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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks in front of guards in an unknown location in Nigeria in this still image taken from an undated video.(Reuters)

IS-linked group says Boko Haram leader in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau, is dead

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2021 09:40 PM IST
  • An audio recording purportedly from the leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province said Abubakar Shekau detonated explosives killing himself after a battle between the two groups.
Nigeria's attorney general has ordered immediate prosecution of those who break rules banning Twitter(Reuters)
Nigeria's attorney general has ordered immediate prosecution of those who break rules banning Twitter(Reuters)

Nigeria's attorney general orders prosecution for not abiding by Twitter ban

Reuters | , Abuja
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • The country's chief legal officer did not provide details on the prosecution and who will be targeted.
mid Twitter’s battle with the Centre, several union ministers have opened their account on India’s Koo.(Reuters)
mid Twitter’s battle with the Centre, several union ministers have opened their account on India’s Koo.(Reuters)

India’s Koo eyes opportunity in Nigeria after country bans Twitter indefinitely

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2021 05:17 PM IST
  • Nigeria suspended Twitter in apparent retaliation after the US-based company removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.
Twitter is investigating its "deeply concerning" suspension of operations by Nigeria, and "will provide updates when we know more," the company said in a statement.(Reuters file photo)
Twitter is investigating its "deeply concerning" suspension of operations by Nigeria, and "will provide updates when we know more," the company said in a statement.(Reuters file photo)

Nigeria indefinitely suspends Twitter days after President's post removed

Reuters | , Abuja
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 02:52 PM IST
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had acted because of "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence".
The Nigerian government this week condemned Twitter Inc. for deleting a tweet in which the country’s leader threatened to crackdown on separatists.(REUTERS)
The Nigerian government this week condemned Twitter Inc. for deleting a tweet in which the country’s leader threatened to crackdown on separatists.(REUTERS)

Nigeria says it’s suspending Twitter’s operations in the country 'indefinitely'

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 10:16 PM IST
  • The ban is due “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,”
The boat capsized due to overloading, according to a government officials. The boat was old and weak, he added.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The boat capsized due to overloading, according to a government officials. The boat was old and weak, he added.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Over 150 feared drowned in Nigerian boat accident, govt declares 4 dead

ANI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Abuja
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 06:00 AM IST
National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) area manager Yusuf Birma said a rescue operation is still underway but added that four people have been confirmed dead and 20 rescued.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau holds a weapon in an unknown location in Nigeria.(Reuters / File Photo)
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau holds a weapon in an unknown location in Nigeria.(Reuters / File Photo)

Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau 'badly wounded': What we know

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2021 09:17 PM IST
  • Nigerian media was filled with speculation that the man who made international headlines for kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls in 2014 might finally be dead.
Gunmen took 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and previously released 10 of them.(AFP)
Gunmen took 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and previously released 10 of them.(AFP)

Weak and tattered, 29 students freed in Nigeria's Kaduna

Reuters | , Kaduna
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:57 AM IST
President Muhammadu Buhari released a statement that welcomed the release of 27 students. His office did not respond to questions regarding the discrepancy in the number.
The image shows the Nigerian athlete named Aminat Idrees.(Twitter/@nsf_edo)
The image shows the Nigerian athlete named Aminat Idrees.(Twitter/@nsf_edo)

Eight months pregnant athlete wins gold medal in Taekwondo

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 01:41 PM IST
Nigerian athlete Aminat Idrees won a gold medal while participating in the country's National Sports Festival.
Shade Ajayi, 50, stands up during class at Ilorin Grammar School in Ilorin, Kwara state.(REUTERS)
Shade Ajayi, 50, stands up during class at Ilorin Grammar School in Ilorin, Kwara state.(REUTERS)

‘Not ashamed that I wear a uniform’: Woman, 50, in Nigeria enrolls in school

Reuters | , Ilorin, Nigeria
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 01:37 PM IST
Donning the pink dress and bonnet that make up 50-year-old Shade Ajayi's uniform, she joins hundreds of similarly dressed pupils at a school in Ilorin, in Nigeria's western Kwara state.
US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'(Twitter/USAinKSA)
US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'(Twitter/USAinKSA)

