Jul 8, 2014

Nigerian mother fasts as hope of rescue for abducted girls fades

As the weeks stretch into months since her 18-year-old daughter Hauwa was kidnapped with 275 other schoolgirls by Islamist militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Rahila Musa Bitrus fasts and prays for her safe return. “I haven’t given up, but it’s obvious that ...

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

Jul 1, 2014

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance which got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday. France’s forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group ...

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

Jun 29, 2014

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

by Michelle Faula

By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. Her back and arms bristled with angry welts from the whipping her father ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nigeria warned malls about attacks

Nigeria’s intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people last week. The increased security may have prevented even more carnage, ...

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Jun 26, 2014

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first ...

Jun 22, 2014

At least 10 dead in Boko Haram raids in Nigeria

At least 10 people were killed Saturday in raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two villages near the town of Chibok where Islamists abducted more than 200 girls in April, residents and local leaders said. Military fighter jets dropped bombs on the insurgents, ...

Jun 18, 2014

Blast hits fans at World Cup screening in northern Nigeria

An explosion ripped through a football viewing center in Damaturu, northern Nigeria on Tuesday, police and residents said, as fans gathered to watch the World Cup. The blast at the Crossfire venue, in the Nayi-Nawa area of the state capital Yobe, happened shortly after ...

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

Wearing disguises, Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

Jun 6, 2014

Wearing disguises, Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

When men wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons showed up in pickup trucks, villagers thought Nigerian soldiers had finally come to protect them from Boko Haram. But it was a disguise. The gunmen rounded up everyone in the village center and then started shooting. ...