispatched to assist the local troops to track down the gunmen.

Militants target Trans-Forcados pipeline

Militants have attacked the Trans-Forcadoes oil pipeline for the second time in a week.  Four guards narrowly escaped injury after militants opened fire on them during the raid late on Monday.  Meanwhile the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) denied claims from the rival Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) that its members carried out last week's attack.

Nigerian army repells Boko Haram attack

The Nigerian army has repelled an attack by Boko Haram militants in Borno state.  Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman said 14 militants were killed in the clash, while Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali, the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, also died along with four other soldiers.  The incident happened at Mallam Fatori on Friday.

Electoral official kidnapped in Osun state

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped an electoral official in Nigeria's south-western Osun state.  Dr Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State, was abducted along with his son and driver, although they were both later released.  The abductors are yet to make contact with the INEC and the victim’s family, said spokesperson of INEC in Ekiti State, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin.

Militants bomb state-run pipeline near Warri

Nigerian militants have bombed a state-run oil pipeline near the Delta state city of Warri.  The Trans-Forcados Export Trunk Line at Batern was targeted with dynamite in the early hours of Wednesday morning, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari had met with representatives from the region.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

President Buhari meets Niger Delta leaders

Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has met with leaders from the Niger Delta to discuss proposals aimed at restoring peace in the volatile region.  Over a hundred representatives of the Delta, including militant leaders, met with Buhari at the presidential villa in the capital, Abuja.  Among the 16 point proposal was a request that remove the army from the Delta and force oil companies to move their headquarters there.  Other issues were environmental remediation, economic development and support for internally displaced persons.

Nine killed in Borno truck blast

At least nine poeple have been killed in a car bombing in the north-eastern state of Borno.  According to local reports the vehicle was carrying improvised explosive devices (IED) when it exploded, killing all passengers on board.  The incident happened as the vehicle travelled along the Maiduguri-Gubio road on Tuesday morning.

Five killed in Boko Haram ambush in Borno

At least five Nigerian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Around 20 soldiers and a civilian were also wounded in the attack, which occurred in the Damboa local government area on Sunday.  "Troops have been mobilized into blocking positions to further neutralize fleeing Boko Haram terrorists," said Colonel Usman, head of army public relations.

Eight killed in rickshaw bomb in Maiduguri

At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  A female suicide bomber on a motorised rickshaw detonated a bomb outside a camp for displaced people, before a second blast hit a petrol station around a kilometre away from the first attack.  Military spokesman Col. Mustapha Anka said both assailants had been prevented from entering the camp.

Removal of local governor sparks outrage in Ondo State

Residents of Nigeria's south-western Ondo State stormed the streets of the capital, Akure, to protest in favour of a local governorship candidate. The demonstration was triggered by the removal of Eyitayo Jegede, a candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Local media reports that several main roads of the state were shut by protesters burning tires. The removal of Jegede was reportedly motivated by grievances of several factions within the PDP and a High Court order issued in mid-October.

JTF discovers human remains in Rivers state

The Joint Task Force (JTF) said they have discovered at least 23 human skulls in areas of Rivers state in the Niger Delta.  Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe said the remains were found in shrines operated by militants in the region, adding that 44 members of the outlawed pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), were also arrested in operations.  "The shrines were destroyed as troops continue the search for the perpetrators of these heinous acts against humanity," the JTF said.

Nine people arrested for aiding Boko Haram

On 25 October, Nigerian troops arrested nine people suspected of aiding and collaborating with Boko Haram militants in the North East Zone. Two military officers, two soldiers and two policemen were among those detained. 30 people have been arrested over the past two days in connection to Boko Haram. 

NDLEA arrests five suspected Boko Haram drug dealers

On 25 October, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested five people in Muna Garage, Maiduguri, on suspicion to be supplying illicit drugs to Boko Haram militants. They confiscated 2500kg of narcotics during the operation, which was launched as a result of receiving credible intelligence on the movements of the suspects. 

Niger Delta Avengers claim Chevron pipeline attack

The Niger Delta Avenger (NDA) militant group claims to have attacked the Chevron Excravos oil pipeline at Escravos offshore.  "This action is to further warn all IOCs’ that when we warn that there should be no repairs pending negotiation/dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta, it means there should be no repairs," said the group in a statement.  The NDA have been in talks with the government following a series of attacks on the country's oil infrastructure earlier this year.

Anti-kidnapping unit arrests three suspects in Rivers State

On 19 October, personnel from the Rivers State Anti-Kidnapping Unit dismantled a suspected kidnapping gang and arrested three suspects, including one woman, in Eleme as they attempted to retrieve a ransom payment. The payment had in fact been a set up, organised by the Unit who were acting on a tipoff. The suspects will remain in custody as the Unit launches an investigation to determine whether there are additional accomplices. 

Joint Task Force kills seven suspected militants and pirates in Cross River State

On 19 October, a spokesperson for the Joint Task Force confirmed that troops serving as part of Operation Delta Safe have killed seven suspects, including five militants and two pirates in Ikot Ene of Akpabuyo Local Government Area, Cross River state. Three other suspects were arrested in the operation, which forms part of a government offensive to eliminate all oil and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region. 

Thirteen soldiers wounded and many missing after clashes with Boko Haram in Borno State

On 17 October, 13 Nigerian soldiers were wounded when Boko Haram militants attacked them in Gashigar town, Borno State. A spokesperson for the Nigerian army stated that an unspecified number of soldiers are missing in action. The soldiers reportedly tried to defend the location against the militants but were forced to withdraw after sustaining casualties. 

Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

On 13 October, 21 of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014 have been freed. A presidential spokesperson said that the release was "the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants." A security official has stated that several militants were freed in a swap, but the Nigerian government has denied this. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government had reportedly acted as mediators in the negotiations.

At least nine killed as police open fire on crowd in Katsina state

On 12 October, at least nine people were killed in Funtua, Katsina state, when police opened fire on a crowd of Shia Muslims participating in a religious procession for Ashura. Two days before the gathering, authorities banned religious processions. Officials have not confirmed the number of people killed, and sources believe it could be more. 

At least 18 people killed in car bomb attack in Maiduguri

On 12 October, at least 18 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in Muna garage in Maiduguri, Borno State. The attack targeted a convoy delivering goods to a nearby camp housing 16,000 internally displaced peoples (IDPs). Dozens more were injured in the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area and begun an investigation into the attack, which they believe was carried out by Boko Haram militants. 

Two soldiers arrested over links to kidnapping

On 10 October, two serving soldiers were arrested for their involvement in the kidnapping of Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria on 29 September, 2016. Corporal Musa Maidabara, serving with the 322 Artillery Regiment, was arrested along the Benin-Asaba Road and Corporal Edwin George, serving with the 371 Artillery Regiment, was arrested at his home in Otukpo, Benue State. Both men had cash and other materials in their possession at the time of their arrests. The investigation into Mrs. Emefiele's abduction is still ongoing.

Four students and two teachers kidnapped in Lagos

Four high school students and two teachers have been kidnapped in Lagos.  Seven armed assailants raided the Igbonla Senior and Junior Model College in Epe Local Government Area on Thursday morning.  Local officials said the kidanppers were suspected Ijaw militants and an operation is currently underway to determine the victims' whereabouts.

Six people were abducted from a school in Lagos state

On 6 October, six people, including four students, a teacher and the school principle, were kidnapped from the Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos state. Gunmen launched an attack on the school and abducted the six victims. Two students have reportedly been freed and Nigerian authorities have launched an operation to pursue the kidnappers and free the remaining captives. 

Protesters gather outside INEC in Edo state

On 29 September, crowds gathered outside the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benin, Edo state, as part of a protest against the alleged manipulation of election results in Oredo Local Government Area. Demonstrators accuse INEC officials of working with the All Progressives Congress party to manipulate the results. Official results are still being counted. 

Oil pipeline blown up by NDGJM

The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) bombed a crude oil pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC at 00:00 GMT this morning. A military source said that dynamite had been used to blow up the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli, Delta state. NDGJM released a statement saying that they had blown up the pipeline "to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies... that we own our lands".

Four soldiers killed and sixteen injured in Boko Haram bomb attack

On 25 September, at least four soldiers were killed and a further 16 wounded when suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed an army convoy between Miyanti and Dareljamal, outside of Maiduguri, Borno State. An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated as the convoy passed, before militants opened fire. Troops returned fire, killing three militants and recovering a machine gun, an AK47 rifle and ammunition. One officer and three soldiers were killed, with 16 soldiers and 3 civilians being wounded in the action. The wounded were evacuated and reportedly in a stable condition. 

Fifteen militants and two soldiers killed in clash with Boko Haram in Borno State

On 22 September, an engagement between Boko Haram militants and Nigerian soldiers at a military base in Borno State left 15 militants and two soldiers dead. The battle lasted approximately two hours and a number of militants were reportedly wounded but managed to flee. Four Nigerian soldiers were wounded and were evacuated for treatment. The Nigerian army pushed the militants back, capturing a gun truck, several 60mm mortars and a medium machine gun. 

Secessionists plan day of action on 23 September

Secessionists campaigning for an independent state in the south east of Nigeria have announced a day of action on 23 September, calling on supporters to stay at home for the day. Previous such occasions have resulted in widespread closure of businesses. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises people to remain highly vigilant in Abia State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State, Enugu State, Imo State and the city of Asaba in Delta State.

NDPPVF threatens to bomb NNPC HQ if former First Lady is arrested

On 22 September, the Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF) threatened to bomb the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if the former first lady, Patience Jonathan, is arrested. The threat comes after the Economic and FInancial Crimes Commission froze Jonathan's Skype bank account, valued at more than 15 million USD, and file money laundering charges against Waripamowei Dudafa, Jonathan's former special agent on domestic affairs. The NDPPVF have described the investigation against her as a "witch hunt." 

Nigerian army retakes Mallam Fatori from Boko Haram militants

On 21 September, the Nigerian Army and troops from the Multinational Joint Task Force, currently serving Operation Gama Aiki, pushed back Boko Haram militants in a combined ground and air offensive and recaptured the town of Mallam Fatori. Reports state that the militants sustained casualties and withdrew from the town, which borders the Niger Republic. 

Eighteen killed and thousands of homes destroyed in floods in Jigawa

On 20 September, a statement from the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) reported that floods during this year's rainy season have killed at least 18 people and destroyed more than 6,637 homes. 19 local government areas within the state have been affected by the floods and the government has provided financial aid to the Jahun local government area, and will disseminate the aid from there to all those affected.

Oil pipeline blown up by NDGJM

On 18 September, militants blew up the Afiesere-Ekiugbo crude oil delivery line, which is owned by Nigeria's state oil firm NNPC. The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) have claimed responsibility for the attack. Attacks on oil and natural gas facilities have damaged Nigeria's production of crude oil, dropping from 2.2 million bpd to 700,000 bpd since the start of the year. 

Twelve suspected IPOB members arrested in Enugu State

On 20 September, 12 suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) were arrested as they prepared their "sit-at-home" protest at the Ogbete Main Market in Enugu State. During the arrests, police confiscated handsets, flags and loudspeaker systems. IPOD and other affiliate groups are protesting for the creation of their own republic, separate from Nigeria. 

Eight killed in Boko Haram ambush in Borno State

On 18 September, suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on villagers as they were leaving a church in Kwamjilari village, Borno State, killing at least eight people and wounding many others. Villagers were forced to flee to neighbouring villages as militants proceeded to set homes on fire. 

One dead and 500 left homeless after flooding in Zamfara State

On 16 September, authorities confirmed that at least one person has died and more than 100 houses have been destroyed by floods in the Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. At least 500 people have been left homeless after the heavy rainfall, and both food and livestock have been compromised. The government has stated their intention to provide support and essential aid to all victims. 

Navy arrests five suspected militants in Cross River State

On 14 September, a joint operation by the Nigerian Navy and Defence Intelligence Agency led to the arrest of five suspected militants operating in the Niger Delta area of Cross River State. The suspected leader of the Basaki Strike Force militant group, Uduak Etim Thomon, was one of those arrested. The suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in criminal acts such as attacks on market traders, crude oil facilities and pipelines.

Four Boko Haram militants shot dead in Yobe State

Four members of the Boko Haram terror group have been killed by Nigerian security forces in Yobe State. The armed confrontation took place at a village in Gaidam local government area on Wednesday, when four militants riding motorbikes were shot by the authorities.  Abdullahi Aminu, a local government official, told Premium Times that the man were heavily armed with assault rifles and loaded with a cache of ammunition. Yobe State suffers from a strong Boko Haram presence, where in mid-April, 11 people were shot dead by militants near the Zango village. 

Fifty-four suspected militants arrested in Edo State

On 13 September, Henry Idahagbon, Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, stated that at least 54 people had been arrested for their alleged connection to militant groups operating in the Niger Delta, over the last three days. The arrests came as part of an increased crackdown on any suspected militants with the potential to disrupt the postponed governorship election. During the raids, a variety of firearms were confiscated, including AK47 assault rifles and pump-action shotguns, as well as NRN 9 million. 

Militants attack oil facility in Niger Delta

On 13 September, suspected militants from the Niger Delta attacked a crude oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, using explosives to blow it up. The line crosses the Afiesere-Iwhrenene communities in Ughelli North Council Area, Delta State. Responsibility for the attack, taking place at roughly 01:00 local time, was claimed by a militant group called the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate. The group have threatened further attacks in a statement declaring that yesterday's attack was part of their 'Operation Crocodile Tears,' a planned series of attacks on oil facilities. 

Police arrest six armed bandits in Enugu State

On 12 September, police arrested six armed bandits in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State, following a tip-off from concerned members of the public. Police confiscated weapons from the bandits, including machetes and a variety of firearms.

Troops kill suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber and neutralise IED in Borno State

On 11 September, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that troops serving on Operation Lafiya Dole shot and killed a female Boko Haram suicide bomber, believed to be travelling to attack the Kara cattle market in Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State. The bullet detonated the Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) attached to her, causing minor injuries to two soldiers and a civilian.

One killed and three wounded in Boko Haram ambush near Maiduguri

On 11 September, suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on a convoy travelling from Monguno to Maiduguri, killing one person and wounding another three. The convoy is believed to have been a group of Muslims travelling to Eid el-Kabir celebrations. The attack occurred on a trade route from Borno State, Nigeria, to Cameroon. It was reopened in July, with the Nigerian government declaring it free of all Boko Haram presence. 

Joint Task Force repels militant assaults across Lagos state

On 9 September, Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Lagos State Police Command, reported that officers of the Joint Task Force, serving as part of Operation Awatse, repelled attacks from militants in several areas across Lagos state. The attacks occurred in Igando, Iba, FESTAC and Monkey village, with militants attempting to infiltrate the areas via the waterways. Troops exchanged gunfire with militants, pushing them back from the areas. One police officer was killed, and it is not yet clear whether the militants suffered any casualties. 

Police arrest six suspected human traffickers in Delta state

On 9 September, a police spokeswoman reported that detectives attached to the Delta State Police Command had arrested six suspected human traffickers. The operation on the suspects' hideout in Asaba and Okpanam, Delta state, also led to the rescue of 12 children held captive there. At least three other traffickers are currently on the loose. 

Boko Haram factions clash in Borno State over new leadership

On 8 September, clashes broke out between two factions of Boko Haram militants operating in Monguno, Borno State over the group's new leadership. Militants loyal to new leader al-Barnawi reportedly launched an assault on militants loyal to Shekau, in the Yele and Arafa villages of Monguno. This divide has recently emerged following the Islamic State's (IS) announcement that Abu Musab al-Barnawi is the new leader of Boko Haram. However, Abubakar Shekau maintains that he is in charge of the militant group. 

One dead and several injured in clashes between herdsmen in Lagos state

On 7 September, clashes between Hausa and Fulani herdsmen in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos state left one person dead and several others injured. The Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were deployed to restore order. 

Catholic priest kidnapped by unkown men in Warri

A catholic priest has been kidnapped by armed men in southern Nigeria's Delta State. The incident took place on Monday in Warri, where Reverend Paul Irikefe was abducted when heading from a burial to a vigil mass on Tuesday. No further information was disclosed and no groups have yet claimed responsibility for the abduction. The incident comes days after 14 oil workers were kidnapped on the road between Omoku and Elele.

Fourteen oil workers kidnapped in Niger Delta

Fourteen local oil workers have been kidnapped in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta region. The abductions took place as the workers of the energy company Nestoil were travelling on the road between Omoku and Elele, River state. A full operation has been launched by the authorities in order to find the perpetrators and the victims. The Niger Delta region has been a recurring target of militant attacks who carry out attacks on energy facilities, especially through the kidnapping of national and foreign workers. One of the groups that fully operate in the region is the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), who's chief demand is for the government to invest more oil wealth in the impoverished region.

Former People's Democratic Party chairman assassinated in Ondo state

On 2 September, Niyi Pirisola, the former government committee chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was assassinated at around 15:00 local time in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state. Gunmen opened fire on him as he was returning from Ilutuntun. His death is one of an increasing number of targeted killings of local government officials and prominent figures in Nigeria.

Nigerian Air Force targets suspected Boko Haram medical facility in Borno state

On 1 September, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Ayodele Famuyiwa, stated that the NAF had conducted air strikes on a suspected Boko Haram hideout called 'Tumbun Rego' in Borno state earlier in the week. The authorities believe that the hideout was a cover for a Boko Haram medical facility and that many top leaders were residing there to receive treatment for injuries sustained in clashes with government forces. A ground patrol has not yet confirmed an official body count, but an initial Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) showed that the air strikes had done a lot of damage to the facility. 

Three people arrested for extortion in Lagos

On 31 August, a spokesperson for the Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos confirmed that three suspects had been arrested in Berger for their alleged involvement in extorting travellers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The suspects were arrested after numerous travellers reported that they were forced to pay them in order to be allowed to travel safely along the expressway.

