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Federal republic in West Africa

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

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Armed group claims killing four humanitarian hostages in Nigeria, aid organization says

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

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

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Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019' [Video]Miss Jamaica is crowned 'Miss World 2019'

PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH ON-SCREEN COURTESY Miss Jamaica was crowned 'Miss World 2019' on Saturday (December 14). 23 year-old graduate of Florida State University Toni-Ann Singh, who sang a version

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Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage [Video]Cardi B brings Christmas to Lagos orphanage

Cardi B played Santa to an orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday when she dropped off supplies and hung out with the kids looking for homes.

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Westminster Cathedral and other UK landmarks lit red to honour religious freedom [Video]Westminster Cathedral and other UK landmarks lit red to honour religious freedom

Westminster Cathedral is lit with red light as part of an initiative by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, called #RedWednesday to focus on persecuted Christians in countries such as Iraq,..

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Nigerian smartcard maker taps into move from cash to plastic [Video]Nigerian smartcard maker taps into move from cash to plastic

SecureID, a Nigerian manufacturing and technology company, makes bank cards, mobile phone SIMs and voting cards. It already has businesses in 21 African countries and is looking to tap further into a..

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Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea [Video]Migrant ship seeks port in stormy sea

The captain of Open Arms urgently asked Italy permission to land on Sunday as the ship with more than 70 African migrants on board was sailing through increasingly stormy seas in the Mediterranean...

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Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa [Video]Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is turning its attention to combating the group in North and West Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Nigerian police free 259 people from Islamic institution [Video]Nigerian police free 259 people from Islamic institution

Nigerian police freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan, police said on Tuesday, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to..

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Fire rages through central Lagos [Video]Fire rages through central Lagos

A fire engulfed a building at a popular local market in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos on Thursday (November 5).

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Firefighters battle major blaze at market in Lagos, Nigeria [Video]Firefighters battle major blaze at market in Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerian firefighters were trying to extinguish a major fire at the Balogun market in central Lagos on Tuesday. Thick black smoke and flames were shooting up from five-storey buildings surrounding the..

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Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death [Video]Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria, experts said, but the organization..

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Booker Prize winner Evaristo seeks to build ties with readers in Africa, UK [Video]Booker Prize winner Evaristo seeks to build ties with readers in Africa, UK

Author Bernardine Evaristo hopes her Booker Prize-winning novel will help to alter perceptions of black British people among African readers and Britons she sees as grappling with heightened racial..

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Nigeria border closure: Businesses complain of revenue loss [Video]Nigeria border closure: Businesses complain of revenue loss

The government says it wants to stop smugglers and criminals who pose a threat to the country and its economy and will keep the borders closed for now.

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Nigeria shipwrecks: Gulf of Guinea remains high risk [Video]Nigeria shipwrecks: Gulf of Guinea remains high risk

Operators say the shipping routes, which are littered with wrecks, pose a problem for sailors and regional economies.

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The true story of Nigerian boy who joined a white supremacist gang [Video]The true story of Nigerian boy who joined a white supremacist gang

As a youth in 1960s Britain, Nigerian actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joined the skinheads - a far-right subculture associated with racist violence. He's now bringing that story to cinemas in his..

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Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria [Video]Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria

Police said on Saturday (October 19) they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse...

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Reinventing the wheel with a Nigerian kids' unicycle coach [Video]Reinventing the wheel with a Nigerian kids' unicycle coach

In a driveway of a suburban Lagos house, 14-year-old Kehinde Oguntokun juggles colourful circus clubs as he swings around on a unicycle.

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Nigerian spent eight years awaiting trial before being freed

Babagana Aliyu spent eight years in prison without being convicted of a crime.
BBC News - Published

Rights groups urge release of Nigerian ex-presidential candidate

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

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

A Hong Kong-registered crude oil tanker was attacked and its sailors kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday, the South China Morning Post cited the city's Marine..
Reuters - Published

Yinka Ilori: My Nigerian narrative of art and design in London

Yinka Ilori is a London-based artist whose technicolour work is inspired by his Nigerian heritage.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria files fraud charge in bid to overturn nearly $10 billion penalty

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

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

Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail: Sahara Reporters

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose continued detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail late on Thursday, the news organization that he founded said on..
Reuters - Published

Pirates kidnap 19 crew members from Greek tanker off Nigeria

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

UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England said.
BBC News - Published

Cambridge college to return looted Benin cockerel statue to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City in Nigeria, more than 120 years after the work was looted by British colonial forces.
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Boris Johnson suggested Nigerian people are obsessed with money in 'racist' resurfaced column

'This is deeply offensive and unforgivable,' says anti-racism campaigner
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Nigeria meets with West African neighbors on border closure

Nigeria met with its West African neighbors on Tuesday over its land border closure, with the African giant insisting on levying duties on goods transiting to its country through neighboring nations to..
Reuters - Published

47 Nigerian men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

Forty-seven Nigerian men pleaded innocent on Wednesday to a charge of public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian prison scam: Head of high-security jail arrested after $1m fraud

A prison doctor was also arrested over an alleged role in enabling a scammer to operate while in jail.
BBC News - Published

Nobel winner Wole Soyinka’s journey with prostate cancer

Nigerian author and Nobel prize winner Prof Wole Soyinka was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.
BBC News - Published

