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Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

Jan. 21, 2022 08:46 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria is a “very, very dangerous (and) very threatening” crisis that needs more than $1 billion in aid in 2022 to assist those hit by the decade-long conflict, United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. ...

Jihadi video shows child fighters executing Nigeria soldiers

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked extremist group accused of killing hundreds in northeast Nigeria has released a video purporting to show child soldiers executing two men identified as members of the Nigerian military. The video released by the Islamic State West...

Vaccines to Africa must have good shelf lives, says expert

Jan. 20, 2022 10:31 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 2.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated to African countries have expired, the Africa Centers for Disease Control said Thursday, citing short shelf lives as the major reason. Donors of vaccines to the continent should send them with a realistic...

Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

Jan. 13, 2022 09:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. “Eric my body feel so good,” Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. “Whatever you did is working so...

Review: 'Wahala' is a solid, slow-burn, page-turning mystery

Jan. 13, 2022 09:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Wahala” by Nikki May (William Morrow/Custom House) The African word “wahala,” used commonly in Nigeria, means trouble and that's just what happens when three Anglo-Nigerian best friends in their 30s add a fourth woman to the mix. Boo, Simi...

Nigeria lifts its ban on Twitter after 7 months

Jan. 13, 2022 02:12 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian government has lifted its ban on Twitter, seven months after the West African country’s more than 200 million people were shut out of the social media network. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari directed that Twitter’s operations can resume...

Nigerian locals, authorities give varying attack death tolls

Jan. 09, 2022 11:56 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Survivors of a deadly attack in Nigeria's northwest said Sunday the death toll has reached 200, but authorities said that only 58 people were killed in the three days of bloodshed — the latest attack in a cycle of violence in the West African nation. Locals...

Official: 30 Nigerian students freed after 7 months

Jan. 09, 2022 06:03 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have released 30 Nigerian students who spent nearly seven months in captivity, a government official has said, the latest batch in the release of the dozens of Kebbi state students abducted in June. They arrived at the Kebbi state capital on Saturday...

Survivors: Over 100 killed in attack in Nigeria’s north

Jan. 07, 2022 09:33 AM EST

MAKURDI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 100 people have been killed in Nigeria’s troubled northern region, survivors told The Associated Press, as authorities continue to search for bodies and for suspects of the three-day violence. Bandits arrived in large numbers in the Anka and...