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Nigerian Police Suspect Radical Sect Killed Muslim Cleric

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police suspect a radical Muslim group is behind the shooting death of a rival cleric in northeastern Borno state. Authorities believe Boko Haram members killed Sheik Ibrahim Birkuti outside his home in the town of Biu. The gunmen were riding motorcycles when they opened fire on the cleric. Birkuti had been critical of Boko […]

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Top Nigerian Lawmaker Arrested on Fraud Charges

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has arrested a top lawmaker for allegedly defrauding the government of tens of millions of dollars. Authorities say they detained the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, after a four-hour standoff at his home in Abuja on Sunday night. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission suspects Bankole misappropriated at […]

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Nigerian Lawmaker Arrested on Corruption Charges

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives on fraud allegations. An agency spokesman said Dimeji Bankole was detained Sunday and will remain in custody to answer questions on the charges against him. Bankole was arrested at his home in the capital, Abuja.

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Nigerian Police Raid Clinic Accused of Selling Babies

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police say they have taken 32 pregnant women from an illegal clinic accused of selling babies in southeastern Abia state. Authorities say they raided the Cross Foundation in Abia last weekend and arrested the facility’s director. Police commissioner Bala Hassan says the pregnant women were housed at the clinic until their babies were born. […]

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Rights Groups Hail Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Law

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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A coalition of Nigerian rights groups is hailing the country’s new Freedom of Information law as a victory for transparency in government. A spokesman for Right to Know Initiative says the law passed by President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday gives Nigerians the tools uncover facts and hold public officials and institutions accountable. The law also protects […]

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