Twelve people killed in heavy flooding in Bauchi State

The Deputy Director, Needs Assessment of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed that at least 12 people had lost their lives in severe flooding in Bauchi State. Ganjuwa and Giade local government areas were among the worst affected, with four people killed in the Miya district of Ganjuwa local government area, and at least eight people killed in Gulbuk community, Giade local government area.

Troops raid suspected Niger Delta militant camp

The Nigerian military today raided a camp belonging to suspected militants in the Burutu Local Government Area of the Niger Delta. The operation was part of "Operation Crocodile Smile" and was carried out in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy. Two generators were recovered from the camp, along with firearms, ammunition and crude oil. No militants were found during the raid.

NDGJM militant group claims to have blown up oil pipeline in Ogor-Oteri

The leader of the newly formed Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM) militant group, General Aldo Agbalaja, claimed responsibility for blowing up the Ogor-Oteri delivery line, operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company. Officials have not yet confirmed the incident. The NDGJM stated that the incident was part of the group's "Operation Crocodile Tears", which is a response to the Nigerian Military's "Operation Crocodile Smile."

Hundreds demonstrate over camps food shortage in Borno

Hundreds of internally displaced people stormed the streets of Maiduguri, northern Nigeria's Borno State, on Thursday. The demonstrators were mainly women and children blocking the main Kano-Maidiguri highway in protest over food shortages in the region. They blame the federal and state government for the situation that has been previously warned by humanitarian aid agencies. Several camps are assembled in the area in order to assist the population displaced due to the violence generated by Boko Haram fighters.

Three suspected kidnappers arrested in Bauchi state

Local troops of central Nigeria's Bauchi State arrested three suspected kidnappers on Wednesday. Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, told News Agency of Nigeria that two of the suspects were detained in the Badiko village in the Toro Local Government Area, while the other assailant was arrested in Magama. The operation seized a considerable amount of money believed to be connected to a ransom paid recently. Kidnappings in the area are frequently carried out by Boko Haram insurgents, who last week kidnapped 13 people in Kubrrivu village, near Chibok

Several feared dead after Fulani herdsmen raid in Enugu

Several people are feared dead following an attack alleged to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen in southern Nigeria. Reports show that the attack took place on Thursday, when several herdsmen stormed the Atakwu community in Enugu state. Local media stated that the assailants raided the locality and started to kill residents indiscriminately. In April, the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, announced a government crackdown on the violence carried out by the nomadic Fulani tribe, which since February has been involved in the killing of nearly 300 people in central and south-eastern Nigeria.

Two feared dead amid violent student clashes in Benue

Two people are feared to be dead after clashes between students and police officers in Gboko, in south-eastern Nigeria's Benue state. The confrontation erupted as students of the FEIDEI Polytechnic school were banned from attending their final semester examinations due to unpaid tuition fees. Witnesses told local news that the situation escalated as the authorities stormed the building and fired tear gas, with reports of gunshots following. Polytechnic officials cancelled the exams, which caused further unrest that led students to destroy school property. Police reports state that 21 people were detained.

Wanted kidnapper killed during clashes in Abia state

Nigerian soldiers have killed a wanted kidnapper in Nigeria's southern Abia state. Military sources told Vanguard that the operation was launched after a patrol vehicle was alerted of an ongoing robbery along the Opobo-Azumini highway. Reports showed that the kidnapper, known as 'IPO', and his gang encountered security forces and engaged in fierce clashes near the Akpaa Mbato community. The area is often the site of kidnapping and robberies, as local authorities pledged the federal government to carry out reconstruction work at the dangerous and volatile highway.

One dies from Lassa Fever, with thirty-two others quarantined

Delta State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Nicholas Azinge, confirmed on 22 August that one doctor has died after contracting Lassa Fever, and another 32 people have been placed under quarantine. Three others remain under observation. Lassa Fever is a haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus, and is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta.

Leader of Boko Haram cell arrested in Kano

On 22 August, the Department of State Services (DSS) declared that the spiritual leader of a Boko Haram cell operating in Kano was arrested in an operation conducted at an earlier date. Authorities believe the man was behind the planning of the 2013 attack on the Government Secondary School in Mamudo village.

Boko Haram leader fatally wounded in airstrike

The Nigerian army claims to have "fatally wounded" the leader of the Boko Haram militant group and killed several other commanders in airstrikes in the north-west of the country.  Abubakar Shekau was attending a meeting with other senior militants - Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman - when the army carried out the strike on Friday.  Sani Kukasheka Usman, a colonel and acting director of army public relations, described the strikes as "the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid".  The news comes after the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, said around 300 militants had been killed in strikes in the Sambisa Forest in Borno state over the last few days.

Three suspects arrested in Southern Ijaw for attack on military post

On 22 August, the Bayelsa Waterways Security Taskforce arrested three suspects in Olugbobiri community of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. The suspects were arrested for their involvement in an attack on a military post in Nembe on 8 August in which three soldiers died. The suspects are believed to be the ones who masterminded and coordinated the attack, and were arrested following a tip-off. 

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill ten, kidnap 13 near Chibok

On 20 August, a community leader confirmed that approximately ten people had been killed and a further 13 kidnapped in a suspected Boko Haram raid on Kubrrivu village, near Chibok. Twelve militants attacked the village overnight, travelling up on motorbikes and opening fire on residents as they slept. They also looted homes and set them alight. Many residents in the area have fled for fear of return attacks.

Taxi drivers stage anti-government protest in Abuja

Taxi drivers stormed the streets of Nigeria's capital Abuja to protest over the transportation regulatory authorities on Friday. The demonstration was organized by the drivers' union, who stated that the group is being exploited and suffering consecutive extortion from government agencies, who charge the taxi drivers exorbitant amounts of money to cover their taxes and fees. Some drivers claim that the joint regulatory body often torture and arrest members of the union that fail to pay the fines.

Local youths block gates of major US oil campany in Niger Delta

Protesters demanding jobs and housing blocked the entrance of the Chevron oil company in Niger Delta on Monday. Local unemployed youths stormed the outskirts of the Chevron facilities at the region, claiming that the company destroyed their housing settlements to open way to carry out drilling activities. The planned week-long protest comes as the head of the demonstration, along with the community leaders and Chevron personnel, are negotiating the protesters' claims over their alleged forced displacement. Demonstrations in the region are recurrent, as most of the poor and unemployed local youths demand a bigger share from the oil revenues.

Several Boko Haram fighers killed during clashes in Borno

At least 16 suspected Boko Haram militants were killed during clashes with Nigerian security forces in Borno state on Monday. The incident took place in the north-eastern village of Kangarwa, Kukawa district, when the attackers were repelled by Nigerian soldiers. An official statement said that at least one government soldier was killed and 11 others were injured during the operation, called 'Lafiya Dole'. This region, where two UNICEF humanitarian workers were recently injured in a Boko Haram ambush, comes under frequent attack by jihadist militants.

Mass polio vaccination campaign planned after two cases reported

The Nigerian government has announced plans to carry out a mass polio vaccination programme after two new cases of the disease were reported.  Both cases were confirmed in children in the north-eastern state of Borno, the first time polio has been seen in Africa since 2014.  "The overriding priority now is to rapidly immunise all children around the affected area," Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said.  The vaccination programme is due to start next week and will eventually cover five million children across the affected area.

Militant group destroys pipeline in Niger Delta

A militant group has reportedly destroyed an oil pipeline in Nigeria's Delta state.  The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate - a recently formed militant group - has claimed responsibility for the attack on the pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC and local firm Shoreline Natural Resources in Urhobo.  Meanwhile a group of unemployed youths have been protesting outside a Chevron oil depot in Abiteye to demand jobs and housing.

Two wounded in Osun state unrest

Two local residents sustained gunshot wounds after obstructing a police operation in Iwo, south-western Nigeria's Osun state. The incident happened as locals apprehended a suspected kidnapper and handed him over to be questioned by a traditional ruler, who in turn decided to hand the case to the police. The unrest escalated when police officers were taking the man away and several protesters blocked their way and started to throw stones. The authorities responded with gun shots, where two men were shot on the leg. Witnesses said that the residents were angry due to a recent unsolved kidnapping involving a local child.

Soldiers killed during ambush in Niger state

Several Nigerian military personnel were the target of an ambush during a search operation in Niger state, western Nigeria. Colonel Sani Usman, Director of Army Public Relations, said that the operation was carried out "following covert surveillance and intelligence reports on the activities of some gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso (...)". Moments after the attack that killed 11 soldiers, another joint detachment carried on with the offensive, leading to the seizure of a large cache of ammunition and weapons.

Chinese duo kidnapped in Nasarawa

Two foreign workers have been kidnapped by unknown men in Nasarawa, on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja. The Nasarawa State Police Command announced on Saturday that the two Chinese nationals, employees of the West African Polaris Investment, were abducted in Agada village. The force's Public Relations Officer, Ismail Norman, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the victims were ambushed by unknown assailants whilst on their way to Abuja. Authorities launched a search operation with the support of the local community in order to rescue the workers and arrest the criminals.

Civil servants stage protest over salary delays in Edo

Local civil servants in Nigeria's southern Edo state staged a protest on Wednesday over delays in the payment of salaries. The demonstration led by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) united hundreds of local government workers, who marched across the city of Benin to demand a swift resolution to the dispute. Some of the protesters claim the local government authorities have failed to pay their salaries for between two and 18 months.

Militants attack Shell pipeline in Delta state

Nigerian militants have blown up another oil pipeline in the Niger Delta, local officials said on Monday.  No group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Trans Ramos Pipeline near Odimodi, operated by Shell's joint venture SPDC, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.  Most of the recent, similar strikes against the oil industry have been carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group.

Fighting displaces 3,000 in Cross Rivers state

Communal fighting has forced more than 3,000 people to flee their homes in Cross Rivers state.  The unrest was sparked by a long-standing land dispute in the Busi 4 community.   Several houses and areas of farmland were torched in the attacks. “Neighbouring communities of Busi 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 invaded us in a protracted dispute over a parcel of land, which has spanned several years," said Busi 4 community leader Emmanuel Okobore.

MNJTF expels Boko Haram fighters from Damasak

The northern border town of Damasak has been recaptured by the regional Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Colonel Mohammad Dole said that troops cleared Damasak during an operation to target Boko Haram militants. The operation, assisted by airstrikes, started in Dutse, Niger, and moved towards the border with Nigeria. Damasak had been under Boko Haram control since 2014 and was the only town in Borno state still controlled by Jihadists. A previous attempt to recapture the town led to the death of 30 Nigerian soldiers.

UNICEF convoy attacked in Borno

Two workers were injured when a humanitarian aid convoy was attacked by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. According to the Nigerian Daily Post, the UNICEF convoy and its armed escort was attacked after returning from a meeting at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama. The UN said that they will suspend all humanitarian aid operations in Borno until security is improved in the state.  The French charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) estimates that nearly half a million people in the region need urgent aid.

Several kidnappers arrested in Kogi

Nigeria's secret police reported on Wednesday that 10 suspected kidnappers were arrested in Nigeria's central Kogi state. Joseph Okpo, director of the State Security Service, told the media that the operation was carried out across the state and confirmed that the suspects were captured on the Lokoja-Abuja road. In 2015 several foreign nationals were kidnapped in the area, while armed robbers often target passengers traveling by road across the state.

Fulani gunmen kill 10 in Benue state raids

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed at least 10 people in a raid in Benue state.  Local official Mr. Joseph Anawa said several people are missing and dozens more were wounded in the attack in the Gaambe-Tiev area.  According to local residents gunmen carried out the attack while farmers were heading to their farms in the area.

Gunmen kidnap pastor in Lagos state

Gunmen have kidnapped a pastor from a church in Lagos state.  According to parishioners from the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) the pastor was abducted at the Santos bus stop in Isawo, Ikorodu.  Two weeks ago another RCCG preacher was shot dead by gunmen in the capital, Abuja. The RCCG Head, Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, confirmed the incident.  He said: “RCCG will not take abduction or murder of our pastors and members any more."

Armed men attack local council in Ughelli

Several lawmakers were injured after armed men stormed the legislative chambers of the Ughelli South local government council on Thursday. Eighteen men carrying axes and knives were later arrested by the military and handed to the local authorities. Police sources told the Vanguard newspapers that the criminals confessed that senior political members of the chamber were behind the attack. 

Scores of Boko Haram militants killed in Borno operations

Operation Tiger Claw, carried out by the Nigerian Army, has led to the death of 42 Boko Haram insurgents and the rescue of 80 hostages in Borno state. The reports also said that an unknown number of militants fled the scene after sustaining gun wounds. The operation come as part of a wider anti-Boko Haram operation known as 'Laafiya Doole', launched by the army to end the insurgency in the north-eastern region. Military sources also reported that an attack carried out by the insurgent group killed one person and injured four others in the Bakin Dutse community.

Traditional ruler killed by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau

A traditional ruler is feared to be dead after an attack by Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria on Monday. Alleged militant herdsmen attacked Sir Lazarus Agai, chairman of the Bokkos Traditional Council, while he was heading to his home village of Sha along with his driver. Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State, Tyopev Terna, confirmed the incident.

Boko Haram militants killed in Borno operations

Twelve Boko Haram militants have been killed and nearly two dozen hostages freed by the Nigerian army during operations in Borno state. A statement released on Tuesday said that the militants were killed during a clearance operation of Boko Haram strongholds in several villages across the region. Security forces encountered and engaged in a fierce gunfight with militants in Jidawa and Yerwa villages, where seven Boko Haram fighters were killed and four soldiers injured. Five more militants were shot dead during a similar offensive in Mbale and Madube. 

Militants attack crude pipeline near Warri

Militants in the Niger Delta have bombed another crude oil pipeline, the latest in a series of attacks against Nigeria's oil infrastructure.  "The pipeline is operated by the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) at Batan near Warri. It was blown up early yesterday (Monday)," a senior official of a major oil firm told the AFP on Tuesday.  The attack is reported to have caused major crude spills in the area.  No group has claimed responsibility but the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have carried out the majority of similar attacks.

Several Boko Haram fighters killed in Borno

Nearly two dozen Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian army in Kangarwa, northern Borno state. A statement released by army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman confirmed that security forces successfully suppressed an imminent terrorist attack after three hours of intense fighting. One soldier was killed and 12 others were wounded and later evacuated, while the army continued with operations in the area. Kangarwa is used by militants as a key access route into Nigeria from neighbouring Chad and Niger.

Twenty wounded in clashes over religious leadership in Kaduna

At least 20 people have been wounded in clashes during a religious leadership dispute in the northern state of Kaduna. The violence erupted when two different factions of the Assembly of God Church clashed over the rival leadership claims of Professor Paul Emeka and Dr. Chidi. Eyewitnesses reported that a group of armed men stormed a church in Saminaka during Sunday morning prayers, injuring a number of people before setting two resident pastors' homes on fire. Police spokesperson Aliyu Usman told the Vanguard newspaper: “The area is calm and proactive measures are been placed to prevent further escalation of the crisis".

NDA claim attack on ExxonMobil pipeline

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claim to have blown up another oil pipeline in a statement published late on Monday.  "At about 7:30pm the Niger Delta Avengers blow up ExxonMobile Qua Iboe 48" crude oil export pipeline. When will these International Oil companies (IOC) learn to listen. We (Niger Delta Avengers) said no export."  At the weekend the NDA said President Muhammadu Buhari had rejected the demand for dialogue with the militants and local communities in the Niger Delta.

Troops clash with Boko Haram in Borno state

Nigerian troops have clashed with Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno.  In a statement army spokesman Col Sani Usman said: “The terrorists came with motorcycles borne improvised explosive devices (MCBIED), anti-aircraft guns and other weapons at about 5.00pm and the exchange of fire lasted for some hours before they were overwhelmed by the troops firepower".  Two soldiers died in the fighting in the Kala Balge Local Government Area, while at least 16 militants were also killed.

Six killed in suicide attack at Borno mosque

At least six people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Damboa, north-eastern Nigeria, on Friday. Nigerian Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman told the AFP that another attack was repelled by security forces; however, a second bomber "gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshipers".

Major oil pipeline sabotaged in Niger Delta

Suspected militants have sabotaged a major oil pipeline in Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta. The Tebidaba-Brass Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline  was targeted, along with two other major oil ducts. The Regional Commander of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Desmong Agu, said that police officers exchanged fire with the assailants, who were onboard two speedboats. Recent attacks on pipelines have been carried out by Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) insurgents, while the group have also threatened to attack expatriates and Nigerians working with oil firms in the Niger Delta if they fail to vacate the area.

Sierra Leone diplomat freed in Nigeria

A Sierra Leonean diplomat who was kidnapped in Nigeria last week has been released unharmed.  Alfred Nelson-Williams was travelling from the capital, Abuja, to the city of Kaduna when he was abducted.  The diplomat was freed "as a result of quiet diplomacy", Sierra Leone's Deputy Information Minister Cornelius Deveaux said.  Another official said no ransom had been paid, despite earlier reports that the kidnappers demanded $40m for Nelson-Williams.

Militants hold governor and staff hostage in Calabar

Nearly 20 suspected Bakassi militants have stormed the governor's offices of Cross River State in Calabar. The militants stormed the building armed with machine guns and machetes, before taking the state's governor, Ivara Esu, and a number of staff members hostage. 'Capon', leader of the militant group, said that the Nigerian government has been neglecting the Bakassi since they handed over tribal lands to Cameroon.  Nigeria transferred the sovereignty of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon in 2008 after years of negotiations and an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling.

Four Boko Haram militants killed in Borno

Four suspected Boko Haram militants have been shot dead in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria. The militants were ambushed by the Nigerian army while fleeing from a clearance operation in the Kangarwa and Kukawa areas of the state. Aside from the casualties, soldiers also recovered a cache of logistical material as well as several weapons and drugs. The operation comes nearly a week after a similar operation killed dozens of Boko Haram fighters in the Ngoshe and Gava village.

