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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. In February 2019 he was re-elected for a second term, defeating Atiku Abubakar from the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Dozens of people were killed in the lead-up to the last election, which was also delayed by a week by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Buhari's success in both elections was linked to his reputation of being tough on corruption, although critics claim he has used this stance to silence political opponents while ignoring corruption among his allies. He also claimed during his first term that the militant group Boko Haram had been defeated. Although the military has made significant progress against the group, they continue to carry out attacks across the north-east of the country. 

Boko Haram was 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. The group split into two factions during a leadership struggle in 2016, one led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi (Islamic State West Africa Province - ISWAP) and another by former leader Abubakar Shekau. 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. 

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 the frequency of attacks has decreased. However, the Niger Delta remains a high-risk destination and new militant groups keep emerging and threating to launch fresh attacks, such as the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which carried out several attacks in 2016. 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 region. Nigeria has one of the highest rates of kidnap-for-ransom in the world and in 2018 there were hundreds of incidents throughout the Delta region.

There are long-standing sectarian and socio-economic tensions within Nigeria. Increasing competition for land and resources (exacerbated by climate change) has resulted in clashes between Fulani herders and local farmers throughout many of the central and northern states. The violence escalated significantly in 2018 and more than 2,000 people were killed in the resource-based conflict. The government has been accused of failing to contain the violence, with the resources of the armed forces still focused on tackling the Boko Haram insurgency. The conflict is also significantly impacting food production in the Middle Belt and damaging Nigeria's economy.

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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Four soldiers killed in ambush

Four soldiers have been killed in an ambush north-eastern Nigeria. "Our troops came under attack by ISWAP terrorists in Mogula in an ambush in which we lost four soldiers,” a source told the Vanguard newspaper. The assailants stole machine guns from the deceased troops before fleeing the scene.

Dozens killed in Benue state attack

A traditional ruler and 30 others have been killed in an attack on a funeral in Benue state. Gunmen stormed the village of Tongov in the Katsina-Ala local government area over the weekend. Chief Tersoo Mbagir was confirmed dead by local residents, who claimed a local militia was responsible for the attack.

Kidnapped DPO released after ransom paid

A kidnapped Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta state has been released following the payment of a ransom. The officer was abducted in the Ika north east local government area on Saturday. A payment of N3 was made to secure his release.

Twelve killed in Borno clashes

Eight Boko Haram militants and two Nigerian soldiers have been killed in clashes in the north-eastern state of Borno. Two civilians also died after they were hit by stray bullets during the exchange in Gubio on Saturday. The incident was sparked when militants tried to storm an army base in the town, leading to a gunbattle which lasted for several hours. The insurgents were eventually repulsed, leaving behind weapons and a truck.

Protest leader detained under terror laws

The leader of a protest movement has been detained under terrorism laws. Omoyele Sowere, head of the #RevolutionNow movement, was detained by the secret police for 45 days following his arrest on Saturday. Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled he could be held under terrorism laws: "The nature of offence of terrorism which involved the use of force, is a clear affront to the peace of the society." He had organised the rallies to call for an end to the insecurity in the country.

Soldiers storm police unit, free notorious kidnapper

A group of Nigerian soldiers have attacked a police unit and freed a notorious kidnapper. Three officers and a civilian were killed during the raid, which took place in the north-eastern state of Taraba. The army said its troops mistook the policemen for kidnappers after they "refused to stop at military checkpoints". Alhaji Hamisu was linked to a series of kidnappings in the region, including a recent abduction where a ransom of more than $200k was paid.

Twin suicide bomb attack kills three in Mafa

At least three people have been killed and eight others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Borno. Two female bombers detonated their devices in a crowded area in the town of Mafa on Tuesday night. Boko Haram frequently use girls and women to carry out suicide bomb attacks in the region.

Court freezes Lagos state assets

A Nigerian court has frozen three bank accounts belonging to Lago state over an investigation into alleged fraud. Nigeria's anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is investigating fraudulent payments from state accounts to senior civil servant Adewale Adesanya ahead of elections in March. The EFCC claims $27m was paid to Adesanya's personal bank account, which has also been frozen by Justice Chuka Obiozor.

Students killed in bridge collapse, Bauchi

Four students have been killed and several others wounded after a bridge collapsed in Bauchi state. Around 20 students were on the bridge at the time of the accident at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. A large number of other pupils gathered at the campus in Gubi village on Tuesday to voice their anger at the accident, with some accusing the university's management of negligence.

Troops clash with Boko Haram in Borno

Five civilians have been killed after clashes erupted between Boko Haram militants and soldiers in Borno state. The fighting erupted in the Monguno local government area on Monday night. Several other civilians were wounded in the incident, according to local officials. A member of a local vigilante group told local media that the security forces are still pursuing the militants.

Gunmen kill police inspector in Ondo

Gunmen have shot dead a police inspector in Ondo state. The victim was targeted while he was on patrol along the Isua-Ise Akoko road in the Akoko South East local government area on Monday. "Our men are already combing the bush and I want to assure you that they would be arrested very soon,” said Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph. The assailants also stole the victim's weapon before fleeing the scene.

Court allows detained Shia leader to seek treatment in India

A Nigerian court has allowed the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Zakzaky, to travel to India for medical treatment. Zakzaky has been in custody for more than three years, prompting his supporters to lead protests in the capital, Abuja. He has reportedly suffered two strokes and is losing his eyesight. The Nigerian authorities banned the IMN last month following deadly clashes between protesters and the security forces, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to claim that the group had been "taken over by extremists who didn't believe in peaceful protests and instead employed violence."

Four hostages released in Ogun state

Four hostages have been rescued by police in Ogun state. Officials said the victims were rescued in the J3 forest on Ogbere road, in the Ijebu-East local government area, over the weekend. One of the hostages was a pastor from the Redeemed Christian Church of God who was abducted last week. "Efforts are on top gear to rescue the remaining victims, as the kidnappers who kept them in separate locations were changing their locations from time to time within the forest,” said Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

Kaduna court adjourns bail hearing of IMN leader

A court in the northern city of Kaduna has adjourned a bail hearing of the leader of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Ibrahim Zakzaky's release will be decided on health grounds, where he is expected to head to Egypt to receive medical treatment. A new hearing is scheduled for Monday. Zakzaky has been detained since 2015 when violent clashes led to the death of more than 350 IMN members in northern Nigeria. The hearing comes just after Nigerian authorities banned the IMN following deadly clashes in Abuja, where dozens were killed. The IMN is Nigeria's largest Shi'ite group.

Nigerian authorities bans Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)

The Nigerian authorities have banned the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) following the deadly clashes in Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari said the government was forced to act to restore order in the capital. Supporters of the IMN have been rallying to demand the release of the group's leader Ibrahim Zakzaky. "The banned organisation was taken over by extremists who didn't believe in peaceful protests and instead employed violence and arson, driving fear and undermining the rights of others and constituted authority," the presidency said in a statement.

Five bandits killed in Kaduna state

Five people have been killed and four others arrested during a security operation in the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state. Two hostages were also rescued during the raid, which was carried out by officers from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army. “Troops also rescued two kidnapped victims, Yakubu Hamidu and Isa Saidu, from the bandits’ den around Makarfi Farm junction in Igabi LGA on 25th July 2019 where two motorcycles belonging to the criminals were also destroyed during an exchange of fire,” said Colonel Ezindu Idima.

Kidnapped Turkish workers released in Kwara

Four Turkish workers kidnapped in Kwara state last week have been released. They were seized from a bar and held by kidnappers who demanded $1m for their release. Police said they were rescued and no money was paid to secure their release. "One member of the gang named Buba was nabbed in Gbugbu village with an AK47 rifle on Thursday, while another member involved in negotiating the ransom was nabbed on the morning of 26/07/19," said Police Commissioner Kayode Egbetokun.

Scores killed in Boko Haram attack, Borno

At least 65 people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack at a funeral in the north-eastern state of Borno. Gunmen on motorcycles targeted a village near the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday. Villagers exchanged fire with the assailants and killed 11 of them, according to local official Muhammed Bulama. President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack and called on the military to track down the assailants.

Gunmen kidnap court official in Kaduna

Gunmen have kidnapped a court official in the northern state of Kaduna. The assailants reportedly killed Hussain Manjalo of Doka Mai Jama’a's son during the raid in the Chikun local government area on Wednesday. "A combined team of policemen including Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command and Vigilantes was later dispatched to the area with a view to combing the general area for possible rescue of the victim and arresting the criminals," said Command Public Relations Officer Yakubu Sabo.

Aid workers appear in hostage video

Six kidnapped aid workers have appeared in a hostage video in northern Nigeria. A Christian woman who identified herself as Grace called on the government and her employers, Action Against Hunger (ACF), to help secure her release. “We don’t where we are. At this moment, we don’t know where we are. I am the only Christian among them. I am appealing to the Christian Association of Nigeria to please assist and do something about me," she said in the video. The group were kidnapped near the border with Niger last week.

Ten killed in Katsina raids

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits in Katsina state. Gunmen raided the village of Zango in the Kankara Council area on Sunday night. A further 20 people were wounded, while several residents are missing and feared kidnapped.

Scores killed in attack by cattle thieves, Sokoto state

At least 37 people have been killed in a series of attacks by cattle thieves in the north-western state of Sokoto. Gunmen targeted three villages in the Goronyo district, where they set fire to houses and destroyed grain stores. President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemned the attacks and vowed a firm response to "these brutal and remorseless enemies of humanity".

Four Turkish nationals kidnapped in Kwara

Four Turkish nationals have been kidnapped in the western state of Kwara. The group of construction workers were abducted from a bar in the village of Gbale in the Edu local government area. "We have since deployed operatives to search and rescue the expatriates as well as arrest the criminals behind their abduction," said Ayo Okasanmi, a police spokesman in the state. Although kidnappings are common throughout Nigeria, Kwale was generally considered to be one of the safest states in the country.

Security forces clash with Shia protesters

At least four people have been killed in clashes between the Nigerian security forces and Shia protesters in the capital, Abuja. Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria gathered in the city to reiterate demands for the release of the group's leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, who has been detained since 2015. Both sides blamed each other for the violence, with the Nigeria Police Forces claiming that armed protesters attacked civilians and police. The deputy commissioner of police was fatally shot during the unrest, while a 23-year-old trainee journalist, Precious Owolabi, also died after he was hit by a stray bullet.

NGO worker kidnapped in Borno

A staff member from the Action Against Hunger aid organisation is among seven people kidnapped in Borno state. Suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy near the town of Damasak on Thursday. A driver was killed during the attack. The aid group has not confirmed the incident.

Three government officials kidnapped in Zamfara

Hamza Salihu, the state finance minister, and two of his staff have been kidnapped in Zamfara state. His deputy was also killed during an ambush, which occurred on the main highway from Kaduna state. “Bad elements... still use security uniforms to stop and kidnap unsuspecting law-abiding citizens,“ said a regional spokesman. The security forces launched “Operation Puff Adder” in April in response to the rise in kidnappings across central and northern Nigeria.

Mother of former Super Eagles coach kidnapped in Bayelsa

The mother of a former Super Eagles coach has been kidnapped in Bayelsa state. Beauty Siasia was abducted from her home in Odon in the Sagbama local government area in the early hours of Monday morning. Her son, Samson Siasia, was the manager of the Nigerian men's football team in 2010 and 2016. “The command in collaboration with other security stakeholders have launched a manhunt to apprehend the criminals and rescue the victim. An investigation is ongoing,” said police spokesman SP Asinim Butswat.

Ten Turkish sailors kidnapped from cargo vessel

Ten Turkish sailors have been kidnapped from a cargo ship off Nigeria. The Paksoy-I vessel was transiting through Nigerian borders with a crew of 17 when it was boarded by pirates. The remaining crew have reportedly sailed the ship towards Ghana, while Turkey's ruling AK Party spokesman Omer Celik said foreign ministry and intelligence services were "intensely working" on the issue.

Senator's uncle killed during kidnapping

The uncle of a Nigerian senator has been killed during a kidnapping attempt in Adamawa state. Elisha Aboo's step-mother was abducted during the raid, which took place at the family home in the Mubi North local government area on Saturday. A spokesman for the police, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said officers were tracking the kidnappers.

Three teenagers arrested over killing of five-year-old boy

Three teenagers have been arrested over the abduction and killing of a five-year-old boy in Kano state. The victim was allegedly drugged and later buried at a building site, according to police. "The death of the boy made the kidnappers reduced the amount of ransom to 100,000 naira ($277), and security officers ambushed and arrested them when they came to collect the money," said Kano police chief Ahmed Ilyasu.

Kidnappers killed by police during rescue operaiton

Three suspected kidnappers have been killed by police during a rescue operation. Thirteen hostages were rescued in the Lili forest in Imo state. The Force Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Frank Mba, said four assault rifles were recovered from the suspects following the exchange. Two other suspects were arrested.

Parliament on lockdown after police clash with Shia protesters

Nigeria's parliament has been placed on lockdown following clashes between police and Shia protesters. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, while gunshots were also reported near the parliament building in Abuja. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) tried to gain entry into the complex on Tuesday afternoon as they reiterated demands for the release of their leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, who has been detained since 2015.

Gunmen kill six villagers in Katsina

Six villagers have been killed in an attack by gunmen in the northern state of Katsina. "Six people from the attacked villages were killed but we killed many of the bandits in a shootout that lasted for more than an hour," police spokesman Gambo Isah told the AFP. Police also suggested that the assailants were Islamist militants but this has not been confirmed. The raids took place in Makers, Dan Sabau and Pawwa in the Kankara district.

Thirteen civilians killed in airstrike

At least 13 civilians have been killed in airstrikes which were targeting Boko Haram militants. The strikes were carried out in the village of Gajiganna, 50km from Maiduguri, on Sunday. The Nigerian air force said it had not received any reports of civilians casualties following the operation. "What I can assure you is that the Nigerian Air Force responded to provide close air support to our troops that were under attack by the Boko Haram terrorists and everything that was done was in coordination with the army," said air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola.

Nineteen killed in Kano crash

At least 19 people have been killed in a car crash in the northern state of Kano. Zubairu Mato, state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps said several vehicles were involved in the accident. "The collision involved four vehicles, two buses, and two cars, coming from opposite directions. All of them were trying to avoid potholes in the area," said Mato. The accident happened in the village of Dinyar Madiga on Sunday night.

Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Edo state

Two Chinese nationals have been kidnapped during an attack in Benin, Edo state. A police guard was also killed by the assailants in Utesi community on Wednesday night. The victims were working with a glass and aluminium company in the city at the time of the attack.

Two killed in pipeline blast

At least two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an oil pipeline exploded in Lagos. “We have recovered two burnt bodies and rescued eight others with severe burns,” Lagos State Emergency Mangement Agency (LASEMA) head Femi Osanyintolu told AFP. The blast occurred after vandals had broken the pipeline to steal petrol. When police attempted to arrest them the thieves started a fire, causing a blast further down the pipeline.

Two police officers shot dead in Rivers state

Two police officers have been shot dead in the southern state of Rivers. Police said nine suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack, which took place in Port Harcourt on Monday. "The Rivers State Police Command less than 24 hours after the tragic killing of two mobile policemen at Ojoto Street in Mile 1 Diobu, PH, arrested nine suspects, who are currently being investigated in connection with the dastardly act," said police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni.

Scores killed in oil tanker explosion

At least 40 people have been killed and 60 others wounded in an oil tanker explosion in Benue state. The oil tanker overturned after the driver tried to avoid a pothole in the road outside Makurdi on Monday afternoon. Local residents rushed to the scene to collect leaking oil before the fuel ignited, causing a massive explosion.

Eight bandits killed by troops in Sokoto

Eights suspected bandits have been killed by troops in Sokoto state. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 8 Division, Maj.-Gen. Hakeem Otiki, said 17 others were arrested during the operation, while five camps were also destroyed. “The operation is to facilitate the return of refugees and internally displaced persons back to their homes, creating enabling environment for economic activities to strive and instil confidence in the locals to remain in their villages and continue their normal lives unmolested,” said Otiki.

Two thousand protest at extra-judicial killings, Maiduguri

Around 2,000 people gathered in Maiduguri on Sunday to protest against extra-judicial killings. “We want the JTF (militiamen) to be banished from the city because we suffer too much from their presence,” local resident Bukar Saleh told the AFP. The rally came after a rickshaw driver was shot dead by militiamen in the city for failing to stop at a checkpoint.

Fourteen feared dead after boat capizes, Lagos

Fourteen people are feared dead after a boat capsized between Lagos Island and Ikorodu on Saturday. The overloaded vessel was reportedly overturned by strong currents, according to local officials. Three people were rescued and taken to hospital for treatment. "These boats are run by illegal agencies, plying waterways without having the state licence," said Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the chief executive officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Civilians killed in Borno attacks

At least 20 civilians have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the north-eastern state of Borno. Gunmen raided the village of Ngamngam, close to the border with Niger, early on Tuesday morning. Hundreds of villagers were forced to flee to the nearby town of Damasak

Army kills three insurgents in Borno state

The Nigerian army has killed three suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state. The security forces also freed 95 hostages, many of them women and children, during the operation in the villages of Kobe and Boboshe. The children were given polio vaccinations by members of the Nigerian Army Regimental Medical Officers.

Doctors launch strike in Anambra state

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has launched an indefinite strike in the south-eastern state of Anambra. “After due notices to the government and seven days warning strike to alert them on the seriousness of our demands, it seems that the government has not taken us seriously," said the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Amaku. The medics said newly qualified doctors working at other federal institutions earn more than consultants at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH).

Army claims to have killed dozens of Boko Haram militants

The Nigerian army claims to have killed 47 Boko Haram militants during operations in the northern Lake Chad region. The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said the clashes took place at Doron Naira Island on Sunday. One soldier was killed and 10 others wounded during the exchange.

Son of former minister kidnapped at gunpoint

The son of a former minister has been abducted at gunpoint in Oyo state. Dayo Adewole, son of the previous Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, was abducted from his farm in the Afijio local government area on Tuesday evening. Local vigilante groups said they are tracking the kidnappers, while police and other security agencies have also launched a rescue operation.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Edo

A Catholic priest has been kidnapped by suspected bandits in Edo state. Rev Fr Isaac Agabi was abducted on the Auchi-Igarra road in the Akoko-Edo local government area on Sunday evening. Police said they have sent officers to track down the kidnappers.

Boko Haram suicide bomb attack kills 30 in Borno

The Boko Haram militant group has killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 40 others in a bomb attack in Borno state. Three suicide bombers targeted a crowded area in the Konduga local government area on Sunday night. Many of the victims were watching football at a hall when the assailants detonated the devices.

Scores killed by bandits in Niger state

Armed bandits have killed more than 60 people during raids in the Shiroro local government area of Niger state. More than 1,000 people were displaced due to the fighting, which started on Sunday. “I appeal to President Buhari to order the military into the area to stop the bandits. I am also calling on the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 1 Div Nigeria Army Kaduna to deploy more personnel to save the villagers from the onslaught of the bandits,” said Senator David Umaru. Police said they are hunting for the assailants.

Traditional ruler kidnapped in Katsina

A traditional ruler has been kidnapped in the northern state of Katsina. Mallam Labo was abducted in the Batsari local government area on Tuesday following an attack. A resident said they had to flee into the bush to escape the bandits, while the Katsina State Police Command spokesman, SP Isah Gambo, said efforts were underway to track down the assailants.

Scores killed in Sokoto attack

Dozens of people have been killed in an attack in the north-western state of Sokoto. Gunmen targeted three communities in the Rabah local government area on Saturday. Bandits stole cattle and sheep following the raids on the villages of Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri. President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his condolences over the incident in a statement released by his spokesman. "President Buhari strongly condemns all acts of violence and terrorism against innocent Nigerians, reiterating that perpetrators and sponsors of such dastardly acts would be held accountable under the law."

Two Lebanese workers kidnapped in Rivers

Two Lebanese workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in Rivers state. The victims were abducted while they worked on a road construction project in the Andoni local government area. "Some people have been invited for questioning and we hope by the end of today we may close in on the main targets,” police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said.

Bomb kills three in Imo state

At least three people have been killed by a bomb in Imo state. The device exploded in the Eziorsu community in Oguta local government area on Thursday. According to police, the trio were killed by unexploded ordinance at a scrap dump. “The bomb exploded killing three of them at the scene while one of the victims was beating the scrap iron in order to compress it.” said Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) in Imo, Orlando Ikeokwu.

Pirates target passenger boats in Rivers state

Pirates have attacked two passenger speedboats in Rivers state. The victims were travelling to Port Harcourt when they were intercepted by gunmen in the Degema local government area. The pirates held the passengers hostage for several hours before police were sent to the scene.

Inquiry calls for charges against officers

An inquiry has recommended that 22 officers should be prosecuted for carrying out human rights violations. The officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been accused of committing extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and torture. "Officers while discharging their functions, we as the Government have a responsibility to address these instances of violation, and ensure that such Police Officers are held accountable for their actions," said President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement.

Gunmen target governor's convoy following earlier attack, Zamfara

Gunmen have attacked the motorcade of the governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, in the Gusau local government area. The incident occurred on Sunday as Matawalle made his way to the Lilo community to offer sympathy to victims of an attack on Saturday. At least eight people were killed and 18 others were wounded when gunmen raided the village near Gusau.

Buhari's inauguration held in Abuja

The inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The event took place at the Eagles Square and comes after Buhari was re-elected for a second term in February. In his speech, Buhari said he would serve "the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

Bandits kill 23 in Zamfara attack

At least 23 people have been killed in an apparent reprisal attack in Zamfara state. Police said gunmen raided the villages of Tunga and Kabaje in the Kaura-Namoda local government area in the early hours of Tuesday morning. At the moment, peace has been restored in the affected areas and a combined team of mobile and regular police, the Army and Air Force are on surveillance in the area,” said police spokesman SP Mohammed Shehu.

Boko Haram kills 25 soldiers in Borno state attack

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 25 Nigerian soldiers and several civilians in an attack in Borno state. Security sources said gunmen ambushed the troops as they were escorting villagers on Saturday. "They exchanged fire for some minutes before the Boko Haram militants overpowered the soldiers," a member of a local self-defence group told reporters. The military did not verify the reports, although they did claim that scores of militants were killed in airstrikes near Lake Chad over the weekend.

Pirates demand $1m for Indian sailors

A group of pirates in the Niger Delta is demanding $1m to release five Indian sailors kidnapped in April. They were seized from the MT Apecus off Bonny Island along with the Captain and another crew member. "The pirates reportedly kept the five seamen at an undisclosed location. We were allowed to speak to four of them on the phone," said Bharat Deshwal, a relative of one of the hostages.

Police arrest 140 Biafran activists

Nigerian police have arrested 140 Biafran activists in Enugu state. “Through a joint security taskforce, 140 IPOB members were arrested on Wednesday while engaging in unlawful procession and display of proscribed items against the nation," said the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was outlawed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017.

Police officer killed, four other kidnapped in Zamfara

A police officer has been killed and four others kidnapped following an attack in Zamfara state. Gunmen raided a mining site in the Anka local government area on Wednesday. The kidnapped officers were later released but their weapons were stolen by the assailants.

Seventeen kidnapped in Kaduna attack

Seventeen people have been kidnapped by gunmen in an attack in the northern state of Kaduna. Reverend Zakariah Ido and two of his children were among those abducted in the raid in the Igabi local government area. The people were taken from the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Dankade on Sunday.

Three kidnapped in Ondo attack

Three people have been kidnapped on the Auga-Ise Akoko road in Ondo state. Gunmen ambushed the victim's vehicle as they travelled to a ceremony in Ikare-Akoko over the weekend. The Alauga of Auga, Oba Samuel Agunloye, has called for increased police presence in the area to prevent further attacks.

Six suspected kidnappers killed by police in Rivers

Six suspected kidnappers have been killed in a shootout with police in Rivers state. Police Commissioner Usman Belele said the incident happened when officers raided the suspects' hideout in the Obio-Akpor local government area on Friday. One of the deceased was identified as Ntuariuwa, a notorious kidnapper wanted by police for various abductions.

Bandits kidnap eight, kill two others in Zamfara

Suspected bandits have kidnapped eight people, including a 3-month old baby, and killed two others in Zamfara state. A witness said gunmen raided the village of Kanoma in Maru local government area in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “We tried to raise alarm to security agencies who were stationed in different places along Sokoto/Gusau road, but everyone was afraid of being sighted by the assailants who held powerful firearms,” villager Malam Muhammed told local news.

Air Force kills 12 bandits in Kaduna raids

The Nigerian Air Force has killed 12 suspected bandits during operations in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state. NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said 15 hostages were also freed following the strikes by the 271 detachment. “The air strikes, which were conducted on the heels of intelligence reports indicating that the armed bandits were camped within the Kamuku Forest area, straddling both Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State, caused the bandits to flee the location in disarray thereby enabling the kidnap victims to escape," said Daramola.

Three suspected kidnappers arrested in Port Harcourt

Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigerian Army 6th Division in Port Harcourt. The three suspects aged 21, 21 and 36 are also accused of raping a female hostage during a three-day ordeal. She was abducted in the Rumuekini area on 30 April and managed to escape on 2 May. "We need the support of the public to end kidnapping in the state,” said police officer Okocha Sunday.

Army kills five bandits in Sokoto

Five alleged bandits have been killed by Nigerian troops in Sokoto state. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said weapons were also recovered during the raids on the village of Sabon Birni and Dangulbi. ”In an intensified effort to rid the North West part of the country of bandits and other criminal elements, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to record successes," said the army in a statement.

Six killed in Boko Haram state, Borno

At least six people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack near Maiduguri in Borno state. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said militants targeted the village of Moloi on Tuesday. Fifteen others were wounded in the raids and several houses torched. Three other people died in a separate attack near the town of Konduga.

Air force targets bandits in Zamfara airstrikes

At least 20 suspected bandits have been killed in airstrikes in Zamfara state. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said fighter jets and a military helicopter carried out strikes in the Rugu forest on Tuesday. “The Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation Diran Mikiya has recorded a major success against armed bandits in Zamfara State by destroying the camp of a major kingpin, Alhaji Lawal," said a NAF spokesman. Lawal had been accused of orchestrating kidnappings across the state.

Six kidnapped in raid on school, Zamfara

Six people have been kidnapped from a school in Zamfara state. Gunmen stormed the Government Girls Comprehensive Secondary School in the town of Moriki in Zurmi local government area on Wednesday evening. The victims - four nursing students and two teachers - were taken to an unknown location following the raid.

Bandits kidnap 30 in Zamfara raids

At least 30 people have been kidnapped during a raid by bandits in Zamfara state. The Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, said 15 people were also killed during the attack on Saturday. “There are places that the bandits have established camps in the last four years and they are still there, they have not moved an inch," said Attahiru, who claimed that the security forces were not doing enough to prevent the raids.

District head kidnapped in Daura

The district head of Daura, Musa Umar, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen. The assailants raided Umar's residence on Wednesday evening, firing gunshot to scare bystanders. Daura is the hometown of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shell oil workers rescued after kidnapping

Two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers kidnapped in the Niger Delta last week have been released. Rivers state police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said the pair were rescued by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning. They were kidnapped in the state last week as they travelled back from a meeting in Bayelsa state.

Mob kills suspected kidnappers in Bayelsa

A mob has killed a suspected kidnapper in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. Two others were also wounded in the attack before they were rescued by police. Local residents accused the trio of trying to kidnap a child from a creche at Edepie on Tuesday.

Anti-kidnapping unit deployed to Abia

An anti-kidnapping unit has been deployed to Abia state, according to the state's police commissioner. Ene Akon said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has sent his Special Technical Squad to help with the fight against criminal groups. "Yesterday, the IGP dispatched his Special Technical Squad to come and meet me in Abia and they are coming with their technical equipment," said Akon. “They are coming to cover the whole of Aba and I expect them by next week.”

