Nigeria

Nigerian president bemoans murder of 25 villagers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed deep shock and sadness over the killing of at least 25 villagers by a local armed group in the northwestern state of Sokoto. The deceased were buried on Sunday following the attack in three villages of Rabah local government area of the state...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:37am

Nigerian oil unions deny fuel scarcity

Nigerian oil unions on Saturday denied reports about fuel scarcity hitting parts of the oil-producing country and called on citizens to stop panic buying of petrol and diesel. Local media reported on Saturday that fuel scarcity hit some cities in the country due to purported refusal by some oil...

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:29am

Two suicide bombers die in failed attack on Nigerian church

Two suspected suicide bombers died on Sunday when they attempted to attack a local church in northeastern Nigeria, the police and rescue officials said. Three suicide bombers were on a mission to attack a local Seminary Church in Gulak area of Adamawa state when the improvised explosive devices on...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 8:23am

Xi congratulates Buhari on his re-election

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election as Nigerian president. In the message dated March 1, Xi said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Nigeria relations and would like to work with Buhari to continuously lift Sino...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:56am

Buhari vows to consolidate achievements in second term

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday he would focus on consolidating his achievements to take the country to the "next level" during his second term of office. Early Wednesday, the country's electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),...

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 9:40am

Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari wins presidential election

Nigeria's electoral body on early Wednesday declared incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the country's presidential election. Buhari, the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party, topped the poll with 15,191,847, or 55.6 percent of the total 27,324,...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:58am

Nigerian army vows to deal with election violence

Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it will deal decisively with anyone planning to disrupt the rescheduled presidential and national assembly elections, no matter how highly placed. Aminu Iliyasu, spokesperson for the army in southern oil-rich state of Rivers, gave the warning in a statement sent to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:27pm

Nigeria orders re-opening of borders after postponement of elections

The Nigerian government on Saturday ordered the re-opening of all the nation's borders following the postponement of presidential and national assembly polls by the electoral body. The land borders were closed on Thursday to ensure a smooth process of the elections earlier scheduled for...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 8:44am

Nigeria tightens security ahead of presidential polls

Nigerian authorities have ordered tight security across the country as Saturday's presidential polls draw near. The police has said that to ensure peaceful elections, it is deploying "maximally" and would be making the enormous use of its human and material resources. National police...

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:19am

Waje and Muyango entertain at Jazz Junction

It was a night of Afrojazz sounds at the Kigali Serena Hotel as the Kigali Jazz Junction made a return after a two month break. This month’s edition paired Rwandan folk music icon Jean Marie Muyango with Nigerian songbird Waje, who was performing in Rwanda for the first time. In the end, it...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 12:38am

Nigerian songstress Waje jets in for Kigali Jazz Junction

Nigerian singer and songwriter Aituaje Iruobe, aka Waje landed in Kigali on Tuesday evening ahead of the Kigali Jazz Junction mega show on Friday at Kigali Serena Hotel. The show will be graced by Rwandan cultural music icon Jean-Marie Muyango.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:16pm

Cholera kills 97 in Nigeria’s northeast

A cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast has killed nearly 100 people over the past two weeks and infected thousands more, the United Nations said. The number of recorded cases in Yobe and Borno states currently stands at 3,126, including 97 deaths, the UN Office for the Coordination of...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 12:50am

Nigeria suspends plans for new national carrier

The Nigerian government has temporarily suspended plans to start a new national carrier, months after launching the name and logo of Nigeria Air at an event in the United Kingdom. Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika announced on Wednesday via Twitter that the Federal Executive Council had taken the...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:18pm

Nigerian troops thwart Boko Haram ambush, killing at least three

Nigerian troops on Sunday overpowered a group of Boko Haram fighters, killing at least three, following a gunfight in the northeastern state of Borno. According to a statement by the army on Twitter, the troops of 21 Brigade were on a clearance patrol, when they were ambushed by the terrorists...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:02am

Muyango, Nigeria’s Waje set for Kigali Jazz Junction

Come September 28, it will be the best of Rwandan cultural music paired with Naija pop sounds as the Kigali Jazz Junction returns. To headline this edition is Belgium-based Rwandan cultural music icon Jean-Marie Muyango, alongside Nigerian pop sensation Aituaje Iruobe, better known by her stage...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:32pm

Men‘s U-21 team off to Nigeria for continental showpiece

THE national U-21 men volleyball team departed for Abuja last night aboard an Ethiopian flight, ahead of the African men’s U21 championship set for September 12-19 in Nigeria. According to head coach Paul Bitok, the boys have had enough time to train together and he is confident they will...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:33am

Theresa May signs security partnership with Nigeria's president

Theresa May has signed a security pact with Nigeria’s president aimed at helping the west African nation combat Boko Haram through better military training and anti-terrorist propaganda techniques developed in the UK. The British prime minister’s agreement with Muhammadu Buhari was...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:36am

Nigerian Ugochukwu set for trials at Rayon Sports

Nigerian striker McCarthy Okpara Ugochukwu has arrived in the country ahead of his trials with Azam Rwanda Premier League giants, Rayon Sports. Ugochukwu landed at Kigali International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and was welcomed by the club’s Secretary General Bernard ‘King’...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:41pm

Gun assault by militants kills at least 19 in Guzamala, Nigeria - reports

Heavily-armed militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Nigeria's Borno state at around 2 a.m., Reuters reported, citing local eyewitnesses. Survivors reported that at least 19 people were killed although some eyewitnesses have put the death toll at 63. The militants...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:31am

Nigeria’s acting president orders overhaul of controversial police unit

Nigeria’s acting president has ordered the overhaul of a police unit following allegations of human rights violations, his spokesman said on Tuesday, as the government seeks to burnish its security record ahead of February’s presidential election. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 12:26am