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Gunmen Attack Police Stations in Nigeria Killing 7 People

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian authorities say gunmen attacked two police stations in separate parts of the country’s north late Monday, killing seven people. Authorities released details of the attacks Tuesday. In the deadliest incident, the assailants fired on a police station in the town of Tambuwal in northwestern Nigeria’s Sokoto state, killing four officers and two civilians. In […]

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British-Nigerian Footballer Pleads for Return of Missing Dad

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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British and Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel has appealed for the safe return of his father, who went missing in central Nigeria last week. Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was last seen Friday in the city of Jos. Representatives for Mikel, who plays for the Chelsea football team, said Monday the father […]

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Nigerian Police Kill Would-Be Car Bomber

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northern Nigeria say they have shot and killed a man attempting to drive a car bomb into a local police headquarters. Borno State Police Commissioner Simeon Midenda says the guards killed the man Monday as he tried to force his way into police headquarters in the city of Maiduguri while a recruitment drive […]

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Father of British Footballer Kidnapped in Nigeria

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The father of British and Nigerian football player Mikel John Obi is missing in his homeland, Nigeria, and there are fears he has been kidnapped. Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was last seen Friday in the city of Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Representatives for the Chelsea football star say the senior Obi […]

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Nigerian Muslim Sect Kills Cleric

Posted August 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Nigeria say suspected members of a radical Islamist group have shot dead a prominent Muslim cleric in the country’s northeast. Police said Saturday the 65 year-old cleric, Liman Bana, was killed Friday night after evening prayers in the town of Ngala. Officials say the gunmen traveled on motorcycles and sped away after the […]

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Nigeria Extradites Scam Suspect To US

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria has extradited a man to the United States for his alleged role in a multi-nation scam that defrauded law firms of more than 30 million dollars. Nigerian officials said Friday the suspect, Emmanuel Ekhator, who is Nigerian, was handed over to U.S. officials earlier this week and charged in the eastern U.S. state of […]

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Pfizer Begins Payouts in Nigerian Drug Test Trials

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says it has begun paying victims and families affected by a 1996 drug trial that killed and crippled children in northern Nigeria. Pfizer on Thursday said it made payments of $175,000 to the families of four children who died in the study. The payments were made after relatives provided DNA evidence […]

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UN: Nigerian Delta Requires Largest Ever Oil Cleanup

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report says decades of oil spills in Nigeria’s Ogoniland region may require the world’s largest petroleum cleanup that could cost more than $1 billion. The report, released Thursday by the U.N.’s environmental program, said that drinking water supplies within the oil-rich Niger Delta have been damaged by 50 years of crude oil […]

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British Officials Examining Authenticity of Nigerian Hostage Video

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities are checking the authenticity of a video claiming to show a British and Italian man kidnapped in May in Nigeria. Britain’s Foreign Office said Thursday officials are urgently examining the video, in which two men claim to have been kidnapped by al-Qaida. The video was sent to news agency AFP’s Ivory Coast office, […]

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Shell Admits Responsibility for Two Devastating Oil Spills in Nigeria in 2008

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Shell Oil has accepted responsibility for two devastating spills in Nigeria in 2008, which destroyed the livelihoods of nearly 70,000 people. Lawyers representing the Bodo community of Nigeria’s Ogoniland region sued Shell in a British court. They say oil company could pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The attorneys say the Bodo […]

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