NDA claim fresh attacks against oil facilities

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have claimed several new attacks against oil installations in the southern Delta state.  The group said they had blown up two lines near Batan on Saturday and bombed two Chevron wells on Sunday.  "Preliminary investigations so far from our men in the field is that dynamite was used to blow up the facilities just like in previous attacks,” a security source told the THISDAY newspaper.  The group had not claimed any attacks since 16 June, while last week a Petroleum Ministry source said a month-long truce had been agreed between the government and the NDA.

Sierre Leone diplomat kidnapped in Kaduna

Sierra Leone's Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria has been kidnapped in the northern state of Kaduna.  Major General Williams, a former head of the Sierra Leonian army, was travelling to a ceremony at a military base when he was abducted.  Sources at Sierra Leone's embassy in Abuja say the kidnappers have contacted senior embassy officials and are demanding a $40m ransom.  The Kaduna state police recently set up a specialist anti-kidnap squad following a series of high-profile attacks in the area.

Two Indian nationals kidnapped in Benue

Two Indian nationals are feared to have been kidnapped in Gboko town, Benue state. The cement factory workers were reported missing by their company after they lost contact with them on Wednesday. Reports by The Indian Express reported that the two men were targeted by armed assailants while stuck in traffic on the road to the Dangote Cement Plc. plant, in Obajana, central Nigeria.  Indian officials said the Nigerian authorities had launched a search operation and were keeling the Indian embassy updated.

Army kills dozens of Boko Haram militants in Borno

Several Boko Haram militants have been killed amid a clearance operation in the Ngoshe and Gava villages in Borno State.  Aside from the casualties, the army also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition and rescued 16 hostages. In a statement issued by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman, he said that the offensive was supported by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and Cameroonian Defence Forces, who provided air cover as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) during the mission. It comes nearly 10 days after the NAF killed 15 Boko Haram rebels in an airstrike near Kangarawa.

Ten Boko Haram militants arrested in Zaria

Ten suspected Boko Haram militants have been arrested by the Kaduna State Police Command in the Dogarawa area of Sabon Gari in Zaria. The terrorist stronghold was raided by dozens of police officers following an anonymous tip-off. According to police sources the militants had travelled from Darul Islam in Niger to the Sambisa Forest in Borno state to join the terrorist group.

Two suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri

Two suicide bombers have been killed in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The suspects were intercepted by the Nigerian security forces on their way to a mosque in the city. "But they were halted by the Civilian JTF before reaching their target forcing them to detonate their IEDs and killing themselves," police spokesman Victor Isuku said.

Mining workers freed after Calabar kidnap

Seven employees from an Australian mining company have been freed, less than a week after they were kidnapped in south-eastern Nigeria.  The group - which comprised of three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African - were taken hostage by gunmen near the city of Calabar last Wednesday.  "I thank the men's families for working so closely with the company during what has been an extremely difficult time for them as well," said the head of McMahon Holdings, Sy van Dyk.

Army rescues 5,000 civilians from Boko Haram

The Nigerian security forces have rescued 5,000 civilians during clashes with Boko Haram in Borno state.  One civilian and six militants were killed during the operation, which led to the evacuation of the villages of Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari.  "Our troops have decisively dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists, particularly hibernating in Sambisa forest, which used to be their stronghold," said Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, an army spokesman.

Dozens killed after Funani herdsmen attack in Benue State

Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed at least 26 people and injured several others in south-eastern Nigeria. The attack happened on Monday when several armed men raided four communities in Benue State. Over 1,000 people were displaced during the fighting. Several corpses have been recovered across the state, however security forces cannot confirm the exact number of casualties. Fulani herdsmen are often involved in conflicts with farmers in local communities over land claims and grazing rights.

Seven engineering firm employees kidnapped in Calabar

A convoy carrying engineering workers for the firm MacMahon was ambushed near the city of Calabar, Cross River State. The driver was killed and seven other people were kidnapped - three Australians, one New Zealander, a South African and two Nigerian nationals. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the identity of the kidnappers is not yet  known. The incident happened near Idundu Bridge on the Calabar–Oban road and the assailants reportedly travelled by speedboat.

Pirate vessel recovered in Delta State

A pirate vessel and an illegal refinery have been seized by the Nigerian Navy in Ogbe, Delta State. The vessel - MT Dejikun - allegedly used in the hijacking of the oil tanker MT MAXIMUS was recovered during an ongoing  military operation in the region. The Director of Navy Information, Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, released a statement confirming the outcome of the operation where “no suspect was apprehended as they fled the site before the arrival of the Nigerian Navy patrol team.”

Floods kill three in Nasarawa

At least three people have been killed and dozens of houses destroyed by heavy flooding in Nasarawa State, central Nigeria. One person was also reported missing, while over 150 residences in the communities of Adage, Yalwata, Akura, Uga and Gidan Buba were affected by the floods, caused by the heavy downpour.  Locals blamed the authorities for the extent of the damage, highlighting poor drainage systems and weak flood defences.

Airstrikes kill 15 Boko Haram militants in Borno

The Nigerian Air Forces (NAF) has carried out airstrikes against suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state.  An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft identified a group of insurgents at Doron Naira, close to Kangarawa.  The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said an Alpha Jet was scrambled to targeted the militants. “The casualty figure was confirmed by ground forces who subsequently consolidated on the gains of the air effort to pursue and inflict further casualty on the fleeing wounded members of the terrorist group."

Eighteen women killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Kuda

At least 18 women are feared to be dead after Boko Haram militants attacked a funeral on Thursday. The incident took place in the village of Kuda in north-western Adamawa state, where members of the Islamist group stormed the village and started shooting at residents. The attack was confirmed by security forces, however the exact number of casualties remains unknown. The region is located close to the Sambisa Forest, where Boko Haram militants largely operate in hidden camps.

Six Boko Haram militants killed across Borno state

Six Boko Haram militants have been killed and several others wounded during an offensive by the Nigerian army in Borno state. Seven Boko Haram strongholds located in Mulfuta, Baibawa, Jenere, Bembem, Maksamari, Bula Kafie and Bula Bodi were raided by security forces, leading to four women and one child being rescued. One soldier sustained a gunshot wound during the operation, said a spokesman for the Nigerian army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

Ten MASSOB members arrested in Cross River state

The Cross River State Police have arrested 10 members of the Movement of the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). According to MASSOB spokesperson, Okon Archibong, the home of the state coordinator, Samuel Okah, was raided along with nine other members following a protest at the Ikom Stadium to demand the establishment of the Biafra State. Archibong also said that the arrests were sudden and the police did not tell the suspects why they were being detained.

Three women kidnapped by Boko Haram militants near Chibok

Three women have been kidnapped and four other people killed by Boko Haram militants near Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. According to local sources, gunmen stormed the village of Kautuva on Tuesday evening, while several houses were burned and destroyed during the raids. Almost two years ago more than 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the same region.

NDA attack Chevron pipeline after rejecting government talks

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have attacked another oil pipeline after rejecting talks with the Nigerian government.  The NDA said they destroyed the Chevron-operated RMP 20 well in the Warri Local Government area of Delta state on Wednesday.  Earlier this week Nigeria's oil minister announced plans to start talks with the NDA; however the group responded to the news by stating: "We're not negotiating with any committee. If the federal government is discussing with any group they're doing that on their own."

Boko Haram kill 32 soldiers in border raids

The Boko Haram militant group have killed at least 32 soldiers in an attack in Niger's border town of Bosso.  "On Friday, hundreds of assailants of Boko Haram attacked the position of the army of Bosso", said Niger's defence ministry in a statement.   Thirty Nigerien troops and two from Nigeria died in the raids, while the army said "several" Boko Haram fighters were killed.

Niger Delta militants claim new pipeline attacks

The newly-formed Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claim to have destroyed several oil pipelines in Bayelsa state.  Shell's Nigerian subsidiary - Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) - said on Friday that it was investigating the reports that one of its pipelines was targeted.  "At 3:00 am today @NDAvengers blow up the SPDC forcados 48" Exportline. We warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refuse," said the NDA on Twitter.  Earlier a consolidated group of militants calling themselves the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) said it would carry out missile tests in the Niger Delta for three days next week, warning that aircraft should avoid the area.

Dozens killed in Biafra protests

At least 40 people are reported to have been killed in clashes between Nigerian soldiers and pro-Biafra protesters in the city of Onitsha.  The Indigenous People of Biafra said its unarmed supporters were fired upon by security forces during a rally to mark the anniversary of the failed declaration of the Biafra Republic in 1967.  The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Alli Okechukwu, confirmed the incident but declined to give details about fatalities.

Five dead in Borno state blast

A soldier and four civilians have been killed in a landmine blast in the north-eastern state of Borno.  An army spokesman said a tricycle hit an IED on the Biu-Damboa road near the town of Biu on Sunday morning.  “Unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing four persons comprising of a woman with her baby and two other male adults," said Col. Sani Usman.

Gas and oil pipelines attacked by NDA in Niger Delta

Militants from the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) attacked crude oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region on Thursday night. The facilities, operated by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is located near Batan oil field in Warri. NDA has carried out multiple attacks against oil facilities in recent weeks after issuing an ultimatum to oil companies, demanding that they withdraw from the Delta.

Militants destroy power line to Chevron terminal

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a new militant group based in the south-east of the country, have destroyed an electricity power line which supplies Chevron's Escravos terminal.  A source told Reuters that all operations were grounded at the terminal following Thursday's attack.  The NDA said the action was carried out after Chevron ignored warnings not to fix a major crude pipeline which the group blew up earlier this month.  On Twitter the group said: "We warned #Chevron but they didn't listen".

Militants blow up gas pipeline in Delta

Unknown militants have blown up a gas pipeline in the restive southern Niger Delta.  Local residents said the pipeline, which was owned by Italian fuel company ENI, was attacked in the Southern Ijaw local government area in Bayelsa state.  The incident is the latest in a series of recent attacks against oil and gas installations in the region, many of which have been claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers (NGA).

Nigerian union defies ban on general strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said has pressed ahead with a general strike, ignoring a court ruling on Tuesday.  The NLC are striking in protest at the government's 67 percent increase in fuel charges, which they claim is needed to deal with the country's debt crisis.  Thousands of NLC members joined a protest march in Abuja, causing widespread disruption in the capital.

Niger Delta Avengers arrested in army raids

Several suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) - a new insurgent group responsible for a series of recent attacks in the oil-rich region - have been arrested during raids by the Nigerian army.  The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said the suspects were behind the attacks on the Chevron oil platform earlier this month, which has affected around 35,000 barrels per day. Brig-Gen Rabe Abubakar said the “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property”.  On Sunday a group of ex-militants from the defunct Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) warned that it would fight any attempt by the NDA to create an independent republic in the Niger Delta.

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack in Borno

The Nigerian army said it repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa forest in Borno state over the weekend.  Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said troops were refitting a military camp when they came under mortar fire at around 01:45 on Saturday morning.  Five soldiers were wounded and two Boko Haram fighters killed in the clashes.  Usman also said that a senior member of the insurgent group was arrested during a raid by 143 Battalion in another section of the forest.

Shopping complex collapses in Ogun state

A shopping complex has collapsed in Nigeria's Ogun state, leaving at least one person dead and several others wounded.  Governor Ibikunle Amosun said he took responsibility for the accident at the state-owned complex at the Itoku market in Abeokuta.  “I take full responsibility of what happened here, not even the Commissioner for Works can take the responsibility because when the glory comes we share it together, but if anything goes wrong, I take the blame," Amosun said on Saturday.

Two killed and scores injured in Borno state

Two people have been killed and several others wounded in a bombing in Borno state in north-east Nigeria. The blast occurred in the state capital, Maiduguri, on Thursday morning. The incident came just a day after six people were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Sulimanti neighbourhood.

Four police officers killed in Niger Delta

Four police officers have been killed in an attack in the Niger Delta.  Unknown gunmen targeted members of the Mobile Police Force (MPF) as they travelled from Rivers state to Yenago, the capital of Bayelsa, on Monday.  Rivers State Police Command spokesman, Almad Muhammad, said the assailants were heavily armed but their identities could not be confirmed.

Shell evacuates staff from Niger Delta facility

Royal Dutch Shell has evacuated most of its staff from an oil facility in the Niger Delta due to the threat from a new militant group. Helicopters carried 98 workers from the Eja OML 79 production facility on Saturday, with further evacuations taking place on Sunday.  The move comes after a group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers attacked the Okan offshore platform last Wednesday, while on Friday several gas pipelines run by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) were attacked in the region.

Chevron oil platform attacked in Niger Delta region

An oil platform located in the Niger Delta was attacked by insurgents from the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Wednesday. The Okan offshore platform is jointly operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). According to a company statement, no casualties have been recorded and the site is being assessed for further damage. The NDA, who claimed an attack against a Shell pipeline in February, are demanding a greater shares of oil revenues from the Nigerian government.  "This is what we promised the Nigeria government since they refuse to listen to us," the group said.

Four pirates killed by troops in Bayelsa

Four suspected pirates have been killed in a shootout with troops from the Niger Delta Task Force in Bayelsa state.  One soldier was also wounded in the incident, which occurred along the Ogbia-Nembe waterways on Monday afternoon.  The soldiers were on patrol as part of Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) when they were ambushed.

Fulani herdsmen killed in Nasarawa state

At least 20 Fulani herdsmen have been killed in an attack in the central state of Nasarawa.  Local media reported that gunmen from Agatu in Benue state carried out the deadly assault in the Adayi and Loko areas over the weekend.  The gunmen also killed more than 80 cattle in the raid, which is suspected to be a reprisal for a series of deadly attacks carried out by the Fulani in the region.

President Buhari orders crackdown against Fulani herdsmen

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the country's security forces to use forces against Fulani herdsmen linked to a wave of violence in central and south-eastern Nigeria. Earlier this week at least seven people from the Nimbo community were killed by cattle raiders in Enugu.  "This government will not allow these attacks to continue," the president said in a statement.  In February more than 300 people were killed in similar tribal clashes between the nomadic Fulani and local communities.

Twin suicide blast kills eight at IDP camp

Two female suicide bombers have killed at least eight people at a camp for internally displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria.  The attack happened in the town of Banki, located on the border with Cameroon, at around 08:00 local time on Wednesday.  No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, although suspicion will fall on Boko Haram, who have increasingly been using female suicide bombers in attacks across the region.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 11 in Yobe

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed at least 11 people and wounded several others in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  "They (Boko Haram) came around midnight  and started firing gunshots in the [Zango] village. This prompted residents to flee into the bush," civilian vigilante Aisami Mamman told the AFP.  The injured were taken to hospital in Damaturu to receive treatment for gunshot wounds.

Police officer kidnapped by Fulani in Benue state

Fulani herdsmen have reportedly kidnapped a police officer following clashes with security forces in Benue state.  State police spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu, said search teams have been deployed to recover Corporal Ebiakpo Akparakazi.  The security forces were investigating the alleged killing of two youths when they were ambushed in Agatu.

Troops attacked by Boko Haram

Boko Haram militants have attacked a group of Nigerian troops in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria.  The army said troops from 113 Battalion were targeted in Kareto late on Sunday.  “Please be informed that our troops are currently engaged in fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists," said colonel Sani Usman.  Earlier a major highway linking Borno to Yobe state was officially reopened, three years after it was blocked by Boko Haram fighters.

Crew kidnapped off Nigerian coast

Pirates kidnapped two crew members from a Liberian-flagged vessel off Nigeria on Monday.  The CMA CGM Turqoise, managed by the Greek-based Dioryx Maritime Corp, was attacked 28nm off Bayelsa state. The vessel, chartered by the French shipping company CMA CGM, was sailing from Lagos, Nigeria to Douala in Cameroon when it was attacked. The incident happened on the same day as another attack off Port Harcourt, during which six crew members were kidnapped.

Crew of Turkish vessel abducted off Port Harcourt

Pirates have kidnapped six crew members from a Turkish vessel off Port Harcourt.  "All the six Turkish crew members, including the captain of the vessel, the chief officer and the chief engineer, were abducted by the attackers," Nigerian Navy spokesman Chris Ezekobe told AFP.  The MT Puli, which is owned by Kaptanogul Shipping, was targeted around 118nm off Port Harcourt in the early hours of Monday morning.  The vessel was transiting from Port Gentil in Gabon to the Cote d'Ivoire capital, Abidjan.

Lebanese worker kidnapped in Niger Delta

Gunmen have kidnapped a Lebanese construction worker and killed a Nigerian soldier in an attack in the southern Niger Delta.  "One Lebanese, Ramzi Bau Hadir, aged 53 years, was kidnapped by the armed bandits," said Butswat Asinim, a police spokesman in Bayselsa state.  In March gunmen killed three oil workers when they attacked a pipeline belonging to the Italian firm ENI.

Ansaru leader arrested in Nigeria

The leader of the militant group Ansaru has been captured in the central state of Kogi.  Khalid al-Barnawi has led Ansaru, a Boko Haram splinter group with ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), since the group's founder Abubakar Adam Kambar was killed in 2012.  He had a $5m bounty placed on him by the US in 2012 and has been linked to a series of high-profile kidnappings and attacks across central and northern Nigeria.

Several Boko Haram militants killed in Alagarno

Over 500 captives have been freed from a Boko Haram stronghold in north-eastern Nigeria. Following a ten-day siege the Nigerian armed forces took control of the insurgent base in the Alagano forest in Borno state. The operations resulted in the deaths of 15 militants, while a large cache of weapons and equipment was seized. According to the Major-General Lucky Irabor, the surrounding occupied towns of Wumbi, Tunish and Tilem have also been cleared. 

Abducted Colonel found dead in Kaduna

A kidnapped army Colonel has been found dead in the northern state of Kaduna.  Samaila Inusa was abducted in the Kamazo Chikkun Local Government Area on Sunday and appears to have been killed shortly afterwards.  “We wish to state in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law,” said a spokesman for the army, Sani Usman.

