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Shootings, Bombings Kill 10 in Northern Nigeria

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 10 people were killed in a series of bombings and gun attacks in Nigeria’s restive northeast. A local police official says an explosion Sunday evening killed at least five people and injured 10 others near police barracks in the city of Maiduguri. Separately gunmen shot and killed one person Sunday. Reuters news identified […]

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Outspoken Former Nigerian Minister Detained

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police have arrested a former government minister who is accused of corruption and who has been an outspoken critic of the current administration. The State Security Service, or the SSS, detained Malam Nasir El-Rufai Saturday morning at Abuja airport as he returned from a private trip to London. No reason was given for the […]

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Nigeria Swears in 14 Ministers

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn in 14 members of his Cabinet, asking them to get straight to work. Twelve of the appointees who took the oath of office Saturday served in Mr. Jonathan’s previous Cabinet in the same ministries. Two are new appointees; Mr. Jonathan says they will receive their assignments on Monday. The […]

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Nigerian Workers Threaten to Strike

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Workers in some of Nigeria’s biggest unions are threatening to walk off the job unless the government implements a year-old agreement to raise their pay. Nigerian Labor Congress President Abdulwaheed Omar issued an ultimatum Friday saying public and private sector workers were prepared to launch a nationwide strike in two weeks. The NLC and the […]

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Nigeria Imposes Curfews in Abuja

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria has imposed curfews on nightclubs, bars, movies theatres and parks in the capital, Abuja, following several deadly bombing attacks. The Federal Capital Territory Administration has ordered parks and gardens to close by 6 pm while nightclubs, bars, and movie theatres are allowed to stay open until 10 pm daily. The agency says the curfew […]

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New Security Measures Imposed in Nigerian Capital

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Nigeria have imposed new security measures in the capital, Abuja, following a deadly bomb attack at the national police headquarters. City administrators announced the security measures for a range of popular gathering places in a statement Wednesday. Nightclubs, beer gardens and cinemas in Abuja are now required to close by 10 p.m. Places […]

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US, EU Condemn Violence in Northern Nigeria

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. and European diplomats have jointly condemned a spate of violent attacks in northern Nigeria that have killed 28 people this week. On Monday, three people were killed and at least three injured in an attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. A day earlier, a bombing by suspected Islamic militants in the same city […]

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Nigerian President Submits Cabinet Nominees

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted a list of 34 cabinet nominees to the Senate for approval. Senate President David Mark read the list, which did not specify portfolios, to the upper house of parliament Tuesday. Some of the proposed ministers include ex-finance minister Olusegun Aganga, a former Goldman Sachs executive. Former oil minister Deziani […]

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Nigerian President Submits Cabinet Nominees

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted a list of 34 cabinet nominees to the Senate for approval. Senate President David Mark read the list, which did not specify portfolios, to the upper house of parliament Tuesday. Some of the proposed ministers include ex-finance minister Olusegun Aganga, a former Goldman Sachs executive. Former oil minister Deziani […]

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Nigerian Military Takes Control of Maiduguri after Sunday Bombing

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Nigerian military on Monday took control of the northeastern town of Maiduguri after a bombing by suspected Islamic militants killed 25 people in an beer garden. A joint task force of soldiers, navy, air force, police, and immigration and customs officers now controls the town after Sunday’s attack that also wounded 12 others. Task […]

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