Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

Oct 21, 2014

Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

There was cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country’s Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria’s federal government has not yet provided ...

Oct 20, 2014

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola on Monday after a 42-day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus. “Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative ...

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Oct 18, 2014

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. The ...

Oct 3, 2014

Exxon sees some disruption from Ebola outbreak

Exxon Mobil Corp has seen some of its oil and gas activities in West Africa disrupted by the Ebola outbreak, including plans to drill offshore Liberia, the company’s chief executive officer said on Thursday. Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, which has ...

Sep 25, 2014

Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader is dead

Nigeria’s military on Wednesday claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that a heavily bearded Islamist ...

Sep 23, 2014

Rumors swirl again over whether Boko Haram leader is alive

Is he alive or isn’t he? Fresh claims have emerged in Nigeria that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or at least someone impersonating him, may be dead — and not for the first time Rumors have been flying since Sept. 18, when the military ...

Sep 18, 2014

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

At least 13 people were killed and 34 injured on Wednesday as a gunbattle broke out between police and suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Nigeria’s second city of Kano, police said. Kano State police commissioner Adelere Shinaba said the gunmen, whom he described ...

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Sep 17, 2014

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has declared “total war” on the West African country and the situation “must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves,” Senate President David Mark said. “The escalation of violence and the heinous crimes daily perpetrated by insurgents ...

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Sep 15, 2014

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua on Sunday linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play. Joshua, dubbed “The Prophet” by fanatical followers because of his purported predictions and ...

Sep 14, 2014

Rescue body says death toll stands at 40 in Nigerian building collapse

Forty people have now died as the result of a building collapse at the mega-church of one of Nigeria’s most famous preachers and televangelists, the country’s main rescue body said Sunday. “It’s now 40 dead,” Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management ...