Boko Haram fighters killed in Borno state clashes

At least 25 suspected Boko Haram fighters have been killed in clashes with the Nigerian army in the north-eastern state of Borno.  In a statement the army said the militants were killed in the villages of Mballeri, Shuari 1 and Shuari 2 in the Iza general area.  A further 18 civilians were also rescued during the operations, while one Joint Task Force (JTF) civilian was wounded.

Nigerian army target Boko Haram in Borno

The Nigerian army has killed at least 58 suspected Boko Haram militants during operations in the north-eastern state of Borno.  A military spokesman said troops from 153 Task Force Brigade carried out a raid in the village of Musari on Monday.  One soldier was killed in the fighting, while troops recovered explosives and other logistical equipment.

Electoral staff attacked in Rivers state

The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended the announcement of results from Saturday's elections in Rivers state following reports that some of its staff were killed, wounded and kidnapped in a series of attacks.  The commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said: "There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 Local Government Areas."  Mr Osaze-Uzzi said "well armed thugs and miscreants" working on behalf of politicians had carried out the attacks.

Fifteen dead in latest Fulani attacks in Benue

Heavily armed men stormed a Fulani community in south-eastern Nigeria on Thursday, killing at least 15 people. Aside from the fatalities, several people were injured and a number of houses were burned and razed in the village of Tombo in the Buruku area. The latest unrest follows similar attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the Agatu and Logo local government areas, during which hundreds of people have been killed.

Twenty Boko Haram fighters killed in Djibrila

Cameroonian security forces killed at least 20 Boko Haram militants during a cross-border raid on Wednesday.  According to Reuters the fighting took place in Djibrila, six miles from the Cameroon border.  The Cameroonian Defence Ministry said 12 hostages were freed in the operation and a considerable amount of military equipment was seized. 

Deadly suicide blasts hit Maiduguri mosque

At least 22 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack at a mosque near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The first device exploded inside the mosque in the village of Umarari, while the second targeted fleeing worshippers outside the building.  A local official said a further 26 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred during morning prayers on Wednesday.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident, although suspicion will fall on the militant group Boko Haram.

Nigerian oil company accused of mass fraud

Nigeria's state-owned oil company failed to pay the government $16bn in revenues in a suspected mass fraud.  The official auditor said the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) provided no explanation for the missing funds for 2014.  Auditor-General Samuel Ukura said that other government ministries had also failed to remit funds for the same financial year.

Several killed in Central Bank blast

Several people have been killed and a number of others wounded in an explosion at a Central Bank office in south-eastern Nigeria. The ensuing fire trapped many staff and customers inside the building in the city of Calabar. Emergency services rushed to the scene, where a team of police officers and soldiers assisted the medical personnel and rescued the trapped victims. The source of the explosion has not been confirmed, although it has been suggested that a gas tank inside a generator house may have been the cause.

Boko Haram's sub-leader arrested in Kukawa

A senior Boko Haram commander was arrested by troops from the multinational Joint Task Force on Thursday. The unnamed militant and his group were intercepted by soldiers at a fishing community in the north-east Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno. “He later gave up while receiving medical attention at the base, while other members of his team escaped with gun shot wounds," said army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

Army repels Boko Haram attacks

The Nigerian army has killed at least 18 suspected Boko Haram militants during clashes in the north-east of the country.  Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said insurgents attacked military installations in Pulka and Bitta, on the edges of the Sambisa forest, but were repelled by government troops.  Three soldiers were also wounded in the clashes.

Police launch hunt for abducted schoolgirls

Nigerian police have launched a search operation after three schoolgirls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Lagos.  Heavily armed men abducted the girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Agunfoye Lugbusi, on Monday evening.  "A serious rescue mission for the three students is ongoing. We have launched a manhunt for the abductors and we are making a headway," Lagos state police spokeswoman Dolapo Badmus told AFP.

Boko Haram fighters killed in Borno clashes

At least 26 Boko Haram fighters have been killed in clashes with government troops in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Dozens of insurgents attacked a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the Dikwa region but were repelled by the army.  Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said a soldier also died in the fighting and a military vehicle was damaged in by an IED.

Nigerian navy recovers oil tanker off Sao Tome

A South-Korean chartered oil tanker was recovered by the Nigerian navy on Monday. According to the Nigerian Chief of Naval Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Henry Babalola, six pirates were arrested and one was killed after an intense gun battle around the coast of Sao Tome and Principe. The ship was hijacked off the coast of Cote d'Ivore on 11 February. 

Cameroon forces retake town from Boko Haram

Cameroon's special forces have retaken the town of Goshi in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 162 Boko Haram militants.  Cameroon's communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the operations were carried out between 11-14 February.  “The town of Goshi in Nigeria was formally identified as one of the Boko Haram posts, hosting factories for the manufacturing of bombs and mines,” Bakary said.

Six people killed in Biafra protests in Aba

Protests over the detention of leading Biafra activist Nnamdi Kanu have intensified in south-western Nigeria, leaving at least six people dead and 30 others wounded. The demonstrators gathered at the National High School in Aba before the security forces opened fire, leading to violent clashes. Kanu - who was arrested in October, 2015 by the State Security Service (DSS) - is charged with treason and ethnic incitement.

Twin suicide blasts kill 60 in Borno state

At least 60 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Suspected Boko Haram militants carried out the attack at a camp for displaced in Dikwa on Tuesday.  The army also released a statement on Wednesday which said troops had killed an undisclosed number of Boko Haram fighters at a cattle market in the town of Mainok.

Boko Haram attack kills 23 in Zamfara

At least 23 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northern state of Zamfara.  Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on residents of Kwanar Dutse village in Maru district.  "It was a horrifying experience that lasted for so long. The attackers were in charge for more than two hours, killing our people and stealing from them," a local government official told the Xinhua news agency.

Tribal clashes leave 10 dead in Benue state

At least 10 people have been killed and hundreds more displaced in tribal clashes in the central state of Benue.  Local residents said Fulani herdsmen attacked villages in the Buruku Local Government Area on Saturday and Sunday.  Council Chairman Godwin Lorsue said: "There were over 30 well armed [attackers] while we had only four armed police officers with us. Our cars were perforated with bullets.”

Boko Haram logistics base destroyed by drone strike in Sambisa

A Nigerian Air Force's Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) destroyed a logistical location operated by members of Boko Haram. It is believed that the site, located near the Sambisa Forest, stored ammunition, fuel, weapons in a technical workshop. Boko Haram has been operating in the north-eastern regions of Nigeria, carrying out kidnappings and terrorist attacks.

Militants hijack merchant vessel off Nigeria

Militants have hijacked a merchant vessel off the coast of Nigeria, the Defence Ministry has confirmed in a statement.  The group warned that they would blow up the unnamed vessel and its crew unless pro-Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu is released.  The hijackers have given the government 31 days to comply with their demands.

Boko Haram attack kills dozens in Maiduguri

At least 70 people have been killed in an attack by the Boko Haram militant group in north-eastern Nigeria.  A military spokesman said Boko Haram fighters targeted the Dalori community, 10km east of the city of Maiduguri, on Saturday evening.  Dozens of militants, who were reportedly wearing Nigerian army uniforms, arrived in the village in trucks and on motorbikes before they opened fire on residents and firebombed houses.

Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) was notified by the National IHR Focal Point of Nigeria of the occuring Lassa fever outbreaks in the country. Since August, across 19 states, 82 people died because of the disease. The Lassa fever is a haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus. It is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta, as well through person-to-person contact, especially in hospitals absent of proper infection control measures.

Suicide bomb attacks kill 13 in Chibok

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern town of Chibok.  According to witnesses a female bomber detonated the first device when she was confronted by soldiers at a market in the town.  Three subsequent blasts were reported in the market shortly afterwards.  The town is synonymous with the kidnapping of 300 girls, who were abducted from a school by Boko Haram militants in April, 2014. 

Fulani herdsmen kill 20 in Adamawa state

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed 19 civilians and a police officer in attacks in the north-eastern state of Adamawa. “We lost a DPO (Divisional Police Officer) and 19 civilians in his area of jurisdiction when they came under attack by Fulani herdsmen in Girei district,” police spokesman Othman Abubakar told the AFP. Local media reported that the death toll was higher, claiming 30 civilians had been killed.

Nigerian army kills dozens of militants

The Nigerian army has killed dozens of suspected militants and rescued 370 hostages during operations in the north-east.  The deputy commander of operations, Maj. Gen. Hassan Umoru, gave an update of the recent progress against the militant group Boko Haram during a press conference in Maiduguri.  A large number of weapons and ammunition were also recovered during the latest raids, which began on 17 January.

Lassa fever spreads to 17 Nigerian states

Nigeria's federal government has warned that as many as 1,000 people could die in the recent outbreak of Lassa fever, which has spread to 17 of the country's 36 states.  Minister of Health Isaac Adewole said the outbreak was "a national embarrassment", adding that 63 people had died out of 212 confirmed cases.  Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa, Taraba Bauchi, Kano and Niger have been identified as the states at the highest risk from the virus, which is transmitted via contact with items contaminated with rodent excreta.

University professor kidnapped in Rivers state

The Director of Centre for Continuing Education, Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), has been kidnapped in Rivers state in south-east Nigeria.  Professor Ogburie was seized by armed men near the town of Elele on Monday.  Local media reported that the kidnappers have contacted the victim's family, but no ransom demands were made.

Seven killed in Boko Haram attack in Adamawa

Seven people have been killed in a raid by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in the north-eastern state of Adamawa.  Police said the incident happened on Sunday evening in the remote town of Madagali, leading to clashes with the Nigerian security forces.  “We want the government to deploy more security personnel to our area because as Nigerians, the government owes us a duty to protect us", a local resident told the THISDAY newspaper.

Seven killed in Boko Haram suicide attack and raid in Borno state

On January 5, a raid and suicide bomb attack by Boko Haram on the village of Izgeki village, Borno state, left seven people dead. Five of the deceased were killed by a suicide blast, with another two shot dead. It is the first attack since the Nigerian government officially declared Boko Haram "technically defeated".

Boko Haram militants launch Maiduguri attacks

At least 40 people have been killed in a series of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Heavily armed gunmen targeted the village of Dawari on Sunday evening, leading to clashes with the Nigerian security forces.  Hours later a female suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the city, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more.

Three police officers killed in Rivers state

Three Nigerian police officers have been killed in an attack in Rivers state.  The officers were escorting Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser to the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah, when unknown assailants opened fire on them.  Meanwhile 12 civilians are reported to have drowned after pirates attacked a passenger boat in the Akuru-Toru area of the state on Monday morning.

Nine dead in triple suicide bomb attack

At least nine people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a triple suicide bomb attack in north-eastern Nigeria.  Local officials said three girls aged between 10 and 15 carried out the bombings in the Benisheikh district on Sunday.  The blasts occurred as Nigerian security forces carried out operations against two Boko Haram camps in the area, killing at least 12 militants.

Shia Muslims protest against army raids

Hundreds of Shia Muslims have held protests in six northern Nigerian cities in response to the deadly army raids on a Shia sect.  One of the largest rallies was held in Kaduna, where at least three people were killed and six others wounded in clashes with police on Tuesday evening.  Human rights activists said hundreds of people were killed during the military operations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) over the weekend.

Deadly clashes between Shias and military in Nigeria

Deadly clashes erupted between Shia Muslims and the Nigerian military in the northern city of Zaria over the weekend.  The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, was arrested while his wife and son are reported to have been killed.  The group, which wants to set up an Islamic republic, has frequently clashes with the military in the region.

Gunmen kill four in Lagos shooting

Gunmen have killed four people and wounded 20 others in the Ebute-Meta area of Lagos.  Police officers and local vigilantes repelled the assailants after they opened fire on residents on the streets of Odofin, Kano, Jebba, Osolake and Bello.  Police officials said four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Six killed in Benue state clashes

At least six people have been killed and dozens more wounded in tribal clashes in Benue state.  Eyewitnesses said local farmers attacked a group of Fulani herdsmen in the Oju local government area on Sunday. “The herdsmen and the cattle were moving into the village in large numbers to seek better pasture, but feeling threatened by the presence of the herdsmen, the villagers put up a blockade and asked their visitors to return to where they were coming from", said a police source. “There was resistance and a crisis ensued that snowballed into a clash".

Army battling kidnappings in Rivers state

The Nigerian army has said that it will partner with other security agencies in the battle against rising kidnappings in Rivers state. “Kidnapping is the biggest challenge we are facing in Port Harcourt. We have observed that those behind it are mostly cultists. We are doing our best to tackle this problem. The governor is also spearheading the anti-kidnap crusade. Efforts are on to tackle the problem,” said Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji.

Cameroon army frees 900 Boko Haram hostages

Cameroon's army has freed 900 hostages and killed at least 100 Boko Haram militants during operations along the north-western border with Nigeria. "In the course of this operation, at least 100 members of Boko Haram were killed. Nine hundred hostages detained by Boko Haram were freed," said army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck. On Tuesday evening suspected Boko Haram militants carried out a twin suicide bomb attack in the town of Waza in northern Cameroon, killing three people.

Taxi operators warn of terrorist infiltration at airports

The Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN) has warned that terrorists may infiltrate Nigeria's key airports by posing as illegal taxi drivers. President of ACHAN, Chief Stanley Worlu Dike, said 98 percent of missing passengers’ cases are linked to unregistered taxi drivers at the airports, and that in some cases these drivers have taken passengers to unknown locations. Dike said the authorities should restrict access at airports, particularly in relation to the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in the capital, Abuja.

Suicide bomb kills 21 at Shia march in Kano

At least 21 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia Muslim march in the northern state of Kano.  The bomber detonated the device among a large crowd of worshippers in the village of Sakasoye, around 20km from Kano city, on Friday. "We lost 21 people and several others have been injured. We are not surprised that we've been attacked because this is the situation all over the country", said Muhammad Turi, was was leading the march by followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Police kill suspected armed robbers in Lagos

Police have killed five suspected armed robbers and wounded another during a shootout in Lagos.  A police spokesman said the incident occurred in the Ibeju-Leeki Government Area in the Epe Division on Wednesday. “The suspects engaged the police in a shootout as soon as they saw them. Two locally made double barrel shot guns, one cutlass and iron cutter was recovered from them. The gang had been terrorizing residents of Ajah, robbing and raping women," a security source told local media.

Suicide bomber kills seven in Maiduguri

A suicide bomber has killed seven people and wounded eight others at a centre for displaced people in the northern city of Maiduguri.  The assailant detonated the device among a group of women and children from Dikwa, where were waiting at a military checkpoint. “The attack was carried out by a lone suicide bomber who was stopped outside as he tried to sneak into the building,” said Baba Shehu, a local vigilante leader.

Twin suicide attack kills 14 in Kano

Two female suicide bombers have killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 100 others in the northern city of Kano.  The blasts were reported in the Farm Centre mobile phone market on Wednesday afternoon.  The attack occurred a day after bombings in the north-eastern city of Yola killed 32 people.

Suicide bomb kills 32 in Yola

At least 32 people have been killed and 75 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Yola.  The assailant detonated the device in a market at the Jimeta intersection on Monday night. "The explosion happened in the midst of a large crowd because the area houses a livestock market, an open-air eatery and a mosque," Red Cross official Aliyu Maikano told the AFP news agency.

Gunmen storm Lagos police station

Gunmen stormed the marine police post of the Lagos State Police Command in the Epe area of the city on Sunday.  Around 20 suspected oil thieves, who were dressed in military uniforms, exchanged fire with police at around 00:30 local time. “The gunfire lasted for several minutes, and the whole area was riddled with bullets. Eventually, they succeeded in sinking the gunboat. No policeman was killed but some might have been injured by the bullets,” a police source told the Punch newspaper.

Officials warn of possible terrorist attacks in south-west

The director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has warned of possible terrorist attacks by the Boko Haram militant group in south-western Nigeria.  Dayo Famosaya warned of an increased threat to schools, churches and mosques and has advised members of the public to remain vigilant. “The bombs may be concealed in bags and for it to have more grievous effect, they have planned to deploy these bombs in crowded places such as schools, markets, stadia, churches and mosques,” Mr Famosaya said in a statement in Ekiti.

Fulani herdsmen kill 22 in Kogi raids

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens more wounded by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the central state of Kogi. “In the early hours of Monday, our peaceful communities were invaded by heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who killed and maimed so many of us" said local resident Usman Ibrahim. The affected communities are: Agojeju, Ikpoba, Ojeh, Ajomojayi, Ajadaji, Idochi, Ojiyanawo, Ulaja and Oganenigu.

Hundreds of pro-Biafra protesters march on Port Harcourt

Hundreds of pro-Biafra protesters have marched on the southern port city of Port Harcourt, defying a ban by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike. "No individual or group has the right, whatsoever, to disturb public peace and order, threaten the safety of the public and create fear and an atmosphere of insecurity in the state or any part thereof", said the governor in a state broadcast. The protesters were calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of the banned Radio Biafra and an activist for the establishment of a separate state of Biafra. Protests were also held in the cities of Enugu in Enugu state and Owerri in Imo state.

President Buhari sacks anti-corruption chief

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the head of the country's main anti-corruption agency.  Ibrahim Lamorde, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is the latest in a series of senior officials to be fired by the new president.  No official reason was given for the decision, although in August a senate committee said it was investigating the misappropriation of funds at the EFCC.

Twelve dead in clashes between political rivals

At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between supporters of rival political parties in the eastern state of Taraba.  The violence was sparked in the town of Wukari when a court nulified the election win of the state governor - People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sarius Ishaku - and declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee, Aisha Alhassan, as the victor instead. "Several homes and businesses were burnt in the violence which was brought under control by anti-riot policemen," Taraba state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji said.