UBEC chairman kidnapped on Kaduna-Abuja highway

The chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has been kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Muhammed Mahmood was seized along with his daughter near the village of Katari on Monday afternoon. His assistant, Hussaini Danladi, said there had not been any communication with the kidnappers. Earlier this month a group of travellers were attacked by gunmen on the same highway.

Dozens killed in Boko Haram raid, Borno

Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram raid on a military base in Borno state. Gunmen stormed the outpost in Mararrabar Kimba late on Friday, according to army sources. “The troops put up a good fight, but they were outgunned and overwhelmed … unfortunately, the base fell to the ISWAP [Boko Haram faction] terrorists, who took away weapons and fled,” an anonymous source told local media.

Three oil workers kidnapped in Delta

Three oil workers have been kidnapped from an oil rig in the Niger Delta. The hostages - who were from the UK, Canada and Nigeria - were taken from a Niger Delta Petroleum Resources rig in Ogbele, west of Port Harcourt, on Saturday. The incident occurred a day after two staff from Shell were kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Rivers state.

Two Shell workers kidnapped in Delta

Two employees from Shell have been kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Delta state. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) regrets to confirm the attack on its staff and government security escort at Rumuji, Rivers State, on the East/West road," an SPDC spokesman said. The groups were travelling from Bayelsa state when they were ambushed on Thursday.

Nigerian aid worker executed by ISWAP

A Nigerian aid worker has been executed by Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno state. The group published a video which appeared to show the killing of the worker, who was abducted in the town of Rann last year. Earlier this month ISWAP claimed to have executed five Nigerian soldiers.

Four emergency workers abducted in Rivers

Four Nigerian emergency workers have been kidnapped in the southern Rivers state. Three men and a woman from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were seized by gunmen as they returned from an assignment. A fifth NEMA worker managed to escape during the attack, which took place on Wednesday.

Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Ebonyi

Two Chinese nationals have been kidnapped by gunmen in the south-eastern state of Ebonyi. Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu were working as for the Tongyi construction company in the Ohaozara local government area. “The area was combed to track down the bandits but no result, a track down rescue team has been dispatched to move on in order to rescue the Chinese nationals unhurt,” said police spokeswoman Odah Loveth.

Product tanker attacked at Bonny, six crew abducted

Pirates attacked a product tanker at Bonny Outer Anchorage on Friday afternoon. Six crew members were kidnapped in the raid on the Palau-flagged Apecus tanker. The nationalities of the crew have not been confirmed.

Car hits Easter parade in Gombe

At least 11 people have been killed after a car hit an Easter parade in the eastern town of Gombe. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle was angry that the procession had caused the road to be blocked. He then drove into the parade, prompting people from the crowd to beat him and his passengers to death. "The driver of the car had a heated argument with the children before they made way for him to pass, only for him, in a fit of rage, to turn and drive into them," witness Isaac Kwadang told the AFP.

Two killed in Kaduna kidnapping

A British woman and a Nigerian man have been killed by gunmen in the northern city of Kaduna. Three others were also abducted during the raid on Friday. Mercy Corps named the British victim as 29-year-old Faye Mooney, who was working as a communication specialist. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Vigilantes clash with bandits in Katsina

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between vigilantes and bandits in Katsina state. Local residents said 36 people were killed in the fighting, which took place in the Kankara local government area. The unrest started when members of the civilian JTF, known locally as Yan Saki, killed a suspected bandit in the village of Tsamiyar Jino on Sunday. "This prompted the bandits to storm the village and engage the CJTF in a fight during which many were killed," residents told the Daily Trust.

Gunmen kill 20 in Kaduna attacks

At least 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state. The incident took place early on Monday morning in the Kajuru local government area. Local residents claimed the government knew about the attack and failed to take action. "We had thought that the government would have taken the speculations seriously and be proactive, but they didn’t take it seriously and this had led to the killing of more of our people. It is rather very unfortunate,” one resident told THISDAY. 

Five killed in suicide bomb attack, Maiduguri

At least five people have been killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri. Two female assailants detonated explosive vests in the Muna-Dalti area on Saturday evening. Boko Haram is suspected of orchestrating the attack.

Buhari calls on foreign miners to leave Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all foreign miners to leave sites in the north-western state of Zamfara. Buhari made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision was taken "in the face of intelligence reports that have clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners – with both mutually re-enforcing each other." The miners have 48 hours to close and leave sites in the state. Earlier this month at least 50 people were killed by bandits in the village of Sakajiki.

Eight killed in meningitis outbreak, Niger

At least eight people have been killed in an outbreak of meningitis in Niger state. Usman Ndanusa, director of the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the deaths were recorded in the Borgu local government area. He said immunisation efforts were underway to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.

Five killed in Benue raids

Five people have been killed in raids in Benue state. Bandits torched houses in the Atsenga village in Ukum local government area. The Jukum militia from Taraba state has been accused of carrying out the attack, which started as a dispute between two young men for the rival communities. “As we speak over 300 houses and huts have been burnt while some are still on fire. The sounds of sporadic gunshots can also still be heard from within the community while residents have all fled their homes for fear of being killed,” a witness told the Vanguard newspaper.

Motorists kidnapped by gunmen on Abuja-Kaduna highway

An unknown number of people have been kidnapped by gunmen on the Abuja-Kaduna highway. The bandits forced traffic to a standstill before robbing passengers and taking several of them hostage. The ambush was carried out near the town of Katari on Monday evening. Troops were deployed but the gunmen had fled with the hostages when they reached the scene.

MNJTF kills Boko Haram militants at Lake Chad

Troops from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have killed a Boko Haram commander and 15 other militants during operations near Lake Chad. "In the ensuing firefight, Malloum Moussa, Boko Haram Commander, along with 15 of his men were neutralized,” army spokesman Timothy Antigha said in a statement. He also said Moussa was in command of Boko Haram's operations in Daban Masara, Kirta Wulgo and Koleram.

Farmer killed in Zamfara raids

At least 10 farmers have been killed in raids by bandits in Zamfara state. "We received a report of an attack in Kware by bandits in which 10 people were killed. Security personnel were dispatched to the area to restore order,” said Mohammed Shehu, spokesman of the state police command. The assailants arrived at the village on motorcycles in the Shinkafi district on Saturday.

Six killed in Ngurore-Yola robbery

Six people have been killed after gunmen carried out a robbery on the Ngurore-Yola road in Adamawa state. According to local reports, the assailants opened fire on a taxi, killing the driver and resulting in the vehicle careering off the road. Relatives of the taxi driver claimed the police were informed about the attack but couldn't attend to the scene due to a lack of fuel. “Armed robbers on a daily basis rob people of their valuables once it is 7pm on this road. They operate with impunity without any resistance from security agencies," said Aliyu Ibrahim.

Priest kidnapped in Kaduna state

A Catholic priest has been kidnapped in the northern state of Kaduna. Fr John Bako Shekwolo was abducted from his home in the village of Ankuwai on Monday, according to Fr John Bako Shekwolo. "It is sad that Kaduna State has become the centre of kidnapping with the government doing almost nothing to stop it. This shows there is governance failure, as far as security of lives and property is concerned," said Rev John Joseph Hayab, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

North Korean national kidnapped in Zamfara

A North Korean physiotherapist has been kidnapped in Zamfara state. Jeng Sunail was seized from a public hospital in Tsafe local government area on Sunday. Commissioner of Police, Celestine Okoye, has ordered the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) and Anti-kidnapping Squad to track down the victim.

Police officer killed in Zamfara attack

A Nigerian police officer has been killed and six others kidnapped during an attack in Zamfara state. Gunmen targeted the officers while they were on patrol in the village of Samka in the Anka local government area. The chairman of the local government, Mustapha Gado, said the hostages have since been released but the assailants stole their firearms.

INEC official kidnapped in Jigawa

An official from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been kidnapped in Jigawa state. Mahadi Hassan was sied on the Giwa Road last Friday. The victim's father said the kidnappers demanded a N500k ransom for his release, which he said was paid on Sunday but his son is still in captivity.

Teenage suicide bomber arrested in Maiduguri

A suspected teenage suicide bomber has been arrested in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. The 13-year-old girl was detained near the Giwa barracks with an improvised explosive device (IED) strapped to her body. The Boko Haram militant group often use young girls and women to carry out suicide bomb attacks in northern Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon. Meanwhile, nine people have been killed in a roadside bomb attack near the village of Cameroon. The blast hit a civilian convoy under military escort between Gwoza and Pulka.

Ten killed in Kaduna raids

At least 10 people have been killed and 30 houses destroyed during raids in Kaduna state. Gunmen targeted the village of Nandu Gbok in the Sandga local government area. “The renewed and ferocious attacks on Communities in Southern Kaduna calls for the urgent attention of the Nation and the International Community. Our Communities are helpless and are pleading that all persons of conscience should speak out,” said local politician Hon Shehu Nicholas Garba.

Vigilantes killed in Kaduna

A group of 17 vigilantes have been killed by armed bandits in Kaduna state. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo said the confrontation took place in Jan Ruwa village in Birnin Gawri local government area. The attack was reportedly carried out in retaliation for the theft of cattle earlier in the week.

Five kidnapped by pirates in GoG

Five people have been kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). Gunmen in two speedboats targeted the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) around 30nm from Brass on Saturday morning. A member of the Nigerian navy was also killed in an exchange with the pirates after the OSV's captain called for assistance. The remaining crew later sailed the vessel to safety under escort.

Gunmen attack police station in Edo

Several people have been killed after gunmen attack a police station in the Edo state. The incident occurred early on Wednesday morning in the Owan East local government area. The station was torched during the raid while other local properties were also damaged, according to local media reports. The identity of the assailants has not yet been confirmed.

Building collapses on Lagos Island

A three-storey building has collapsed on Lagos Island, leaving at least five people dead and dozens more trapped in the rubble. The building in Ita Faji included a primary school and residential apartments. "It is believed that many people including children are currently trapped in the building," said Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency. Rescue workers are at the scene and several children have already been rescued.

Foreign national kidnapped in Kano

A foreign national has been kidnapped in the northern city of Kano. A driver was shot dead during the abduction, which was carried out by four gunmen at Dangi Roundabout on Tuesday morning. The nationality of the victim has not been confirmed, although it has been reported he was an engineer working on a local construction project.

Lassa fever death toll 93

The death toll from Nigeria's Lassa fever outbreak has risen to 93. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said there were 1,374 suspected cases across 21 states as of 3 March. The eight most recent deaths were recorded in the states of Edo, Ondo and Kogi. “WHO has mobilised US$ 400,000 to support response activities and deployed experts to Nigeria and affected states to assist with coordination, active surveillance, case management, laboratory investigation, provision of supplies and research,” said WHO official Clement Peter.

Five killed in roadside blast near Maiduguri

At least five people have been killed and 20 others wounded by a landmine near Maiduguri in Borno state. The victims were reportedly farmers who were transporting their harvest when the device exploded outside Addamari on Wednesday. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been accused of carrying out the attack.

Gunmen open fire at APC rally

Unknown gunmen have opened fire at a rally for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state. Several people were wounded in the incident, which took place on Edet Akpan Avenue on Tuesday night. “The bombing and shooting, which took place at about 7:30 pm on Tuesday March 5, 2019, is another desperate attempt by the [main opposition] People’s Democratic Party, its thugs and militant groups that have swamped the state since the commencement of elections in February this year," said Eseme Eyiboh, the APC spokesman for the state.

ISWAP appoints new head

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militant group has appointed a new leader, according to local reports. Abu Abdullah Ibn Umar Al Barnawi has replaced Abu Mus’ab Al Barnawi as the group's head, according to journalist Ahmad Salkida. “Multiple sources insist that Abu Musab is alive and well, and still with ISWAP despite his abrupt demotion by IS central. Notwithstanding, the coming weeks will reveal whatever is hidden as this is happening so quickly even within the group,” Salkida noted. ISWAP formed as a splinter of Boko Haram in 2016 following a leadership struggle.

Hundreds detained for voting offences

More than 300 people have been arrested for voting offences in Nigeria. "A total of 323 offenders have so far been arrested for various electoral offences and sundry crimes across the country," Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said on Monday. "Two officers also paid the supreme sacrifice, while some others were assaulted and injured,"

Scores missing after pipeline blast

At least 50 people were reported missing after an oil pipeline exploded in Bayelsa state. The incident occurred in the Nembe kingdom on Friday morning. The pipeline is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal.

Dozens killed in Kaduna clashes

At least 29 people have been killed in clashes in the central state of Plateau. Suspected herders raided communities in the Kajuru and Kachia local government areas, killing 28 local residents and a police officer. Two other members of the security forces were reportedly kidnapped in the raid.

Buhari declared winner of presidential election

Muhammadu Buhari has been declared as the winner of Nigeria's presidential elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) won 19 of the 36 states, while Atiku Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP) won 17. The PDP has rejected the results, with Abubakar stating that he will challenge it in court. "If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South," said Atiku.

Election violence kills 27 across Nigeria

At least 27 people were killed during election-related violence during the delayed elections. The Election Network NGO said it had also recorded more than 250 deaths in the build-up to the vote, which was delayed by one week. Vote counting is now underway, although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will reschedule the vote in parts of Lagos, Rivers and Anambra states. The final results are not expected to be released for several days, with both President Buhari and challenger Atiku Abubakar suggesting that they are set to win.

Millions head to polls to vote in delayed general elections

Millions of Nigerians are set to cast their ballots ahead of the country's general elections on Saturday. The vote was initially scheduled to occur on 16 February but it was postponed after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) encountered logistical and operational challenges. In total, 72 presidential candidates are running for office as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks re-election. His main opposition is Atiku Abubakar from the People's Democratic Party (PCP). Tensions have been high in Nigeria since the vote was delayed. Security measures were reinforced across the country due to potential civil unrest in the hours before and after the vote. Travellers are advised to avoid large gatherings and remain vigilant near polling stations. Nigeria has been facing a severe economic downturn due to plummeting world oil prices.

Dozens of suspect bandits killed in clashes in Tsafe, Zamfara

At least 60 suspect criminals have been killed when clashes broke out with a local civilian defence force in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. At least seven civilians were killed when dozens of armed criminals raided a village in Tsafe. Local officials have long complained over the lack of security in the region, where criminals often raid farms to steal livestock and kidnap residents. Incidents have been previously reported in the communities of Danmarke and Danijibga. The attacks came days before the presidential elections in Nigeria. North-western Nigeria is known as one of the main supporter bases to President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks re-election - President Buhari is from the neighbouring state of Katsina.

Gunmen kidnap 11 in Emohua

At least 11 people have reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen in the Emohua area of Rivers State. Local reports indicate the group were travelling in a vehicle from Abua to Port Harcourt when they were ambushed near Rumuekpe junction along the East-West road on Wednesday. The gunmen allegedly fired their guns, forcing the vehicle to stop before they attacked it, taking 11 people hostage, including the driver of the vehicle. The police are said to be responding to the incident.

Wood merchants kill in Boko Haram attack

At least 18 firewood merchants have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Borno state. Gunmen targeted the traders in the Jere local government area on Monday. "There was an ambush on firewood sellers who had gone to the bush to fetch their products by suspected members of Boko Haram in Koshebe general area of Borno State," a source told local media.

Army captain and civilians killed in Katsina raid

A Nigerian army captain and six civilians have been killed in a raid in Katsina state. Bandits also stole hundreds of animals during the raid in the Batsari local government area. “The bandits first attacked our military station, killed the army captain and burnt down the operational Hilux vehicle. They later entered our village and visited the houses of the six civilians separately and killed them," said a local official. Gunmen also attacked communities in the Rafi and Shiroro areas of Niger state, leaving five people dead.

Four NDLEA officers killed in Ondo

Four members of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Ondo state. Three gunmen carried out the attack near the Ikaro/Sabo axis in Ose local government area over the weekend. "Our men have gone to evacuate the corpses from the scene and other paramilitary agencies are on ground,” said the NDLEA Commander in the state, Haruna Dagara.

Four killed in Borno mosque attack

Four civilians have been killed in an attack on a mosque in the north-eastern state of Borno. Suspected Boko Haram militants raided the mosque during morning prayers in the Jere local government area on Saturday. Three militants and a member of a local self-defence group also died during a gunbattle at the site.

Presidential election delayed

Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections have been delayed. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the announcement in the early hours of Saturday morning, shortly before polls were due to open across the country. "Proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible," said INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu. The move has caused widespread frustration, with Nigerians taking to social media to criticise the commission after many travelled hours to be able to cast their votes. Both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also expressed their anger at the decision.

Gunmen ambush Borno governor

Several people have been killed after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a convoy carrying the governor of Borno state. Kashim Shettima was heading to a campaign rally in Gambouru Ngala when the incident occurred. “They are yet to return from campaign rally in Mafa, Dikwa and Gambouru, a border town with Cameroon,” said the deputy governor of the state Usman Durkwa, who was unable to confirm details about the attack.

APC official kidnapped in Edo state

Unknown gunmen have abducted the campaign official from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state. Monday Aighobahi, who worked from the candidate for the Ovia Federal Constituency of Edo, Dennis Idahosa, was seized after a campaign rally in Ofosu. “While urging the abductors to release their captives unconditionally, I appeal to my supporters and the people of Ovia to remain calm,” said Idahosa.

Seven killed in stampede at Buhari rally

At least seven people have been killed in a stampede at a campaign rally for President Muhammadu Buhari. The incident occurred at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt, where tens of thousands of people gathered to hear a speech by the president. Dozens more were wounded and taken to hospital. Elections are due to take place on Saturday, with observers predicting a tight race between Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

Nine killed in Niger raids

At least nine people have been killed and 15 others abducted in an attack by gunmen in Niger state. Bandits raided several villages in the Shiroro local government area on Monday. In response to the attacks, Senator David Umaru said: "I am particularly saddened and shocked at the cruel massacre of 9 people of my constituent, the kidnap of 15 innocent people mostly women and girls in an attack in which several others were raped, injured and hospitalized with 11 in critical condition.”

Political clashes erupt in Ekiti

Rival supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have clashed at a campaign rally in Ekiti state. Dozens of people were wounded in the clashes, which occurred as APC members were holding a rally for the senatorial candidate in Ekiti South District, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and the House of Representatives candidate in Ekiti South Federal Constituency, Hon Femi Bamisile. Earlier five people were reported dead following clashes between the APC and PDP in Delta state.

Five killed in political clashes, Delta

At least five people have been killed in clashes between rival supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state. The violence, which erupted in the early hours of Monday morning, took place in Effurun in the Uvwie local government area. The PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has accused the APC of instigating violence ahead of Saturday's general elections. "We are not ready to fight each other again. So, any leader who has come to instigate us to fight each other, we will use the ballot paper to chase them out. So Buhari must go,” said Abubakar.

Election office torched in Plateau state

An election commission office has been torched in the central state of Plateau. Ballot boxes and other election material was destroyed in the blaze, which appears to have been started deliberately. The incident comes ahead of general elections in Nigeria, which are due to be held on Saturday.

Governor warns foreigners against election interference

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has warned foreigners from interfering in the country's upcoming general election. “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags,” said the governor, who is a member of the  All Progressives Congress (APC). The warning comes weeks after the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, sparking criticism from international observers.

Cholera outbreak killed 130 in Zamfara in 2018

At least 130 people died in an outbreak of cholera in 2018. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergency Working Group called on the government to do more to halt the outbreak. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said there were 44,201 suspected cases across 20 states in 2018, with poor sanitation and overcrowding at IDP camps blamed for helping the disease spread.

Politician's daughter kidnapped in Katsina

The daughter of the chief whip of state House of Assembly, Bello Abdu Danmusa, has been kidnapped in Katsina state. Hajiya Amina Danmusa was abducted by unknown gunmen from the town of Danmusa. No ransom demand has been reported so far. In a separate raid, two children were abducted from the town of Jibia. The children's family said they have received a N100m ransom demand.

Gunmen 26 in Zamfara state

At least 26 people have been killed by armed bandits in the north-western Zamfara state. Police said gunmen stormed seven villages in the Mada district on Monday, opening fire on residents and setting houses of fire. Seven other people were abducted during the raids, according to police spokesman Muhammadu Shehu.

Four militants killed in Borno raid

Four suspected Boko Haram militants have been killed by the security forces in Borno state. "Troops of 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Sector 1, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, while on patrol in conjunction with the Civilian JTF, along Gwoza-Yamteke on Wednesday 30th January 2019, came across some Boko Haram terrorists attempting to infiltrate the general area," said Col. Ado Isa. A senior militant identified as Adamu Rugu Rugu was among those killed in the operation.

Six Russian sailors released by pirates

Six Russian sailors have been released by pirates off Nigeria. "We confirm that the Russian sailors have been released. They are alive and well," a source at the Russian embassy told the Tass news agency. The sailors were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy on 2 January.

Governor's press secretary kidnapped in Taraba

The Chief Press Secretary to Taraba's governor, Darius Ishaku, has been kidnapped. Hassan Mijimyawa was abducted along the Bali Gashaka road by unknown gunmen on Wednesday. Local reports suggest an unidentified foreign national was also abducted while travelling to an IDP camp in the area.

Three killed after gunmen attack bus in Rivers

Three people have been killed in the Emohua local government area of Rivers state. Gunmen attacked a bus headed for Port Harcourt on the East-West road, killing a driver and two passengers. A number of other passengers were kidnapped and taken into the bush by the assailants.

Gunmen kidnap 26 in Zamfara raids

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped at least 26 people in Zamfara state. Falalu Ashafa, a teacher at Government Girls Secondary School in Zurmi, said the victims included women and children. Zamfara police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, said officers had been deployed to track down the kidnappers.

Thousands displaced by Boko Haram threat

More than 30,000 people have been displaced from the north-eastern town of Rann due to fears of renewed Boko Haram attacks. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said local residents were panicking in the town, which is on the border with Cameroon. Thousands have already fled across the border after Boko Haram killed 14 people in a raid earlier this month.

APC candidate kidnapped in Edo

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Edo state. Michael Ohio-Ezomon was seized from his house at Eme-Ora, Owan West local government area, last Thursday. “The orderly attached to him was killed and our candidate was taken away by gunmen through the window," said Frank Illaboya, the local government chairman.

Chief justice suspended by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's chief justice, Judge Walter Onnoghen. Buhari took the decision on Friday after Onnoghen was accused of failing to declare his personal assets before taking office in 2017. International observers have voiced concerns at the timing of the announcement, coming three weeks before presidential elections are due to take place in the country. "The decision to suspend the chief justice has led to many Nigerians, including lawyers and civil society observer groups, to question whether due process was followed," said the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM).

Three killed in Osun bank robbery

A police officer and two civilians have been killed during an attempted robbery at a bank in Osun state. Gunmen targeted the bank in the Ila-Orangun area in the Ila local government area on Thursday. The assailants used dynamite to destroy the bank's security door, although it is not clear how much money they stole during the raid.

Main candidate withdraws from Nigerian election

One of the main candidates in Nigeria's presidential election has announced that she is steeping down. Oby Ezekwesili said she wanted to "focus on helping to build a Coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general elections." She was heavily involved in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign following the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok in 2014. Elections are due to take place on 16 February.

Army officer killed by Lassa Fever

A Nigerian army officer has been killed in an outbreak of Lassa Fever in Jos state. Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 3 Division, Maj Ikechukwu Eze, said the officer was admitted to hospital after returning from Kogi state. “Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever,” said Eze in a statement.

Gunmen carry out deadly attack in Delta state

A fisherman has been killed and two other people seriously wounded in an attack in Delta state. Unknown gunmen carried out the attack in the Sapele community on Monday.  State Police Commissioner Anthony Agbizi said that the police will do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice, although no arrests have been made so far.

Army targets ISWAP in Borno

The Nigerian army has recaptured the town of Rann in Borno state from militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). “Boko Haram invaded Rann at about 4pm (on Monday). The battle continued for about three hours. Our troops retreated and later returned to fight back,” a soldier told the media. Local residents fled the town to escape the fighting.

Scores of Boko Haram militants killed in Borno clashes

At least 80 Boko Haram militants have been killed in Borno state, according to the Nigerian army. "In the determined efforts to wipe out remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that now goes by the appellation of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), the gallant troops of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC) of Operation Lafiya Dole have given the terrorists that attacked troops' location in Baga a bloody nose," the military said in a statement. An army officer and a soldier were killed during the clashes, which took place in Baga, Cross Kauwa and Monguno.

Ten killed in Kogi clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Kogi state. Dozens more were wounded after members of the Egbura and Bassa-Komu tribes fought each other in Bassa local government area. The Kogi state police command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP William Aya, said additional troops have been sent to the area to restore order.

Journalist shot at APC rally, Lagos

A Nigerian journalist has been shot and wounded while covering a rally in Lagos. Emmanuel Oladesu from the Nation newspaper was hit by a stray bullet as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gathered in the city on Tuesday. The International Press Centre (IPC) condemned the incident in a statement: “IPC hereby reminds all political parties that the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage obligates them to ensure the safety of journalists covering their activities including campaigns."

Daily Trust editor released by army

The Nigerian army has released the editor of the Daily Trust newspaper. Uthman Abubakar was detained during a raid on the Daily Trust offices in Maiduguri and Abuja over the weekend. The army said the paper was "undermining national security" after it reported about planned military operations in the north-east of the country.

Traditional ruler kidnapped in Katsina

A traditional ruler has been kidnapped by armed bandits in Katsina state. Babangida Lawal, the head of Zandam, was seized along with local businessman Murtala Rabe in the Jibia local government area. Several people were shot and wounded as they tried to prevent the kidnapping. “Some of us who tried to rescue them were severely injured in the process. No ransom has so far been placed on them by the abductors,” said a resident.

Gunmen kill four kidnapped students in Katsina

Four students have been killed and five others are being held hostage following an attack in Katsina state. The students were targeted by gunmen at the Al-Qalam University over the weekend. The assailants have demanded N100m for the five students.

Army defends raid on newspaper

The Nigerian army has defended a raid on the offices of the Daily Trust newspaper, claiming it was "undermining national security." In a statement, the army said the paper had reported about a planned operation against Islamist militants, a move which "put troops in imminent and clear danger." Daily Trust editor-in-chief Mannir Dan-Ali said the raids were unlawful and called for the release of two reporters who were arrested.

Six Boko Haram militants killed in Borno raid

Nigerian troops have killed six suspected Boko Haram militants during a raid on a hideout in Borno state. Three female hostages were also rescued in the operation, which targeted the villages of Gawa nad Boskoro in the Mafa Local Government Area. Weapons and explosives were also recovered by the troops.

Local official killed in Ekiti

A local official has been killed by unknown gunmen in Ekiti state. Adayomi Ajayi, an accounting officer in the Emure Local Government Area, was targeted on the Ikere-Ise road on Wednesday night. Two other staff members were kidnapped in the attack and the assailants have demanded a N10m ransom from both of the victim's families.

Seven killed in Lassa fever outbreak

At least seven people have been killed and 14 others infected following a further outbreak of Lassa fever. Cases have been reported in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the states of Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Kogi, Bauchi and Adamawa states. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said there were more than 600 positive cases recorded in the country last year, with 166 confirmed fatalities.

Bandits carry out deadly attacks in Zamfara

Armed bandits have carried out deadly attacks on three communities in the Birnin Magaji local government area. Dozens of people were killed in the raids according to local witnesses, with 10 dead in Garin Haladu and nine killed in Garin Kaka. Four deaths were also recorded in Nasarawa Godal.