U.S. indicts Nigerian airline CEO on bank fraud and money laundering charges

The founder and CEO of one of Nigeria's largest airlines, Air Peace, has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of bank fraud and money laundering for the alleged illegal movement..
Reuters - Published

Internet fraud: Nigerian scammer 'pulls off $1m heist' from prison

Officials say Hope Olusegun Aroke was able to visit hotels and functions while in a police hospital.
BBC News - Published

Lion removed from house opposite school in Lagos, Nigeria

The creature was reportedly being used to guard a house in the Nigerian city of Lagos.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria to form border force with neighbors Benin and Niger to fight smuggling

Nigeria and neighboring countries Benin and Niger have agreed to set up a joint border patrol force to tackle smuggling between the West African countries, they said in a communique on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria security agency denies opening fire on supporters of detained activist

Nigeria's state security agency on Wednesday denied that its officers opened fire on campaigners calling for the release of a Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate who remains in..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Preston, Fulham & Man City midfielder Etuhu guilty of match-fixing

Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu is found guilty of attempted match-fixing by an appeals court in Sweden.
BBC News - Published

Polio in Nigeria: 'I opposed vaccinations until my son caught polio'

A Nigerian father who used to chase health workers away from his home has a change of heart.
BBC News - Published

The company decoding African DNA to help fight diseases

Nigeria-based 54gene wants to help scientists to better diagnose and treat illnesses affecting black Africans.
BBC News - Published

Crystal Chigbu: The mum making prosthetic limbs for Nigerian children

Crystal Chigbu was inspired to help children in need after her daughter's leg was amputated.
BBC News - Published

Omoyele Sowore: Anger over detention of Nigerian journalist

The Nigerian state security service claims that nobody has come to collect Omoyele Sowore on bail.
BBC News - Published

'I was kidnapped and now only travel by train'

To avoid Nigeria's notorious kidnapping gangs thousands of commuters pack on to trains in the capital.
BBC News - Published

Timeline: Captives freed from abusive Islamic institutions in Nigeria

Nigeria launched a crackdown on informal Islamic schools and rehabilitation centers in late September after a man was refused permission to see his nephews at one institution and complained to police...
Reuters - Published

Lionheart: Nigeria's Oscar choice disqualified over English dialogue

Lionheart, ineligible for best international film, represents how Nigerians talk, its director says.
BBC News - Published

Nigerian army investigates torture video

Soldiers are alleged to have tied up and killed a suspect before burying him in a shallow grave.
BBC News - Published

Capturing the heart of Nigeria - and Mandela's socks

How a self-educated boy rose to become a celebrated photographer recording key historical moments.
BBC News - Published

Landlords in Nigeria can demand $20,000 rent up-front

Young Nigerians struggle to rent decent accommodation as a huge lump sum payment is needed.
BBC News - Published

Nigeria lifts suspension of two aid groups in northeast: minister

Nigeria has temporarily lifted a suspension of the operations of two aid groups, Mercy Corps and Action Against Hunger, in the country's northeast, the minister of humanitarian affairs said.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's border crisis fuelled by rice

Nigeria has closed its borders bringing checkpoints to a standstill and affecting West African trade.
BBC News - Published

Nigerian supreme court dismisses appeal against Buhari election win

Nigeria's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the main opposition candidate to overturn the result of February's presidential election in which Muhammadu Buhari was returned to office.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's 'torture houses' masquerading as Koranic schools

Parents find their children maltreated in what they thought were Islamic rehabilitation centres.
BBC News - Published

Russia signs deal to supply Nigeria with 12 attack helicopters: RIA

Russia and Nigeria have signed a deal for Moscow to supply 12 Mi-35 attack helicopters to Nigeria, a senior official at Russia's federal military-technical cooperation service said on Wednesday, the..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian anti-graft office charges two Britons in connection with failed gas deal

Nigeria's anti-fraud office on Monday charged two Britons in the capital, Abuja, for alleged money laundering in connection with an ill-fated gas deal that has left the government facing a disputed..
Reuters - Published

Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria

Police said on Saturday they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's Buhari saga: The fake wedding, the president and the family feud

Recent events involving Nigeria's President Buhari and his wife hint at tensions in the presidential villa.
BBC News - Published

Life in a Nigerian torture 'school': I was treated like an animal

Police discovered more than 70 men and boys in shackles when they raided the private Islamic school.
BBC News - Published

Ben Enwonwu: The Nigerian painter behind 'Africa's Mona Lisa'

Ben Enwonwu, the painter behind "Africa's Mona Lisa", had a complex relationship with the UK.
BBC News - Published

Police free hundreds of males, some chained and beaten, from Nigerian school in third raid this month

Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, many of whom had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said.
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Hundreds more freed from torture in third Nigerian 'school' raid in a month

Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's land borders closed to all goods: head of customs

Nigeria has closed its land borders to all movement of goods and has no timeline for reopening them, the head of the nation's customs agency said.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid

Nigeria's president on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid..
Reuters - Published

Men and boys chained up at Nigeria Islamic 'school'

Police say dozens of males were freed in a raid on the institution in Katsina state, Nigeria.
BBC News - Published

Hundreds fled abusive Nigerian 'school' before police raid

Hundreds of captives who were beaten, abused and held in squalid conditions at a purported Islamic school in northern Nigeria escaped prior to a raid this week, police said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

'Tortured' and shackled pupils freed from Nigerian Islamic school

Police find 67 pupils with chains on their ankles at an Islamic boarding school in the north.
BBC News - Published

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