Nigerian troops raid Boko Haram camp in Borno

The Nigerian army has raided a suspected Boko Haram camp in Borno state, killing at least four militants.  Troops from 243 Battalion engaged the Boko Haram fighters in the village of Duwabfi, where they had converted the local primary into a base. “The patrol has returned to base and further planning for more onslaughts on all remaining vestiges of Boko Haram elements within the area,” the army said in a statement.

Dozens arrested over Boko Haram plot in Lagos

Nigeria's security forces have arrested and charged 45 people over an alleged Boko Haram plot to attack Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. "About 60 suspects were picked up from different locations in Lagos by the Department of State Services [DSS] acting on intelligence information they were planning to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi last month," a source told the AFP news agency. Boko Haram leaders have previously threatened to carry out attacks in the city, while the capital Abuja has been targeted several times.

Twin bomb blast kills 18 at Maiduguri mosque

At least 18 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a twin bomb attack at a mosque in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The blasts occurred in the Jiddari Polo area at around 05:00 as people gathered for morning prayers.  At least one of the explosions appears to have been caused by a suicide bomber, while two other supects are reported to have fled the scene.

Navy arrests 19 suspected oil thieves in Rivers State

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 19 suspected oil thieves and seized five vessels in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim said the suspects were discharging around 108,000 litres of fuel onto five barges without licenses. “This is a clear case of illegal bunkering going by the position of the Federal Government on sourcing and distribution of illegally refined petroleum products", he said.

Suicide bombers kill 11 in north-east Nigeria

Two female suicide bombers have killed at least 11 people in a remote village in the north-eastern Adamawa state. "Residents fled to the bush. After a while, two women who disguised as fleeing locals blew themselves up... while the gunmen shot at survivors," Maina Ularamu, former head of the Madagali government council, told reporters. There have been a series of suicide attacks carried out by females in recent weeks, including across the border in Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Thirty-nine killed in Maiduguri mosque blast

At least 39 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Three blasts were reported in the Mulai area of the city around 05:00, with the National Emergency Management Agency claiming the bombers were three females. “All the people in the mosque died. Not a single one escaped,” said Muhtari Ahmadu, a trader near the scene.

Triple bombing kills seven in Maiduguri

At least seven people have been killed after three bombs exploded in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Suicide bombers detonated their devices in the Sajeri area on the outskirts of the city at around 20:30 local time on Tuesday.  In September a similar attack in the area, which was blamed on the Boko Haram militant group, killed more than 100 people.  

Ebola scare after death reported in Calabar

Ten people have been quarantined in the southern city of Calabar after they came into contact with a man who died with Ebola-like symptoms. "We have sent blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts," the city's hospital chief medical director, Queeneth Kalu, said. The scare comes a year after Nigeria was declared free of the disease, while earlier this week Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia all recorded their first week with no new cases since the outbreak began in 2014.  

Nigerian troops kill 100 Boko Haram militants in Yobe

Nigerian soldiers claim to have killed at least 100 Boko Haram militants in the northern state of Yobe. “The fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in a desperation to create an impression that they remain relevant, early today made a futile attempt on 120 Task Force Battalion troops at Goniri, Yobe State," said the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman. “More than 100 terrorists died but unfortunately however, seven of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while defending our father land, one officer and eight soldiers were also wounded.”

Triple suicide bombing kills 18 in Damaturu

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in three suicide bombs attacks across the northern city of Damaturu.  The blasts went off at a mosque, a shop and a Fulani settlement in the Buhari Estate business district shortly after 06:00 local time on Wednesday.  The attacks come days after Boko Haram militants carried out suicide bomb attacks in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, which also killed 18 people.

Triple bomb attack kills 18 in Abuja

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded after three bombs exploded on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja on Friday night.  The first two blasts was reported in the Kuje township before a third device exploded in Nyanya.  It is the first bomb attack on the capital in over year.

Female suicide bombers hit Maiduguri

Five young female suicide bombers have killed at least nine people and wounded more than 40 others in an attack in the northern city of Maiduguri.  The simultaneous blasts appeared to target a mosque in the Gomari area of the city as people gathered for evening prayers. Earlier on Thursday Nigerian troops arrested a man in a raid on a Boko Haram fuel dump in the Abbaganaram area of the city.

Villagers killed in fresh Boko Haram attack

At least 20 villagers have been killed in a raid by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state.  Gunmen raided the remote village of Malari in the early hours of Sunday morning. “The insurgents commenced their attacks and killings in the wee hours of Sunday, shooting at any person they sighted fleeing our village,” said local resident Mustapha Abubakar.

Cattle rustlers kill 35 in Niger state raids

Suspected cattle rustlers have killed at least 35 people during a raid in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.  The victims included the district head of Allawa and a local police inspector, while hundreds of villagers were displaced by the attack.  A local community leader said the assailants were believed to be Fulani herdsmen.

NSA warns of Boko Haram attacks in Lagos

Nigeria's National Security Adviser (NSA) has warned of a possible Boko Haram plot to launch attacks in Lagos.  The alerts came after the US Embassy criticised the security situation at the city's sea ports.  In response the Nigeria Customs Service has increased checkpoints and placed restrictions on people's movements around the ports.

Security increased in north over Eid fears

Nigeria has increased security across the north-east of the country over fears of attacks by the Boko Haram militant group during the Eid al-Adha festival.  Restrictions have been placed on the use of vehicels, including camels and donkeys, throughout Borno state. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also announced that 40,000 personnel would be deployed across the country "to provide maximum security".

Multiple blasts kill 54 in Maiduguri

At least 54 people have been killed and 90 others wounded after four bombs exploded in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The first two blasts targeted worshippers at a mosque in Ajilari cross on Sunday evening, while the other devices were planted in a commercial district.  An army spokesman blamed the militant group Boko Haram for the attack.

Gunmen kill four police officers in Delta State

Unidentified gunmen have killed four officers from Delta State police command in the Ugbolu settlement.  The officers were ambushed on a remote road at around 19:30 on Wednesday evening.  Meanwhile a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been kidnapped in the state.  Fred Anesa was abducted near the town on Eku on Thursday.

Four children killed as Islamic school collapses in Jos

At least four children have died after a primary school building collapsed in the city of Jos. 24 pupils were injured in the incident at the Abu Naima Islamic school on Sunday. It is unclear whether more children remain trapped under the rubble. The cause of the collapse is not yet clear, but investigators are trying to ascertain whether it was caused by extra floors being added to the one-storey building. 

Three killed in Yola refugee camp

At least three people have died when a bomb exploded at a refugee camp in Yola, Adamawa state. Emergency services have reported that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). It occurred in a warehouse at the Malkohi camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Boko Haram kill five in Borno state raid

At least five people have been killed and six others wounded in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state.  Local witnesses said that gunmen arrived at the village of Mainari on Wednesday night, leading to a firefight with troops and local vigilante members which lasted several hours.

Three police officers killed by pipeline vandals

Three police officers have been shot dead on  in a gun battle between pipeline vandals and police forces at Olanukan Village, Ishawo, Lagos State. Reports claim that a tanker, fully-loaded with petroleum allegedly siphoned from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline around Oke-Oko, was flagged down by police at the Ishawo Agric checkpoint, between 03.00 and 06.00, Monday. On arrival, the vandals fired on the police, before fleeing the scene in the tanker with one of the vandals shot and wounded.

Pirates attack boat and abduct 3 people in Bayelsa

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be pirates attacked two passenger boats and kidnapped three people along the Ogbia to Brass waterways in Bayelsa. The attack happened on Wednesday. The abducted victims were two Okpoama community Chiefs, identified as Chief Blessing Wagio and Chief Isaac Akono-Igolo, and a security man whose identity is not yet known. The victims’ boats reportedly left the Ogbia water front at about 2pm on Wednesday for Brass, when they came under attack around the Kiberibio area of the Ogbia-Brass waterway. A staff of the state Ministry of Education heading to Brass, a naval officer and a former Chief Librarian in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Chief Jigekuma Ombu-Kieri, escaped the attack unhurt. An eyewitness in one of the boats, Mrs Kilete Arum, also said that she saw an unidentified man lying face down in the pirates’ speed boat when their valuables were being robbed.

Suicide bombers kill Air Force officer in Maiduguri

Two suicide bombers have killed an Air Force officer at a checkpoint in Maiduguri in a late-night attack on Tuesday. The lieutenant died and a woman was injured when two suicide bombers approached the checkpoint and exploded. The explosion occurred hours after Nigeria's military ordered officers to report for duty to a new multinational army based in N'Djamena, Chad's capital, to launch a long-delayed offensive against Boko Haram insurgents. The attack is being blamed on the same Boko Haram militant group. 

Twin suicide blast kills five in north-east Nigeria

Two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Tuesday that killed five people in Damatura, north-east Nigeria. In one attack, a girl bomber died in an explosion that killed people at the crowded entrance to the main bus station, and witnesses say that a young male bomber killed only himself when his device exploded prematurely. At least 41 people were injured in the explosion at the bus station, and reports state that the bomber appeared to be about 14-years-old. 

Nigerian army chief ambushed by Boko Haram militants

Suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy carrying the new head of the Nigerian army on Saturday morning, in north-eastern Borno state. The clash resulted in the death of one soldier and at least five militants. Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai was appointed in July after the president sacked the heads of the military for failing to end Boko Haram's insurgency. Gen Buratai was ambushed about 45km east of the state capital of Maiduguri when he was visiting troops in Borno state.

Nigeria to recruit extra 10,000 police officers

Nigeria is to recruit an extra 10,000 police officers to boost security and help tackle youth unemployment, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced. More CCTV cameras would also be installed in cities any major towns to deter crime. Inadequate security has been blamed for the authorities' failure to defeat the Boko Haram terrorist group. A senior government official has told the BBC that the police force had an estimated 375,000 officers at the moment. 

Up to 150 drowned or shot dead fleeing Boko Haram ambush in north-east Nigeria

Up to 150 people drowned in a river or were shot dead fleeing Boko Haram gunmen who raided a remote village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state. Dozens of militants arrived on motorcycles and a car Thursday last week and opened fire, scattering terrified residents of Kukuwa-Gari. "They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river which is full from the rain. Many drowned," Modu Balumi, a resident of the village said. "By our latest toll we have 150 people either [shot dead] or drowned in the attack. The gunmen deliberately killed a fisherman who tried to save the drowning residents of the village." News of the attack was slow to emerge because the militants have destroyed telecom masts around the village, around 50km from Yobe State capital Damaturu, since the insurgency began in 2009.

Nigerian military chiefs given deadline to defeat Boko Haram

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has given his new military chiefs a three-month deadline to defeat the Islamist militant Boko Haram group. He gave the order at a swearing-in ceremony for the new service commanders he appointed last month. He also urged the armed forces to abide by the law when fighting the militants. "In particular you must protect innocent civilians and respect the rights of combatants," he said.

Six dead after helicopter crashes en route from Nigerian oil platform

A helicopter carrying ten passengers and two crew from an oil platform has crashed into a lagoon in Africa, killing six people. The helicopter, which was operated by offshore energy transportation specialists Bristow Group had been flying from a rib when the incident happened shortly before it was due to land.

Market explosion kills at least 47

A suicide bomber has killed at least 47 people in an attack at a crowded market in Borno state. As many as 52 people are believed to have been injured. The blast struck Jebo livestock market in Sabon Gari town in southern Borno at about 13.30 local time. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it bears the hallmarks of a Boko Haram attack. 

Army arrests six in Niger Delta after 'pirate attack' kills soldiers

The Nigerian military has made six arrests after four soldiers and a policeman were killed in an attack by suspected pirates in the oil-rich Niger Delta on Friday. Security forces also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in the raid on their camp. Gunmen in four speed boats targeted the military checkpoint in southern Bayelsa state on Friday. Soldiers destroyed the camp in neighbouring Rivers state and are now trying to track down others who escaped. It is not yet clear who was behind the attack.

Army rescues 178 people

The Nigerian military has rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in the northern Borno state. In a statement released on Sunday, it said that 101 of those freed were children and a further 67 were women. A Boko Haram commander was reportedly captured and several militant camps were cleared. 

Dozens freed in raids against Boko Haram

Nigeria's military have rescued 71 girls and women in raids that led to the death of several Boko Haram fighters in villages about 40km away from Maiduguri. Army spokesman Colonel IT Gusau said that "during the operation a number of terrorists were killed." He added that a total of 29 women, 25 children and five elderly men were part of those freed. 

Suicide attack in Nigerian market

A 10 year-old female suicide bomber has killed at least 19 people and injured 47 others in an attack on a crowded market in Damaturu. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it bears the hallmark of the Boko Haram militant group. 

Twin blasts hit bus stations in Gombe

At least 37 people have been killed in two bomb attacks at bus stations in the north-eastern city of Gombe.  The first blast was reported near the Dadin Kowa terminal, while the Dukku bus station was also hit around an hour later.  Last week 49 people were killed in a twin bombing at a market in the town.

Suicide bombs kill 10 in Damaturu

At least 10 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Damaturu.  Two female suicide bombers carried out the attack, according to a Nigerian army spokesman.  The blasts struck at around 07:15 local time near an Eid prayer ground, where security officers were waiting to screen worshippers.  The attack came hours after a double bombing killed 49 people at a market in the town of Gombe.

Twin blasts target Eid shoppers in Gombe

At least 49 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after two bombs exploded in the north-eastern city of Gombe.  The devices exploded in a market packed with people shopping ahead of the Eid festival, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy Month.

President sacks Nigeria's defence chiefs

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked his army, navy, air and defence chiefs.  The move comes as the president outlines his strategy for defeating the insurgency by Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country.  Since his inauguration in May Mr Buhari has already moved the defence command headquarters from the capital, Abuja, to Maiduguri in Borno state where much of the fighting has taken place.

Boko Haram militants kill 26 in Chad attacks

At least 26 civilians have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in two villages on Lake Chad. "The two villages were attacked by surprise on Saturday and Sunday night. There were 13 dead in each attack," a Chadian official, who declined to be named, said on Wednesday.  

At least 20 killed in Zaria bomb attack

At least twenty people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Nigeria's Zaria city. Civil servants at a government building were targeted, emergency workers are at the scene. 

Nigerian bomb attacks kill at least 44 in City of Jos

At least Forty-four people were killed when two bombs exploded in the central Nigerian city of Jos. A restaurant and a mosque were targeted.

Boko Haram militants massacre 97 in Kukawa

More than 50 Boko Haram fighters stormed the village of Kukawa near Lake Chad on Wednesday evening, killing 97 people including women and children.  Eyewitnesses say gunmen descended on the village targeting worshippers as they finished prayers before killing women preparing food in their homes.

 

 

 

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Yobe state

A young female suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and wounded 20 others in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  The girl, who was reported to be around 12 years old, detonated the explosive device in the town of Gujba. "She went into the market and headed straight to the grain section. She detonated her explosives in the middle of traders and customers," a witness told the BBC.

Twin suicide attack kills 20 at Maiduguri fish market

At least 20 people have been killed after two female suicide bombers attacked a fish market in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The blast was caused by a suicide bomber who had concealed explosives in firewood, while a second assailant detonated her vest nearby.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it is likely to be attributed to the Boko Haram militant group.

Eight killed in tribal violence in Taraba state

At least eight people have been killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the eastern state of Taraba. "From reports at my disposal some unidentified attackers hacked to death eight peasant farmers on their to the farm in Sondi village Wednesday morning," police spokesman Joseph Kwaji said.  Anti-riot police have been deployed to search for the assailants.

Chad jets target Boko Haram militants

Chad's military has carried out airstrikes on Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria.  The strikes were carried out in response to the twin suicide bomb attacks in Chad's capital, N'Djamena, on Monday. Chad will continue its "merciless" pursuit of the militants "so that no drop of Chadian blood spilt goes unpunished," the military said.

Abandoned Boko Haram bombs kill 63 in Monguno

At least 63 people have been killed after a group of bombs left at a Boko Haram militant camp exploded in north-eastern Nigeria.  Vigilantes confiscated the explosive devices at the abandoned camp and took them to the town of Monguno, where they exploded. "It's very sad because most of those killed and injured are young men, with a small number of females," eyewitness Haruna Bukar told The Associated Press.

Boko Haram carry out attacks in north-eastern Nigeria

At least 11 people have been killed in a twin suicide bombing the north-eastern town of Potiskum in Yobe state.  The first blast targeted the offices of a local vigilante militia, while the second device exploded at a bar in the Daurawa area.  The attack has been blamed on the Boko Haram militant group, who also raided the Babangida council headquarters in the state on Sunday evening.

Nigerian army relocates HQ to Maiduguri

The Nigerian army has started the process of moving its headquarters from the capital, Abuja, to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  President Muhammadu Buhari, who came into office last month, made the decision to relocate the security forces as part of the ongoing operation against the Boko Haram militant group. “In compliance with the Presidential pronouncement and the chief of army staff’s directive, a reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of the Military Command and Control Centre for Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, Borno state," read a press release issued by the army.

Bombing kills 31 at market in Yola

At least 31 people have been killed and 38 others wounded in a bombing at a busy market in the north-eastern city of Yola.  The blast occurred close to Zenith Bank at the city's Jimeta Main Market on Thursday evening as traders were closing their stalls. “So far, we have 31 dead victims and 38 people in hospital receiving treatment” as a result of Thursday’s blast, the National Emergency Management Agency’s coordinator in the city, Sa’ad Bello, told AFP.

Nigerian army accused of war crimes

Amnesty International claims more than 7,000 people have died in Nigerian military custody over the last four years. "Hundreds, if not thousands, of Nigerians have become victims of enforced disappearance; and at least 7,000 people have died in military detention as a result of starvation, extreme overcrowding and denial of medical assistance," state the report published on 3 June.  Last week Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, vowed to "overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations".