Police officer killed in Delta state

A police officer has been killed by unknown gunmen in Delta state. “The officer was with his service rifle when the hoodlums shot him on his chest and one of the robbers rushed to collect it and zoomed off. He died almost immediately at the spot,” a witness told Vanguard. The incident occurred in the Uvwie local government area on Tuesday.

Anglican bishop kidanpped in Rivers state

An Anglican bishop has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Rivers state. Rt Rev Clement Ekpeye was targeted on the Odiemerenti road in the Ahoada East local government area on Tuesday night. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni said officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been deployed to track down the bishop.

Kidnapped Polish sailors released

Eight Polish sailors kidnapped on a container ship in October have been released. "We would like to thank the shipowner, its co-workers and advisers for their professional handling of this difficult matter. We are grateful also to the Nigerian authorities," said the Polish foreign ministry. Two Filipino sailors and a Ukranian national were also freed.

Former defence chief shot dead in Abuja

A former defence chief has been killed in an ambush in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was targeted while driving on the Abuja-Keffi road. Since stepping down in 2015 Badeh had been accused of diverting around $20m from the armed forces for his personal use, although he denied the charges. 

Troops killed in Boko Haram ambush

At least 12 Nigerian soldiers have been killed and dozens more wounded following an ambush by Boko Haram militants in Borno state. Gunmen targeted the troops in the Gudumbali local government area on Friday, although poor communication delayed news of the attack from being reported. Both Boko Haram and the splinter group Islamic State in West Afric Province (ISWAP) continue to target the security forces in the north-east of the country.

Amnesty claims 3,600 killed in herder clashes

Amnesty International said more than 3,600 people have been killed in clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria since 2016. "The Nigerian authorities' failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more," Amnesty said in a statement. In response, the Nigerian army has accused Amnesty of stoking unrest. saying the group was "working hard to destabilise Nigeria."

Police shoot suicide bomber in Maiduguri

Nigerian police have shot dead a female suicide bomber outside the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. Officers shot the suspect's explosive vest before she could carry out an attack. Officers from the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) were deployed to clear the scene.

Bandits kill 22 in Zamfara raids

At least 22 people have been killed by bandits in Zamfara state. Gunmen on motorbikes arrived in the village of Malikawa in the Gidan Goga district on Tuesday. "Everyone was running to different directions with children crying for help. I learnt that we were under siege as gunshots rented the air. They were shooting people dead as they chased them on motorcycles," a local resident told the Daily Trust.

Two soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Two Nigerian soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram militants in Borno state. Militants carried out a suicide bomb and gun attack in the village of Gulumba in the Bama district on Sunday. “We lost two soldiers and two more were injured in the attack by the Shekau faction," a military source told local media.

JTF frees seven hostages in Delta

The Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) has rescued seven kidnapped oil workers in the southern Delta. "Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted wellhead in Azuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa were rescued and released unarmed," said Brigadier-General John Agim. Troops also destroyed 436 illegal refineries in the area.

Yellow fever outbreak kills nine in Edo

At least nine people have been killed in an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Edo state. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, said the outbreak has spread to 10 local government areas across the state. The Federal Ministry of Health said more vaccinations would be provided to local officials.

Five kidnapped in Ondo state

A heavily pregnant doctor, two nurses and two lecturers were kidnapped along the Akure-Owo expressway in Ondo state on Tuesday. State police said a group of kidnappers stopped at least 10 vehicles before robbing their occupants. “The Police, DSS and OPC are helping in combing the bushes to see if they can rescue the kidnapped staff,” said Adewale Oyekanmi, a PR officer for the Osun College of Technology.

Mob raids house of former minister, Jigawa

A mob has raided the house of Nigeria's former minister of commerce, Bello Maitama, in Jigawa. Five people were wounded in the incident, which occurred as Maitama was chairing a meeting with aggrieved members of the APC in the Gwaram Local Government Area. The security forces evacuated Maitama and Isa Idris, the speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly.

Oil worker kidnapped in Delta

An oil worker has been kidnapped by suspected herders in Delta state. Prince Ogbu was seized by gunmen on the Ughelli-Asaba expressway in the Ndokwa East Local Government Area. "They dragged him out of the car and escaped with him into the bush before he could get help from the police who were alerted on the development," a source told Vanguard.

Dozens killed in Cross River clashes

Dozens of people have been killed and many more wounded in clashes between rival communities in Cross River state. Hundreds more were displaced in the Urugbam, Egbor, Ipene, and Abanwan areas of Biase Local Government Area. “We have sent our men from divisions and area commands to the communities,” said state police commissioner Hafiz Inuwa. The violence was linked to a dispute over land ownership.

Children drown as boat capsizes in Kwara state

At least 19 children have drowned after a boat capsized in the Edu Local Government Area of Kware state. The vessel was transporting 21 people across the River Niger to a wedding when the accident occurred on Saturday. Officials said only two people managed to survive.

Boko Haram militants launch attacks in Yobe

Boko Haram militants have launched a series of attacks in the Buni Gari area of Yobe state. Heavily armed gunmen targeted a military base on Saturday night, leading to clashes with troops. Initial reports suggest two soldiers and six militants died in the exchange, while several others were wounded.

Three soldiers killed in ISWAP attack

Three Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a suspected Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attack in Borno state. Gunmen targeted an army base near Lake Chad on Tuesday evening. The assailants also stole weapons and other military equipment during the raid.

Babies stolen at Calabar teaching hospital

Three newborn babies have been abducted from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. Gunmen raided the paediatric unit on Sunday night, where they assaulted nursing staff and stole cash and personal possessions. “The security in this hospital has been very porous. Lives of patients, nurses and doctors are at risk. There is nowhere in this hospital that is safe. There is so much stealing going on. Visitors are no longer controlled," an anonymous nurse told local media.

Army intercepts suicide bomber in Adamawa

The Nigerian army has intercepted a suicide bomber in Adamawa state. The assailant tried to infiltrate a village when troops of the 143 battalion opened fire, causing the device to explode. The female bomber was killed at the scene but no other injuries were reported. "The gallant troops in conjunction with hunters and vigilantes immediately cordoned off the incident area and subsequently conducted perimeter patrol around the community to ensure the area is cleared and to also exploit the area for BHT [Boko Haram] activities," said the army in a statement.

Two dead as police clash with IPOB members

At least two people have been killed after police clashed with members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nnewi, Anambra state. An officer and a pro-Biafran activist died when fighting erupted in the Nkwo Nnewi market on Friday. IPOB had organised a rally to call for a boycott of the 2019 presidential elections unless they are given a referendum on independence.

Army launches airstrikes on Boko Haram

The Nigerian army has launched airstrikes against Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern state of Borno. The operation was carried out in response to the militant attack on a base in Metele last week that left around 100 soldiers dead. “The Nigerian Air Force is following the trail of the terrorists and has successfully destroyed about seven vehicles including gun truck and eliminated all the terrorists in the vehicles,” the military source said. “The air force deployed the Mi-35M, multi-role combat helicopters which delivers a more superior flight performance with high-precision weaponry in destroying ground targets."

Police rescue kidnapped US national

Nigerian police have rescued an American woman who had been kidnapped in Lagos. The victim was lured by an individual, named as Matthew Adedoyin, who claimed to be a wealthy prince. She was abducted on 11 November and sexually assaulted during her captivity, according to security sources. “Jackson was held hostage at 7, Akanbi Street, Abule Egba, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA, Lagos by one Mathew Adedoyin and his accomplice, Idowu Ayeni,” said officials in a statement.

Government loses $6bn in corrupt oil deal

The Nigerian government has lost an estimated $6bn in an oil deal with energy giants ENI and Shell. The campaign group Global Witness said the OPL 245 deal, agreed in 2011, led to widespread corruption which cost Nigeria double its education and healthcare budget. A court in Milan is considering charges against the two companies. Former oil minister Dan Etete, who sanctioned the deal, has already been found guilty in France of money laundering.

Local chief kidnapped in Plateau

A local chief has been kidnapped in the Shendam local government area of Plateau state. “We received information that unknown gunmen stormed the residence of the Longdorock, Mr. David Dongbam, a second-class chief of Dorock Kingdom of Shandam LGA and took him to an unknown destination," said police in a statement. Rescue operations are underway in the area to track down the kidnappers.

Troops killed in Borno raids

At least 44 Nigerian soldiers have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in an attack in Borno state. A senior commander is among the dead following the raid on a military base in Maitele, close to the border with Niger. A number of other soldiers are also missing and feared kidnapped, while the attackers also stole military equipment.

Opposition leader launches presidential bid

Nigeria's opposition leader Atiku Abubakar has launched his 2019 presidential campaign. During a speech on Monday, the former vice-president vowed to get the country "working again" and to reduce poverty. "Almost all indices on socioeconomic and political development have plummeted, throwing over 70 percent of Nigerians into unprecedented poverty," he said. A record 79 candidates are set to fight for the presidency when polls open in February.

ISWAP commander killed in Borno

The Nigerian army has killed a senior commander from the Boko Haram faction, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). “Reports available reveal that one Sale Ahmad Sale a.k.a. Baban Hassan the leader of Al-Barnawi Media group, a faction of Boko Haram was killed by a joint operation conducted by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Airforce,” said the army in a statement. The army also said another BH faction has been formed in the area - Jama’atu Nus’ratul-Islami Wal-Muslimina.

PDP supporter killed in Rivers

A supporter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been killed in an attack in Rivers state. Unknown gunmen opened fire at a PDP event in the Ipo community on Wednesday evening. The Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Hon. Darlington Orji, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of orchestrating the raids.

Fifteen killed in Boko Haram attack, Borno

At least 15 people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack near the town of Monguno in Borno state. A further 35 people, mostly farmers, are still missing following the raid on the villages of Kazaa and Daraa on Tuesday. In a separate incident, another farmer was shot dead near the village of Gremari, 14km from Maiduguri.

Army arrests female suicide bomber, Maiduguri

The Nigerian army has arrested a female suicide bomber in Maiduguri, Borno state. Shaidatu Adamu, 19, was detained while attempting to detonate an explosive vest in the Gonikalachari area. The army released her confession on social media, in which she claimed to have been living in the Sambisa Forest with the Boko Haram militant group.

Delta militants threaten fresh attacks against oil industry

Militants in the Niger Delta are threatening to launch fresh attacks against the oil industry. The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators said multinational companies were neglecting local communities in Akwa Ibom. “Ninety percent of their workforce is non-indigenes of the state, the remaining 10 percent they pick from Akwa Ibom are place under contract with meagre payment and without any entitlement," said the group in a statement. “We shall immediately commence mobilisation of all the key actors in this struggle, including all the militant groups, to Akwa Ibom State in order to surmount these evil companies from the state."

ADC chair kidnapped in Ondo state

The Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ondo state has been kidnapped along with four others. Idowu Akinrinlola, the ADC secretary in the state, confirmed the incident on Thursday. The victims were targeted along the Oba-Akoko/Owo road on Wednesday. 

Catholic priests kidnapped in Delta

Four Catholic priests have been kidnapped in the southern Delta state. The victims were travelling in a convoy of four vehicles when they were stopped by gunmen in the Ethiope East local government area on Tuesday. “Father Obadjere was travelling with his clergy friends to Ekpoma for their school’s old students meeting. The incident happened at Abraka as they were coming down from the bridge," a source told the Vanguard newspaper.

Soldiers missing following Lake Chad attack

At least 16 Nigerian soldiers are missing following an attack in the Lake Chad area in the north-east of the country. The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the attack, during which they said 15 troops were also killed. A military official confirmed the incident to the AFP news agency. "So far, 16 soldiers are missing but search teams are combing the general area to locate them," said the officer.

Four killed in Cross River clashes

At least four people have been killed in clashes in Cross River state. “The incident started on Sunday and extended to early hours of Monday. It has recorded the death of four hefty youths," a witness told the Daily Post. Rival groups - the Vikings and Klans - were involved in the fighting, which took place in the Etung local government area.

Deputy Senate President survives assassination attempt

Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has survived an assassination attempt at his house in Abuja. “The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son escaped an assassination attempt at about 4 am on Tuesday,” said Uche Anichukwu, special adviser. Police said one person has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Nine killed in Enugu-Port Harcourt crash

Nine people have been killed in a crash on the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway. Twelve other people were wounded after a minibus collided with a truck on the Awgu local government area on Sunday night. The victims were transferred to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku/Ozall.

Union workers set for nationwide strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said its members would go on strike across the country on Tuesday after talks broke down with the federal government. “The strike is going on. Nothing has changed. The strike will begin on Tuesday. That is the directive that has been given. It will be a total strike,” the General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, told Punch. The NLC is demanding an increase in the minimum wage from N18k to N65k.

Three health workers kidnapped in Nasarawa

Three health workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in Nasarawa state. The victims were travelling along the Nasarawa-Toto road when they stopped near the Bugan-Gwari village. Kennedy Idrisu, Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Nasarawa State, confirmed the incident and said a joint security team had been dispatched to the area to free the hostages and arrest the kidnappers.

Missing army general found dead in Jos

A former army general who went missing in September has been found dead near Jos. Gen Idris Alkali disappeared while travelling alone from Abuja to his home in Bauchi state. The army discovered a shallow grave last week where it is believed the general's body was buried before it was moved and dumped in a well, where his remains were found. The motive behind the killing is not yet known.

Hundreds of Shia Muslims detained following Abuja protests

At least 400 Shia Muslims have been detained by police following days of violent protests near Abuja. Officials said they had confiscated 31 petrol bombs and other weapons from members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). The arrests come after more than a dozen protesters were killed in clashes with the security forces in Karu as the IMN led a march to demand the release of pro-Iranian cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Scores killed in violent clashes near Abuja

More than a dozen people have been killed after clashes between protesters and soldiers escalated in Karu, near Abuja. Tensions broke out on Monday afternoon during a Shia procession towards the Nigerian capital to demand the release of pro-Iranian cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky. The march was being endorsed by the influential Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Conflictive reports suggest that soldiers opened fire on protesters, while soldiers claim that they were attacked. Zakzaky has been detained since 2015, when hundreds of people were killed in violent clashes with the military.

Crew kidnapped by pirates off Port Harcourt

Eleven crew members have been kidnapped from a container ship off Port Harcourt. Pirates boarded the MV Pomerania Sky on Saturday morning and seized 11 of the vessel's 20-man crew. "Our priority is securing the earliest release of the 11 crew who have been taken and we are working closely with our partners and the local authorities to achieve that,” said the vessel's management company, Midocean (IOM) Ltd.

Army clashes with IMN in FCT

The Nigerian army has killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) during clashes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The military said two soldiers were also wounded during the exchange on Saturday. The Commander at Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, Maj-Gen James Myam, said members of IMN had built a roadblock at Zuba bridge. "Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items," said Myam. The IMN has strongly refuted the army's account in a statement posted on Sunday: “We categorically refute the storyline of the Nigerian Army. These age long worn-out malevolent storylines are no longer being believed by members of the public because over time, the Islamic Movement has convincingly demonstrated its peaceful disposition while conducting its religious obligations, even in the face of extreme official persecution."

Kidnapped youth corps freed by police

Five members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been freed by police. The group were abducted by gunmen while they were travelling to orientation camps in Akwa Ibom and Rivers state and taken to the Umuapu forest in Imo state. “The operatives went into the bush and on sighting the officers, the kidnappers abandoned their victims and fled. We rescued them unhurt, but the hoodlums made away with their valuables," said Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi.

Gunmen kidnap 17 in Zamfara attack

Gunmen have kidnapped 17 people in an attack in the Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state.  The victims included twin would-be brides and their sister. The girls' father said the kidnappers have demanded N150m for their release. "I told them I had never seen that kind of money. We have lost sleep over the incident and we could not eat much because of the terrible situation,” he said.

Gunmen kidnap 10 in Rivers state

Gunmen have kidnapped 10 people during an attack in the Akuku Toru area of Rivers state. The victims were travelling in a bus from Idama when they were stopped and abducted. Chairman of the local council, Rowland Sekibo, said rescue operations were underway. The incident is the latest in a series of kidnappings throughout Rivers state.

Curfew imposed after traditional ruler killed in Kaduna

A curfew has been imposed after a traditional ruler was killed by his kidnappers in Kaduna state. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, a leader for the Adara people, was abducted following clashes in the town of Kasuwan Magani last week. According to reports the kidnappers had received a ransom before killing the leader. The 24-hour curfew was imposed from 11:00 on Friday morning. "This is a struggle between good, decent, law-abiding people trying to uphold the peace and criminals who want to divide and destroy," said the Kaduna state government.

Mob kills three suspected robbers in Akwa Ibom

Three suspected robbers have been killed by a mob in Akwa Ibom state. The incident took place in the village of Uruk Usung in the Obot Akara local government area. A group of youths beat the three suspects before setting them on fire during the attack on Tuesday.

Journalist kidnapped in Nasarawa state

A journalist and one other person have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Nasarawa state. Police confirmed the incident, stating that a car belonging to one of the victims was found in the Dadin-Kowa area of Keffi. The journalist has been identified as a presenter with the  Nasarawa Broadcasting Service.

Dozens killed in Kaduna clashes

At least 55 people have been killed in clashes at a market in Kaduna state. President Muhammadu Buhari said Muslim and Christian youths started fighting in the town of Kasuwan Magani following a dispute between wheelbarrow porters. Police have arrested 22 people in connection with the violence.

Army launches new cyber division

Nigeria's army has launched a new cyber-warfare division which will target 'fake news'. In a statement, the army chief Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai said: "The intrinsic features of cyberspace can be easily exploited for information warfare by actors with malicious intent to plant and disseminate fake news." The general also said a new app will be launched which will allow people to report alleged human rights abuses by soldiers.

Aid worker killed by militants

An aid working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been killed by militants linked to Boko Haram. Hauwa Liman, who was working with displaced women and children in Borno state, was kidnapped March along with nurse Alice Loksha and midwife Saifura Ahmed Khorsa. The militants shot dead Khorsa last month, while Loksha's fate is still unknown. The ICRC said it was devastated by Liman's killing.

Army kills bandits in Kaduna operation

The Nigerian army has killed several bandits during operations in Kaduna state. Troops also recovered weapons during Operation Whirl Punch, which focused on camps in the Kamuku Forest. “In another successful operation, a combined effort between the troops and local Vigilance group led to the identification of camp in Kidandan general area," said army spokesman Colonel Muhammad Dole.

Seven soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack, Borno

Seven soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in the north-eastern state of Borno. A further 16 troops were wounded during the ambush, which occurred in Metele near Kangarwa. "The sustained superior firepower of the troops led to the neutralization of 76 BHTs [Boko Haram terrorists]," said the army in a statement.

Communal clashes leave 17 dead in Kogi

At least 17 people have been killed in communal clashes in Kogi state. The fighting was reported between Bassa Kwomu and Egbura Mozum in the Bassa local government area. Local residents said militias from Bassa carried out raids early on Monday morning, leading to clashes with youths from the Mozum community.

Unions shut down Lagos airport

Flights have been grounded at Murtala Muhammed Airport II on Wednesday after unions went on strike. Members of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers are taking part in the industrial action over the dismissal of 20 of their colleagues. ”This issue started since May when these workers were laid off for indicating interest to belong to unions," said Frances Akinjole, General Secretary, ATSSSAN. “We met the management asking them to reinstate these workers and recognise their rights to join unions but they refused."

Businessman kidnapped in Kebbi

A local businessman has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kebbi state. Alhaji Zauro was abducted from his home in the Birnin Kebbi area on Sunday night. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kebbi State Police command, DSP Danjuma Possi, confirmed the incident and said officers were working to track down the kidnappers.

Gunmen kill 21 in Plateau state

At least 21 people have been killed in two attacks by gunmen in the central state of Plateau. Unknown assailants opened fire on people near a bar in the town of Barkin Ladi on Wednesday night. The previous evening suspected cattle herders killed 14 people, including a police officer, in the Riyom area. The incident comes after a wave of similar attacks in the state in recent months, including a shooting in Jos on Sunday which left two students dead.

Lagos governor defeated in APC primary

Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state, has conceded defeat in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections. Babajide Sanwo-Olu received 970,851 votes compared to 72,901 for Ambode. "We now have to fuse together as one, to forge ahead in unity of purpose to ensure that our state does not fall into the hands of the other parties whose stock in trade is corruption and/or incompetence," said Ambode in a statement. Despite the call for unity, it is possible than Ambode will leave the party in order to stand in next year's elections.

Navy arrests fuel smugglers, Rivers

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 14 people suspected of smuggling fuel in Rivers state. The suspects were paraded in front of the press in Port Harcourt on Monday. The group are accused of transporting diesel and black oil into nine 33,000 litre trucks. Officers also confiscated N1.95m in cash during the raid.

Two students killed in Jos violence

Two students from the University of Jos (UNIJOS) were killed during clashes on Sunday. Gunshots were reported between the Lamingo junction and Rukuba area, forcing students and local residents to flee. The Plateau State Police Command said additional troops were deployed to the scene to restore order following the unrest, which came amid increasing violence in the state. Last week a dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed in Jos North and Jos South following deadly clashes between herders and landowners.

Dozens kidnapped in Kaduna attack

Dozens of people have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kaduna state. A convoy of vehicles was intercepted on the Birnnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday. Four haulage vehicles were also stolen during the attack, according to local officials. “We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Birnin-Gwari until all terrorists in the bandits are subdued and degraded," said Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, chairman of the Gwari Vanguards for Security.

Curfew imposed in Jos, Plateau state

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the central city of Jos in Plateau state. The decision has been taken due to recent clashes between cattle herders and landowners in the surrounding area. Hundreds of people gathered in the city on Friday on Monday morning to protest against the herders. On Thursday night nine people were killed in a suspected herder attack in the Jos North local government area.

Police deployed after clashes in Brass

Nigerian police have been deployed to Brass Island to restore order following clashes on Thursday. “The report we have from Brass Island is that of a clash between rival cult groups and we deployed personnel to restore peace to the area," said Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP. Asinim Butswat. Earlier a local government official said a group linked to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were attacked by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Miners kidnapped in Kaduna

Sixteen miners have been kidnapped from a village in Kaduna state. Local police the group were abducted from Bogoma village in Birnin Gwari local government area on Tuesday night. Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said a unit from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit had been dispatched to track down the assailants.

Union calls for nationwide strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed all of its members to go on strike across Nigeria today. The instruction came after union leaders failed to reach an agreement with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Wednesday. “All public and private institutions, offices, banks, schools, public and private business premises, including filling station, are to remain shut till further notice,” said NLC President Ayuba Wabba. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) are also joining the industrial action, which relates to workers' demands for a new national minimum wage.

Seven kidnapped in Zamfara

Seven people have been kidnapped by gunmen in Zamfara state. The victims, which included former councillor Bello Daniya, were abducted from the village of Nahuche in the Bungudu local government area on Sunday. One of the hostages has since been released with a ransom demand of N100m for the remaining victims. Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said officers were tracking the attackers.

Three robbers killed by police in Ogun state

Three members of a robbery gang have been killed by police in Ogun state. Members of a specialist unit attached to Ogun State Police Command tracked down the suspects in Fidawo, leading to a gunbattle with lasted 20 minutes. Weapons were recovered from the scene following the exchange.

Scores killed in cholera outbreak

Almost 100 people have been killed in an outbreak of cholera in north-eastern Nigeria. Thousands more have been infected across Yobe and Borno states, where flooding has helped the disease to spread rapidly, especially in camps for internally displaced people. Last week widespread flooding killed dozens of people and led to a national disaster being declared in four states.

Delta militants release fresh demands

Niger Delta militants have demanded the completion of the East-West road, saying it is critical to development in the area. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) made the demands via their leader, Mark Izonebi, during which he also called on the government to fund the Niger Delta Development Commission. Meanwhile, the group has also endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid, saying he is the only candidate who has shown any willingness to develop the Delta region. "This endorsement is because of the President’s integrity characterized so far in fighting against the menace of corruption to a standstill in the country because it is corruption and bad leadership that have contributed to the underdevelopment of the Niger Delta region and the country at large," said the NDA.

Pirates target cargo ship in Delta, 12 crew kidnapped

Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss-flagged cargo ship in the Niger Delta. The MV Glarus was targeted on Saturday around 45nm south-west of Bonny Island. "The company is working with the authorities and specialists to secure the speedy and safe release of those being held," Massoel Shipping said in its statement. The nationality of the crew members is not yet known.

Cholera warning after widespread flooding

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning for water-borne diseases including cholera in Nigeria following widespread flooding in the country. A national disaster was declared in four states and more than 100 people have been killed following weeks of torrential rain. On Thursday the State Commissioner of Works, Aminu Muhammad, said 11 people have been killed in the latest flooding in Jigawa state.

Seven killed in Boko Haram raids, Borno

At least seven people have been killed in attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state. Gunmen raided three villages on the Konduga local government area on Wednesday night. “We suddenly started seeing fire from Dalori, Kaleri and Amarwa followed by continuous gunshots from these general areas," a local security official told the News Agency of Nigeria.

Gunmen kidanp seven in Ondo state

Gunmen have kidnapped seven people in Ondo state. The victims were travelling on a bus owned by the God is Good Transport Company when they were intercepted near Ore. Local media have reported that the kidnappers are demanding an N10m ransom for their release, and have threatened to "waste" the hostages if their demands are not met.

Mob kills suspected thief in Delta

An angry mob has set fire to a suspected bike thief in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta state. The victim was part of a four-man criminal gang who were terrorizing residents in the Okumagba Estate. Two suspects were detained by police while the third managed to escape.

Three briefly kidnapped in Kaduna state

Three lecturers kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the northern state of Kaduna have been released. The victims, who all worked at the Shehu Idris College of Health in Makarfi, were abducted while travelling to Zaria on Sunday. The college administrator Yusuf Yakubu said the trio were released on Tuesday evening following negotiations. “Please be informed that the three kidnapped staff of Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology Makarfi were released this night at about 8pm," said Yakubu. It is not clear if a ransom was paid to secure their release.

Gunmen attack police in Asaba

Gunmen attacked a police van in Asaba in Delta state on Monday, killing one officer. The incident occurred in the Cable Point area of the city and resulted in a shootout between police and the assailants. The State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Mustafa, said several people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Hostages resuced by police in Enugu

Two hostages have been rescued by police in the southern state of Enugu. Kate and Samuel Oibe were travelling with six other people from Lagos to Otukpo on Saturday when they were abducted. Prior to being rescued, the assailants had demanded an N20m ransom for their release.

Flood death toll hits 100

At least 100 people have been killed by flooding in Nigeria across the past two weeks. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said both the Niger and Benue rivers have overflowed due to heavy rain. The government has given NEMA an additional N3 billion to help with the relief effort, while five emergency command centres have been set up across the south-east. Further rain is forecast over the coming days.

Gunmen open fire on cinema in Zamfara

At least 11 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after gunmen opened fire on a cinema in northern Nigeria. The attack took place in the village of Badarawa in Zamfara state on Wednesday night. Gunmen opened fire on the village hall where residents gathered to watch films. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes amid a wave of violence in the state, often triggered by disputes between cattle herders and farmers.

Deadly clashes erupt in Bauchi

Group of youths have stormed the streets to protest over the killing of a Christian boy by suspected cultists. The unrest erupted after the boy was buried in the Yelwa area of Bauchi on Tuesday. “We learnt that the group that killed the deceased were cult members and non-Christians and we feel enough is enough because it has been a recurrent decimal, and we cannot afford to keep quiet any more,” said one of the protesters to the Daily Post. There have also been reports of clashes between the protesters and police.

Dozens killed in gas tanker explosion, Nasawara

At least 35 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in a gas tanker explosion in Nasarawa state. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the blast occurred at a petrol station on the Lafia-Majurdi road on Monday. "Most of those that died rushed to the accident spot to see what was happening," Usman Ahmed, acting director at SEMA told Reuters.