US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 07:54 AM IST
In a bid to overturn Trump's so-called Muslim ban, Joe Biden's government said applicants who were refused visas prior to Jan 20, 2020, must submit new applications and fees while those who were denied on or after Jan. 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration
Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (REUTERS)
Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (REUTERS)

Doctor gets Nigeria's first Covid-19 vaccine amid cheers and hope

Reuters | , Abuja
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:39 PM IST
  • Two other male doctors and one female nurse were also inoculated in white tents draped in green, the colours of the national flag, while cameras rolled and officials clapped and cheered.
Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara walk in line after their release, in Zamfara, Nigeria. (REUTERS)
Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara walk in line after their release, in Zamfara, Nigeria. (REUTERS)

Nigeria: Kidnappers free all abducted schoolgirls

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:22 PM IST
According to earlier reports, 317 girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary (GGSS) School in the town of Jangebe were abducted by an armed gang at around 1am on Friday.
Addressing the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was adding his voice to others including Nigeria’s bishop in condemning what he described as “the vile abduction” of the girls.(REUTERS)
Addressing the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was adding his voice to others including Nigeria’s bishop in condemning what he described as “the vile abduction” of the girls.(REUTERS)

Pope prays for liberation of 317 kidnapped Nigerian students

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:48 PM IST
Police on Friday in Nigeria said gunmen had abducted the students from their boarding school. Several large groups of armed men operate in the area and are known to kidnap for ransom money and the release of their jailed cohorts.
Rescuers and people gather near the debris from a Nigerian air force plane that crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway.(REUTERS)
Rescuers and people gather near the debris from a Nigerian air force plane that crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway.(REUTERS)

7 killed in Nigerian air force passenger plane crash outside Abuja airport

Reuters | , Abuja
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:46 PM IST
In scrubland just outside the airport perimeter, dozens of military and airport officials picked through the charred remnants of the aeroplane.
A security official inspects the site where a passenger plane crashed when it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala on August 8, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A security official inspects the site where a passenger plane crashed when it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala on August 8, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Nigerian military plane crashes on approach to Abuja airport: Minister

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Abuja
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 06:17 PM IST
Hadi Sirika said on his Twitter account that "a military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna."
A voter holds a ballot paper with images of the two candidates at a polling station in Niamey on February 21, 2021 during Niger's second round of the presidential election. - Niger is the world's poorest nation, according to the UN's benchmark of development of 189 countries. (AFP)
A voter holds a ballot paper with images of the two candidates at a polling station in Niamey on February 21, 2021 during Niger's second round of the presidential election. - Niger is the world's poorest nation, according to the UN's benchmark of development of 189 countries. (AFP)

Niger voters return to polls in second round for president

PTI | , Niamey
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 04:07 PM IST
Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39 per cent of the vote in the first round, is running against former president Mahamane Ousmane.
The comments by Bashir Salihi Magashi, a retired army major, came on Wednesday, hours after gunmen abducted dozens of people, including 27 students(REUTERS)
The comments by Bashir Salihi Magashi, a retired army major, came on Wednesday, hours after gunmen abducted dozens of people, including 27 students(REUTERS)

Defence minister tells Nigerians not to 'be cowards' when facing armed bandits

Reuters | , Lagos
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:13 PM IST
  • "I don't know why people are running away from minor, minor, minor things like that,"said Bashir Salihi Magashi. "They should stand. Let these people know that even the villagers have the competence and capability to defend themselves."
The school has around 1,000 students and it was not immediately clear how many were taken.(REUTERS)
The school has around 1,000 students and it was not immediately clear how many were taken.(REUTERS)

Gunmen kidnap 'hundreds' of schoolboys in Nigeria: Report

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • The attackers wearing military uniforms stormed the Government Science College in "huge numbers" in the town of Kagara in Niger state late on Tuesday, herding the students into a nearby forest, the sources said.
Boko Haram insurgents have waged a violent campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 to impose the group’s version of Islamic law on Nigeria(REUTERS)
Boko Haram insurgents have waged a violent campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 to impose the group’s version of Islamic law on Nigeria(REUTERS)

Nigeria says war crimes probe hampers fight against insurgents

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:03 PM IST
The International Criminal Court is acting like “another ‘fighting force’ against Nigeria, constantly harassing our security forces and threatening them with investigation and possible prosecution,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement emailed January 4.
One-year-old Nayum and his parents travelled from South Africa to Mumbai for a liver transplant at Global Hospital, Parel.
One-year-old Nayum and his parents travelled from South Africa to Mumbai for a liver transplant at Global Hospital, Parel.