Boko Haram launches fresh Maiduguri assault

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The blast comes as Boko Haram militants launched a fresh assault on the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning, days after at least 30 people died in fighting between the group's fighters and the Nigerian security forces.

Fuel tanker crash kills 60 in Nigeria

More than 60 people have been killed after a petrol tanker crashed into a busy bus station in the south-eastern city of Onitsha. "The lorry lost control and ran into a motor park [bus station] near a roundabout in Onitsha," the commercial capital of Anambra state, area police spokesman Uchenna Ezeh said.  Rescuers said 12 other vehicles caught fire in the blast.

Suicide bomber kills 16 in Maiduguri attack

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the northern city of Maiduguri.  The blast comes hours after Nigeria's military repelled an overnight assault by Boko Haram militants in the city.  On Friday Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president, during which he reiterated his vow to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the north of the country.

Muhammadu Buhari assume Nigeria presidency

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has formally taken over as Nigeria's head of state.  Addressing crowds at his inauguration in Abuja he vowed to tackle the country's two main challenges: corruption and the insurgency from militant group Boko Haram. "Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group, who are as far away from Islam as one can think," said Buhari.

Army dismisses 200 soldiers for 'cowardice'

The Nigerian army has dismissed 200 soldiers over "failure to perform military duties" in operations against Boko Haram militants.  One of the affected soldiers, Aguloye Sunday, said his unit only retreated when they ran out of weapons, claiming that they were not sufficiently equipped to fight the militant group in the Sambisa forest. “Each of us were given five bullets, not five rounds to fire, while in the forest, our biggest weapon was to cover just a distance on 400 meters, but our enemy had aircraft weapons that could cover a distance of more than 1000 meters with other dangerous weapons", he added.

Boko Haram assault kills 43 in Borno state

At least 43 people have been killed in a five-hour assault by Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Around 50 militants stormed the town of Gubio on Saturday afternoon, killing local residents and destroying more than 400 houses. "They came, shooting, threatening to kill everybody. They set fire on many houses, burnt down our peoples' vehicles and motorcycles. We lost 43 people including two children," Abubakar Mondama, leader of a local vigilante group, told journalists.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill 96 in Benue state

At least 96 people have been killed in attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state of Benue.  A military official said that fighting took place for several days around five villages in the Logo local government area.  Last week dozens of people died in similar tribal violence in the neighbouring Plateau state.

Nigeria hit by severe fuel shortage

Nigeria has been hit by a severe fuel shortage which is causing widespread disruption across the country.  The GT Bank announced on Monday that it was forced to close all of its branches because it was unable to supply them with fuel.  Flights have been cancelled and telecommunications companies have warned of service restrictions.  The incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, has blamed the government of "sabotage" for failing to resolve the dispute with wholesale fuel sellers, who claim they are owed $1bn.

Tribal violence kills 27 in Plateau state

At least 27 people have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked two villages in Plateau state. "As I speak to you now, I am at the mass burial of our 27 people massacred by the Fulani and their mercenaries," local government chairman Emmanuel Loman said. The herdsmen are accused of carrying out the raids on Ninji and Ropp villages earlier this week, stealing cattle and torching hundreds of houses in the process.

Suicide bomber kills eight in Adamawa state

At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Adamawa.  The assailant detonated the device in a livestock market in the village of Garkida on Tuesday afternoon. "From the information I received from Garkida, the suicide attack killed nine people including the bomber while 14 others sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment in hospital," said Jerry Kundusi‎, a member of the Adamawa state parliament for the region.

Nigerian military destroys Boko Haram camps

The Nigerian military has destroyed 10 Boko Haram camps in the north-east of the country. "The operation to clear the terrorists in Sambisa and other forests is continuing as troops in all fronts have been alerted to be on the lookout for fleeing terrorists," Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement. Mr Olukolade also said that a number of militants were killed in the operation, while one soldier died in a landmine blast.

Suicide blast kills seven in Damaturu

At least seven people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the northern city of Damaturu.  According to witnesses the assailant was a young girl aged around 12 who had an explosive device hidden under her clothes.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Boko Haram have previously used young girls to carry out suicide attacks.

Lead poisoning kills 28 children in Niger state

At least 28 people have been killed by lead poisoning in the central Niger state, according to a junior government health minister. "As at 12th May, 2015, 65 cases and 28 deaths had occurred giving a case fatality rate of 43 percent," said Fidelis Nwankwo in Abuja. "All the 28 cases were children below the age of five."  The outbreak is suspected to be linked to illegal gold mining in the area.

Curfew imposed in Maiduguri after Boko Haram attack

Nigeria's army has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri after yesterday's attack by Boko Haram militants. "In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis a 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed in the city," Colonel Tanko Gusau, Nigeria's army spokesman, said in the statement on Thursday.  The militants were repelled following fierce clashes with the Nigerian security forces and pro-military vigilantes on Wednesday night.

Militants target college in Yobe state

Two militants have carried out a suicide bomb attack on a business college in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  At least six students were wounded by gunfire while dozens of others suffered minor injuries fleeing the scene.  The first assailant detonated explosives in the car park of the College of Administrative and Business Studies in the city of Potiskum, while the second blast occurred inside a college dormitory.

Government borrows money to pay salaries

Nigeria's government has been forced to borrow money to pay salaries as the economy continues to struggle with low oil prices. Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said the country was going through a "difficult cash crunch" as oil revenues provide 80 percent of the government budget and the naira is struggling against the US dollar. Despite the setbacks Ms Okonjo-Iweala stated that Nigeria’s economy is still set to grow 4.8 percent in 2015, and food prices and inflation remain stable.

Nigerian army rescues around 300 females from Boko Haram

The Nigerian army has rescued almost 300 girls and women during operations against the Boko Haram militant group in the north-eastern Sambisa forest.  A military spokesman later said that the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April, 2014, were not among those rescued. The Associated Press news agency quoted an army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, as saying that the 200 abducted girls and 93 women "are not the Chibok girls"

Hundreds found dead in north-eastern Nigeria

Hundreds of bodies have been found in the north-eastern town of Damasak, apparently victims of attacks by Boko Haram militants. “Bodies were found in houses, streets and many more in the Damasak river which has dried up,” said local resident Kaumi Kusur.  It has also been reported that the group has adopted the name "Islamic State's West Africa Province" (ISWAP).

Nigerian army begin Sambisa offensive

Nigerian security forces have launched an offensive against Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern Sambisa forest in Borno state.  Military sources said troops supported by warplanes were targeting the insurgent groups' last key hideouts in the area.  The Sambisa forest is around 100km from the town of Chibok where 200 school girls were kidnapped a year ago.

Ondo state deaths caused by pesticides, says WHO

The mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in Ondo state was caused by pesticide poisoning, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO spokesman, Gregory Haertl, said "the current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides" and "tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection." The Ondo state health commissioner said that a total of 23 people had been affected in the town of Ode-Irele.

Opposition party declares victory in Nigeria elections

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared victory in Nigeria's presidential elections with just a few regions left to declare.  Muhammadu Buhari had 15.1 million votes against incumbent Goodluck Jonathan on 11.7 million as the final results came in.  The elections have been relatively peaceful, despite some allegations of fraud and "political interference" during the vote count.

Nigeria closes borders ahead of elections

Nigeria closed its land and sea borders on midnight on Wednesday as the country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections. "President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the closure of all Nigeria's land and sea borders...to allow for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections," permanent secretary at the ministry Abubakar Magaji said in a statement. Officials also said that they had intelligence that foreigners planned to enter Nigeria to vote in Saturday's elections.

Tribal clashes leave 80 dead in Benue state

At least 80 people have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsman attacked the village of Egba in Benue state.  The gunmen carried out the raid in the early hours of Sunday morning, destroying property and farmland as well as killing residents.  Local residents said the assailants came from Loko in neighbouring Nasarawa state, while police said no arrests have been made yet.

Multiple bombings kill 50 in Maiduguri

At least 50 people have been killed after four bombs exploded in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri on Saturday.  A suicide bomber detonated a device at the entrance to a fish market on the Baga road, while a second device exploded in the Monday market shortly afterwards.  The Borno Express bus station near a Department of State Security (DSS) office was also hit by two blasts. "We've received 50 dead bodies from the blast scenes and 36 injured people," Salisu Kwaya Bura, Chief Medical Officer of Borno Specialists Hospital, told reporters.

Football team targeted by armed robbers in Abuja

Five football players have been shot and wounded during an attack by armed robbers in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.  The Kano Pillars team were travelling on a bus in the Abaji suburb of the city when they were ambushed on Thursday afternoon.  A club spokesman said the gunmen also snatched handsets and other valuables from the players before fleeing.

Boko Haram kills 68 in Borno state attacks

Boko Haram gunmen have killed at least 68 people in an attack on a village in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Militants targeted men and boys in Njaba before setting fire on the village, forcing residents to flee to the nearby town of Damboa. "They shot dead anyone that tried to flee but spared children younger than 13 years old," said a resident who escaped the attack.

Suspected suicide bomber killed by mob in Bauchi

A suspected female suicide bomber has been beaten to death by an angry mob in the north-eastern city of Bauchi.  According to local residents the young woman was stopped at the entrance to the Mudal Lawal market to be screened; however, when she refused and attempted to escape a crowd descended on her.  Local police said it was unlikely that the victim was a suicide bomber and no explosives were found on her.

Twin blast kills 35 in northern Nigeria

At least 35 people have been killed in two bomb attacks in northern Nigeria.  A suicide bomber killed at least 18 people at a bus station near the town of Biu, Borno state, while 17 died when explosives were thrown into a crowd of people along Bauchi Road in the city of Jos.  President Goodluck Jonathan said this week that the army was winning the war against Boko Haram militants.

Suicide bomb attack kills 13 in Potiskum

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Potiskum.  The blast was reported at the Tashar Dan-Borno motor park, on the outskirts of the city. "The bus had just loaded with passengers on its way to Kano when a huge explosion happened inside the bus at exactly 11:40 am," a driver's union official told the AFP news agency.  It is the second suicide attack in the city in recent days.

US missionary kidnapped in Nigeria

An American woman working as a Christian missionary has been kidnapped in central Nigeria.  In a statement the Free Methodist Church said "early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria." Kogi state police said several gunmen carried out the attack, adding that they suspected she had been kidnapped for ransom.

Female suicide bomber kills five in Potiskum

A young female suicide bomber has killed five people and wounded 19 others in an attack in north-eastern Nigeria.  A girl reported to be as young as seven detonated her device at a market in the city of Potiskum on Sunday.  Meanwhile Nigerian forces backed by air strikes retook the border town of Baga from Boko Haram militants on Saturday.

Female suicide bomber kills 10 in Damaturu

At least 10 people have been killed and 32 others wounded after a female suicide bomber detonated a device in the north-eastern city of Damaturu.  Witnesses said the assailant entered a bus station in the city and blew herself up among a crowd of people.  Although there hasn't been any claim of responsibility, the militant group Boko Haram are suspected of being behind the attack.

Suicide bomber targets election rally in Gombe

A female suicide bomber has killed at least one person and wounded 18 others at an election rally in Gombe city in north-eastern Nigeria.  Explosions were also reported at court buildings in Port Harcourt, Isiokpo and Degema in the southern Rivers State.  The latest violence comes ahead of elections on 14 February, with President Goodluck Jonathan standing against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian army repels Boko Haram assault on Maiduguri

The Nigerian army says it has repelled an assault by Boko Haram militants on the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Heavy fighting lasted for several hours on Sunday morning, with security forces defending the city while the Chadian air force targeted militant positions in the town of Gamboru.  The latest violence comes just two weeks before Nigerians go to the polls in national elections.

Chad troops recapture Nigerian town from Boko Haram

Chad's troops have recaptured the town of Malumfatori in north-eastern Nigeria from Boko Haram militants.  The military used a combination of ground and air forces to regain the town, which is located close to the borders with Chad and Niger.  The incident came after the UN published a report which said more than 14,000 people have fled across the border into Chad since the start of the year.

Boko Haram launch offensive against Maiduguri

Boko Haram militants have launched a major offensive on the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Nigeria's defence headquarters said "troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on Monguno and Maiduguri by terrorists". The civilian joint task force (JTF) added that at least 20 soldiers and 10 civilians had died in fighting in the city.

Cameroon army frees German Hostage from Boko Haram

Cameroon's army has rescued a German hostage kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants six months ago. "A special operation of Cameroonian armed forces and security services of friendly countries freed the man", said Cameroon's President Paul Biya.  The hostage, Robert Nitsch Eberhard, said "I am happy to see all these people around me, who have rescued me and made sure that I survived, because until the last minute, I did not know whether I would survive or I would not survive."

Four killed in Potiskum bus station bombing

At least four people have been killed and 35 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in the north-eastern town of Potiskum.  The assailant drove a car into the station on the outskirts of the city and detonated the device among a crowd of commuters. “The information I have is that the car was pretending to be scouting for passengers,” Yobe state police commissioner Danladi Marcus told reporters.

Dozens killed in latest Boko Haram attacks

At least 25 people have been killed over the weekend in the latest Boko Haram attacks to hit north-eastern Nigeria.  A young female suicide bomber killed 19 people at a market in the city of Maiduguri in Borno state on Saturday, while on Sunday six were killed when two other children carried out a suicide attack in Potiskum in Yobe state.

Boko Haram kills dozens in Baga

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in a series of attacks in the north-eastern town of Baga.  Insurgents set fire to dozens of houses in the town and neighbouring villages since capturing the town over the weekend. Musa Bukar, head of the Kukawa local government area, said "they [Boko Haram] burnt to the ground all the 16 towns and villages, including Baga, Doron-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram." Hundreds of civilians have fled the region, with some trapped on islands on Lake Chad.

Boko Haram fighters launch assault on Borno state village

At least 32 people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the village of Gumsuri in Boko Haram.  Local officials said that more than 100 people, including women and children, were abducted during the raid.  Meanwhile a Nigerian court has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram militants in August.

Oil unions begin strike in Nigeria

Nigeria's two main oil workers' union have started an indefinite nationwide strike in protest at the government. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers said the strike would continue until their concerns are addressed. "We've commenced the strike. It will affect oil production, since all operations are on strike," PENGASSAN chief Babatunde Oke told the Reuters news agency.

Twin blast kills 30 in Jos

A twin bomb attack has killed at least 30 people at a market in the central city of Jos.  The blast occurred at around 1800 on Thursday evening as local traders were closing their stalls.  The National Emergency Management Agency said the bombs appeared to have been IEDs which were planted in the market.

Market bombing kills seven in Kano

At least seven people have been killed and 30 others wounded after two bombs exploded at a market in the northern city of Kano.  According to local police the blasts, which occurred at the Kantin Kwari textile market, were caused by two female suicide bombers. 

Deadly attacks reported across northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out a deadly attack in the north-eastern city of Damaturu, while a twin suicide bombing has also been reported in Maiduguri.  Militants launched an assault on the Yobe state University in Damaturu at around 0500 on Monday morning and explosions and gunfire have been heard across the city.  In Maiduguri two female suicide bombers targeted the city's main market, killing several people and wounding dozens more.

Scores killed in Kano mosque bombing

Two bombs have exploded outside the central mosque in the northern city of Kano, killing dozens of people and wounding an estimated 200 others.  The devices exploded as people were arriving at the Grand Mosque for Friday prayers.  It is not clear whether the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was attending the mosque at the time of the attack.  Last week he urged Nigerians in the north of the country to take up arms against the militant group Boko Haram, and today's bombing is suspected of being a revenge attack.

Bomb explodes at Mubi bus station

At least 40 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a bus station near the city of Mubi in the eastern state of Adamawa.  Earlier this week the Nigerian army claimed to have recaptured Mubi from Boko Haram militants, and heavy fighting has been reported in the area.

Sixty killed in twin suicide blast

At least 60 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno state.  According to local reports both bombers were female; the first detonated a suicide vest in a crowded market before the second targeted people helping victims of the initial blast.

Boko Haram launch deadly assault on border town

Dozens of suspected Boko Haram fighters have launched an assault on the trading town of Damasak, close to the border with Niger.  An unknown number of people are reported to have been killed and several houses were set on fire during the raid, forcing hundreds of residents to flee across the border.  The insurgents, who were disguised as traders, had tried to attack the town last week but were repelled by the military.

Boko Haram kill 48 in border attack

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 48 people in an attack near the north-eastern border with Chad.  The association of fish traders said that the victims, who were all fishermen, had their throats cut during the raid on the village of Doron Baga near Lake Chad.  The area is under the jurisdiction of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which is tasked with defeating the militant group in the border areas.

Security forces fire tear gas inside Nigeria's parliament

Nigeria's parliament has been suspended after security forces fired tear gas inside the building to prevent the House of Representatives from convening.  Local reports suggest that the police were preventing the speaker of the house, Aminu Tambuwal, from entering parliament ahead of a crucial debate on extending the state of emergency in the north-east of the country.  Last month Mr Tambuwal defected to the opposition from the ruling PDP party.

Army seizes Chibok from Boko Haram

The Nigerian army says it has seized control of the town of Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria from Boko Haram militants.  The announcement comes after days of fighting in and around the town, which is also where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped back in April.  Dozens of Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed in the fighting, although exact casualty figures were not immediately available.

Deadly bomb hits school in north-eastern Nigeria

At least 20 students have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a bomb exploded at a secondary school in the north-eastern town of Potiskum.  The blast happened as the students gathered for morning assembly at the Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School, a boys' science and technical college on Monday.  No one has taken responsibility for the blast but it is likely to be attributed to the Boko Haram militant group.

Ten killed in Bauchi state ATM bombing

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a bomb exploded at a cash machine in the northern state of Bauchi.  Local residents said a man carrying a parcel approached the queue at the First Bank ATM machine in Azare before it exploded.  The victims were reportedly workers collecting their wages.