Eighteen killed in cholera outbreak

At least 18 people have been killed in an outbreak of cholera in north-eastern Nigeria. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said deaths were confirmed in Jere, Magumeri, Maiduguri, Chibok, Konduga, Kaga, Damboa and Shani. Last week the Borno state health commissioner said 400 people had been hospitalized with cholera in Maiduguri.

Maiduguri hit by deadly cholera outbreak

At least 14 people have been killed and nearly 400 others hospitalised in an outbreak of cholera in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. The Borno state health commissioner, Haruna Mshelia, said most of the cases occurred in camps for people displaced by conflict, where sanitation standards are poor. “More treatment centres will be required as… cases are increasing,” he said.

Travellers abducted by Boko Haram in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped a number of travellers in Borno state. The group was targeted along the Pulka road in the Gwoza local government area on Tuesday. Several people managed to flee before troops stationed in the area were deployed, leading to a gun battle with the assailants.

Government orders MTN to pay $2bn tax

The Nigerian government has ordered the mobile phone operator MTN to pay a $2bn tax bill. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the amount was based on import duties, VAT and foreign payments that dated back 10 years. MTN challenged the decision and said it had already paid a $700m settlement. The demand comes a week after the government ordered the company to repatriate $8.1bn it paid in dividends between 2008 and 2015.

Eleven killed in Plateau state violence

At least 11 people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit Plateau state. Gunmen raided the village of Lopandet Dwei Du near Jos late on Sunday, according to police. An estimated 1,500 people have been killed in the conflict which has ravaged central Nigeria in 2018, while a further 300,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

Three kidnapped on Igarra-Ibillo road

Three people have been kidnapped on the Igarra-Ibillo road in Edo state. Henry Ashofor, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Akoko-Edo local government area, was abducted along with two other officials. “We were shocked when we were told that he has been kidnapped. They were taken at gunpoint and led into the bush,” said a party official.

Soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

At least 30 Nigerian soldiers have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Borno state. Gunmen stormed an army base in the village of Zari and overwhelmed troops, forcing them to flee. The military responded with airstrikes against the insurgents. "The terrorists also suffered heavy casualties from the bombardment," said a military officer.

Senate leader announces presidency bid

Nigeria's Senate leader Bukola Saraki has announced his intention to run for president next year. "I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming general elections in 2019 on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP)," Saraki said in Abuja. He will run against incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in the vote scheduled for February.

Kano hit by flooding

Eight local government areas in Kano state have been hit by flooding. Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA) says it has deployed personnel to the affected regions to assist with the relief efforts. At least three people have died and several houses destroyed in the Kiru area of the state.

Boko Haram release audio of kidnapped girl

The Boko Haram militant group has released an audio recording of a schoolgirl held hostage since February. Leah Sharibu, 15, was kidnapped along with more than 100 other girls in the town of Dapchi. She was the only Christian among the group and has remained in captivity months after the other hostages were released. “I plead with ... the government and the president to have pity for me and save me from my situation,” Sharibu said in Hausa.

Boko Haram raid village in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out a deadly raid on a village in the north-eastern state of Borno. At least six people died in the attack on Mailari, although some reports said almost 20 people were killed. Residents were forced to flee when gunmen arrived in trucks on Saturday night.

Protests over arrest of Nigerian journalist

Activists and media organisations have been protesting over the arrest of Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe. The newspaper said Ogundipe was taken to court and charged without anyone present, aside from the magistrate, police, and prosecutors. “At the court, I requested to speak with my lawyer and employer but they said I should wait until after the proceedings," he said. The arrest was made after Ogundipe published an article about the armed blockade of parliament last week.

Two members of robbery gang arrested in Lagos

Two suspected robbers have been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos. The suspects were accused of stealing N350,000 with a phone stolen from a food vendor in the Mushin area of the city. The gang used pick-pockets to steal phones before other members use the devices to access bank accounts.

Gunmen abduct four women in Rivers state

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped four women during an attack on the Owerri-Port Harcourt road in Rivers state. An officer from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State Police Command said a bus driver transporting the four victims has been arrested for his suspected involvement. In a separate incident a 23-year-old girl was kidnapped in the Etche local government area.

President announces end to SARS squad

Nigeria's acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered an immediate review of the special anti-robbery squad, knowns as SARS. Osinbajo, who is in charge while President Muhammadu Buhari is on holiday, said the unit will be reformed following allegations of human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings. “The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International human rights law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects," the government said in a statement. Activists have been calling for the unit to be disbanded for several months, using the hashtag #EndSars to promote their cause.

Police shot dead in Kaduna state

Four police officers have been shot by bandits in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state. The officers were on patrol when they were ambushed near the village of Jankasa on Saturday. “After a fierce gun battle, four of our policemen paid the supreme sacrifice,” said Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command.

Boko Haram raids military base in Garunda, Borno

At least 17 soldiers have been killed and more than a dozen others were injured when Boko Haram militants targeted a military base in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that the attack happened on Wednesday evening when the assailants raided and looted the base in Garunda. Military sources confirmed that a number of soldiers are still missing. Boko Haram is highly active in Borno, where militants launch successive attacks against the military.

Criminals target banks and police station in Igarra, Edo

At least a dozen people have been killed after criminals raided two banks and a police station in Edo, southern Nigeria. According to local media, both banks were targeted after assailants attacked the police station in the town of Igarra. Reports suggest that tensions escalated when the suspects failed to gain access to the vault. In April, a dozen people were killed when another bank in the western state of Kwara was attacked.

New head of spy agency appointed after parliament raid

Nigeria's acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has appointed a new head of the Department of State Security Service. Matthew Saiyefa replaces Lawal Daura, who was sacked following the armed takeover of parliament on Wednesday. Opposition lawmakers said gunmen were trying to block them for entering parliament after they defected from the ruling party.

Five assailants killed in Maiduguri blasts

Five suicide bombers have been killed and three civilians wounded in suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri. The incidents occurred in the Kalari suburb of the city, close to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, on Sunday night. “When the owner of the house opened the gate, the teenage girl detonated the bomb she was wearing in her body but it only killed her and injured three other persons,” a resident told Premium Times. Four other bombers then detonated their devices.

Five killed in Jos clashes

Five people have been killed in clashes in Jos, Plateau state. The Special Task Force (STF), codenamed Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), confirmed that rival cults attacked each other in the Rafiki area on Tuesday evening. “Immediately the information was received, the command mobilised operatives to move to area,” said task force commander Major General Augustine Chukwudi Agundu.

Five killed in Kaduna attack

Five people have been killed and seven others wounded in an attack on a village in Kaduna state. Gunmen targeted residents in Kurigi in the Southern Birnin-Gwari local government area on Monday evening. Local official Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari called on the federal government to deploy additional security forces to the region.

Senate president defects from ruling party

The president of Nigeria's senate has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party. Bukola Saraki has joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP), dealing a significant blow to President Muhammadu Buhari. “After extensive consultations I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Saraki said in a statement. “Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).” Last week 16 other politicians from the upper house and 32 in the lower house also left the APC.

Boko Haram targets military checkpoint in Borno

At least a dozen people have been killed after Boko Haram militants raided a military post in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. According to security sources, militants on several vehicles targeted the checkpoint in Bunari village, near an army station in Monguno, on Friday evening. According to AFP, three civilians were collaterally killed in the attack. Boko Haram is highly active in Borno, where militants launch successive attacks against the military.

Several kidnapped as gunmen raid villages in Zamfara

More than a dozen people have been reportedly kidnapped when gunmen raided villages in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. A local official said that the incident happened in Maradun Local Government Area. Security tensions in Zamfara remain high due to recent incidents reported in Zurmi. President Muhammadu Busari has announced the deployment of the military and police to curb a wave of violence and crime across the state.

Six killed during ambush to military checkpoint in Akwa Ibom

A soldier has been killed alongside five civilians after an armed ambush in Akwa Ibom, southern Nigeria. Local media reported that the raid happened at a military checkpoint in Iwukem, where armed militants targeted soldiers on Saturday evening. Tensions reportedly escalated across the village when some soldiers launched a violent protest. 

Hundreds deployed to tackle banditry in Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the deployment of hundreds of soldiers and police officers to tackle crime in north-western Nigeria. More than 1,000 security personnel will be deployed in the region after a spate in violence was reported in Zamfara and the state border with Kaduna. Soldiers carry out law enforcement duties across most Nigerian states, which suffer from kidnapping, terrorism and communal violence.

Four killed as gunmen target mosque in Zamfara

At least four people have been killed and several others were injured when militants targeted a mosque in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. Local media reported that the attack happened late on Tuesday evening in the village of Kawddi, Zurmi Local Government Area. The village is located close to the Nigerian border and is surrounded by a dense forest and rough terrain.

Gunmen kidnap doctor in Port Harcourt

A doctor has reportedly been kidnapped after gunmen stormed his residence in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria. Local media reported that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in River Statio confirmed the possible abduction of Hope Bellgam. The NMA raised concerns over threats to doctors based in the state. The incident came on the same day three kidnapped men were released after they were abducted in the same region.

Senate president likely to quit ruling party amid wave of defection

Senate President Bukola Saraki said that he is likely to quit the ruling party of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is currently facing a wave of defection. The announcement came after 15 senators of the embattled All Progressives Congress (APC) quit the party. Such means that the APC lost its majority in the Nigerian upper house of Congress as most of the defectors joined forces with the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Traffic to be disrupted ahead of Lagos' Third Mainland Bridge closure

The UK FCO has stated that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos will be closed over the weekend due to repair works. Traffic disruptions are likely to occur between the planned closure days, from 26 to 29 July. Travellers are advised to check local media and to allow extra journey time. The bridge is located in the eastern region of the city over the Lagos Lagoon. It mainly links Lagos island to the mainland.

Fifteen senators defect from ruling APC amid political crisis

More than a dozen senators of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) have defected from the party amid an ongoing political crisis impacting the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to Senate President Buola Saraki, 15 senators quit the APC due to undisclosed reasons. Earlier in the month, a political faction within the APC withdrew their support to President Buhari. Such comes after APC members joined forces with Nigeria's main opposition as part of a strategy to defeat President Buhari in elections next year.

Seven killed in suicide bombing at a mosque in Borno

At least seven people have been killed in a bomb attack against a mosque in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. According to local media, the suicide bombing occurred in the early hours of Monday in Konduga, located near the state capital Maiduguri. The attack happened during the morning prayers. It is believed that the attack was carried out by a local faction of the Boko Haram group, which widely operate across the state.

Scores killed as Boko Haram ambushes civilian convoy in Borno

More than 30 civilians have been killed after Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that the attack happened between the villages of Logumani and Musune, on the road that links Dikwa to Ngala. Boko Haram militants are widely active in Borno, where a number of cross-border attacks often occur.

Two police officer shot dead in Kaduna

Two police officers have been shot dead in Kaduna state. Officials said the officers were killed in a gunbattle in the village of Tabani on Tuesday. “The Police Team engaged the attackers in a fierce gun battle and at the end, two of the unidentified gun men were killed and one AK 47 rifle was recovered. Unfortunately, two Police Officers lost their lives in the incident. However, the situation has been promptly brought under control," said Kaduna police command in a statement.

Dozens more killed in Zamfara raids

At least 30 people have been killed in the latest series of raids in Zamfara state. Local residents said bandits on motorcycles stormed five villages in the Maradun district on Tuesday, opening fire on civilians before stealing livestock. “Seven persons were killed in Sakkida, four in Farin Zare, eight in Orawa, seven in Gyadde and four in Sabon Gari,” said community leader in Gyadde.

Ruling party regains control of southern Ekiti state

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has secured an important victory in the gubernatorial race for the state of Ekiti, southwestern Nigeria. Nigeria's electoral commission revealed that APC's candidate, Kayode Fayemi, won with nearly 20,000 votes of different, results which the opposition refused to accept over allegations of vote-buying and intimidation. Ekiti is an opposition stronghold since 2014, when the People's Democratic Party defeated the APC.

Scores killed after heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Katsina

More than 44 people have been killed and over 20 others were reported missing when heavy rainfall triggered widespread flooding in Katsina, north-western Nigeria. State authorities revealed that more than 500 houses were grounded and thousands of people forced to be evacuated, especially residents living along a local river. The rainy season in Nigeria usually lasts from February until October.

Four police killed in Edo state

Four police officers have been killed by gunmen in Edo state. The officers were on patrol in the Owan West Local Government Area when they were ambushed. The assailants opened fire on the police before setting fire to their patrol car. They fled the scene before additional officers were dispatched to investigate.

Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram attack

At least 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing following an ambush in Borno state. "Up until now 23 troops have not been accounted for. They include five officers and 18 soldiers," a military officer in Maiduguri told the AFP. "They came under attack from Boko Haram terrorists in Balagallaye village in the Boboshe area outside Bama." Five vehicles were also lost or destroyed during the attack.

Army claims new Islamist sect active in Nigeria

The Nigerian army has said a new deadly Islamist sect is operating in parts of Nigeria. Hakika Islamic, which are reportedly led by Yahaya Ibrahim, have bases in Ngwurore, in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State and Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. “It was gathered that the group is currently on a recruitment drive, with a series of controversial doctrines from non-adherence to five days prayers, to non-observance of Ramadan, promotion of fornication and adultery among others," said the army in a statement.

Scores reported dead in Adamawa, Taraba attacks

At least 50 people are feared dead in renewed clashes in Adamawa and Taraba states. According to reports, Fulani herdsmen carried out raids on farmers in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa and several villages in Taraba on Monday night. “We are calling on the government, as a matter of urgency, to come and secure our people and constituency since no one is allowed to take up arms, then it is the responsibility of the government to protect people,” said Sodomti Tayedi, the representative for Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

Opposition forms anti-Buhari alliance

Nigeria's main opposition has formed an alliance with several other parties as part of a strategy to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in elections next year. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) will lead the coalition, which includes a faction of the governing All Progressive Congress (APC) party. Buhari's first term has been hampered by long bouts of ill health, along with the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency and poor economic growth.

Army releases detained children

The Nigerian army has released 183 children who were detained for suspected links to Boko Haram. The children, aged between eight and 18, were freed in Maiduguri after they were cleared as part of an investigation. They are now receiving medical treatment and are being supported by aid agencies.

Two kidnapped in Imo state

Two Nigerian entertainers have been kidnapped by unknown assailants in Imo state. Ugo Stevenson and Izunna Obiakor were abducted in Owerri in separate incidents late last week. Stevenson's wife said the kidnappers had been in contact to demand a N5m ransom to secure his release. Obiakor was driving back from a production when he was captured,

Five arrested for kidnapping ExxonMobil workers

A village chief and four others have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping 19 ExxonMobil workers in Akwa Ibom state. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP MacDon Achebe, said the workers were abducted as they travelled from Port Harcourt to Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) in the Ibeno Local Government Area on 5 July. Four of the suspects said village head of Atibe, Chief Inam Unanaowo, had approved the kidnapping.

Ruling APC party splits

The ruling APC party has split after several key figures announced the formation of a new group. The new faction is known as the Reformed APC and is led by Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari. The split is a major challenge to the president, who is expected to seek re-election next year. “The APC has run a ruthless and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the people,” Galadima said on Wednesday. “It has rather imposed dictatorship, impunity, abuse of power, complete application of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, impunity in the rule of law and constitutionality."

Seven police officers killed in Abuja

Seven police officers have been killed by unknown gunmen in the capital, Abuja. The officers were carrying out stop-and-search operations at Galadimawa roundabout when they were targeted on Monday night. Additional security forces have been deployed to the area, which is close to the airport road.

Father of football kidnapped before World Cup match

Nigerian footballer John Obi Mikel has revealed that his father was kidnapped shortly before the national team played Argentina in the World Cup in Russia. Pa Obi Mikel was abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu by unknown gunmen last week and held for a week before police rescued him. “I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel said. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened." Pa Obi Mikel is receiving treatment for injuries sustained during his captivity.

Police protest in Borno state

Police officers in the north-eastern state of Borno have gone on strike in a dispute over pay. Officers set up barricades to protest over six months of unpaid allowances. They also fired tear gas and live rounds into the air, forcing local residents and motorists to flee. "How do they expect us to maintain security when we are hungry and frustrated when we haven't seen our families for months and can't discharge our basic responsibilities as husbands and fathers?" one officer told the AFP.

Several killed as oil tanker explodes along busy highway in Lagos

At least nine people have been killed after an oil tanker exploded along a busy highway in the outskirts of Lagos. Officials revealed that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, where more than 50 vehicles were set ablaze. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency told the CNN that the fire started when the oil tanker leaked and triggered an accident between a bus and another vehicle. The death toll is expected to increase as a number of people were trapped inside burning vehicles.

Four killed in Cross River clash

Four people have been killed in community clashes in Cross River state. Property worth millions of naira was also destroyed during the unrest between the Igbeagu and Ukelle communities. The fighting took place along the border of the Izzi and Yala local government areas on Saturday.

Scores killed in Plateau clashes

At least 86 people have been killed in clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state. The unrest started last week when ethnic Berom farmers killed five herders, sparking a series of retaliatory attacks. The Plateau state government said a curfew would be in place between 18:00 and 06:00 local time in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas "to avert a breakdown of law and order".

Suspected IS members arrested in Abuja

Two people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group have been arrested near Abuja. The Department of State Services (DSS) said the pair were detained in the village of Kukuntu back in May. Earlier this week the government said security was being increased at all commercial airports due to possible IS threats.

Twin suicide attack foiled in Maiduguri

A twin suicide bomb attack has been foiled at a military barracks in north-eastern Nigeria. Soldiers shot dead one assailant before she reached the base, while another detonated their device nearby. Fifteen people were wounded as a result of the blasts and were taken to hospital in Maiduguri for treatment.

Nine soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack, Borno

At least nine soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a suspected Boko Haram attack in Borno state. The troops were deployed in Gajiram, 80km north of Maiduguri, when they came under fire on Monday. The incident comes days after more than 40 people were killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in Damboa.

Airport security increased over IS threats

Security has been increased at airports across Nigeria due to possible attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group. The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) said although there was no direct threat, the influx of IS fighters returning from Iraq and Syria has increased the threat and resulted in stricter passenger screening for all passenger flights. In April, Abu Hassan Al-Muhajir, a spokesperson for IS, said the group was plotting to "bring bloodshed to the skies" as part of a new strategy, following the loss of most of the territory they once held in the Middle East.

Three soldiers killed in Bayelsa shooting

Three Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a shootout with suspected pirates in Bayelsa state. Troops deployed from Operation Delta Safe (ODS) were targeted at the Tunu flow station owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the Letugbene community of Ekeremor Local Government Area. The incident occurred as militants attempted to storm the station on Sunday.

Border closed over rice smuggling

The Nigerian government is set to close one of its land borders with an unnamed neighbour to stop the import of illegal rice. Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the announcement on Monday. "Our problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbour of ours is importing more rice than China is importing," said Ogbeh. "I am telling you now because in a few days, you will hear the border has been shut, we are going to shut it to protect you, us and protect our economy."

Dozens killed in Bauchi storm

At least 30 people are feared dead after storms swept through Bauchi state over the weekend. Torrential rain caused flash flooding, while high winds damaged property as people were celebrating Eid al-Fitr. The worst affected areas include Tirwun, Tudun Salmanu, Railway and Kandahar.

Twin suicide bomb attack kills 31 in Borno

At least 31 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern state of Borno. The assailants detonated their devices in the town of Damboa late on Saturday before rockets and gunfire were heard in the area. The incident occurred hours after army chief Lt Gen Tukur Buratai said Boko Haram was no longer a threat and urged people to return to their homes.

Dozens arrested over death of monarch

At least 40 people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a traditional ruler in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu state. Igwe Stephen Nwatu was beaten to death on Monday, according to local police. A warrant has also been issued for Chijioke Nnona Okenwa, who is accused of orchestrating the attack.

Trafficked children rescued at Lagos airport

Ten children have been rescued at Lagos airport before they could be trafficked to Russia. Five people, including a police officer, were arrested during the operation at Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The children, who were unaccompanied, are now in a shelter for victims of trafficking run by the NAPTIP agency.

Three killed in Maiduguri bombing

At least three people have been killed and four others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri. The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning on the Baga Road at the Barka Da Zuwa junction. Boko Haram are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Herdsmen kill nine in Benue attack

Suspected Fulani herders have killed nine people in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue state. The assailants raided a village in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to officials. Several other people are still missing following the raid.

Hundreds escape prison after armed raid in Minna

More than 200 inmates have escaped from a prison in Minna, central Nigeria, after gunmen attacked the facility on Sunday evening. Interior Minister General Abdulrahman Dabazzau said that 30 inmates have already been captured, while a massive operation was launched in the region. Reports suggest that nearly 190 inmates are still at large. It is still unclear what the circumstances are behind the attack. 

Gunmen kill at least 12 during village raid in Adamawa

At least a dozen people have been killed after gunmen raided a village in Adamawa, south-eastern Nigeria. According to government sources, suspected herdsmen attacked the village of Kangling in the Girei Local Government Area. Tribal clashes often occur in Adamawa, which also suffers from the presence of Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram militants killed during operation in Borno

At least 10 Boko Haram militants have been killed during a military operation in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. According to military sources, the operation took place in the Ngala Local Government Area under Operation Lafiya Dole. Boko Haram militants widely operate across Borno through launching successive attacks against security forces.

Several killed as gunmen raid village in Zamfara

More than a dozen people have been killed after suspected bandits raided a village in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. State officials revealed on Saturday that the attacks happened in the village of Zakuna in the Anka Local Government Area. In April, more than 25 people were killed when gunmen stormed two villages in the state.

Five soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush

Five Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram ambush in Borno state. The troops were travelling along the Pridang-Bita road when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED). Army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, said a number of militants were killed in an exchange of fire following the blast. He added that nine hostages had been rescued in clearance operations across six villages in the state.

Two police shot dead in Rivers state

Two Nigerian police officers have been shot dead by bandits in Rivers state. The officers came under fire near the Eliparawo junction in the Akpor Local Government Area on Tuesday. Another officer was shot and wounded during the attack. Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the vehicle used by the assailants had been identified and investigations are underway to apprehend them.

Biafra protests cause disruption across south

Protests by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) have caused disruption across several cities in southern Nigeria. The group urged its supporters to stay at home to mark the 51st anniversary of the short-lived declaration of the state of Biafra by separatists. Onitsha in Anambra state has seen a complete shutdown of businesses and traders, while similar closures were reported in Aba, Nnewi and Umuahia.

Four killed in Konduga suicide bombing

At least four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Konduga area of Borno state. Seven others were wounded when the device exploded near a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) on Monday. Earlier this year 22 people died in a bombing at a fish market in the town. Boko Haram militants are suspected of carrying out the latest attack.

Troops accused of rape in north-east

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian security forces of raping women and girls during the operation against Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria. Amnesty said it was "absolutely shocking that people who had already suffered so much under Boko Haram have been condemned to further horrendous abuse by the Nigerian military". Several responders to the rights group they were forced to have sex with soldiers in exchange for food at refugee camps. The army has strongly rejected the allegations. "These false reports, which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers, must stop," the military said in a statement.

Twelve killed in cholera outbreak, Mubi

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 130 others hospitalised in an outbreak of cholera in the Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa state. The Ministry of Health's state representative, Dr Bwalki Barem Dilli, said medical personnel from the World Health Organization (WHO) had mobilised to the area. Dilli added that poor hygiene standards were the cause of the outbreak.

Catholics protest over Benue state violence

The Catholic Mission in Nigeria organised a nationwide prayer and protest march following a series of deadly attacks in Benue state. Last month two priests and 17 worshippers were killed by suspected Fulani herders in the state. Catholics in Edo, Oyo, Benue, Lagos, Kaduna, Adamawa, Kwara states all took part in marches on Tuesday, "It gets worrisome when the Catholic church has to take to the street to protest the killing of its parishioners," said former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Security forces kill herders in Benue operation

Nigerian security forces have killed 35 herders during operations in the central Benue state. "The troops engaged the militia and followed the pursuit with M135 Helicopter of their air component. In all, 35 herdsmen were neutralized and a large number of them escaped with gunshot injuries," said Brigadier General John Agim in a statement. Several other suspects were detained in separate raids.

Four killed in Borno suicide bomb attack

Four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Borno. The assailant, who was dressed as a worshipper, detonated the device at the camp in Dikwa. “Early this morning a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 15 others when he detonated his explosives as people gathered to pray at the ‘1,000’ camp in Dikwa,” said militia leader, Babakura Kolo.

Soldiers storm police station in Port Harcourt

Nigerian soldiers have stormed a police station in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. Troops took over the Rumukpakani station on Ada George Road following the killing of one of their colleagues by a police officer. “There is going to be a joint investigation between the police and the Nigerian Army,” said John Agim, a spokesman for the Defence Headquarters.

Syrian national kidnapped, three police officers killed

A Syrian national has been kidnapped and three police officers killed in an attack in Sokoto state. A police spokesman said Abul Nasir, who worked for the Triacta Construction Company, was abducted at a quarry in the Bodinga Local Government Area. The officers guarding the site were shot dead during the attack. An investigation is underway to track down the assailants.

Boko Haram militants killed in Borno operation

At least 15 Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian security forces during operations in Borno state. The troops also rescued 49 women and children following the confrontation near Lake Chad. "The rescued hostages are currently being profiled for subsequent hand over to officials of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp for documentation and administering," said a police spokesman.

Scores targeted in kidnapping wave along northern Nigerian road

At least 120 people have been reportedly kidnapped along a major road in northern Nigeria. Reuters reports revealed that the incidents happened in the period between Friday and Tuesday on the road between Birnin Gwari and Kaduna. The area has been known for the presence of heavily armed bandits. Earlier this month, more than 70 people were killed when armed criminals raided a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.

Shia protesters demand release of leader

Shia youths have been protesting against the continued detention of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Dozens of people clashed with police near the Federal Secretariat complex in the capital, Abuja. At least one police officer was wounded during the confrontation. El-Zakzaky has been detained after the Zaria massacre in 2015, during which hundreds of his followers were killed by the army.

Airman killed in Bayelsa state attack

An airman has been killed in an attack on a helipad in Bayelsa state. Unknown gunmen targeted the site in Igbogene, close to the state capital Yenagoa, on Sunday. The Nigerian airforce has launched an investigation into the incident.

APC member killed at local congress, Lagos

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos has been killed in an attack during a local government congress in the Agege area. Nurudeen Olanose was shot dead after a clash erupted following a vote on Saturday. Two other people were critically wounded during the incident, while nine people have been arrested.

Eight bandits killed in Zamfara clashes

Eight suspected bandits have been killed in clashes with the Nigerian security forces in Zamfara state. In a statement, the military said an exchange of gunfire took place in the Gusau area of the Maru Local Government Area. “Apart from those killed, many of the other bandits escaped with various degrees of bullet wounds and may now be seeking medical help," said Major Clement Abiade. “We are therefore pleading with members of the public to give us any useful information that will lead to the arrest of the escapees."

Ten killed in Cross River and Akwa Obom clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes along the border of the Cross River and Akwa Ibom states. Members of the Ikot Offiong community fought with residents of Oku Iboku as part of a dispute over land. "Oku Iboku people are demanding that Ikot Offiong people should pay them royalty before fishing in the river that serves as a boundary between the two sister states”. said a local elder.

Suicide attack foiled in Maiduguri

Nigerian police said two suicide bombers died before they were able to carry out an attack in Maiduguri. The assailants were preparing to bomb a mosque in the Jidari Polo area of the city early on Tuesday morning. A vigilante group spotted them and alerted local police, who pursued the pair to a construction site, where they detonated their explosive vests. No other casualties were reported.

