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Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria's capital, 879 inmates escape

Jul. 06, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 900 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. At least 443 of the 879 escapees are still missing, Umar Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.

Jul. 06, 2022 03:22 AM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.

Police: Children among 77 kept in Nigeria church for rapture

Jul. 03, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria have freed at least 77 people who were kept in a church basement by pastors who preached to them about Christian believers ascending to heaven with the second coming of Jesus Christ, authorities said Sunday. The people rescued Friday night...

Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

Jul. 01, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow suit. ...

Four Chinese nationals abducted in deadly Nigeria attack

Jun. 30, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked a local mining site in northcentral Nigeria, killing “many security personnel” and abducting some workers including four Chinese nationals, authorities said on Thursday. The attackers on Wednesday evening “invaded” the mining site in...

Cameroon's separatists suspected of rural attack killing 30

Jun. 28, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Suspected separatist rebels in western Cameroon attacked rural villages, killing at least 30 people, say health workers in the Akwaya district. Injured survivors are being treated at the Presbyterian Hospital in Akwaya, according to Samuel Fonki, a...

Nigeria’s chief justice resigns amid corruption allegations

Jun. 27, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s highest judicial officer has resigned, an aide said Monday, a week after the country’s Supreme Court justices accused the top-ranking judge of corruption. Justice Tanko Muhammad denies the allegations. Justice Muhammad resigned as the Chief...

Nigerian governor lets residents carry guns for self-defense

Jun. 26, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian governor has ordered the issuing of licenses so citizens can carry guns to defend themselves against armed groups, a first among the measures drawn up to defeat gunmen blamed for the deaths of thousands in the West African country's troubled northern region. ...

Nigerians blame fuel shortage on Ukraine war, fixed prices

Jun. 23, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is grappling with widespread fuel shortages that are forcing motorists to spend hours in lines to buy gas and causing prices to surge for transportation and basic commodities. Russia’s war in Ukraine has caused prices to import fuel go up by more...