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Nigerian Oil Workers Threaten to Shut Down Production

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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(NEW LEAD AND INFO GRAF 2)) A Nigerian oil workers union says it is taking the first steps toward shutting down production to protest soaring gasoline prices. The Pengassan union said Wednesday its workers are refusing to send production reports to government officials — the initial move toward cutting off production. The union says it […]

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Militant Leader Issues Video Challenge to Nigerian President

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has promised more attacks in a new video posted on the Internet. The 15-minute video, seen on YouTube, shows Imam Abubakar Shekau, who is believed to head a faction of Boko Haram. In the video, Shekau says his group’s fighters will continue to kill and are […]

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Ghana Seizes Arms Believed Bound for Nigeria

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Ghana say they have seized a truckload of weapons believed to be headed to Nigeria, where the government is struggling to contain sectarian violence and protests over rising fuel costs. Authorities say they found double-barrel guns and ammunition inside a truck marked with the name of a soft drink company. Police say the […]

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Pressure Mounts on Nigerian Government Over Fuel Prices

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Nigerians are demonstrating against soaring fuel costs for a third straight day, as the country’s main oil unions consider joining the protest. Leaders with the two main unions — one for senior staff, one for workers — said Wednesday they are discussing a possible shutdown of oil production and exports. The move could […]

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Nigeria Fuel Subsidy Protests Reach Third Day

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protesters have gathered in Nigeria for a third day calling on the government to restore a fuel subsidy, while the nation’s main labor unions urged President Goodluck Jonathan to listen to the “voice of the people.” The demonstrators were gathering in Nigeria’s main commercial city of Lagos and other areas. Protesters held a big rally […]

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Suspected Islamist Gunmen Kill 8 in Northern Nigeria

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northern Nigeria say suspected members of a radical Islamist sect have shot dead eight people, including four police officers. The attack happened late Tuesday at a bar in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, and authorities blamed the killings on Boko Haram. The fundamentalist Islamic group has threatened to kill Christians in […]

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Nigerian Unions Say Fuel Subsidy Protests Will Continue

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 1:12 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s main labor unions have called for workers to remain on strike until the government restores a fuel subsidy, saying President Goodluck Jonathan should listen to the “voice of the people.” Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday in cities across the country, with big rallies in the commercial center, Lagos, and in the capital, […]

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Nigerian Unions Say Fuel Subsidy Protests Will Continue

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s main labor unions have called for workers to remain on strike until the government restores a fuel subsidy, saying President Goodluck Jonathan should listen to the “voice of the people.” Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday in cities across the country, with big rallies in the commercial center, Lagos, and in the capital, […]

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Islamic Gunmen Kill 8 in Nigeria Bar

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Suspected radical Islamic gunmen have shot eight people to death, including four policemen, in a bar in northern Nigeria. Police blamed the Tuesday night attack, in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, on Boko Haram. The fundamentalist group has threatened to kill Christians in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria as it seeks to turn the country […]

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Anger Swells as Nigerians Strike Over Fuel Prices

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Anger swept across Nigeria Tuesday as huge crowds gathered to protest soaring fuel prices and corruption during the second day of a nationwide strike. Police in the main commercial city of Lagos watched as thousands of people chanted anti-government slogans while smoke from burning tires rose to the sky. Angry youths had set the fires […]

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