Scores killed in Birnin-Gwari attack

At least 70 people have been killed in an attack in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Suspected bandits raided the village of Gwaska on Saturday, opening fire on residents and destroying houses. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has strongly condemned the attack in a statement, while Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the permanent establishment of a battalion of soldiers in the area to protect the local communities.

Kano University shut over student protest

Kano University has been shut down for two weeks following student protests. The unrest was sparked when a student, identified as Faruk Abubakar, drowned in the River Wudil on Wednesday. Prof Shehu Alhaji-Musa, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, said the closure would allow the students to mourn during a mid-semester break.

Pharmaceutical companies raided over cough syrup crisis

Nigerian police have raided four pharmaceutical companies in response to the country's codeine epidemic. The offices in Lagos, Illorin and Kano were targeted as part of an investigation into cough syrups containing codeine being sold on the black market. Earlier this week Nigeria announced a ban on product imports following a BBC investigation. Official estimates said an estimated three million bottle of the syrup is consumed every day in Kano and Jigawa states.

Ten killed in Benue herder attack

At least 10 people have been killed and several others wounded in an attack by suspected herders in Benue state. Gunmen invaded the village of Yelewata in the Guma Local Government Area on Tuesday evening. At the weekend the 72 Special Forces Battalion paraded three armed herdsmen they arrested in the Tormatar area of Guma.

Dozens killed in Adamawa mosque bombing

At least 24 people have been killed and scores more wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Adamawa state. Two devices exploded during afternoon prayers at the mosque in Mubi on Tuesday. One assailant detonated a device among the worshippers before a second blast hit as victims were being evacuated. “The mosque’s roof was blown off. The prayer was mid-way when the bomber detonated the explosives. This is obviously the work of Boko Haram,” a local resident told the Premium Times.

Benue church attack leaves 19 dead

At least 19 people have been killed in an attack on a church in the central Benue state. Suspected cattle herders raided the Saint Ignatius Church in Mbalom village on Tuesday, killing two priests and 17 worshippers. "The herdsmen burnt nearly 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community," said state police spokesman Terver Akase. President Muhammadu Buhari described the attack as vile and satanic.

Army dismantles Boko Haram training camp in Borno

Nigeria's Army has said on Monday that a Boko Haram training camp has been dismantled in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. According to reports, one person was rescued when the military raided the facilities in Benisheikh. Boko Haram militants widely operate across Borno, especially around Sambina Forest and the bordering region with Cameroon.

Five killed in twin-suicide attack in Bama, Borno

At least five people have been killed in a twin-suicide bombing in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday when the attackers targeted a mosque in Bama. Borno state has been long plagued by the presence of Boko Haram militants.

Scores killed as criminals raid villages in Zamfara

At least 27 people have been killed when heavily armed assailants raided villages in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. Reports revealed that the villages of Kabaro and Danmami were targeted in a presumed retaliatory attack from suspected cattle thieves. Criminality in Zamfara has suffered a surge since the start of the year, where more than 130 people were already killed in several raids statewide.

Pirates kidnap 12 from Dutch cargo ship

Armed pirates boarded a general cargo ship en route from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and kidnapped 12 crew members and escaped. The incident was reported to the Nigerian Navy and a patrol boat was sent to the location. Naval personnel boarded and searched the Dutch-flagged FWN Rapide, and found two crew members onboard. "ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return," said the company in a statement.

Four thousand teachers sacked in Kaduna

Around 4,500 primary school teachers have been sacked in the northern state of Kaduna. Officials said they were removed from their posts for incompetence. "There is no place for teachers who don’t know how to write simple acceptance letters in our primary schools, sacking them is best for children’s education," Lawal Danjuma, an aide to the state commissioner of education, told the BBC. The state has just recruited 15,897 new teachers after sacking 22,000 others for failing a basic literacy test.

Mace stolen from Nigerian Senate

A group of intruders stormed Nigeria's Senate on Wednesday and stole a ceremonial mace. The assailants fled the building and escaped with the mace, which was later found under a flyover in Abuja. “There should be a high-level investigation. Is there any complicity? What happened to the police guarding the place? What about the SSS?,” said former Senate president, Ken Nnamani. A suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, has been accused of orchestrating the theft.

Herders kill 39 in Nasarawa attacks

Herders have raided several villages in Nasarawa state, killing at least 39 people. Gunmen carried out the raids in the Keana, Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma areas of the state over the weekend and earlier this week. Local officials said troops have been deployed to the affected areas to restore order and track down the assailants.

Four killed in Benue clashes

At least four people have been killed in clashes between herders and Nigerian troops in Benue state. Around 20 armed herders had attacked the village of Yogbo in the Guma area of the state on Monday, leading to troops from the 72 battalions being deployed to restore order. The remaining herders reportedly fled the scene.

Shia protesters clash with police in Abuja

Thousands of Shia protesters descended on the Nigerian capital, leading to clashes with police. More than 200 people were arrested and 30 others wounded after police fired tear gas at the protesters. The crowds gathered to demand the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained without trial for over two years.

Police officer killed during abduction of German

A Nigerian police officer has been killed during the abduction of a German national in Kano. A group of five gunmen carried out the ambush near the Madobi Under-Pass on Monday morning, during which engineer Michael Cremza was kidnapped. “The armed men in a motor vehicle ambushed and opened fire on a motor vehicle conveying Mr. Cremza to a construction site, killing the police Sergeant attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) on escort duty and abducted Cremza," said police spokesman SP Magaji Musa Majia.

Gunmen kill Syrian national during Kano kidnapping

Gunmen have killed a Syrian businessman and kidnapped his son in an attack in Kano state. Ahmed Areeda was shot dead near the offices of the Nigerian Red Cross late on Tuesday. According to reports, the assailants opened fire on Areeda as he tried to prevent the kidnapping of his son, Muhammad. “It was a case of suspected kidnappers who came to kidnap a boy, and in the process they killed the father,” said police spokesman Magaji Musa Majia.

Police arrest NDA members in Rivers

Nigerian police have arrested two suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group. The pair were detained in Rivers state after they attempted to extort N20m from Niger Delta Petroleum Resources. The NDA had threatened to kidnap the company's staff if the payment was not made. "The threat messages demanded an initial payment of N20million and to be placed on a monthly salary of N3million; failure to do so would be followed with kidnap, death, vandalism and attacks on the company’s assets," said a police spokesman.

Suicide attack foiled at Maiduguri university

The Nigerian security forces have foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri. Suspected Boko Haram militants tried to gain access to the campus but were detected by members of the Nigerian Air Force. "There was no reported fatality except for the suicide bomber, whose counterparts immediately fled, when the NAF Special Forces and the NA troops opened fire on them," said an army spokesman.

President Buhari to seek re-election

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will seek re-election in 2019, according to his office. There had been months of speculation over whether the 75-year-old would run for a second term as he has been suffering from poor health. The announcement came ahead of an official visit by Buhari to the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins next week.

Scores rescued from Boko Haram

Almost 150 women and children have been rescued from the Boko Haram militant group in northern Nigeria. Army spokesman Onyema Nwachuku said 54 women and 95 children were freed during a raid on a Boko Haram camp in Yerimari Kura on Saturday. Three militants were killed and five others arrested during the operation.

Five Boko Haram militants killed in Adamawa

At least five Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian army in Adamawa state. The suspects died during a gun battle in the Barkin-Dutse area on Saturday. An army spokesman said five AK-47 rifles and ammunition were recovered following the encounter.

Gunmen board bulk carrier off Brass

Four pirates in a speedboat armed with guns chased and boarded a bulk carrier underway. Alarm raised and all crew mustered in the citadel. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre liaised with the Nigerian Navy and the Owners. The Navy sent a patrol boat to the location. The pirates fired upon and damaged the ship’s equipment and accommodation. They stole ship’s cash and properties and escaped. Naval personnel boarded the ship, rescued the crew and escorted the ship to a safe port. (IMB)

A dozen killed in bank raid series across Offa, Kwara

At least a dozen people have been killed in series of bank robberies in Kwara, western Nigeria. Reports revealed that criminals raided five banks across Offa Local Government Area on Thursday. Among the casualties are six police officers and six civilians. Local media reported that more than 30 men took part in the attacks.

Scores killed during clashes with the military in Anka, Zamfara

More than 20 suspected criminals have been killed after clashes with the military broke out in Zamfara, north-western Nigeria. The incident happened on Thursday when soldiers encountered an armed group in the Anka Local Government Area. The military has reinforced its presence in Zamfara, where heightened tensions between farmers and herdsmen have already led to the displacement of thousands of residents.

Five herdsmen killed in fresh communal violence in Taraba

At least five herdsmen have been killed in a fresh spate of communal clashes in Taraba, south-eastern Nigeria. The attack happened in the Donga Local Government Area on Thursday evening. According to Punch, dozens of attackers raided the Utile community. Herdsmen and farmers are engaged in long-standing disputes to secure territory in some Nigerian states. The attack came just hours after herdsmen killed four members of the same family in Takum.

Several killed as herdsmen raid villages in Benue

At least 10 people have been killed after herdsmen raided several villages in Benue, south-eastern Nigeria. According to the Daily Post, the attacks occurred on Wednesday morning in the communities of Mbakyondo, Mbakpa and Sengaev in the Gwer West Local Government Area. Herdsmen and farmers have been engaged in long-standing disputes to secure territory in some Nigerian states.

Gunmen raid Kogi police station

Gunmen have raided a police station in the Kogi Local Government Area, killing two officers and stealing weapons. The incident occurred in Gegu Beki in the early hours of Tuesday morning. An investigation had started into the attack, according to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Williams Ayah.

Abia confirms Lassa Fever outbreak

The Abia State government has confirmed an outbreak of Lassa Fever. “We have fully deployed all our emergency medical response systems to instantly ensure full containment and management of the outbreak,” said John Okiyi Kalu, Commissioner for Information. A child and a medical practitioner have died during the outbreak and medical officials are urged members of the public to ensure high standards of sanitation to help curb the spread of the disease.

Airports failing to meet ICAO standards

All of Nigeria's 26 commercial airports have fallen below the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards for security. Only four of the airports have perimeter fences installed, and according to the ICAO guidelines, these must also be upgraded to security fences. Last year President Buhari met with the ICAO President Muyiwa Aliu and vowed to address the gaps in the country's airport security.

Dozen killed in Maiduguri clashes

At least 12 people have been killed during clashes between Boko Haram militants and the Nigerian army in Maiduguri. A large group of gunmen and suicide bombers targeted the troops at a military base near Maiduguri on Sunday evening. Many of the victims were civilians who were killed while trying to flee the area. More than 80 people were reportedly wounded during the fighting.

Scores killed in Zamfara and Kaduna attacks

At least 69 people have been killed in separate attacks in Zamfara and Kaduna states. Sixty-three people died when suspected cattle herders raided two villages in the Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara earlier in the week. Six died when gunmen attacked a village in the Jama'a Local Government Area of Kaduna on Wednesday.

Lagos on lockdown ahead of Buhari visit

Parts of central Lagos have been placed on lockdown ahead of a visit by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The areas affected by road closure and diversions are Ikeja, Maryland, Agege Motor Road, Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis. The Lekki area is also affected. There is a strong security presence on the streets and movement will be restricted throughout the day.


Fire kills nine at IDP camp, Borno

At least nine people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a fire at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Borno state. The incident occurred at the Rann camp in the Kala Balge Local Government Area on Monday. The fire comes less than six weeks after Boko Haram attacked the camp and local officials said the situation there is now desperate. "There is no medical care and people are now open to so many diseases due to hunger and starvation in the camp. Also, lack of water has been a problem, which the people have been battling with," camp worker Suleiman Ajiya told local media.

Two killed in Benue attacks

At least two people have been killed and several others wounded in an attack by suspected herders in Benue state. The raids occurred at Branch Umenger in the Guma local government area on Thursday. “When the attackers stormed the communities the security personnel who were patrolling the communities also fled with the helpless locals because they couldn’t withstand the herdsmen and reinforcement did not come on time," a local resident told the Vanguard newspaper.

Product tanker attacked off Bonny

Pirates in a small speed boat chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The armed guards onboard returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. All crew safe. (IMB)

Attempted boarding of tanker off Bonny

Pirates in a small speed boat chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The armed guards onboard returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. All crew safe. (IMB)

Boko Haram releases kidnapped schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe

Nigerian media reported that Boko Haram militants released all the schoolgirls who were kidnapped last month in Yobe State, northern Nigeria. More than 100 girls were abducted when Boko Haram militants raided a school in Dapchi. Five girls are believed to have been killed. 

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway bus crash leaves 18 dead

At least 18 people have been killed in a crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The victims were travelling on a bus which collided with a jeep near Alapako on Sunday. According to reports, the bus driver was trying to overtake other vehicles at the time of the crash.

Pirates arrested after product tanker robbery

Armed guards onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three unauthorised persons onboard the vessel and fired a warning shot. One person managed to escape in a small boat while the remaining two were captured and handed over to Nigerian Navy. (IMB)

Pirates fire on product tanker

Eight armed pirates in a small high-speed boat approached and fired upon a tanker underway. Master notified the onboard naval armed team, commenced evasive manoeuvres and all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. Seeing the vessel hardening the pirates aborted and moved away. Nigerian Navy notified. (IMB)

Navy escorts cargo ship to safety after pirate attack

Armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship underway. Alarm raised and all crew retreated into the citadel. The Owners contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and requested for assistance. The Centre immediately informed the Nigerian Navy who dispatched patrol boats to assist the ship. The IMB PRC liaised with the Owners and the Navy on the incident. The Naval personnel boarded the ship. No pirates found onboard. The crew emerged from the citadel and sailed to a safe port along under the Naval personnel’s escort. (IMB)

Two female suicide bombers killed in Borno

Two female suicide bombers have been killed during a failed attack in the north-eastern state of Borno. The pair were intercepted by the security forces near the Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri. Nine people were wounded after the two assailants detonated their explosive belts.

Gunmen kill 25 in Plateau state attack

At least 25 people have been killed in an attack by gunmen in Plateau state. Gunmen attacked the village of Bassa, close to the border of neighbouring Kaduna state, on Monday. Local residents told the Premium Times that people fled into the bush to escape the assailants, adding that there was no security presence in the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Senator exposes expense payments

A Nigerian senator has revealed that the country's politicians receive 13.m naira ($37,500) every month for personal expenses. The payment is made on top of their more modest $2,000 per month salary. Shehu Sani, a senator for the All Progressives Congress (APC), told the BBC: "The National Assembly is one of the most non-transparent organs of government. It pricked my conscience and I decided to burst the bubble and open the National Assembly to public scrutiny."

Two robbers killed in Delta state

Two armed robbers have been killed by police in Delta state. Officers clashed with four members of a robbery and kidnapping gang in the Ughelli area on Sunday. Two of the group managed to escape the scene, although a police spokesman said both were seriously wounded. "We believe that with the gravity of wounds, their corpses will be eventually recovered in the bush.”

Two killed by pirates in Bayelsa

Two people have been killed and three others wounded in an attack by suspected pirates in Bayelsa. The raid took place in the Ogbia Local Government Area on Monday. Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Asinim Butswat, said officers had been deployed to locate the suspects.

Fifteen killed in herder attack, Benue

At least 15 people have been killed in an attack by suspected herders in Benue state. The raid took place in the village of Olosu in the Okpokwu Local Government Area. Several houses were torched during the attack, while four suspects were later arrested.

Pirates board product tanker

Pirates, armed with guns, boarded a product tanker approaching the Bonny Fairway Buoy. Alarm raised, SSAS activated and all crew mustered in the citadel. Nigerian Navy notified and patrol boats were immediately deployed to assist the vessel. As all crew were secure in the citadel, the pirates were unable to take any hostages. They damaged some navigation and communication equipment and escaped. Later, the Master and crew emerged from the citadel and took back control of their tanker and sailed to a safe port. All crew safe. (IMB)

MSF suspends operations in Rann

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) has suspended operations in the north-eastern town of Rann following an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants. Two aid workers, a doctor and eight members of the security forces died during a raid in the town last Friday. "Following a violent attack ... Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) suspended its medical activities in the town and evacuated 22 national and international staff," an MSF statement said.

Four aid workers killed in Boko Haram attack in Rann, Borno

Four aid workers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. AFP reported that the attack happened late on Thursday evening near a camp for displaced persons in Rann, located nearly 175km from the state capital, Maiduguri. Unconfirmed reports revealed that eight soldiers were also killed in the attack. According to the UN, among the victims were two workers of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and a UNICEF third-party consultant.

Scores killed amid Lassa fever outbreak

A further 33 deaths have been reported in the current Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria. Official sources revealed that more than 460 suspected cases were reported nationwide in the past two weeks. Edo and Ondo states are the most affected, while confirmed cases were also reported across 16 other states. Health facilities continue to struggle to contain the spread of the disease. So far, 90 deaths have been attributed to Lassa Fever, while more than 1,000 cases were reported. Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease caused by exposure to urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats, which can also be spread between humans through contact with bodily fluids.

Two soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush in Borno

Two soldiers have been killed and four others injured when Boko Haram militants ambushed an army convoy in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. The attack happened when soldiers were travelling from Biu and Damboa. Nigeria's military is often targeted in violent ambushes in the north-eastern states of the country, where Boko Haram militants are particularly based.

Three fishermen killed in military incursion in Cross River

Three fishermen have been killed when Cameroonian soldiers reportedly opened fire during the pursuit of fugitives who ran into Nigeria. The incident happened on Sunday morning in the Ikom Local Government Area in Cross River state. Local media reported that such cross-border incidents are common as the security situation across Cameroon's Anglophone region continues to deteriorate.

Five killed in communal clashes in Kaduna

At least five people have been killed in community clashes in Kaduna, central Nigeria. Local media revealed that tensions erupted in the area of Kasuwan Magani due to undisclosed causes. Preliminary reports suggest that the incident may be religiously motivated as several worship places and shops were set ablaze.

Government says that girls are still missing after Yobe high-school raid

Nigeria's government has issued a statement on Sunday revealing that the high-school girls reported missing last week are still unaccounted for. Last week, suspected Boko Haram militants raided a girls' high-school in Dapchi, northern Nigeria's Yobe state. Preliminary reports revealed that the girls were secured moments after the attack, but such reports were later dismissed by the federal government. Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said that investigations have been launched to locate the missing students.

Five Boko Haram militants killed in Borno

At least five Boko Haram militants have been shot dead during a military operation in northern Nigeria. The Operation Lafiya Dole continues to be carried out across Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin, where a senior Boko Haram commander was detained. Local media revealed that three civilians were rescued in the past two days. Since last year, military operations across Borno state have intensified to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency along bordering areas. 

Pirates abort container vessel attack

Around eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel underway. Alarm raised, SSAS activated, speed increased and all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. Nigerian navy contacted, who informed the Master to rendezvous with their naval vessel in the vicinity. As the pirate boat closed in the Master commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the hardening measures, the pirates were unable to hook their ladder onto the vessel and moved away. (IMB)

Pirates fire at reefer vessel off Bonny

Around 10 pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon a reefer vessel underway. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing. (IMB)

Pirates target reefer vessel off Bonny

Around 10 pirates in a speedboat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon a reefer vessel underway. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing. (IMB)

Several killed as bus crashes into pick-up truck in Jigawa

At least 10 people have been killed and several others were injured in a road accident in Jigawa, northern Nigeria. The accident happened on Thursday along a road in Majiya town, Taura Local Government Area. Security sources told local media that the accident involved a bus and a pick-up truck, while the cause of the crash remains unclear. Road accidents are common in Nigeria and often lead to a high number of casualties. 

Farmers and herdsmen agree ceasefire in Adamawa

Farmers and herdsmen in the eastern state of Adamawa have reportedly agreed to adopt a ceasefire as tensions in the region continue to escalate. The measure comes to allow a Peace and Reconciliation Committee to establish a lasting solution to the long-standing conflict. Thousands of villagers are often displaced across the state due to these violent tribal clashes.

Dozens of girls missing after Boko Haram raid in Yobe

More than 90 girls have been reported missing after Boko Haram militants targeted a secondary school in Yobe, north-eastern Nigeria. Reuters revealed that unconfirmed reports showed that 91 girls were absent from the Dapchi school just after the attack on Tuesday. According to previous reports, three men were kidnapped while no mention about the girls' disappearance initially emerged. State officials revealed on Thursday that all girls have been rescued from their captors and that they were now with the Nigerian military.

Three kidnapped as Boko Haram raids school in Yobe

Three people have been reportedly kidnapped after Boko Haram militants raided a girls' secondary school in Yobe, north-eastern Nigeria. Police sources revealed on Tuesday that no casualties have been reported at the school, which is located in Dapchi, but that three men were subsequently abducted in the Geidam Local Government Area. Local media reported that Boko Haram militants are believed to be behind the attack.

Pirates board tanker off Lagos

Duty AB onboard an anchored tanker noticed six robbers boarding and notified the OOW. Master informed, ship’s horn sounded, alarm raised and crew mustered in the citadel. The onboard Safety Advisor established communication with the Nigerian Navy patrol boat in the secure anchorage area and requested for immediate assistance. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their small black skiff. The patrol boat proceeded towards the tanker and tried to chase the speed boat. The crew emerged from the citadel. Upon investigation, the ullage caps of some oil tanks were found opened. Nothing reported stolen. (IMB)

Six pirates fire on product tanker

Six pirates armed with AK-47 rifles in a black hull speed boat approached and attempted to board a crude oil tanker underway. Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS, transmitted distress message, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and crew secured all access doors. The pirates made seven attempts to hook an aluminum ladder on the tanker’s railing but were unsuccessful due to the evasive manoeuvres taken by the Master. They then, fired upon at the tanker and moved away. A Nigerian Navy boat was in contact with the tanker and arrived at the location. The tanker and crew are safe. (IMB)

Scores killed in suicide bombing at fish market in Maiduguri, Borno

At least 19 people have been killed and scores were injured when suicide bombers targeted a fish market in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. Reports revealed that three suicide bombers stormed the market in the state capital, Maiduguri, on Friday evening. Most of the victims were civilians, while a significant number of the injured are in critical conditions. The attack has been attributed to the Boko Haram group, which widely operate across Borno state.

Pirates target tanker off Brass

A speed boat with six to seven armed pirates chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised, crew mustered, evasive manoeuvres commenced and Nigerian authorities contacted. Due to the vessel's hardening measures the pirates were unable to board the vessel and moved away. The vessel was escorted to Bonny anchorage by two navy vessels. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to being fired upon. (IMB)

Scores killed in tribal clashes in Zamfara

Nearly 20 people have been killed when tribal clashes broke out in Zamfara, northern Nigeria. Local media reported that the incident happened when gunmen stormed Birane in the Zurmi Local Government Area. Reports suggest that hunters and herders clashed over allegations of stolen cattle. Mass killings are recurrent in the area mainly due to tribal disputes.

Two students killed during robbery attempt in Lafia, Nasarawa

Two students have been shot dead when two assailants targeted them in Lafia, Nasarawa state. The incident was reported on Wednesday when armed men stormed the student's village of the Federal University. Preliminary investigations suggest that both victims were the target of a robbery attempt.

Pirates chase container ship off Bonny

Four pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container ship underway. The Master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the presence of a Nigerian naval escort boat the pirates aborted and moved away. Crew and ship reported safe. (IMB)

Fulani herders killed in Oyo attack

At least 12 Fulani herders have been killed and 14 others are missing following an attack by suspected farmers in Oyo state. Yaqub Bello, the chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)said the incident occurred near Iseyin in the Iseyin Local Government Area. “We are awaiting the return of the Police to give us situation report of these 14 persons from the Abu Gaga village," said Bello. "We have been able to appeal to our members to take the incident as a will of Allah, and that nobody should go on any reprisal attack.”

Boko Haram release hostages in Borno

The Boko Haram militant group has released 13 hostages to the Nigerian government in the north-east of the country. The hostages - 10 women and three university staff - were handed over to the Red Cross near the border with Cameroon over the weekend. “Their release followed a series of negotiations as directed by President (Muhammadu) Buhari and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC,” a presidency spokesman said.

Eight teachers killed in tribal clashes across Adamawa

Eight teachers have been reported to have died when clashes between farmers and herdsmen broke out across Adamawa, eastern Nigeria. According to the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), hundreds of teachers were displaced when violent confrontations erupted. Tensions remain high in the region due to ongoing clashes mainly involving herdsmen. Last January, four people were killed by herders in the village of Kikon.

Six killed in car crash near Buzaye, Bauchi

Six people have been killed when two vehicles collided in Bauchi, central Nigeria. Local media reported that two cars were involved in the crash that occurred in Buzaye village on Thursday evening. Authorities revealed that one of the vehicles had a defective headlight. Among the victims were two children and four adults. Road accidents are common in Nigeria and often lead to a high number of casualties. 

Crew kidnapped from cargo ship

Heavily armed pirates attacked, fired upon and boarded a refrigerated cargo ship underway. A crew member was injured due to the firing. The pirates kidnapped four crew members, stole ship's property and cash and escaped. The remaining crew sailed the ship to open seas. On 27 Feb 2018, the four kidnapped crew members were released safely. (IMB)

Zookeeper killed by lion in Kaduna

A zookeeper has been mauled to death by a lion at a zoo in the northern state of Kaduna. Mustapha Adam succumbed to his wounds in hospital following the incident at the Gamji Gate park early on Wednesday. The lion had escaped from its cage when the attack occurred but has since been captured.

Kidnapping gang arrested in Lagos

A kidnapping gang has been arrested by police in Lagos state. Ifeanyi Stanley, the alleged leader of the group, was detained along with four others during a raid in Aba. The group are suspected of kidnapping ASP Solomon Aniefiok in Abia state and releasing him following the payment of a ransom. Weapons including an AK-47 rifle were recovered during the operation.

Gunmen open fire on product tanker

Around 10 to 12 armed pirates in a high-speed boat, chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised and non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. Due to the Master’s evasive manoeuvres and the presence of the onboard Naval armed team the pirates aborted and moved away. Incident was reported to Nigerian navy. All crew was safe. (IMB)

Six killed in Kaduna herder raids

At least six people have been killed in an attack by suspected herders in Kaduna state. “The hoodlums invaded the community when the residents went to bed after which they started shooting indiscriminately and burning down houses before the arrival of security operatives," said State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu. The incident took place in the village of Kaguru in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.

Boko Haram target IDP camp in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Borno state. A female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the Dalori camp, killing five civilians and wounding dozens more. A second suicide bomber then detonated a device at the entrance to the camp, killing three people. The wounded were transported to hospitals in the state capital, Maiduguri, for treatment.

Police arrest kidnapping gang

Nigerian police have arrested five suspected members of a kidnapping gang in Kaduna state. Police spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood said the group were responsible for the abduction of a nine-year-old girl, who was rescued in the Kaura Local Government Area. “All the suspects arrested confessed to the crime and admitted to the various roles they played in the commission of the offences. Several guns were also recovered from the scene.

Robbers board tanker off Lagos

Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored tanker noticed two small boats tied up to the anchor chain and one robber on the forecastle deck. Duty Officer on bridge notified. Alarm raised and fog horn sounded. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped. Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified. The patrol boat arrived and searched the waters around the tanker. Crew searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen. (IMB)

Amnesty claims 35 killed in Adamawa airstrikes

Amnesty International claims at least 35 people were killed in airstrikes in Adamawa state last month. The rights group said jets targeted the villages of Lawaru, Dong, Kodomti, Shafaron and Nzuruwei during clashes between Fulani herders and local farmers on 4 December. “Launching air raids is not a legitimate law enforcement method by anyone’s standard,” said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty’s country director for Nigeria.