Shia ceremony targeted in suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomb attack has killed 15 worshippers and wounded more than 50 others at a Shia religious festival in north-eastern Nigeria.  Hundreds of pilgrims were attending a ceremony in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state to mark the holy day of Ashura when the blast occurred.  The attack comes days after the militant group Boko Haram denied that it had agreed a ceasefire with the Nigerian government.  

Boko Haram denies ceasefire agreement

Boko Haram has denied claims by the Nigerian government that it has agreed a ceasefire.  The groups leader, Abubakar Shekau, also said that the 200 plus abducted schoolgirls would not be released as they had converted to Islam and been married off to militants.  In a video released on Friday Shekau said the group "will not negotiate.  What is our business with negotiation?  Allah said we should not."

Bus station attack kills eight

At least eight people have been killed and 15 others wounded after a car bomb exploded at a crowded bus station in the north-eastern state of Gombe.  The blasts were reported during the Friday morning rush hour in Gombe city.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Children abducted by Boko Haram in north-east

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped around 30 children from the north-eastern state of Borno.  At least 17 people were killed in the attack on the Ndongo community in the village of Mafa at the end of last week.  The raids come despite the announcement of a ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government earlier this month.

Bauchi bus station targeted in bomb attack

At least five people have been killed after a large bomb exploded at a bus station in the town of Azare in Bauchi state. “Five persons burnt beyond recognition were certified dead, while 12 others sustained various degree of injuries, and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center in Azare,” said local police in a statement. Boko Haram have been blamed for the attack, although no group has yet taken responsibility for it.

Militants carry out deadly raids in north

Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out deadly raids on three villages in northern Nigeria.  Local residents said insurgents attacked Grata and Pina in Adamawa state, while a separate raid was reported in Adabam in Borno.  The violence came despite a statement by the government that a truce had been agreed with the group last week.

Nigeria and Boko Haram agree ceasefire

Nigeria's military has agreed a ceasefire with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram.  The chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, announced the deal which will also see the release of the more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped six months ago near Chibok.   The agreement was made following a month of negotiations brokered by neighboring Chad, while Nigeria has also held security meetings with Cameroon in recent days.

Nigerian soldiers charged with mutiny

Fifty-nine Nigerian soldiers have appeared before a military tribunal in Abuja on charges of mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny.  The soldiers, all members of the 111th Special Forces Battalion, were also accused of refusing to fight Boko Haram militants in August.  Last month 12 soldiers were sentenced to death after being found guilty on similar charges.

Boko Haram militants surrender in north-east

Around 250 Boko Haram militants have surrendered in north-eastern Nigeria, according to military sources.  The Defence Ministry also claimed in a statement that the army had killed a man acting as the group's leader during clashes near the city of Maiduguri in Borno state. In the course of those encounters, one Mohammed Bashir who has been acting or posing on videos as the deceased Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric character known as leader of the group, died," it said.  

Dozens killed in Boko Haram attacks

At least 36 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern town of Mainok.  Gunmen opened fire on traders at a busy market in the town, sparking a gun battle with security forces.  In a separate incident four people died in a cross-border raid by militants in northern Cameroon.

Gunmen attack training college in Kano

At least 15 people have been killed and 34 others wounded in an attack by suspected Boko Haram gunmen at a teacher training college in the northern city of Kano.  Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices in a packed lecture hall on Wednesday afternoon before gunmen opened fire on fleeing students and staff. President Goodluck Jonathan condemned what he termed a "dastardly attack".

Soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny in north-east

Authorities in Nigeria have sentenced 12 soldiers to death for mutiny and the attempted murder of their commanding officer in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The soldiers allegedly revolted on 13 May after they were ordered to drive at night on a dangerous road and were subsequently ambushed by Boko Haram militants. Nigerian troops have frequently complained that they lack adequate weapons and equipment to fight Boko Haram, while there have also been reports that they have not been paid or properly fed. 

Boko Haram militants prepare Maiduguri siege

Local tribal elders have warned that Boko Haram militants have completely surrounded the capital of Borno state, Maiduguri.  The militants have blocked all roads leading to the city and appear ready to launch a major assault on it.  The Borno Elders Forum (BEF), a group which includes former government ministers, has called on the military to "fortify" the city - although local reports suggest that soldiers are already deserting the area.

Army battles Boko Haram militants in Adamawa

Nigerian troops have been fighting running battles with Boko Haram militants in the Mubi area of Adamawa state.  According to local media reports the army are fighting to reclaim the town of Michika, close to the border with Cameroon, which fell to Boko Haram over the weekend.  Fighter jets from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have been targeting militant positions, while a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed by the military.

Boko Haram captures border town of Banki

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have captured the town of Banki, close to the border with Cameroon.  Government troops reportedly fled from the town, which fell shortly after militants seized control of the larger town of Bama.  Meanwhile Cameroon's army claimed to have killed more than 40 Boko Haram fighters during clashes at the Fotokol border crossing on Wednesday.  There are growing fears that the group are preparing to launch a major assault on the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Boko Haram militants seize town of Bama

Boko Haram militants have seized the town of Bama in Borno state, forcing thousands of residents and soldiers to flee the area.  The insurgents first stormed the town, the second largest in the state, on Monday night and were initially repelled by Nigerian troops before a larger force returned overnight.  Security forces told the Reuters news agency that both sides had incurred heavy casualties, with an estimated 70 militants killed.

Almost 500 troops flee to Cameroon

Cameroon officials have confirmed that around 480 Nigerian soldiers have crossed the border to escape Boko Haram militants.  The troops handed over their weapons when they reached the town of Maroua, around 80km from the border.  Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau released a video over the weekend in which he declared that the group had setup an Islamic state in north-eastern Nigeria; however, the army have dismissed the announcement as "empty".

Boko Haram seize police academy in northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have captured a police training academy in the northern town of Gwoza in Borno state.  Gunfire was reported at the Liman Kara college on Wednesday, with heavily armed militants arriving at the scene in three armoured vehicles.  The Islamists also seized control of the town of Buni Yadi in the state of Yobe, forcing hundreds of residents to flee.

Boko Haram abducts dozens of villagers near Lake Chad

Around 85 people are reported to have been abducted from a village near Lake Chad by Boko Haram militants.  According to witnesses a further 26 people died in the raid on Doron Baga, the latest in a series of attacks by the extremist group in northern Nigeria.

Six killed in Kano suicide bomb attack

At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a group of students in the northern city of Kano on Thursday.  Local reports said that a female bomber detonated the device as students were queuing up to sign an admissions list at a college in the city.  It is the fifth attack in the city since Sunday, with at least three of these carried out by female suicide bombers.

Nigeria on alert over Ebola outbreak

Nigeria has placed all of its entry points on high alert after the first case of the deadly Ebola virus was reported in Lagos.  A 40-year-old man died shortly after arriving at Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Liberia on Tuesday.  Since February more than 660 people have died from the disease across West Africa.

Boko Haram kidnaps Cameroon VP's wife

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice president during a cross-border attack.  At least three people died when the fighters targeted Amadou Ali's home in the northern town of Kolofata, while a local religious leader was also abducted in a separate attack.  On Friday Boko Haram fighters killed four Cameroonian soldiers during clashes along the border.

Kaduna bomb attack kills 25

At least 25 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.  The blast appeared to target the moderate Islamic cleric Dahiru Bauchi, who survived the attack.  Sheikh Bauchi was conducting prayers in the Murtala Muhammed square in the centre of the city at the time of the bombing.

Dozens killed in north-east Nigeria attack

Boko Haram militants killed dozens of people during a pre-dawn raid in north-eastern Nigeria on Friday.  Residents in Damboa in Borno State said gunmen set fire to half of the town's houses during the attack, along with the main market.

Dozens killed in Maiduguri blast

At least 56 people have been killed after a bomb exploded in a market in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  The device was planted in a truck loaded with charcoal and exploded next to a crowd of market traders.  Although they have yet to take responsibility for the attack the militant group Boko Haram are suspected of being behind it.

Deadly attacks continue across northern Nigeria

Dozens of people have been killed over the weekend in the latest attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria.  At least 10 people died when militants attacked churches near the town of Chibok in Borno state, while in the city of Bauchi a bomb killed at least 11 people in a residential area allegedly used as a brothel. A spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) party called on the Federal Government to review its counter-terrorism strategy, saying "whatever is being done now is definitely not working, hence the deadly terrorist attacks have almost become a daily affair".

Bomb attack kills 21 in Abuja

At least 21 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.  The blast occurred near the Banex plaza shopping centre in the Wuse district of the city on Wednesday evening.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Islamic militant group Boko Haram have targeted the capital in the past and are the main suspects.

Deadly explosion at Kano health college

At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a public health college in the northern city of Kano.  Around 20 people were also wounded in the blast at the Kano School of Hygiene, a post-secondary training school.

Dozens killed in Chibok attacks

Dozens of people have been killed and many more injured in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno.  The raids took place in the villages of Koronginim and Ntsiha near the town of Chibok, where more than 2000 school girls were abducted in April.

World Cup screening targeted in suicide bomb attack

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack during the screening of a World Cup football match in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  Dozens of people had gathered in the town of Damaturu to watch Brazil's game against Mexico when a bomber on a tricycle taxi detonated his explosives.  The neighbouring state of Adamawa has ordered all outdoor screenings of World Cup games to be cancelled, fearing similar attacks.

Boko Haram abduct 20 women near Chibok

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted at least 20 women near the northern town of Chibok where hundreds of school girls were kidnapped in April.  The gunmen arrived at the Garkin Fulani settlement on Thursday and forced the women to enter trucks at gunpoint.  According to a local vigilante group three young men who tried to stop the raid were also taken. 

Nigerian newspaper shut down by army

A leading Nigerian newspaper claims the army has raided several of its distribution centres across the country, days after it ran an article criticising several generals.  Weekly Trust, which is based in the capital, said soldiers had searched delivery vans, questioned vendors and blocked distribution at sites in Abuja, Kano and in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram attacks kill 45 in Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed at least 45 people near the north-western city of Maiduguri in Borno state.  According to local reports the militants gathered people together to pray in the village of Barderi before opening fire on them.  Officials said as many as 200 people have been killed in violence across northern Nigeria this week.

Boko Haram attacks continue in northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out further attacks across northern Nigeria, leaving dozens of people dead.  In one raid in Borno state gunmen dressed as soldiers shepherded a group of villagers into a church before opening fire on them.  The latest wave of attacks came as 10 generals and five senior military officers were found guilt by court martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram fighters.

Nine killed in north-east Church attack

At least nine people have been killed in an attack on a church in north-eastern Nigeria.  A group of around 10 gunmen stormed the church in the village of Attangara, close to the border with Cameroon, before opening fire on the congregation.  Residents said local vigilantes pursued the assailants into the bush, killing four of them and detaining three others.

Bomb targets football fans in Adamawa state

At least 14 people have been killed and more than a dozen others wounded after a bomb exploded at a bar in the north-eastern state of Adamawa on Sunday evening.  The victims were watching a televised football match in the town of Mubi, close to Cameroon, when the device exploded.

Dozens killed in latest Boko Haram attack

At least 42 people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a village in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Gunmen on motorbikes stormed the village of Gurumushi, close to the border with Cameroon, on Wednesday morning.  Hundreds of villagers fled across the border to escape the violence, while dozens of houses were burnt down.

Boko Haram attack military base in Yobe

At least 24 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on a military base in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  The gunmen targeted the base in the town of Buni Yadi at around 2000 local time on Monday, forcing local residents to flee the area.  Meanwhile Cameroon has deployed around 1,000 across the border to assist in the fight against the group.

Three killed in Jos suicide blast

Three people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the central city of Jos in Plateau state.  Local reports suggest that the intended target was an open-air arena which was packed with football fans; however the device exploded before the assailant reached it.  The incident comes days after a twin car bomb killed 118 people in the city.  

Teachers protest over kidnapped schoolgirls

Teachers across Nigeria have gone on strike and held rallies in protest at the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram last month.  The National Union of Teachers (NUT) president, Michael Alogba Olukoya, said they were also marching in memory of the 173 teachers killed by the group over the last five years.

Boko Haram attacks kill 19 in north-east

At least 19 people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a village in north-eastern Nigeria.  Gunmen raided Algarno in Borno state in the early hours of Wednesday, stealing food before setting fire to most of the houses in the village.  The incident comes a day after twin blasts in the central city of Jos killed at least 118 people.

Twin blast kills 118 in Jos

At least 118 people have been killed after two bombs exploded in the central city of Jos on Tuesday afternoon.  The devices were planted inside a truck and a minibus and exploded in a crowded market.  More than 40 people were taken to the city's hospital requiring treatment following the attack, which is likely to have been carried out by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram.

Seven killed in Port Harcourt refinery blast

At least seven people have been killed in an explosion at an oil refinery in the southern port city of Port Harcourt.  Ralph Ugwu, a spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC), said the blast had been caused by vandals who attempted to steal crude oil from a pipeline.

Car bomb kills four in Kano city

At least four people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the city of Kano in northern Nigeria on Sunday night.  The blast occurred in the largely Christian area of Sabon Gari, although the city's police commissioner said the device went off early and the intended target had been the bars and restaurants of nearby Gold Coast Street.  The Islamic militant group Boko Haram, who have carried out several similar attacks in the city, are suspected of being behind Sunday's blast.

Nigerian soldiers fire at army commander in Maiduguri

A group of Nigerian soldiers have opened fire on their commander near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  Major General Ahmad Mohammed narrowly escaped unhurt when soldiers from the 7th Division began shooting at his car at the Maimalari barracks.  The troops claim that they have not been provided with the adequate weapons to fight Boko Haram militants and were angry with their commander after some of their colleagues were killed in an ambush in the town of Chibok.

Villagers repel Boko Haram attacks in Borno

Villagers in north-eastern Nigeria claim to have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants, killing around 200 and arresting dozens more.  The local residents said they have formed vigilante groups because the Nigerian military was failing to protect them.  On Tuesday morning villagers ambushed two trucks carrying Boko Haram gunmen near the village of Kalabalge, around 250km from the state capital Maiduguri.

Boko Haram kill 300 in north-east attacks

Around 300 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno.  State senator Ahmed Zanna said gunmen raided the town of Gamboru Ngala, near the border with Cameroon, on Wednesday.  The town had been left unguarded after soldiers were redeployed further north to Lake Chad to search for the 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month.

Deadly car bombing hits Abuja

At least 19 people have been killed and 60 others wounded in a car bomb attack in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.  The blast occurred in the Nyanya suburb and appeared to target a police checkpoint, close to the site of a Boko Haram attack last month which left 70 people dead.

Protest march held in Abuja for kidnapped schoolgirls

Hundreds of people have taken part in a march through the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by militants last month.  The Boko Haram group were blamed for the attack on the school on Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria.  The march comes as a local human rights group claimed that the girls had been sold into marriage by their captors.

Rapist sentenced to death in Kano

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has sentenced a man to death by stoning for a raping a teenage girl and infecting her with HIV.  The 63-year-old man, Ubale Sa'idu Dotsa, admitted the charge in Kano but claimed the Devil had told him to do it. Both of the defendant's wives have reportedly died from AIDS related diseases.

Schoolgirls kidnapped in Borno state

More than 100 female students have been abducted by gunmen from a secondary school in the north-eastern state of Borno.  The suspected Boko Haram militants arrived at the school in the town of Chibok and, after battling soldiers tasked with guarding the site, forced the girls on to several trucks.  Local residents said the gunmen also set fire to around 170 houses before fleeing.

Abuja bus station bombings kill 70

At least 70 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a crowded bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.  The devices exploded during the Monday morning rush hour at the Nyanya motor park, around 16km from the city centre.  No group have taken responsibility for the attack; however the Islamic militant group Boko Haram have targeted the capital several times before.  

Boko Haram kill 17 in Yobe attacks

Suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked a remote town in the north-eastern state of Yobe, killing at least 17 people.  The assailants killed five worshippers at a mosque in the town of Damaturu before torching several houses in the early hours of Saturday.

Tribal attacks leave 30 dead in Zamfara State

Thirty people have been killed after suspected Fulani herdsman attacked a village in the north-western state of Zamfara.  A state police spokesman said "the incident happened in Galadima yesterday during a meeting of community leaders and representatives of vigilante groups".  Additional security forces have been deployed to the area.

Suicide bomb attack kills 15 near Maiduguri

At least 15 people have been killed in a suicide bombing near the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria.  Soldiers opened fire on a vehicle packed with explosives at a checkpoint near the town of Mule, causing it to explode.  Six of the assailants, believed to be from the Boko Haram militant group, were also killed in the blast.

Prisoners killed in attempted Abuja jailbreak

At least 21 people have been killed in an attempted jailbreak at a prison in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.  Local reports suggested that militants from the Islamic militant group Boko Haram were involved in the incident.  A spokeswoman for the Department of State Services (DSS) said that the trouble started when a prisoner attacked a guard with his handcuffs, although there was no confirmation on how the 21 inmates died.

Amnesty International claim 1,500 killed in Nigeria conflict

Fighting between Nigeria's security forces and the Islamic militant group Boko Haram has killed at least 1,500 so far this year, according to a report by Amnesty International.  The group also said that the army had killed around 600 people since an attack by Boko Haram on a military barracks in Borno state last week. “Amnesty International has received credible evidence that as the military regained control, more than 600 people, mostly unarmed recaptured detainees, were extra-judicially executed in various locations across Maiduguri,” the report said.

Dozens killed in north Nigeria violence

More than 60 people have been killed during the latest clashes in the northern state of Benue.  Suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the village of Agena in the Gwer Local Government Area around 0600 on Tuesday morning and began attacking villagers.  A police spokesman said that extra police officers had been drafted to the area to restore peace and order while investigation into the incident had commenced.