Mumbai’s medical tourism drops by 80% amid Covid-19 pandemic

By Rupsa Chakraborty, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:16 PM IST
"No More Deaths" is written in red paint on newspapers placed in front of photos of murderd Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, at the headquarters of Mexico's General Attorney's Office in Mexico City.(AP)
"No More Deaths" is written in red paint on newspapers placed in front of photos of murderd Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, at the headquarters of Mexico's General Attorney's Office in Mexico City.(AP)

Targeted killings of journalists surged in 2020, 68% killed outside war zones: Report

Paris | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:51 PM IST
The group said 68% were killed outside of war zones this year. That confirms a trend noted by the group since 2016, when only four out of 10 deaths were in countries not at war.
The news comes as infections surge again in parts of the African continent.(Bloomberg)
The news comes as infections surge again in parts of the African continent.(Bloomberg)

Another new virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria: Africa CDC

Nairobi, Kenya | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:33 PM IST
The African continent now has more than 2.5 million confirmed cases, or 3.3% of global cases.
Jihadist group Boko Haram on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of school students in northwest Nigeria(REUTERS)
Jihadist group Boko Haram on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of school students in northwest Nigeria(REUTERS)

Boko Haram claims kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian students

Nigeria | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:54 PM IST
At least 333 students are still missing since the attack late Friday on the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Katsina state. The army said Monday it had located the hideout of the men, and that a military operation was under way.
Security agencies should be alerted about “any suspicious movement around their facilities”, State police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi said.(Reuters File/Representative image)
Security agencies should be alerted about “any suspicious movement around their facilities”, State police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi said.(Reuters File/Representative image)

2 Indian nationals kidnapped in Nigeria: Police

Lagos | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:13 AM IST
State police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi said in a statement the force was making a “concerted effort” to find and rescue them, but did not say if the kidnappers had made contact with the families.
A view of a classroom at the Government Science secondary school in Kankara district, after it was attacked by armed bandits.(REUTERS)
A view of a classroom at the Government Science secondary school in Kankara district, after it was attacked by armed bandits.(REUTERS)

Hundreds of Nigerian students missing after attack on school

Lagos, Nigeria | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 04:33 PM IST
The Government Science Secondary School in Kankara was attacked Friday night by a large group of bandits who shot “with AK 47 rifles,” Katsina State police spokesman Gambo Isah said in a statement.
An attack by the extremist group Boko Haram has left 110 farmers dead in Nigeria, according to Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria(UN on Twitter)
An attack by the extremist group Boko Haram has left 110 farmers dead in Nigeria, according to Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria(UN on Twitter)

Nigeria likely to face food crisis after Boko Haram massacre: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 08:24 PM IST
Boko Haram, a jihadist group that has been operating in the region since 2009 to carve out a caliphate in north-east Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for the killings. Their leader Abubakar Shekau, in a video released on Tuesday, said it was “responsible for what happened”.
The victims included dozens of labourers from Sokoto state in northwestern Nigeria, roughly 1,000 kilometres away, who had travelled to the northeast to find work.(REUTERS)
The victims included dozens of labourers from Sokoto state in northwestern Nigeria, roughly 1,000 kilometres away, who had travelled to the northeast to find work.(REUTERS)

Nigeria: At least 110 farmers killed by Boko Haram, some beheaded

Maiduguri | By Agencies, Maiduguri
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:05 AM IST
The bloodletting took place near the Borno state capital Maiduguri, with assailants targeting farm workers on rice fields, with a pro-government anti-jihadist militia saying the assailants tied up the labourers and slit their throats.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts Nigerian GDP will contract by 4.3% this year, the biggest drop nearly four decades.(File photo)
The International Monetary Fund forecasts Nigerian GDP will contract by 4.3% this year, the biggest drop nearly four decades.(File photo)

Nigeria, the biggest African economy now in recession as oil output drops

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 07:29 PM IST
The twin impact of coronavirus lockdowns and the plunge in the price of oil hit the west African economy harder than most on the continent.
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