Suspected robbers target product tanker at anchorage

Duty AB onboard an anchored product tanker noticed some suspicious movement on the forecastle and immediately informed the D/O who noticed a person hiding behind the mooring winches. Alarm raised, PA announcement made, ship’s horn continuously blown, crew mustered and a Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified. The patrol boat arrived and searched the waters around the tanker. Crew searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen. (IMB)

Gunmen raid villages in Kwara state

At least one person has been killed and three others are missing following an attack on several villages in Kwara state. Unknown assailants targeted residents in the Kaiama Local Government Area on Wednesday. “One of our vigilante men is confirmed dead. While three others are missing, several other vigilante men were injured,” said Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, the chairman of the local council.

Nigeria launches yellow fever vaccination campaign

Nigeria has launched a mass yellow fever vaccination programme in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). On Thursday the campaign was launched in Kogi, Kwara and Zamfara state and is due to be extended across the country. The WHO has pledged 20m doses of the vaccination over the next nine years. "The immunization plan is part of efforts to eliminate yellow fever epidemics globally by 2026," said the WHO in a statement.

Kidnappers kill nine in Adamawa raid

Gunmen have killed nine people and kidnapped seven children in an attack in Adamawa state. The raid was carried out in the village of Iware between Fufore-Jada late on Tuesday. ‘’There have been pockets of kidnappings in our areas, mostly on the well to do or those with herd of cattles. They always ask for ransom," a local vigilante told the Premium Times. State police said they were investigating the incident.

Pirates fire at bulk carrier off Brass

While underway, two skiffs with 2 - 3 armed pirates in each skiff chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Ship increased speed, crew mustered in a safe place and the armed guards were on standby. Due to the hardened measures the pirates aborted the attempt. (IMB)

Attempted boarding of product tanker, Brass

Armed pirates chased and attacked a product tanker underway. The presence of armed naval personnel onboard the tanker resulted in the pirates aborting the attack. The tanker and crew members are safe. (IMB)

Two marine police killed in Bayelsa

Two marine police officers have been killed in an attack in the southern state of Bayelsa. Suspected pirates targeted a police base in the Ogbia Local Government Area, killing the officers and stealing two powerboat engines. A police spokesman said further details regarding the incident will be released at a later date.

Four killed in herder attack, Adamawa

Four people have been killed in a suspected attack by herders in Adamawa state. Gunmen stormed the village of Kikon in the Numan Local Government Area early on Sunday, torching houses and killing two men and two women. A community leader, Dr John Gamsa, accused the security forces of failing to protect residents in an interview the Punch newspaper. “Since the IG deployed his men in this area, the attacks have increased. The Federal Government is not sincere enough as it has not done anything to stop the attacks.”

Kidnapped foreign nationals released

Four foreign nationals kidnapped in Kaduna state last week have been released. Two Canadians and two US nationals were freed during a military police and military operation over the weekend. Two police escorts were killed by the abductors during the attack on Wednesday.

Teenage girl kidnapped in Katsina

A 14-year-old girl has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the north-western state of Katsina. Khadija Salisu was abducted in the Kankia Local Government Area on Thursday by assailants demanding a N30 million ransom. Spokesperson of the Katsina State Police Command, DSP Gambo Isah, said officers have been deployed to secure the victim's safe release.

Two robbers killed by police in Lagos

Two suspected robbers have been killed by police in the southern city of Lagos. State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, said the suspect had attacked a bank customer in Satellite Town. Four other members of the gang were detained and the stolen goods recovered, according to police.

NDA threaten oil industry attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group has threatened to launch attacks on offshore oil installations over the next few days.  In a statement, the NDA said they had planned "deadly" attacks on the Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field, Britania-U Field, Akpo Field. The group threatened to renew attacks last November but were dissuaded by local elders; however, in the statement, the group said: "We have resolved not to listen to the Niger Delta elders as we unravel our New year package to the failed Nigerian state this time around."

Ten killed in suicide attack, Borno

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a market in north-eastern Borno state. "Preliminary reports indicate that four female suicide bombers were responsible for the blast," Abdulkadir Ibrahim, spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said in a statement. The incident occurred in Muna Garage, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

Four foreign nationals kidnapped in Kaduna

Two Canadians and two US nationals have been kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna state. The group were travelling on the Kagarko-Jere road when they were targeted on Tuesday evening. Members of their police escort were also killed in the ambush before the victims were taken to an unknown location. The Police Public Relations Officer for Kaduna, Asp Mukhtar Aliyu, said an anti-kidnapping unit had been dispatched to the area.

Scores feared dead in Adamawa state attack

Multiple people are feared dead following a suspected Boko Haram attack in Adamawa state. Local officials said gunmen targeted the Pallam community in the Madagali Local Government Area on Tuesday. “They sneaked into our town Pallam, midnight at about 11 p.m., and started shooting sporadically, killing and burning houses. They (Boko Haram) abducted some of our people mostly men," a resident told local media.

Kidnapped lawmaker found dead in Taraba

A lawmaker kidnapped in Taraba state has been found dead. The body of Hosea Ibi, a member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, was discovered on the Kashimbila road in the Takum Local Government Area. He was abducted from his home in Takum on 30 December.

Three dead in Lassa fever outbreak

Three people have been killed in an outbreak of Lassa fever in the south-eastern Ebonyi state. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed four cases among health workers on Sunday, while a Rapid Response Team has been dispatched to the affected area. Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease caused by exposure to urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats, which can also be spread between humans through contact with bodily fluids.

Several killed as herdsmen raid villages in Kaduna

At least 10 people have been killed when Fulani herdsmen raided two villages across Kaduna state, central Nigeria. Local media revealed that the incident happened overnight on Friday when a number of herdsmen stormed the villages of Dangaji and Kutemechi in Birnin-Gwari Local Government. Residents were targeted and houses were set on fire. Tribal clashes, particularly involving Fulani herdsmen, occasionally erupt over grazing and access rights. In mid-July, at least 37 people have been killed and many more wounded in clashes between farmers and herders in Kaduna's Kajuru Local Government Area.

Pirates board tanker at Lagos anchorage

Ship’s crew preparing for STS cargo operations onboard an anchored tanker noticed robbers attempting to board the vessel and informed the OOW who raised the alarm. All crew mustered on the bridge, ship’s whistle sounded continuously, additional lights switched on, search lights directed towards the robbers and all access to the accommodation secured. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the boarding and moved away. (IMB)

Kidnap gang leader killed by troops

The leader of a kidnapping gang has been shot dead by troops in southern Nigeria. Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, known as Karowei, organised the kidnapping of four British missionaries last October. Three of the victims were later released but one, Ian Squire, was shot dead by his captors.

Mass burial held following Benue clashes

Mass burials have been held for more than 70 people who died in clashes between Fulani herders and local farmers in Benue state. More than 100 people have been killed in the fighting since the state of January in Benue and neighbouring Taraba states, while tens of thousands have been displaced. Most of the ceremonies were held in the Benue state capital, Makurdi, on Thursday.

Doctors protest against kidnapping of colleague

Around 150 doctors have protested in Calabar over the kidnapping of one of their colleagues. Dr Emem Udoh was abducted by unknown gunmen in the state on Monday. The protesters are angry at what they claim is a lack of action from the government and security forces in dealing with the issue. Six other doctors and their family members are reported to have been kidnapped over the last few months.

Police rescue kidnap victim in Ondo state

Nigerian police have rescued a kidnapping victim in Ondo state. Moyo Osore was abducted by gunmen in Supare Akoko in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area on Saturday. Police said they tracked down the assailants, who fled and released Osore. “I also want to state that there was no ransom paid before the victim was freed and we are still on the hoodlums. We will get them,” said Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Femi Joseph.

Three killed in Taraba state clashes

Three people have been killed and 15 others wounded during tribal clashes in Taraba state. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a traditional gathering in the Mai-Samari area of Mambilla early on Monday morning. Taraba State police spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police David Misal, said that a security team has been deployed to the area. ‘‘We always call on people to be vigilant and report suspicious movements,’‘ Misal added.

Cameroon's separatist leader arrested in Nigeria

A separatist leader from Cameroon has been arrested in Nigeria. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was detained in Abuja at the end of last week according to the BBC, although the Department for State Service has denied any involvement. The Federal Republic of Ambazonia group said Tabe and nine other officials were abducted from the Nera Hotel. Tabe has been pushing for independence for the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

Robbers board tanker during STS operations

Two robbers boarded an anchored tanker engaged in STS operations. Upon being noticed by the crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. On searching the tanker, the crew found a hose near a cargo oil tank and concluded that the robbers had boarded to steal cargo. Incident reported to the naval patrol boat. All crew are safe. No cargo reported stolen. (IMB)

Teachers threaten strike in Kaduna

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on its members to strike in Kaduna state. The NUT threatened the action following the sacking of 21,780 primary school teachers in the state. Shehu Sani, the senator for Kaduna Central, said he supports the move. ”The Teachers strike in Kaduna state is a welcome development. I salute the courage of the Teachers Union and the NLC for this action. It's your moral and constitutional duty to protect and defend the rights of your members," said Sani.

Crew report suspected robbers off Lagos

Duty crew onboard on board a tanker carrying out STS operations spotted two robbers near the forecastle. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. Incident reported to the Nigerian Navy. (IMB)

Seven killed in Rivers state shooting

At least seven people have been killed in an attack in the southern Rivers state. “The attackers arrived on a motorcycle and shot at people, before fleeing as quickly as they arrived,” police commissioner Zaki Ahmed told reporters. The incident occurred at a farm in Emohua on Thursday.

Loggers kidnapped in north-east

More than 30 loggers have been kidnapped in north-eastern Nigeria. The group went missing after they left the town of Gamboru, close to the border with Cameroon, on Tuesday morning. "All 31 have not been seen since yesterday and it is obvious they were seized by Boko Haram," said Umar Kachalla, a militiaman in Gamboru.

Suicide bomber targets mosque in Borno

At least 11 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria. The assailant detonated an explosive device in the town of Gamboru during dawn prayers on Wednesday. Local officials said the death toll could rise as more bodies could be buried under the debris. Boko Haram are suspected of being behind the attack.

Herders kill 20 in Benue attack

At least 20 people have been killed by suspected Fulani herders in Benue state. Gunmen targeted the Guma and Logo Local Government Area's of the state earlier this week. Police said eight people have been arrested in connection with the attack. “Proper additional deployments are made to the troubled area and its environs for monitoring, in order to forestall further occurrence and to restore confidence in the minds of the people," said police spokesman Moses Yamu.

Boko Haram leader appears in new video

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in north-eastern Nigeria. “We carried out the attacks in Maiduguri, in Gamboru, in Damboa. We carried out all these attacks,” he said. He also claimed the group were in "good health," countering President Muhammadu Buhari recent statement that the group had been "beaten".

Three killed in Adamawa bombing

At least three people have been killed in a bomb attack in the eastern state of Adamawa. The incident occurred in the Magadali Local Government Area on Monday. Adamawa state police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said investigations into the attack were underway.

Gunmen open fire on Rivers church

Gunmen have opened fire on worshippers in the southern Rivers state, killing 14 people and wounding 12 others. The incident happened in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area early on Monday morning as the victims returned from a church service. “The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations and other tactical heads have been mobilised there to restore peace," said police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni.

Rivers elder kidnapped by gunmen

A local monarch has been kidnapped by gunmen in Rivers state. Eze G.A.O Omodu was abducted from his home in the Rundele community on Tuesday morning. “We are aware and our men have been deployed to the area to ensure the safe and quick release of the victim. There is no cause for alarm. The monarch will be rescued,” said a spokesman for the state police.

Nigerian troops kill 20 Boko Haram militants

At least 20 Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian security forces in Borno state. In a statement, the army said 100 hostages were also rescued during the operation near Lake Chad. "In continuation of Operation Deep Punch, designed to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists inhabiting remote islands in Lake Chad basin lying within Nigerian territory, troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, supported by soldiers of the Armed Forces Strike Group, have inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists," said the army public relations division.

Gunmen kidnap three in Niger state

Gunmen have kidnapped three people and killed another in Niger state. The assailants stormed a house in the Munya Local Government Area in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The deceased was identified as the father-in-law of two of the people seized in the attack. Two other kidnappings were reported in the area in the past week.

Four killed in ambush of WFP convoy

Four people have been killed after gunmen ambushed a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy in Borno state. The trucks were targeted near the town of Ngala on Saturday, confirmed the WFP in a statement. “WFP is working with the authorities to determine the whereabouts of the trucks.”

Four killed in Benue clashes

Four people have been killed in communal clashes in the southern state of Benue. The fighting erupted in the Ogobia community in Ugboju district on Saturday evening. Benue State Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, said officers have been dispatched to restore order in the community.

Four Chinese hostages rescued in Ondo

Four Chinese hostages have been rescued by troops from the Nigerian arm in Ondo state. The victims were travelling from Lagos to the Ogooluwaye when they were abducted. “During the operation, one of the kidnappers was caught and is undergoing interrogation while other kidnappers fled with gunshot wounds," said the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Major Ojo Adenegan.

Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno ambushes

At least six Nigerian soldiers have been killed in two separate ambushes in north-eastern Nigeria over the weekend. Military sourced revealed on Monday that four soldiers were killed and a dozen others were injured when a patrolling convoy was attacked with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Damboa. The incident happened one day after two soldiers were ambushed in the same area near Bulaburin. Borno state has experienced high levels of violence mainly attributed to the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Thousands protest nationwide over plans to scrap police anti-robbery unit

Thousands of people marched nationwide in rallies for and against the scrapping of Nigeria's Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Demonstrators took to the streets in Rivers State, Anambra, Ogun and Abuja over plans to dissolve the SARS. Opposition claim that SARS officers are long involved in kidnaps, extortion and killing innocent civilians, while, in Rivers State, protesters demanded the immediate sacking of the local state prosecutor. On the other side, protesters supporting SARS demand the force's reform and reorganisation amid claims that the SARS dissolution would lead to a significant increase in armed robberies.

Four killed in explosion at IDP camp in Borno

At least four people have been killed after an explosion at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the restive Borno state, northern Nigeria. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirmed that the incident happened on Monday afternoon near the bordering town of Pulka in Gwoza area. Conflicting reports preliminary revealed that the incident was caused by a suicide bomber. Meanwhile, the military raised the death toll to five and believe that the blast was caused by a mortar shell. It remains unclear if any group is behind the attack. IDP camps in northern Nigeria are often soft targets for suicide bombers usually linked to the Boko Haram group.

Three killed in Calabar attack

Three people have been killed in an attack in Calabar in Cross River state. Suspected militants in a gunboat opened fire on houses in the Anantigha community on Sunday morning. Army spokesman Captain Kayode Owolabi said troops had been deployed to track down the assailants, who escaped the scene through local creeks.

Plateau state official among four kidnapped in Jere

The Plateau State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Damishi Sango, has been kidnapped along with four others on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Police spokesman, Tyopev Mathias, confirmed the incident and said officers are tracking the abductors. There has been no reported demand from the kidnappers.

Outcry over alleged police brutality

Nigeria's Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS) has been accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings, forcing the country's police chief to launch an investigation. Footage emerged which appeared to show SARS officers killing a young man, sparking a public outcry and calls for the unit to be disbanded. People have been sharing other stories of police brutality on social media, using the hashtag #ENDSARS.

Switzerland to return stolen $321m

Switzerland has agreed to return $321m in stolen assets amassed by former Nigerian leader Sani Abacha. The Swiss government said the deal was agreed with the World Bank on Monday. Abacha is accused of stealing up to $5bn during his reign between 1993 and 1998.

Former senator abducted on Okene-Abuja highway

A former Nigerian senator has been kidnapped by gunmen on the Okene-Abuja highway. Ayo Arise was intercepted on Sunday while travelling back to the capital from his home in Oye-Ekiti. A source close to the family said a ransom demand of N80m ($220k) has been received.

Suicide bombers kill 13 in Borno

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern town of Biu. Two assailants targeted a food distribution centre on Saturday. The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Police officer and pastor killed in Ondo shoot-out

A police officer has been shot dead in a gunbattle with suspected kidnappers in Ondo state. A local pastor, Oluwafemi Akomolafe, also died after being caught in the crossfire during the encounter on the Ore highway. Police Commissioner Olugbenga Adeyanju said the kidnappers escaped with gunshot wounds after the shoot-out with police.

Two police officers killed in Niger bank robbery

Two police officers have been killed by armed robbers in Niger state. Gunmen raided branches of UBA and First Bank in the town of Lapai before opening fire on officers. Local media reported that the assailants also abducted the manager of the First Bank during the attack.

Four children killed in Delta arson attacks

Four children have been killed in arson attacks in Nigeria's southern Delta state. Two children died when unknown assailants torched their house on Ubulunor Road, while two others died in a similar attack on Isah Road. In a separate incident, a female student from Delta State Polytechnic suffered severe burns when a petrol bomb was thrown at her.

Kidnapped Portuguese national found dead

A Portuguese national kidnapped in Nigeria last month has been found dead. Portuguese Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, José Luís Carneiro, confirmed the news on Wednesday. "It was with great sadness and deep regret that I learned of the outcome of the abduction of this Portuguese," said Carneiro. The victim was abducted in Kogi state on 23 October in an attack that also left two police officers dead.

Hostages rescued in security operation

The Nigerian army has rescued 30 hostages and killed 14 Boko Haram militants during a raid in Borno state. Troops from Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the raid in the Abusuriwa, Newchina, Bonzon, Usmanari, Goyayeri, Shitimari, Gashimari, Awaram areas over the weekend. Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said a senior militant was arrested and a cache of weapons recovered during the operation.

Boko Haram attack army base in Borno

Three Nigerian soldiers have been killed after Boko Haram militants attacked an army base in the north-eastern state of Borno. Gunmen targeted the Magumeri base late on Saturday before soldiers from 5 Brigade Garrison repelled them. Six other soldiers were also wounded in the attack, according to army spokesman Timothy Antigha.

Suspicious approach off Bonny Island

A speed boat approached and chased a container ship underway. Alarm raised, evasive manoeuvres commenced, SSAS activated, local authorities notified and crew mustered in the citadel. A Nigerian navy vessel was dispatched to assist the container ship, however, after around 20 minutes, the speed boat aborted the chase and moved away. Vessel and crew safe. (IMB)

Bulk carrier attacked off Bonny

A bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Bonny Island, Nigeria. Evasive measures were taken by the vessel and the crew mustered in the citadel, while SSAS was activated. A Nigerian navy vessel was dispatched to assist and the pirates aborted the attack. (IMB)

Herders killed in Adamawa attacks

More than 30 cattle herders have been killed in an attack in the north-eastern state of Adamawa. According to reports, the Fulani herders were attacked by farmers in the Numan district between Sunday and Monday. Clashes over grazing rights are common across Nigeria; earlier this month Benue state introduced a ban on cattle grazing in a bid to end the fighting.

Attempted boarding off Lagos Anchorage

Ten robbers in two boats attempted to board an anchored product tanker. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding. Incident reported to local agent. (IMB)

Product tanker targeted off Lagos

A product tanker was targeted by suspected pirates in the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area. Ten pirates in two boats approached the vessel, leading to the crew raising the alarm. The pirates abandoned the attack.

Scores killed in suicide attack at a mosque in Adamawa

At least 50 people have been killed and scores were injured when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Adamawa, north-eastern Nigeria. The attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday when worshippers were gathered for their morning prayer in Mubi. Preliminary reports suggest that the attack was carried out by a 17-year-old youngster wearing a suicide vest. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Attempted boarding of bulk carrier near Bonny

Pirates attacked a bulk carrier shortly after it was left by its Nigerian navy escort. The vessel issued a mayday alert, prompting the naval vessel to return and open fire on the pirates. The carrier was then escorted to Bonny Anchorage. 

Suicide bombs kill 18 in Maiduguri

At least 18 people have been killed and 29 others wounded in four suicide bomb attacks in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. Two men and two women detonated explosive vests in the Muna Gari suburb of the city on Wednesday evening. The wounded were transferred to the University of Maiduguri teaching hospital and the State Specialist Hospital for treatment. Boko Haram is suspected of orchestrating the attacks.

Seven pirates target product tanker

Seven pirates have approached a product tanker off Bonny Island. The crew sounded the alarm when the pirates close to 300m, the master increased speed and the crew mustered in a safe place. The pirates eventually aborted the attack.

Police dismantle kidnapping syndicate in Kano

Police have dismantled a child kidnapping syndicate in the northern city of Kano. The key suspects of the group, Khalifa Usman and Aminu Idriss, are accused of carrying out multiple attacks in the city. “When they kidnapped a child they would meet with the other members of the gang and start making phone calls to negotiate the ransom with the parents," said Police Public Relations Officer in Kano State, DSP Magaji Majiya. Police said seven young children had been freed during the operation.

Teenage girl killed for witchcraft ritual

A 17-year-old girl has been found dead in a suspected ritual killing in Ogun state. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attack, with one suspect admitting to killing her and selling body parts to a witch doctor. The victim's decapitated body was discovered in a well in the village of Idosemo. Ritual killings have been on the increase in the south of the country, with body parts reportedly sold in some markets. Earlier this month the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria called on the police to set up special ritual murder squads in various states to focus on the investigation, detection, arrest and prosecution of ritual killers.

Three soldiers killed in Sambisa clashes

Three Nigerian soldiers and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CTJF) have been killed and 10 troops wounded in an ambush in the Sambisa Forest in Borno state. The troops were attacked as they carried out clearing operations under Operation Lafiya Dole on Saturday. “The remains of the deceased soldiers have been evacuated while those injured are receiving medical treatment at a military hospital," said the army in a statement.

Hostages rescued following piracy attack near Bonny

Armed pirates boarded a drifting bulk carrier. They entered the bridge and fired their weapons damaging the bridge windows. The pirates stole ship's properties, crew personal belongings, kidnapped 10 crew and escaped in their boat. Two Nigerian navy vessels intercepted the pirates, rescued the crew and apprehended five pirates. The ship was escorted into the inner anchorage under naval escort and armed guards were placed onboard during the vessels stay. On 12 Nov 2017, the ship resumed passage under naval escort to Port Harcourt and berthed. (IMB)

Police kill kidnapping suspect in Delta state

Nigerian police have killed a suspect and arrested two others accused of involvement in the kidnapping of four UK nationals in the Niger Delta. Two officers were also wounded when the suspects opened fire on them during a raid. Three of the hostages were released earlier this week, although a fourth was killed in circumstances which remain undisclosed.

Second militant group ends Delta ceasefire

A second militant group in the Niger Delta has declared that it is ending the ceasefire with the Nigerian government. The Niger Delta Revolutionary Council (NDRC) have joined the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), who last week vowed to resume attacks against the oil industry and security forces. In a statement the NDRC warned people working at Agbami, Akpo, Usan, Erna, Abo, Yoho, Unity and Benga FPSO platforms operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited, Total, Mobil, Agip and Shell to vacate the platforms, warning that “their safety can no longer be guaranteed by the gods of the rivers and land.”

Hundreds protest at shooting of taxi driver, Abuja

Hundreds of people joined a protest in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, after a taxi driver was shot by police. “The driver was shot by a soldier. When he fell down, they (the task force) quickly carried him and dumped him in his vehicle. I saw blood gushing out from the victim at the time they sped off to escape mob attack,” one of the protesters told local media at the Wuse market. Other taxi drivers claimed that they are regularly harassed by corrupt officers, who demand between N6,000-N15,000 in bribes.

Eleven killed in Plateau state attack

Eleven people have been shot dead in an attack in the central state of Plateau. Unknown gunmen carried out the attack near the village of Makera in the Riyom Local Government Area. "No arrest yet, but investigation are ongoing, and we shall definitely get to the roots of this," said a police spokesman.

Four female suicide bombers target Maiduguri

Four female suicide bombers have detonated their explosive devices near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno state. At least six civilians were wounded in the blasts, which occurred in the Mairi-Kwait suburb near the University of Maiduguri on Tuesday morning. The Boko Haram militant group is increasingly using young females to carry out suicide bomb attacks in the region.

Boko Haram militants launch Adamawa attacks

Boko Haram militants launched an attack on two villages in Adamawa state late on Monday, forcing residents to flee. Gunmen targeted Madagali and Gulak before they were repelled by Nigerian troops and local vigilante groups after several hours of fighting. The number of casualties is not yet known but several deaths have been reported.

UK hostage killed in Niger Delta

A UK hostage has been killed in the southern Niger Delta, while three others were freed. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) said Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan were released following negotiations. The group were taken hostage on 13 October. The FCO said it had been a "traumatic time" for those involved.

Delta militants end ceasefire

The Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has announced that it is ending its ceasefire. "We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel the warmth of the wrath of the Niger Delta Avengers," the group said in a statement on its website. The group carried out multiple attacks in the Delta region before agreeing to a ceasefire in 2016.

Nigeria implements ban on cattle grazing

Nigeria has implemented a controversial ban on cattle grazing in Benue state. The measure is being introduced in a bid to end clashes between farmers and cattle herders in the area. Fulani herders claim the law targets their nomadic way of life, with livestock owners now required to keep their animals on ranches. Thousands of people have been killed in such clashes in Benue and other parts of central and southern Nigeria in recent years.

Six killed in Adamawa clashes

Six people have been killed in clashes in Nigeria's Adamawa state. Suspected Fulani herders carried out two deadly raids on farms in Sangere and the village of Tudun-Hassan. Security forces responding to reports of unrest were also attacked by herders in the Yola area. “The Agro-Rangers were ambushed on their way to the troubled farm. They (herdsmen) laid attack even before our men can take positions," said NSCDC spokesman Suleiman Baba. “During this fierce battle, two officers were injured and one was beaten with sticks and macheted and is being hospitalised at Yola Specialist Hospital.” 


Suicide bomber kills five near Maiduguri, Borno

At least five people have been killed when a suicide bomber struck a mosque in the restive state of Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. Security sources told AFP that the attack happened in the early hours of Monday in Ajiri Yala area, near the city of Maiduguri. Reports suggest that the perpetrator raided the mosque while disguised as a worshipper. The attack came a day after a man was killed and another was injured when two female suicide bombers targeted a checkpoint in Maiduguri's Muna area, which a week earlier was struck in another violent suicide attack.

Military kills 11 Boko Haram militants in Ngala, Borno

Nearly a dozen Boko Haram militants have been killed in a joint military operation in Borno, northern Nigeria. Nigerian Army officials revealed on Wednesday that a bomb-making factory was also destroyed as soldiers raided militant strongholds in Mogole, Ngaiwa, Tongule and Warsele villages, all located in the Ngala Local Government Area. Further, reports revealed that more than 80 people were also rescued from insurgent control. Boko Haram militants widely operate in Borno, where deadly attacks and violent clashes often break out between the group and the Nigerian security forces.

Several killed as car collides with a trailer in Kogi

Nearly a dozen people have been killed and 23 others were injured when two vehicles collided in Kogi, southern Nigeria. The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has confirmed that the accident happened along the Auchi-Okene highway when a car and a loaded trailer were travelling from the state capital Lokoja. FRSC officials believe that the vehicle was speeding, but further investigations were launched to assess the causes of the crash. Road accidents are common in Nigeria and often lead to a high number of casualties. 

Boko Haram launch attack on rural community in Yobe

Presumed members of the Boko Haram militant group have launched an attack on a rural community in Yobe, northern Nigeria. Officials confirmed that the raid happened on Tuesday evening in the Sassawa village in Damaturu Local Government Area. Further information remains undisclosed as security forces are still investigating the circumstances behind the attack.