Five police officers killed in Maiduguri attack

Five police officers have been killed in an explosion in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno state.  The officers were sat in a parked vehicle on the Bama road when suspected members of Boko Haram threw an explosive at them.  Shortly before another blast killed three civilians in the government farm area of the city, although local police suggested it was intended for another target and went off prematurely.

Grizzly kidnapping den discovered in Ibadan

Nigerian police have discovered skeletons and decomposing bodies at an abandoned building near the southern town of Ibadan.  Several malnourished people were also found at the site, one of them allegedly kidnapped from Edo state back in 2008.  The investigation was sparked when a group of local motorbike taxi riders reported that some of their colleagues had been kidnapped in the area.

Bomb explodes at Bama marketplace

At least 20 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a crowded market place in the north-eastern town of Bana in Borno State.  The device exploded at the Nguro-Soye market before the militants, suspected of belonging to the radical Islamic group Boko Haram, opened fire on fleeing civilians.

Hundreds of militants attack Maiduguri

Hundreds of militants have attacked the north-western city of Maiduguri, leading to clashes with the Nigerian army.  The assailants targeted the Giwa barracks and heavy fighting was reported in the Fori area of the city.  Local residents said that the militants, suspected of belonging to Boko Haram, set fire to houses and killed dozens of civilians during the raid.

Dozens dead after gunmen attack Katsina villages

At least 100 people have been killed after a group of gunmen attacked a number of villages in Katsina state in northern Nigeria.  Residents said that dozens of armed men on motorbikes rode into Kurar Mota, Marabar Maigora, Sabon Layin Galadima, Unguwar Doka and Maigoraand and began shooting people at random.  Local reports suggest that the assailants were ethnic Fulani cattle herders and not from the militant group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram militant kill 11 in Borno raid

At least 11 people have been killed in the latest attack by gunmen from the Boko Haram militant group.  The raid was carried out in the northern village of Jakana in the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State.

Twin blasts kill 51 in Maiduguri

At least 51 people have been killed after two car bombs exploded in the north-eastern town of Maiduguri in Borno state.  The devices exploded in a busy market in the town and many of the victims are reported to be children.  The militant Islamic group Boko Haram are suspected of being behind the attack, although they have yet to claim responsibility for it.

Latest Boko Haram attacks kills 30 in Adamawa

At least 32 people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen across the northern state of Adamawa.  A large group of militants carried out three coordinated attacks in Shuwa and Kirchinga in the Madagali local government area.  Several buildings were burnt during the six-hour assault, including a Christian theological college and a local secondary school.

Gunmen kidnap president's uncle in Bayelsa

Gunmen have kidnapped the 70-year old uncle of President Goodluck Jonathan from his home in the southern state of Bayelsa.  Chief Inengite Nitabai was seized by a group of 10 suspected kidnappers from his compound in the village of Otuoke.

Boko Haram kills students in Yobe school attack

Militants from the Islamic group Boko Haram have killed at least 29 students during an attack on a school in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  Police told Reuters that all of the victims were boys and that some of the bodies "were burned to ashes" after the militants set fire to the school in the town of Buni Yadi.

Nigeria closes border with Cameroon

Nigeria has closed its northern border with Cameroon in an attempt to stop Boko Haram fighters moving between the two countries.  "To effectively curtail the activities of the insurgents, the Cameroon border in the north-east has been closed indefinitely," Brigadier-General Rogers Ibe Nicholas said in a statement.  The army claims that Boko Haram fighters have set up bases in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger which they use to launch attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.

Dozens killed in Boko Haram attacks in Bama

More than 80 people are now believed to have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern border town of Bama on Wednesday.  Militants used suicide bombs during the eight-hour onslaught, during which hundreds of houses and businesses were destroyed.  The attack came a day after a presidential spokesman said that the army was "winning the war" against the Islamist fighters.

Boko Haram attack leaves 100 dead in Borno village

At least 100 people have been killed after suspected militants from the Islamic group Boko Haram attacked a village in the north-eastern state of Borno.  The state senator Ali Ndume said that a group of 100 militants raided the largely Christian village of Izghe on Saturday night without any opposition from the Nigerian army.  Local men were rounded up and executed before the militants went door-to-door, killing anyone they found.

Boko Haram kills 51 in Borno state attacks

Gunmen from the Islamic militant group Boko Haram have killed at least 51 people in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Local witnesses said dozens of fighters attacked the Konduga local government area, burning down houses and a mosque before opening fire on fleeing villagers.

Gunmen kill 22 in Plateau state attacks

At least 22 people have been killed after gunmen attacked a predominantly Muslim village in the central state of Plateau.  According to local reports several hundred attackers raided the village of Mavo in the Wase area on Thursday afternoon, shooting dead villagers and setting fire to houses.  Although it is unclear who carried out the attack, tit-for-tat raids between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian groups are common in the region.

Muslim cleric shot dead in Kaduna state

A prominent Muslim cleric who had been critical of the extremist group Boko Haram has been shot dead in Zaria in the northern state of Kaduna.  Sheikh Adam Albani was driving home from teaching theology at a local mosque when gunmen opened fire on his car, also killing his wife and young son.

Gunmen kill 22 in Nigeria church attack

At least 22 people have been killed after gunmen attacked a church in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday.  The assailants set off bombs outside the church before opening fire on the congregation at the Catholic church in the village of Waga Chakawa in Adamawa state.  The Islamic militant group Boko Haram are suspected of carrying out the attack.

President sacks his military chiefs

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked all of his military chiefs as part of a major government reshuffle.  Although no official reason was given for the decision, it has come amid ongoing fighting in the north of the country between government troops and insurgents from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.  New chiefs have been appointed in the army, navy and air force, while Air Marshall Alex Badeh is the new chief of defence staff.

Car bomb explodes in Maiduguri

A car bomb has exploded in the northern city of Maiduguri, killing at least seven people and wounding several others.  The bomb exploded at around 1315 local time outside the Borno state television offices.

President signs bill against homosexual relationships

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has signed a bill which outlaws homosexual relationships in the country.  The law includes penalties of up to 14 years in prison for those found guilty of entering into same-sex marriages or civil unions.  The president's spokesman said that the bill is consistent with the attitudes of most of the population, claiming that more than 90 percent of Nigerians oppose same-sex relationships.

Three killed in Kano mosque shooting

Three people have been killed and 12 others wounded after gunmen opened fire at mosque near the northern city of Kano.  A witness to the attack said the assailants were shouting 'Allah Akbar' (God is great), although the local police refused to speculate on whether the Islamic militant group Boko Haram were responsible.

Gunmen kill 33 in Plateau state attacks

At least 33 people have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the central state of Plateau.  Many of the victims were reportedly burnt to death, while a number of houses were also torched in the raid in Shonong village.

Boko Haram militants killed in army operations

The Nigerian army have killed at least 56 Boko Haram fighters during operations in the northern state of Borno, according to a spokesman.  The military carried out air and ground offensives against the militants in the forest at Alafa and on an island on Lake Chad.  The statement said that two soldiers were also wounded in the fighting.

Lebanese national kidnapped in Kano

A Lebanese man has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the northern city of Kano.  Hassan Zein was seized when the attackers stormed his factory in the Sharada area of the city, wounding two people in the process.

Boko Haram fighters killed in Adamawa clashes

The Nigerian army has said that 13 members of Boko Haram have been killed during a gun battle in the eastern state of Adamawa, near the border with Cameroon.  Lieutenant Colonel Beyidi Martins said that around 30 militants had earlier attacked a bureau de change in the town of Mubi, killing five traders and stealing money in various currencies.

Boko Haram launch attack on Maiduguri airport

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri after Boko Haram militants attacked several areas of the city, including the civilian airport.  Local eyewitnesses said that hundreds of militants took part in the large-scale operation on Monday morning, leading to clashes between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.

Gunmen kill 40 in Plateau state attacks

At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in ethnic clashes in the central state of Plateau.  Local police said that a group of Fulani herdsmen carried out a raid on four Berom villages around 0200 local time as part of a long-standing dispute over land rights.

Boko Haram kill 12 in village raid

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed 12 people during a raid on a village in north-eastern Nigeria.  A local resident told Reuters that around 30 armed men stormed the village of Sandiya in Borno state, chanting Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) before opening fire on civilians.

French hostage escapes from Islamist kidnappers

A French hostage has made a dramatic escape from his Islamist captors in northern Nigeria, where he had been held for almost a year.  Francis Collomp, 63, managed to escape from his unlocked cell while his captors, from the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru, were attending prayers.  Mr Collomp had been held in the city of Zaria, Kaduna State since he was seized in December, 2012.

Boko Haram raids leave 26 dead in Borno state

At least 26 people have been killed after suspected members of Boko Haram attacked a series of villages in the northern state of Borno.  More than 40 houses were reportedly torched in the affected villages, which included Bdagu, Izge, Hartsa and Yazza.

Attack on wedding convoy kills 30 in Borno

At least 30 people have been killed in an attack on a wedding convoy in the north-eastern state of Borno.  The group were ambushed by suspected Boko Haram militants on a road between Bama and Banki, east of the regional city of Maiduguri.

Church stampede leaves 24 dead

At least 24 people have been killed following a stamped at an overcrowded church in eastern Nigeria.  The Red Cross said around 100,000 people had gathered at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Uke, Anambra state, to celebrate All Souls Day.

Boko Haram kill civilians at Borno roadblock

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 19 people at roadblocks on a highway in the north-western state of Borno.  The gunmen stopped motorists on the road near the town of Logumani, forcing them from their vehicles before shooting or hacking them to death.

Boko Haram militants target college students in Yobe

At least 40 students have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a college in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  The victims were killed as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture at around 1 am local time on Sunday.  Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden", have carried out a number of attacks against schools and colleges in the region since beginning an insurgency in 2010.

Boko Haram attacks leave 87 dead in Borno state

Boko Haram militants dressed in army uniforms have killed at least 87 people in an attack on the town of Benisheik in Borno state.  According to local reports hundreds of heavily armed fighters took part in the raid, the motive for which has not yet been established.

Security forces target Boko Haram cell in Abuja

Nigerian security forces have targeted a suspected Boko Haram terrorist cell in the capital, Abuja, leaving at least seven people dead.  The State Secret Service said that they were responding to information that a large weapons cache was being stored in the Apo Legislative Quarters when the suspected militants opened fire on them.

Nigerian MPs brawl in parliament

Fighting has erupted in Nigeria's parliament over the presence of a splinter group from the People's Democratic Party (PDP).  The new group, headed by Kawu Baraje, left President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling PDP party while the lower house was in recess for seven weeks.  The new faction doesn't want President Jonathan to seek re-election in 2005.

Goodluck Jonathan fires nine cabinet ministers

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked nine members of the cabinet, which he says will "refocus his government".  The changes come amid a serious split in the People's Democratic Party (PDP) party, with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors leaving to create a splinter group.

Boko Haram militants killed in army raids

The Nigerian army says it has killed around 50 Boko Haram militants in operations in the north-east of the country.  Military spokesman Sagir Musa said that troops backed by air support targeted militants in the towns of Gajiram and Bulablin Ngaura.

Boko Haram kill 24 vigilantes in north-eastern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 24 vigilantes in an ambush in the north-eastern state of Borno.  A further 36 members of the Civilian Joint Task Forces were reportedly missing after the attack, which occurred near the town of Monguono.

Boko Haram attacks leave 44 dead in Borno state

At least 44 people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Dumba in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Local officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the group slit their victims throats in order to avoid gunfire and attract the attention of security forces.

Kidnapped Thai nationals released

Four Thai nationals have been released from captivity, a week after the were kidnapped by gunmen in the southern Rivers state.  They had been travelling to a farm in the Buguma area when there were abducted.

Boko Haram attacks leave 56 dead in Borno state

At least 56 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northern state of Borno on Sunday.  The deadliest attack took place at a mosque in the town of Konduga, where 44 people were killed during dawn prayers.  Security forces later found the bodies of 12 civilians in the village of Ngom, 5km from the state capital Maiduguri. 

Clashes between army and Boko Haram leave 35 dead

At least 35 people have been killed in two separate clashes between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram militants in the northern state of Borno.  The clashes erupted when militants attacked an army base in Malam Fatori and a police station in Barna, close to the border with Cameroon.

Kano explosions kill 15

At least 15 people have been killed after a series of bombs exploded in the northern city of Kano.  The blasts occurred in a mainly Christian neighbourhood of Sabon Gari, along a strip filled with bars and restaurants.

Boko Haram attack villages in Borno state

At least 43 people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram militants carried out a series of raids on villages in the northern state of Borno.  The violence reportedly erupted when members of the vigilante group Civilian Joint Task Force entered the village of Dawashe searching for Boko Haram militants.

Kidnapped British national released in Lagos

A British national kidnapped from Lagos airport of Friday has been released, according to the British High Commission.  The man was seized shortly after arriving at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Friday by unknown gunmen.

Lebanese man kidnapped in Benin City

A Lebanese official has been kidnapped and three guards wounded by gunmen in Benin City in southern Nigeria.  The victim was working for the Lebanese construction company Setraco when he was attacked.

Students killed in Yobe state school attack

At least 28 students and a teacher have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Yobe.  Witnesses said that some of the victims were burned alive in the raid at the Government Secondary School in the town of Mamudo.  Boko Haram, which translate to "Western education is forbidden", have carried out dozens of similar attacks on schools in the region.

Three students kidnapped in Rivers State

Three students from the National Youth Service Corps have been kidnapped in the Abua area of Rivers State.  The state police command said that other corps members had been moved from the area following the incident.

Ethnic violence leaves dozens dead in Plateau state

At least 48 people have been killed in ethnic violence in the central Plateau state.  Local sources said the violence was sparked by a series of cattle thefts, which led to gunmen carrying out raids on three villages in the remote Langtang region.

Nigeria's Zamfara state violence leaves 48 dead

Gunmen on motorcycles have killed 48 people in an attack on a village in Nigeria's Zamfara state.  The attack is believed to be an internal local feud and not related to insurgency.

Hezbollah weapons cache discovered in Kano

Nigerian authorities have arrested three Lebanese men in northern Nigeria after a large cache of weapons was discovered.  According to Nigeria's State Security Service the rifles, anti-tank weapons and RPGs, which were found in a warehouse in Kano City, were "targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interests in Nigeria".

Two killed and several kidnapped in Benue state

Two people have been killed and several others kidnapped in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue state.  A group of around 18 heavily armed men raided a village in the Northbank area at around 5 am, before opening fire on residents.

Military targets Boko Haram camps in north-east

Nigeria's military have carried out a series of airstrikes against suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country, killing at least 20 rebel fighters.  The raids are part of a wider army operation against the Islamist insurgency, and come after a state of emergency was declared in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

President declares state of emergency in northern Nigeria

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three northern states in response to a series of attacks by Boko Haram militants.  Mr Jonathan said additional troops would be deployed immediately to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Police officers killed in militia ambush

At least 23 police officers have been killed in an ambush by a local militia group in the central state of Nasarawa.  They were heading to the village of Alakyo to arrest the leader of the outlawed Ombatse "cult" when they were attacked.

Dozens killed in Boko Haram attacks

At least 55 people are reported to have been killed after Boko Haram militants carried out coordinated attacks on the north-eastern town of Bama.  Around 200 heavily armed militants stormed the town before destroying a police station, military barracks and breaking into the town's prison.  A military spokesman said that 22 police officers, 14 prison officials, 13 Boko Haram fighters, two soldiers, and four civilians were killed during the five-hour raid. 

Dozens killed in ethnic clashes in eastern Nigeria

At least 39 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the eastern town of Wukari.  The violence erupted when members of the Christian Jukun group, who were taking part in a funeral procession for a traditional leader, marched through a Muslim area of the town.

Boko Haram linked to French family ransom

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram were reportedly paid more than $3 million to release the French family of seven, who were captured in Cameroon in February, 2013.  The news came as the Joint Task Force (JTF) said that the group were increasingly using kidnappings to fund their activities.

Scores killed in Baga violence

At least 185 people have been killed during clashes between the Nigerian army and suspected Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern town of Baga.  Around 2,000 homes were also reportedly destroyed during the fighting. 

Gunmen kill four police officer in Yobe state

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed four police officers and three civilians during an attack on the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters in Yobe state.  The gunmen reportedly stormed the town at midnight in a convoy of more than 10 vehicles.

Boko Haram rejects government amnesty

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has publicly rejected Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's suggestion of an amnesty.  The group's leader Abubakar Shekau said his group had done nothing wrong and therefore did not need an amnesty.

Delta militants kill 12 police in ambush

Nigerian militants have killed 12 police officers in an ambush in the oil producing Niger Delta region.  The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the most prominent militant group in the region, have claimed responsibility for the attack.  The group, which agreed an amnesty deal in 2009, had earlier threatened to resume its campaign of violence after its leader, Henry Okah, was jailed in South Africa.

Gunmen attack Deputy Governor's office in Adamawa

At least 11 people have been killed after unknown gunmen attacked the residence of the Deputy Governor of Adamawa state.  Bala James Ngilari was not at his home in the village of Mildu at the time of the attack; however, two of his guards were among the victims.

Joint Task Force kill 14 militants in Kano

The Nigerian Joint Task Force (JTF) has killed 14 suspected Boko Haram militants during clashes in the northern city of Kano.  The troops raided a bomb factory in the Yan'Awaki area to the north of the city, following a tip-off from intelligence sources.  The military said the group had been planning a major attack in the city over Easter.

Gunmen kill 25 in eastern town of Ganye

At least 25 people have been killed in a series of deadly attacks in the eastern town of Ganye, near the border with Cameroon.  Gunmen carried out coordinated gun and bomb attacks on a prison, a bank, a police station and a bar in the town.

Nigeria Data Sheet

Population:
170 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam, Christianity
International dialing code:
+234
International dialing prefix:
009
Emergency services:
199
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
240V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna
Borders:
Benin, Niger, Cameroon, Chad