Two police officers killed during Kogi kidnapping

Two Nigerian police officers have been killed during a kidnapping in the central state of Kogi. State police spokesman William Aya said the attack took place on the Obajana – Oshokoshoko – Kabba road on Tuesday. A Portuguese engineer, named as Jose Machada, was kidnapped during the attack. The special anti-robbery squad, mobile police force and Counter Terrorism Unit have launched an operation to rescue the victim.

Police corporal shot dead in Delta state

A police corporal has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Delta state. The officer was targeted at his home in the Ndokwa East Local Government Area, There have been reports that the unnamed officer was killed in a reprisal attack over the death of two suspected rapists, who drowned after escaping police custody.

Crew members kidnapped off Nigeria

Six crew members have been kidnapped in a piracy attack off the southern coast of Nigeria. The Liberian-flagged container ship was transiting from Equatorial Guinea to the Liberian capital, Monrovia, when it was targeted by eight pirates. The attack took place around 40nm south of Bonny Island on Saturday.

Suicide bomb attacks kill 16 in Maiduguri

At least 16 people have been killed and 18 others wounded in a triple suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri, Borno state. A female assailant detonated the first device at Muna Garage as people gathered at a local restaurant on Sunday night. Around the same time, two other female bombers blew themselves up at Muna Dalti. Boko Haram is suspected of orchestrating the attack.

Eleven children killed in whooping cough outbreak

Eleven children have died in an outbreak of whooping cough in the northern state of Kano. The Information Officer of the Kiru Local Government Council said around 40 other children were receiving treatment for the disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in the area attributed the outbreak to poor routine immunisation and inadequate health mobilisation activities.

Four missionaries kidnapped in Delta

Four missionaries suspected to be UK nationals have been kidnapped in the Niger Delta. The group were administering health care in the Enukorowa creek community in Burutu Local Government Area when they were targeted. The Police Commissioner for Delta state, Zanna Ibrahim, said an anti-kidnapping team had been dispatched to track down the suspects.

Dozens killed in Plateau state attacks

At least 29 people have been killed in an attack in the central state of Plateau. Suspected Fulani herders raided the village of Irigwe in Bassa Local Government Area on Monday. “What happened was an annihilation of our people, innocent people killed that way in their cold blood; they just wiped them out. The soldiers ushered the people into a class block after an attack in the village," said Sunday Abdu from the Irigwe Development Association.

Boko Haram militants killed in Gwoza

At least 15 Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian army in Gwoza town, Borno state. Troops were responding to a militant attack in the town which forced aid workers to flee the area. “As we speak, all the staff of the NGOs are heading towards the helipad awaiting helicopters, for immediate evacuation to Maiduguri,” a local resident told ThisDay.

Hostage stoned to death in Kano

A 70-year-old man has been stoned to death by his kidnappers in Kano state. Five men have been remanded in prison by a senior magistrates' court over their role in the attack. The victim, Usman Danbuba, was kidnapped on 18 May in the Doguwa Local Government Area. “After kidnapping the victim, the accused took him to their hideout at Shetu Hills in Falgore Forest in Kano and demanded N5m ransom from his family,” prosecutor Yusuf Sale said.

Police protest non-payment of salaries

Police in the northern state of Kaduna are holding a peaceful protest over the non-payment of salaries. Over 2,000 members of the police staff gathered outside the Salaries Office to demand their August and September salaries on Monday. “They are police officers operating under the law, if they misbehave, we will deal with them according to the law. This is mutiny. I am in the field attending to a very important security matter but will be on my way back to headquarters to address them now,” Cyril Abeh, the state commissioner of police. He blamed the IPPS office for the delay in payment.

APC kidnapped in Zamfara state

An Assistant Police Commissioner has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria's Zamfara state. Emmanuel Adeniyi was seized along with three family members while they travelled to Zamfara from Kaduna state on Wednesday. The kidnappers are reported to be demanding an N30m ($85k) ransom for their release, while a police anti-kidnapping unit has been dispatched to locate the victims.

Two killed in landmine blast in Borno

Two people have been killed in a landmine blast in the north-eastern state of Borno. “In the first incident which occurred around 12:00 pm (1100 GMT) a car carrying five people hit a mine. Two people died and three others sustained injuries,” said Babakura Kolo from the Civilian Joint Task Force. The vehicle was travelling under military escort from Maiduguri to the town of Dikwa when the device exploded.

Police operation targets kidnap-for-ransom ring in Niger state

More than 30 kidnappers have been detained during a massive police operation in Nigeria's western Niger state. Five suspects were killed when a fire broke out during the operation, while a number of high-calibre rifles were seized along with a cache of ammunition in Minna. According to police reports, the kidnappers were responsible for a number of abductions along the Abuja-Kaduna highway and attacks on the security forces on roads - such as the Abuja-Lokoja highway - surrounding the capital

Boko Haram bomber kills five in Maiduguri mosque

At least five people have been killed and three others were injured when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a mosque in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that the bomber attacked a mosque in Dikwa in the early hours of Tuesday. A military operation was launched in the area, where a second suicide bomber was intercepted. It is believed that the jihadist group Boko Haram is behind the attack.

Passenger boat attacked in Bayelsa

Two people have been killed after suspected pirates attacked a passenger boat in Bayelsa state. The incident happened along the Nembe/Brass waterways in Bayelsa East. Five other passengers were wounded in the attack, which occurred on Monday afternoon.

Gunmen shoot dead three police officers in Edo

Three police officers have been shot dead in an attack in Edo state. The incident happened at the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin on Sunday. The park's director, Andy Ehanire, was also abducted during the raid.

Troops rescue two kidnapped soldiers in Delta

Nigerian troops have rescued two of their colleagues who had been kidnapped in the Niger Delta. Soldiers engaged in a gun battle with the suspected kidnappers in Rivers state earlier this week. Four civilians were also freed during the raid, which was carried out as part of Operation Delta Safe. "Troops were immediately mobilised, swung into action and discovered a militant camp with several shrines in a forest at Obiozimini Community in Rivers state," said Major Ibrahim Abdullahi.

Health workers launch indefinite strike

Health workers in Nigeria have announced an indefinite nationwide strike. The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) said the industrial action will begin on Thursday 21 September after the government failed to respond to an ultimatum issued on 14 September. “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home," said Chairman of the Union, Biobelemoye Josiah.

Biafra leader missing, presumed dead according to lawyer

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is missing and presumed dead, according to his lawyer. Ifeanyi Ejiofor said he has not been in contact with his client since soldiers "invaded" his home in Abia state on 14 September.  "Mr Kanu has probably been killed," said Ejiofor. Nigerian military officials claim Kanu has gone into hiding after the government declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.

Six killed in Lagos gang clashes

At least six people have been killed in suspected gang clashes in Lagos over the last few days. Members of the Okepopo and Onola gangs armed with weapons have carried out several tit-for-tat killings in the Itafaji, Evans, Branco, Olushi, Atiko, Onola, Okepopo, Massey Apatira and Smith areas of Lagos Island. Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Imohimi Edgal, has reassured residents that the groups will be dealt with and security restored.

Twin suicide bomb attack kills 15 in Nigeria

At least 15 people have been killed and 43 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in north-eastern Nigeria. Two female assailants carried out the attacks, which struck 12 minutes apart in the Konduga area of Borno state. The blasts appeared to target an aid distribution centre in the village of Mashalari, where residents had gathered to collect donations.

Boko Haram attack repelled in Borno

Nigerian troops have repelled an attack by Boko Haram in Borno state. Gunmen targeted two military installations near the Sambisa forest on Sunday morning, leading to a battle with troops from 26 and 28 Task Force Brigades. “The troops came under three-pronged attack by Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest from Damboa, Tokumbere and Pulka axis," said army spokesman Sani Usman. Sixteen Boko Haram militants were reportedly killed in the exchange.

Five travellers abducted in Ondo

Five travellers have been abducted in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of Ondo state. The victims were driving in the area when gunmen stopped their vehicle and took them to an unknown location. The incident comes days after another group were abducted from a wedding party in the area.

Security forces clash with IPOB in Abia state

There have been escalating tensions in the south-eastern state of Abia, where members of Nigeria's security forces have been clashing with separatist groups. Member of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) reportedly attacked the Ariara police station and assaulted an officer. Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, has denied earlier reports that troops are being withdrawn from the state, deployed under “Operation Python Dance II.” Elsewhere a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Jos, Plateau state after violence erupted between the Hausas and the Igbo community. The violence in Jos has been blamed on "IPOB agitators" by the state governor.

Curfew imposed in Abia state

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the south-eastern Abia state. State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that the curfew would remain in place until Friday. The decision comes amid a series of clashes between the security forces and separatist groups, led by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group. Several people have reportedly been killed in the latest unrest.

Fifteen killed in Plateau violence

Fifteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Plateau state. Gunmen attacked the Ancha village in a reported revenge attack over accusations that locals killed a Fulani boy. “They invited police, some persons were arrested in connection with the killing of the said Fulani boy. We thought the issue was over but we were taken by surprise last night with this attack,” a local resident told the Premium Times.

Police officer wounded in Delta state robbery

A police officer suffered serious injuries during an armed robbery on a cash-in-transit vehicle in Delta state on Wednesday. The officer was allegedly hired along with six others by a cash management company to escort the vehicle from Agbor to Asaba. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said that a woman from the cash management office, the Chief Security Officer of the bank and two drivers have been arrested following the robbery attack, while the assailants reportedly escaped with $70k.

Boko Haram militants killed in Borno

Two senior Boko Haram militants have been killed by the Nigerian army in Borno state. Military spokesman Sani Usman said Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Banishek died during operations in Alafa, “This is in addition to Ba’Abba Ibrahim and two other Boko Haram commanders that died after sustaining injuries during their last ambush at Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno,” he added.

Unpaid workers go on strike in Benue

State workers in Benue started a seven-day strike on Tuesday over the non-payment of salaries and allowances. The strike was organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress and involves workers from various state organisations, including the Benue State Environmental and Sanitation Agency, Benue State Water Board and the Urban Development Board. “We have been very patient with this government. The governor was voted in because he promised to make workers’ welfare his priority," a civil servant told the News Agency of Nigeria.

Three police killed in Bayelsa attack

Three Nigerian police officers have been killed in an attack at a police station in Bayelsa state. Unknown gunmen targeted the station in the Ogbia Local Government Area early on Tuesday morning. The incident comes a week after four soldiers were killed in an ambush in Letugbene in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

Notorious criminal killed by police in Kogi

Nigerian police have killed a notorious criminal during a confrontation in Kogi state. The victim, known as Luckman, was targeted during a raid in Obeiba town on Sunday, during which several of his gang members were arrested. Luckwan was wanted by the authorities over his role in the attempted assassination of Senator Dino Melaye in Ayetoro-Gbede in April.

Kidnapped Catholic priest found dead in Imo

A kidnapped Catholic priest has been found dead in Nigeria's Imo state. Father Cyriacus Onunkwo was abducted by unknown gunmen from Orlu town on Friday. “The matter was properly reported to the police and we went into action. Less than 24 hours after, the Orsu Divisional Police Officer, DPO, reported the discovery of an abandoned corpse in its area of jurisdiction”, said local police commissioner Chris Ezike.

Mob attacks police station in Osun state

A crowd of angry local residents has attacked a police station in Osun state following the alleged shooting of a man by an officer. Residents said a police officer shot Segun Emir in the chest during an argument in the Gbeja area. The incident sparked a protest by a group of local youths, who marched to Oja-Oba police station and attempted to torch it, before they were forced back by armed officers.

Floods affect thousands in Makurdi, Benue

More than 100,000 people are believed to have been affected by floods in Benue state, south-eastern Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari called for assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency as thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes after several weeks of heavy rain triggered the overflowing of the Benue river. Concerns were drawn to the state's capital Makurdi, where emergency shelters were created when more than 3,000 houses were completely flooded and left thousands homeless.

Five Boko Haram commanders killed in Borno airstrikes

Five top Boko Haram commanders have been killed in airstrikes targeting militant strongholds in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. Military sources revealed that the raid happened on Wednesday amid ongoing operations in the restive region, where Boko Haram militants widely operate. Major General Ibrahim Attahiru said that more than 82 Boko Haram fighters have already been killed since last month along with hundreds of settlements cleared and hostages rescued.

Eleven kidnapped by gunmen in Port Harcourt

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped 11 people from a bus near the city of Port Harcourt. The attack was carried out late on Monday evening, according to a victim who managed to escape and alert police. "They had gone far into the forest with the victims before the security operatives arrived," said the escapee, Bright Belekwe. Regional police commissioner Ahmed Zaki said efforts were being made to capture the assailants and free the hostages.

Gunmen kidnap four in Ondo state

Four commuters have been kidnapped by gunmen on the Owo-Ikare road in Ondo state. Femi Joseph, the Spokesman of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has confirmed the incident to reporters. The group were targeted in an area renowned for kidnappings, including an attack on the Oluyani of Iyani-Akoko, Oba Sunday Daodu, who was abducted there a few months ago.

Nigeria seizes $21m from former oil minister

Nigeria has seized $21m from accounts linked to former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Abdulazeez Anka, a federal high court judge, made the order on Monday after the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Alison-Madueke of corruption and money laundering. Earlier the judge had seized 56 properties linked to the former minister, valued at over $9m.

Former minister kidnapped in Nasarawa

The former Minister of Labour and Productivity has been kidnapped in Nasarawa state. Hussaini Akwanga was seized by gunmen at his home on Wamba Road in Akwanga on Tuesday. The kidnappers have contacted the family and demanded an unspecified ransom amount, while police said operations are underway to track down the assailants.

Six kiled in suicide attack in Maiduguri

Six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. "A male suicide bomber with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped on his body, moved towards the State Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) patrol team at Muna garage area," said the spokesman of the police in Borno State, Murtala Ibrahim. "In an attempt to gun him down, the IED exploded killing the bomber." The victims have been transferred to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Boko Haram kill six men in Borno

Six men have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on a village in the north-eastern state of Borno. Gunmen snook past a military checkpoint through the bush before launching the assault on the village of Kijimatari. The village chief was among the victims of the attack, while residents claim was carried out in retaliation for the arrest of two Boko Haram militants.

Two killed in Yobe blast

At least two people have been killed and three others in a bombing in the northern state of Yobe. A group of civilians were fleeing Boko Haram militants when the improvised explosive device (IED) went off along the Damaturu-Biu road. The wounded were transferred to Federal Medical Centre in Gombe for treatment.

Nigerian's pay $1.2bn in bribes annually

Nigerian's pay $1.2bn in bribes to civil servants and public officials each year, according to the country's National Bureau for Statistics (NBS). “Taking into account the fact that nine out of every 10 bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria are paid in cash and the size of the payments made, it is estimated that the total amount of bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria in the 12 months was around N400bn," the report stated. Using data obtained in a survey, more than 82 million bribes are estimated to have been paid last year.

Troops kill 10 Boko Haram militants in Borno

The Nigerian army has killed at least 10 suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state. “The troops of 8 Task Force Division have neutralized 10 terrorists in Maza village in Marte Local Government Areas of Borno State," said Army Public Relations officer, Timothy Antigha. The ambush occurred shortly after three Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a market in Konduga Local Government Area, killing at least 20 people.

Gunmen attack EFCC office in Abuja

Gunmen have attacked the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the capital, Abuja. The Spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwajaren, said the assailants left a death threat for one of the commission's officers but added that the attack was repelled by security guards. “The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the Commission," said Uwajaren.

Soldier killed by mob in Nasarawa

A soldier has been killed by a mob in the central state of Nasarawa. Lance Cpl. Ayuba Ali was attacked in Akwanga following a confrontation with a street hawker on Monday. State police spokesman, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, said two people had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Triple suicide bomb attack kills 27

At least 27 people have been killed in a triple suicide bomb attack in north-eastern Nigeria. Three women detonated their devices at a refugee camp near the city of Maiduguri. The regional Emergency Agency said 45 people were "critically injured" in the blasts, and 38 others also wounded.

Gunmen kill two at Anambra church

Gunmen have attacked another church in Anambra state, leaving a police officer and a civilian dead. The assailants targeted the Assemblies of God Church on Oguta Road in Onitsha on Sunday. The incident comes a week after gunmen attacked the St Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, killing 13 people. Garba Umar, Commissioner of Police in Anambra, claimed that the target of the latest attack was the officers rather than the church itself.

Protesters storm Shell station in Delta

Hundreds of protesters stormed a crude oil flow station operated by Shell in the Niger Delta. The group were local residents who were demanding jobs, claiming that they had not benefited from oil production in the area. "I am a graduate for about eight years without a job," said Anthony Bouye, one of the protest leaders. "Shell won't employ me despite us having so much wealth in our backyard." The incident happened at the Belema Flow Station in Rivers state.

Kidnapper killed by mob in Lagos

A suspected kidnapper has been killed by a mob in Lagos state. The victim was fleeing from a hideout during a security operation when he was caught and set ablaze. Two other suspects were detained by police during the raid, which took place in Ojokoro.

Twelve dead in church shooting, Anambra

At least 12 people have been killed and several others wounded in a shooting at a church in south-east Nigeria. Witnesses said five gunmen opened fire at the St Philip's church in Ozubulu, Anambra state, in the early hours of Sunday morning, although police said a lone attacker was responsible. "The information at the disposal of the police is that the gunman had been hired to kill a particular family person believed to be among the worshippers," said Garba Umar, the Anambra state police chief.

Five crew kidnapped by pirates off Bonny

Pirates have kidnapped five crew members from a vessel off Bonny Island. The Panama-flagged Oya 1 was boarded by gunmen on 30 July, around 15nm off the coast. “The incident was reported to the Nigerian navy who responded and located the ship. It was reported that some crew members were missing,” the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said.

Government official kidnapped in Lagos

A local government official has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Lagos state. Shamsideen Omotayo was abducted while on his way to work on the Agbowa-Imota road near Ikorodu on Wednesday. "The kidnappers have contacted the Head of Administration of the council, Mrs Mosunmola Otaiku-Okoka and demanded a N20 million ransom,’’ a local official said.

Delta militants threaten to declare republic

The Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) is threatening to declare the Niger Delta Republic on 1 October. “We the Avengers have always carried out our words. When we said we would crumble the economy, we did it. And now we are asking all northerners and westerners to leave the Niger Delta region for their own good. This is not 2016 and now we have more arsenals, more powerful than the Nigerian government,” said ABA spokesman Edmos Ayayeibo. The group also warned foreign oil companies against operating in the region.

Customs officers killed in Katsina robbery

Two officers from the Katsina State Custom Command of the Nigerian Customs Service have been killed by suspected armed robbers. The Spokesman of the command, Mr Peter Duniy, said the pair were shot dead on Daura Road on Sunday. “The command has already commenced an investigation into the circumstance that led to the shootings of the officers,” he stated.

Dozens of gay men arrested in Lagos

More than 40 men have been arrested for allegedly performing homosexual acts in Lagos state. Police from Lagos State Task Force raided the Victoria Hotel in Owode Onirin on Saturday. Homosexual acts are illegal in Nigeria and offenders can face up to 14 years in prison.

Delta militants threaten to resume attacks

The Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) have threatened to resume attacks on oil facilities by the end of September.  The group issued a statement claiming that the government had reneged on promises, while they also blamed the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for failing the people and the region. "We use this opportunity to call on other agitators across the Niger Delta to jettison the direction of the current leadership of PANDEF and and let us align to take our destiny in our hands."

Twin suicide bomb attack kills 14 in Borno

At least 14 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in the north-western state of Borno. Two female assailants detonated their devices at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Dikwa local government area. A further 24 people were wounded in the blasts, according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Army rescues NNPC workers in Borno

The Nigerian army has rescued the 10 oil contractors kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno state. Nine soldiers and a civilian died during clashes with militants during the rescue operation. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the group were abducted while prospecting for oil in the Lake Chad basin.

Oil contractors kidnapped in north-east

Ten contractors from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria. NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the contractors were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon. The victims were part of a geological research team which was surveying for oil reserves in the Lake Chad basin. 

Bus collides with tanker in Osun, 14 killed

At least 14 people have been killed after a bus collided with a fuel tanker in Osun state. The accident occurred near the gate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife on Sunday afternoon. Eyewitness said the driver of the bus was going too fast and lost control of the vehicle.

Five Boko Haram suspects arrested in Kano

Five suspected Boko Haram members have been arrested in Kano state. State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, said the group were arrested in the Gayawa area in Ungogo Local Government Area. Three officers were wounded during the operation when assailants threw an explosive device at police.

Two banks set on fire in Apapa

Two banks have been set on fire in Apapa, Lagos state, after a police officer shot dead a tanker driver. "The trailer drivers in a reprisal attack have set both Diamond and Sterling Bank on Creek Road on Fire after the police officer ran to Sterling Bank to escape being lynched," an eyewitness told the Daily Post newspaper.  Officers from the Rapid Response Squad have been deployed to the area.

Gunmen kill 37 in Kaduna clashes

At least 37 people have been killed and many more wounded in clashes between farmers and herders in Kaduna state. The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Agyole Abeh, said the violence erupted in the Kajuru Local Government Area.  Police and other members of the security forces have been deployed to the area to restore peace.

Ten killed in suicide bomb attack, Maiduguri

Ten people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern city of Maiduguri.  A female assailant detonated a device at the London Ciki mosque on Monday morning as people arrived for prayers.  Two other people died in a separate attack in the Mamanti area of the city.

Nine dead in Calabar gas explosion

Nine people have been killed and 10 others wounded in an explosion at fuel complex in south-eastern Nigeria.  Police said they are investigating the cause of the blast, which occurred at the Linc Oil and Gas facility in Calabar on Sunday.  Officials from the Cross State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were on the ground to assess the extent of damage caused by the explosion.

Government investigates killing of 97 Nigerians in Cameroon

The House of Representatives has launched a probe into the alleged killing of 97 Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroonian gendarmes. It has been claimed that the victims were killed because they could not afford a N100k levy for their fishing vessels. “If nothing is done to stop this ugly development, other Nigerian lives would be at risk as the gendarmes may continue to kill Nigerians at will without fear of recriminations,” said Babatunde Kolawole, Ondo-APC.

Suicide bomb attacks kill 10 in Maiduguri

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in separate suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri.  Two assailants detonated devices in Molai Kalamari at 22:00 on Tuesday night, shortly before another blast hit the Sabongari Polo area.  The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attacks. 

Journalist shot dead in Benin City

A journalist from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has been shot dead in Benin City, Edo state. Lawrence Okojie was targeted near Ogunola junction off Siluko road on Saturday. DSP Moses Nkombe said one person has been arrested in connection to the attack.

Floods kill 11 in Niger

At least 11 people have been killed in flooding in the Tafa Local Government Area of Niger state.  Nine fatalities were reported in the Checheniya area of Suleja, one in the Kuspa area and another in Ayin-Nassarrawa. The Niger state Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, said rescue operations were underway in the area.

Security increased in Cross River state

Security has been increased in the Yala Local Government Area of Cross River state in response to inter-communal violence. The Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management, John Inaku, said heavy fighting took place between the Wanikade and Wanihem communities. “As a result of the bloody war, 14,000 people have been displaced, 1,233 houses were destroyed, while over 150 persons have lost their lives,” he said.

Anti-corruption investigator survives shooting in Port Harcourt

An anti-corruption investigator has survived an assassination attempt in Port Harcourt.  Austin Okwor, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was shot multiple times during the attack on Saturday.  He had previously received threatening messages, the latest in May 2017.

Nine killed in Maiduguri blasts

At least nine civilians were killed when seven suicide bombers detonated explosives in the northern city of Maiduguri.  The attacks, which began late on Sunday and continued into Monday, were carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants.  Several of the blasts targeted the University of Maiduguri, while attacks were also reported in Zannari.

Eight Chadian soldiers killed by Boko Haram

Eight Chadian soldiers have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on Lake Chad.  Colonel Azem said troops clashed with insurgents on five islands on the Nigerian side of the shared border over the weekend.  The army said more than 100 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the operations and six vehicles destroyed.

Farmer killed in Ondo state clashes

A farmer has been killed during clashes between herders and police in Ondo state.  Fighting erupted when herdsmen raided a farm in Kajola while searching for cattle.  The body of a farmer was later found in the bush with several gunshots, identified later as Linus Ogbee from Ebonyi state. The President of Coalition of Non-Indigenes Associations and Chairman Agatu Farmers Association, Vincent Adonyi, called on the government to provide more protection for local residents from herders.

Police attacked in Kano

Gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in the northern city of Kano, killing one officer and three others.  The incident took place around Kings Garden on Club Road late on Saturday.  “The attackers were not Boko Haram members as being speculated in some quarters,” said Rabi'u Yusuf, the state police commissioner.

Two terror suspects arrested in Sokoto

Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested two people in connection to a terror plot during a raid in Sokoto state.  The DSS said Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu were planning attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Sokoko and Maiduguri during the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.  Weapons, ammunition and a cache of explosives were also recovered during the operation.

Boko Haram kidnaps 16 women after attack in Borno

At least 16 women were kidnapped when a convoy was attacked on Tuesday morning in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that a convoy travelling from Maiduguri, including commercial and government vehicles, was attacked by suspected Boko Haram militants near Damboa. Despite the police denying the kidnappings, Amnesty International Nigeria confirmed the incident through its Twitter account. Several roads in the region have been completely closed or restricted for the last few months due to successive militant incursions. 

Five killed in Katsina stampede

Five people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a stampede in Katsina state.  The incident happened at the residence of Kamal Ma’a Gafa in Rafin Dadi where alms were being distributed to the poor.  Police said one person was arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

Gunmen kidnap businessman in Sokoto

Gunmen have kidnapped a 27-year-old businessman in Sokoto state.  Alhaji Abubakar Kakirko, 27, was abducted from the village of Kakirko village in Wurno Local Government Area last Friday.   Babangida Abdullahi, the State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, said the kidnappers have demanded a N500,000 ransom.

Two killed in Boko Haram ambush

At least two people have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria.  Gunmen targeted the 200 vehicle convoy on the Maiduguri-Damboa highway on Tuesday.  A civilian and a police sergeant died at the scene, while six police officers were wounded and transported to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Regional party chief found dead days after kidnap in Ese-Odo

The chief of the centre-left All Progressive Congress (APC) party in Ondo State has been found dead in Ese-Odo, southern Nigeria. Olamide Odimayo was kidnapped last week near his home in Igbotu. Odimayo's body was found floating in the Ogolo River, between Igbotu and Sabomi. Eight people were arrested as police launched an operation a few days after his disappearance. Odimayo was the APC candidate for a House Assembly seat in Ese-Odo state constituency.

Shooting breaks out as herdsmen storm farm in Akure, Ondo

A fierce shooting broke out on Tuesday when Fulani herdsmen stormed a farm in Akure, south-eastern Nigeria's Ondo state. Local media reported that at least 10 armed men raided the farm of a government secretary and clashed with the security forces that were guarding the fields. According to Vanguard, the farm's owner called the police after Fulani men recently brought hundreds of animals to graze.

Twelve killed in Borno suicide blast

At least 12 people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Nigeria's Borno state. "The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons," said Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku.  The attacks took place in the village of Kofa, around 8km from the city of Maiduguri.

Nigeria deploys troops over food aid theft

Nigeria has deployed more than 2,000 troops to protect food aid in the north of the country.   Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made the announcement after more than half of the aid intended for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency was lost.  "The issue of diversion of relief materials, including food and related matters, which has dogged food delivery to the IDPs (Internally displaced people) would be significantly curbed under the new matrix,’‘ said Laolu Akande, spokesman for Osinbajo.

Army rescues nine from Boko Haram

The Nigerian army has rescued nine people from a Boko Haram camp in Borno state.  A senior militant commander - Abu Nazir - was killed during the operation, which took place in the village of Jarawa on Sunday,  Elsewhere, 24 suspected Boko Haram militants were arrested during raids in the southern state of Edo.

Kidnapping kingpin arrested in Lagos

A notorious kidnapper has been arrested by Nigeria's security forces in Lagos.  The suspect, known as Evans, was arrested by officers from the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at his home in Magodo on Saturday.  Following the arrest, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari said: “He has collected several billions of Naira as ransom in the last seven years as the kingpin of kidnappers."

Two children killed in powerful blast in Adamawa state

Two children were killed and three others injured when a bomb package exploded in Adamawa State, eastern Nigeria. Witnesses told local news that a man driving a pick-up truck gave the victims a package, which moments later exploded. Local authorities confirmed the incident that took place on Thursday evening in Hong area, a former Boko Haram stronghold.

Militants threaten fresh attacks in Delta state

The New Delta Avengers militant group has threatened to launch attacks against the oil industry in Delta state.  In a statement, the group said: "We have agreed to resume attacks on oil facilities, resurrect the spirit of insurgency and to make a demand for a better deal for our people, and by extension our beloved Delta State."  The group said no commercial activity should be undertaken from 30 June.

Boko Haram launch Maiduguri raids

At least 14 people have been killed after Boko Haram militants launched an assault on the northern city of Maiduguri.  Several suicide bomb attacks and gunmen targeted the south-western districts of the city on Wednesday night before they were eventually repelled by the security forces.  The raids came hours before Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was due to visit refugees in Maiduguri.  The attacks were the largest in Maiduguri in over a year.

Four police killed in Osun bank robbery

Four police officers have been killed during an attempted armed robbery at a bank in Osun state.  Assailants in four vehicles targeted three banks in Iwo on Tuesday afternoon, leading to a gunbattle with police.  The thieves used explosives to blow open some of the bank's vaults and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Two police officers shot dead in Onitsha

Two police officers have been shot dead in Onitsha in Anambra state.  Armed men on a motorcycle carried out the attack near Tracas junction on Upper Iweka on Monday.  At least five officers have been killed in the region over the last five months.

Government warns over widespread bird flu outbreak

The government has issued a warning over a Bird flu outbreak in eight areas across Nigeria. Federal authorities revealed on Tuesday that the areas affected are: Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna. The outbreak is blamed on the poor regulations followed by poultry farmers that contributed the disease to spread nationwide. It is advised to avoid ingestion and contact with infected animals. In the case of contraction - symptoms include fever, muscle and headaches and respiratory complications - it is advised to seek immediate medical assistance.

Four killed in tribal clashes in Ebonyi, Cross River State

At least four people have been killed during tribal clashes in south-eastern Nigeria's Cross River State. News reports suggest that members of the Nsobo community unleashed terror during a raid targeting the Ofunakpa Inyimagu community. Several vehicles and houses were set ablaze. Locals revealed that clashes became recurrent after a neighbouring community attacked Nsobo community members in early April.

Several officers feared dead as soldiers storm police station in Calabar

Several police officers are feared dead after a police station was raided and set ablaze by suspect Nigerian Navy soldiers in Calabar, south-eastern Nigeria. Local media reported that naval officers stormed the Akim Police station and opened fire on the building. It is believed the attack came due to a previous incident involving a naval official and traffic police officers. 

Boko Haram militants kill five civilians in Borno

At least five people have been killed as Boko Haram militants raided a village in Borno, northern Nigeria. Local authorities revealed that the victims were attacked in Nguru Nguro village on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a lone suicide bomber was shot dead when attempting to invade military barracks in Maiduguri. 

Security forces clash with militants in Ogun State

Nigerian Marine units she clashed with armed Niger Delta militants in the Ode Omi area of the Ogun State over the weekend. At least 20 militants have been killed and at least eight security personnel have been wounded. The violent foresight broke out whilst the Marines were on a rescue mission to retrieve a number of college students being held hostage by the militant group.

Four students kidnapped in Epe

Four students have been kidnapped from a college in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos state.  Gunmen stormed the Igbonla Model College on Thursday following a failed attack a day earlier.  Last October kidnappers targeted the same college, abducting four students and two members of staff.

Three killed in Rivers State attack

Three people have been killed and several others wounded in an attack in Rivers State.  Suspected cultists raided a village in the Ikwerre Local Government Area late on Wednesday evening.  The Nigerian army has confirmed the deployment of additional troops to the state.

Police officer killed in armed attack, Anambra

A police officer has been shot dead in an armed attack on a police checkpoint in the Onitsha area of Anambra. On Wednesday, two armed assailants approached the checkpoint at the Nkpor Junction and allegedly stole the officer's firearm before opening fire on him and fleeing the scene on a motorcycle. The incident is not thought to be terror-related, as the suspects are thought to be criminals.

Herders kill 21 in Niger state

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed at least 21 people, including a local Imam, in an attack in Niger state.  A group of residents were taking part in early morning prayers in the village of Etogi in Mokwa Local Government Area when they were targeted.  Local media reported that the raid was a reprisal attack for the killing a herdsman by villagers.

Boko Haram threaten Abuja

The Boko Haram militant group are threatening to carry out attacks in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.  A video was released during which the group threatened to launch attacks in Abuja.  "More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured," said a suspected Boko Haram fighter in a video released on Saturday.  The Department of State Services (DSS) said the group are trying to expand as their bases in the north-east are under increasing pressure from the security forces.

Suicide bombers target University of Maiduguri

Three suicide bombers were killed while trying to target the University of Maiduguri in Borno state.  A security guard also died when the suicide vests exploded during the attack, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.  The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, (BOSEMA) are investigating the incident.

Meningitis death toll passes 1,000

Nigeria's Centre for Disease Control says 1,069 people have been killed in a meningitis outbreak across 23 states.  A total of 13,420 suspected cases were recorded by 9 May, with Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi reporting the highest number of fatalities.  The CDC said a new batch of vaccines was expected to arrive in the next few days to limit the spread of the new strain of meningitis C, which was first discovered in Zamfara last November.

Scores killed and several injured in Oyo state bus crash

At least 26 people have been killed when two passenger buses collided in Oyo state, south-western Nigeria. Local authorities revealed that nearly a dozen others were also injured. Reports suggest that the accident happened when one of the vehicles attempted to over take another along the Lagos-Ibanda Expressway. Road accidents are common in Nigeria and often lead to a high number of casualties. 

Boko Haram releases dozens of Chibok schoolgirls

Nigerian officials announced that 82 Chibok schoolgirls - who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram in 2014 along with nearly 200 others girls - were freed. The government confirmed on Sunday that the girls were freed after the release of suspects linked to the terrorist group. Boko Haram is believed to still be holding 195 girls, while more than 130 remain missing.  

FCO warns for potential kidnaps targeting foreign workers in Borno

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued an alert regarding a potential risk of kidnap planned by the terrorist group Boko Haram. According to reports, the group is planning to kidnap Western foreign workers in Bama Local Government of Borno state, specifically in the Kumshe-Banki area. North-east Nigeria remains a kidnap hotspot, where Boko Haram militants widely operate cross-borders.

Six soldiers killed in Niger Delta military campaign

At least six Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the Niger Delta region, southern Nigeria. Security officials announced on Friday that soldiers carried out a campaign in Ondo state's Ajakpa community to target militants linked to oil thefts and kidnapping. Local community leaders blamed the military of storming the area and wounding civilians, of which claims have been denied. Since the start of the year, security incidents in the Niger Delta decreased as militants halted attacks amid government-led peace talks.

Seven killed in twin suicide bombing in Konduga, Borno

Seven people have been killed in a twin suicide blast in Konduga, north-eastern Nigeria. Local authorities revealed that the attack happened on Thursday night also leading to the injury of several others. The incident came just a day after three suspected suicide bombers attempted to attack a military post near Maiduguri.

Army foils suicide bomb attack in Borno

The Nigerian army has shot dead three suspected suicide bombers In Maiduguri, Borno state.  Three teenage girls wearing suicide vests were intercepted as they tried to attack a military outpost in the Muna area late on Wednesday.  “They were sighted trying to gain access to the premises and were shot by the securities leading to the detonation of their concealed explosives, which killed all three of them and injured one of the security personnel,” said the army in a statement.

Boko Haram leader wounded in airstrikes

The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an airstrike in north-eastern Nigeria.  "Shekau was wounded in the bombings and is believed to be receiving treatment near the Nigerian border with Cameroon around Kolofata," a security source told the AFP.  The incident has not been confirmed, and there have been multiple reports of Shekau's death since 2009, including in 2014 when the Nigerian military claimed to have killed him in Kodunga.

Fears increase over President Buhari's health

Fears are increasing over the health of Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari.  On Wednesday he missed the third cabinet meeting in a row and has not been seen in public for over a week.  Earlier this year Buhari, 73, took seven weeks of medical leave in the UK for treatment for an undisclosed illness.  His wife, Aisha Buhari, has attempted to play down fears about her husband's health, saying his state was "not as bad as it's being perceived."

Kidnapping gang leader killed by troops in Ondo

Nigerian soldiers have shot dead a suspected kidnapping gang leader in Ondo state.  Ossy Ibori was killed at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo local government area, in the early hours of Monday morning. Ibori was accused of leading a group which carried out a number of attacks in Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states, including the killing of an army captain and two police officers in Ikorodu, Lagos last month.

Navy intercepts vessel with stolen oil off Delta Niger coast

A vessel carrying stolen crude oil has been intercepted by the Nigerian navy off the Niger Delta coast. Military officials told Reuters that 10 people from several nationalities were arrested on Wednesday after stealing nearly 2,000 metric tonnes of crude oil from a Shell Petroleum loading facility in Forcados River. Attacks targeting oil facilities and pipelines are common in the restive Niger Delta region, often carried out by militant groups.

Five killed in triple suicide blast

At least five people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a triple suicide bomb attack in Maduro. "Three suicide bomb attacks at three different locations in Muna namely Muna Usmanti, Muna garage and Muna Ethiopia respectively," said the National Emergency Management Authority.  Four of the victims were suspected attackers, while a member of the civilian JTF (vigilante) was also killed.

Rioters arrested in Lagos

Nigerian police have arrested eight people accused of destroying property during rioting on Monday.  A group of youths armed with machetes and axes started a fight with a rival gang and set fire to houses and buildings in Ido-Oro.  Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command responded to the incident and order was restored following the arrests.

Four killed in Maiduguri suicide bombing

Three female suicide bombers and a local vigilante have been killed in a failed attack in Maiduguri.  The three assailants were intercepted as they tried to enter Mamanti village Jere local government area in the early hours of Monday morning.  Two detonated their devices, while a third was shot by the security forces, creating an explosion which killed a nearby vigilante.

Heatwave kills 55 in Borno detention centre

At least 55 people at a detention centre have died during a heatwave in Borno state, according to activists. Global Amnesty Watch Foundation said the deaths occurred at the Maiduguri Giwa Barracks, where suspected Boko Haram militants are being held. “The detention facility, like many other communities dealing with this kind of issues, requires additional intervention to ensure that authorities are able to better cater for sick inmates,” said the group's country representative, Helen Adesola.

Football fans electrocuted in Calabar

More than 30 football fans have been electrocuted as they watched Manchester United play Anderlecht in the UEFA Europea League.  The fans were killed when an electric cable fell on them in the Iyang-Esu area of Calabar on Thursday night.  The scene has been cordoned off and the electricity supply in the area has been switched off while the authorities investigate.

Journalist arrested in Kaduna

A Nigerian journalist has been arrested in the northern state of Kaduna.  Midat Joseph was arrested by police at his home on Thursday, reportedly by order of the state's governor, Mallam Nasir El'Rufai.  Joseph recently published an article critical of the state government, and he becomes the sixth journalist detained in similar circumstances since the governor took office in May 2015.

Intelligence agency head suspended over cash haul

The head of Nigeria's intelligence agency has been suspended over the discovery of $43m at a flat in Lagos last week.  The money was found by an anti-corruption unit in an upscale area of the city.  Along with suspending Ayo Oke, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation.

Traditional leader kidnapped in Ondo state

A traditional rule has been kidnapped in the Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo state.  Oba Joel Daodu was abducted along the Owo/Ikare highway on Sunday.  The kidnappers have demanded a N15m ransom for his release, although the family are reported to be negotiating a settlement of around N1m.

Journalist shot dead in Bayelsa

A journalist has been shot dead at his home in Yenagoa, the state capital of Bayelsa state.  Famous Giobaro, who worked for the Bayelsa Radio Corporation, was targeted by unknown gunmen on INEC Road on Sunday.  The Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

Police clash with army in Damaturu

Police officers and soldiers engaged in a shoot-out in Damaturu, Yobe state, on Wednesday.  Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, confirmed the clash in a statement: “The attention of this headquarters had been drawn to an unfortunate incident that happened between some unguided soldiers and policemen in Damaturu this morning. A joint committee between the Nigerian Army and Police has been set up to investigate the incident."  Four people were killed and several others wounded as a result of the clash. 

Security forces foil terror plot against Western embassies

The Nigerian state security forces have foiled a terrorist plot against the UK and US embassies in the capital, Abuja. The Department of State Services (DSS) said six people linked to Boko Haram were detained last month in connection with the plan.   "The group had perfected plans to attack the UK and American Embassies and other Western interests in Abuja," the DSS said in an emailed statement.

Two Turkish nationals kidnapped in Akwa Ibom

Two Turkish nationals have been kidnapped from a hotel in the southern state of Akwa Ibom.  "Two Turkish nationals working for a construction company in Onna local government area were abducted from their hotel rooms Sunday," state police spokesman Chukwu Okechukwu told AFP.    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Cross River commissioner kidnapped

A commissioner has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Cross River state. Five assailants abducted Gabriel Odu-Orji outside a restaurant on Effionawan street in the Mayne Avenue area of Calabar South.  “We have deployed our men from the command and those from the intelligence department to all routes in the state with a view to releasing him," said ASP Irene Ugbo, the State Police Public Relations Officer. 

Security forces attacked by militants in Ikorodu

Two soldiers and five police officers have been killed in an attack by militants in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.  The incident reportedly took place near the Woodland Estate on Saturday night.  The area was a renowned hideout for militant and criminal groups until security forces launched an offensive against them in 2016.

Gunmen kidnap four in Bayelsa

Gunmen have kidnapped four people, including a member of the National Youth Service Corps, in Bayelsa state.  The victims were travelling in a bus along the Okene-Auchi road when they were ambushed.  The driver reported the incident at the Okene Police Division, shortly before the father of one of the victims received a ransom demand of N5m.  The four were later rescued in a police operation and one suspect was arrested.

Thousands protest senator's suspension in Abuja

Thousands of protesters gathered around the country's National Assembly in Abuja to protest the suspension of a regional senator. Demonstrators demand the reinstatement of Borno State's Senator Ali Ndume, who was suspended last week for six months due to alleged forgery against the senate's president.

Oil tanker drivers start nationwide strike

Oil tanker drivers across Nigeria have gone on strike in protest against low wages and poor road conditions.  The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) made the announcement on Sunday after talks with the government broke down.  "Tanker drivers across the country will not work tomorrow so there is bound to be a scarcity of petrol, diesel and kerosene," said regional chairman Cogent Ojobo, warning that other groups may join the strike action.

Herdsmen kill 10 in Cross River raids

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Cross Rivers State.  Gunmen raided the Obio Usiere area of Odukpani Local Government Area, forcing more than 3,500 people to flee the area. "We have reported to both police, DSS and other security agencies and we are using this opportunity to call on Governor Ben Ayade to help us because about 3,500 people are now homeless, we have become refugees in our own land," said village head Apostle Iya Effiong Orok.

Boko Haram kidnaps 22 women in north-east

Boko Haram militants have kidnapped 22 girls and women in two attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.  Militants targeted the village of Pulka, near the border with Cameroon, where they abducted 18 girls.  A second raid was carried out in the village of Dumba, close to Lake Chad, where four other girls were kidnapped.  Local officials blamed a Boko Haram faction led by the son of the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, for the attacks.

Troops clash with Boko Haram in Bosso

Three Boko Haram militants and a Nigerian soldier have been killed in a clash near the border town of Bosso in Niger state.  A patrol of Nigerian and Chadian troops was ambushed in the Boulatungour area on Wednesday.  "Mop-up operations with ground and air assets are currently underway to put the terrorists at bay," said the military in a statement.

Local vigilantes killed by IED in Borno

Two members of a local vigilante group have been killed and three others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Borno state.  The group were tracking members of the Boko Haram group in the Dikes area of the state when the device exploded along the Dikwa-Maiduguri road.  Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided medical support to the casualties before they were evacuated to hospital for further treatment.

Meningitis outbreak kills 140 in Nigeria

At least 140 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in several Nigerian states.  More than 1,000 people have been infected by the disease, according to the Abuja Centre for Disease Control.  More than 80 deaths have been reported in the north-western state of Zamfara, followed by 23 deaths in Sokoto state.  It is believed that the new strain could have been imported from neighbouring Niger, forcing the authorities to produce new vaccinations.

Boko Haram kidnaps 10 in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped at least 10 people in an attack in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno state.  Four women and six youths were abducted during the raid, which was reported by the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday.  “Our intelligence report had indicated that the insurgents are now operating in Dalla Fatimiri on about 10 motorcycles," said the NSCDC.

Three killed as criminals set village on fire in Benue

At least three people were killed when assailants raided a village in Benue, south-eastern Nigeria. Local authorities revealed that criminals stormed Tse-Achia village, near Zaki Biam, and set several houses on fire in the early hours of Friday. Authorities believe the attack was retaliatory. The incident comes just days after 17 people were killed and a dozen people were injured in an attack at Zaki Biam Yam Market.

Ex-Delta militants issue ultimatum

Former militant leaders in the Niger Delta have issued an ultimatum to the government over amnesty payments.  "We are calling for the immediate release of the balance sum of the 2016 supplementary budgetary allocation ... to avert any situation that will warrant beneficiaries of the program going to the streets to protest and barricade roads," the former militants said in a statement. Tensions have been increasing in the region, with militants carrying out multiple attacks against the oil industry.

Suspected kidnappers arrested in Nigeria

Two suspects allegedly involved in the kidnapping of two German archaeologists have been arrested by the Nigerian security forces.  The State Security Services, SSS, said Ibrahim Sule and Bello Shehu were detained on Wednesday.  Peter Breuning and Johannes Brehinger were abducted in Kaduna state on 22 February before they were later released.

Multiple blasts hit IDP camp in Maiduguri

At least six people have been killed and 18 others wounded in multiple suicide bomb blasts in Maiduguri.  Two attackers detonated their devices in the Muna camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  Two other blasts were reported near the camp, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although Boko Haram are suspected of being behind the attack.

Students protest against killing of fellow pupil

Nigerian students have been protesting at Lagos State University in Ojo over the death of a fellow student.  Ugwanyi Onyekachi died during an altercation with a truck driver on the LASU-Isheri road on Sunday.  The President of the Students Union Government, Samuel Kappo, was arrested during the protest, while police are also reported to have fired tear gas.  The school’s Acting Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adekoya, said the rally ended peacefully and students have returned to their classrooms.

Triple suicide blast kills four in Borno

Four people have been killed in a triple suicide bomb attack near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.  A man and two women detonated their explosives when they were confronted by a member of the civilian JTF in Umariri village late on Saturday.  The JTF member was killed along with a woman and her two children, while eight others sustained injuries.

Otodo-Gbame settlement destroyed in Lagos

Around 4,700 homes at the Otodo-Gbame settlement have been demolished by the state authorities in Lagos.  Tear gas and live bullets were fired to disperse protesters as heavy machinery destroyed buildings at the site.  The action was taken in defiance of a court order, while Amnesty International said the demolition was "a violation of human rights".

Herders kill former politician in Edo

Suspected Fulani herders have killed a former politician and kidnapped 15 people on the Benin-Auchi-Okene highway in Edo state.  Chief Suleman Afegbua, the former Estako local government chairman, was travelling to Benin when he was targeted.  Gunmen set up roadblocks and stopped motorists early on Thursday morning before carrying out the attack.

Nigerian troops kill four Boko Haram militants in Borno

Nigerian troops have killed four Boko Haram militants in an ambush in the north-eastern state of Borno.  Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, part of Operation Lafiya Doyle, targeted the insurgents along the Bama-Ngurosoye road on Wednesday.  An AK-56 rifle, ammunition and a Boko Haram flag were also recovered during the operation.

Six killed in Maiduguri suicide blast

At least six people have been killed and 16 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack near the north-western city of Maiduguri.  The incident happened in the village of Alkumi in the Mafa Local Government Area early on Wednesday morning.  Local officials claim four of the dead were female suicide bombers, while two male civilians also died in the blast.

Boko Haram executes alleged spies

The Boko Haram militant group has executed three alleged spies in northern Nigeria.  The group released a video purporting to show the killing of the men, who they claim were military spies.  The masked militants also criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military campaign against Boko Haram.

Truck crashes into crowd on highway

At least 35 people have been killed and around 30 others wounded after a truck ploughed into a crowd of people in eastern Nigeria.  The driver of the vehicle, which was transporting cattle, lost control between Yola and Ngurore on Sunday.  An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash.

University of Calabar lecturer kidnapped

A University of Calabar lecturer was kidnapped from his campus on Friday.  Prof. Edet Ekpenyong from the Department of Zoology was out jogging when he was abducted by unknown assailants.  Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between the kidnappers and campus security before the group escaped on a boat at the Big Qua River.

Ten killed in attack by Fulani herders

Ten people have been killed in an attack by Fulani herders in Benue state.  The incident happened in the village of Mkgovur in the Buruku local government area over the weekend.  “It all started on Friday when the herdsmen forcefully entered our village to graze on farmland but were resisted by our youths. They left only to mobilise and storm our village in their numbers shooting sporadically and chasing everyone from their houses,” a resident told local media.

Abuja airport closed for repairs

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, has closed for six weeks to allow for repairs to the runway.  "The runway was designed for 20 years, but it has been in use for 34," says Henrietta Yakubu, general manager of corporate affairs at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). "It has decayed so much that there is a need to shut down the airport for complete rehabilitation. "Flights are being diverted to the northern city of Kaduna, 190km away, although only one international airline - Ethiopian Airlines - has agreed to fly there due to security concerns.  

Five killed in Ife ethnic clashes

A two-day curfew has been declared in the Ile-Efe area of Osun state following deadly ethnic clashes.  Five people were killed and several properties destroyed in fighting between Yorubas and Hausas in the Sabo area of the town.  The 18:00-07:00 curfew was introduced on Wednesday evening and will remain in place until Friday.  “This is to assure all and sundry that the breach of the peace in Ile Ife is not beyond the control of our highly mobilized security forces," the Government of Osun state said in a statement.

Armed robbers raid bank in Ondo state

Armed robbers have attacked a branch of the Skye Bank in Ondo state, reportedly killing three security guards and wounding several other people.  The raid took place in the Akoko North West Local Government Area on Tuesday afternoon.  The assailants fled the scene with a large amount of cash, sparking a police manhunt.

Police officer kidnapped in Delta state

A Nigerian Divisional Police Officer (DPO) has been kidnapped along the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha highway.  The DPO was targeted by unknown gunmen near Asaba on Sunday.  “We learnt that the kidnappers have contacted the family but I don’t know how much the ransom is. The command is trying to keep the incident pending ongoing operation to free the victim,” a police source told local media.

Health workers launch indefinite strike

Nigerian health workers started an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday.  The National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) said the action would be taken after the Federal Government failed to address their concerns after they issued an ultimatum in January.  “All members are hereby put on notice to withdraw their services with effect from 12:01 am 27th February 2017 until otherwise instructed,” said NUAHP in a statement.

Suicide bomb attack targets NNPC depot

A female suicide bomber has detonated an explosive vest at a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Maiduguri.  Two other suspected bombers were also killed in the blast, while two fuel tankers were destroyed.  “Three suicide bombers came into the city through Damboa around 3:00 am (02:00 GMT) and they were spotted by civilian vigilantes,” said a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency“They quickly ran and hid under three petrol tankers, where one of them detonated their explosives.”

Man killed in Delta bank robbery

A man was shot dead by armed robbers outside a bank in Delta state on Monday.  The incident happened outside a bank on Nnembisi Road near Ibusa junction in Asaba, shortly after the victim had made a withdrawal.  Police attached to the bank pursued the assailants before they fled the scene in a vehicle.

Kidnapped German archaeologists freed in Kaduna

Two German archaeologists kidnapped in Kaduna state have been freed by Nigerian security forces.  Prof Peter Breunig, and his assistant, Johannes Behringer were abducted by gunmen last week in the Kagarko local government area, while two local residents were shot and killed by the kidnappers.  The two hostages have been transported to the German embassy in Abuja.

Soldiers killed during Boko Haram raid in Borno state

At least seven soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram raid in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. The incident happened in the town of Gajiram, where suspected militants launched an attack on military positions on Thursday. Sources told AFP that the clashes lasted for nearly two hours. The military said that Boko Haram has been highly active in the region, where militants often raid villages and seize food aid.

Government declares 24-hour curfew in central Nigeria

The government has declared a 24-hour curfew in some parts of central Nigeria just one day after more than 14 people were killed in tribal clashes between Christian farmers and semi-nomadic Muslim herders in southern Kaduna. The restive region remains volatile due to ethnic conflicts over scarce natural resources. 

Five killed in Imo bank robbery

Five people have been killed during an armed robbery at a bank in Imo state.  Seven people were also wounded in the raid on the new generation bank on Wetheral Road, Owerri, on Wednesday.  A group of around 12 armed men opened fire on a customer at the branch, leading to a gun battle with security guards.  Spokesman of the Imo State Police Command, DSP Andrew Enwerem, said officer were investigating the incident.

Two German nationals kidnapped in Kaduna

Two German nationals have been kidnapped in the north-western state of Kaduna.  The pair were reported to be archaeologists who were working at an excavation site in the Kagarko Local Government Area. "So far, there has been no ransom demand or contact from the abductors,” Mr Usman, an assistant superintendent of police told reporters.

Cameroon expels hundreds of Nigerians

Cameroon has expelled more than 500 Nigerians who fled across the border to escape Boko Haram militants. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was "very concerned" after 517 Nigerians were expelled, including 313 who had requested asylum.  Cameroon currently houses around 60,000 Nigerian refugees at the Minawao camp, while thousands more are at smaller camp in the area. On Wednesday a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber killed one person in the village of Wouro Dole, close to the Nigerian border.

Senior Boko Haram militants arrested in Kogi state

The Nigerian security forces have arrested four senior Boko Haram militants in the central state of Kogi.  Yahaya Bello, the state governor, said the group were arrested late on Monday.  "I want to tell them that they have chosen a wrong place to relocate because we will never allow them," Bello said in a statement.  The group are suspected of moving some operations to the state due to the ongoing military operation against their traditional strongholds in the north-eastern state of Borno.

Boko Haram militants launch attack in Borno

Boko Haram militants have attacked a village in the north-eastern state of Borno.  According to local vigilantes, gunmen targeted the village of Yaza-Kumaza on Sunday afternoon, forcing residents to flee to the nearby bush.  The Nigerian army has not confirmed the attack.

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.

Teenage girl killed for witchcraft ritual

A 17-year-old girl has been found dead in Ogun state in an apparent ritual killing. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attack, with one of the suspects admitting to killing her and selling her body parts to a witch doctor. The victim's body, which had been decapitated, was dumped in a well in the village of Idosemo. Ritual killings have been increasing in the south of the country in recent years, with body parts reportedly sold in some markets. Last month the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria called on the police to set up special ritual murder squads in various states to focus on the investigation, detection, arrest and prosecution of ritual killers.

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