Latest Nigeria News

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Oct. 15, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday. This time, the building was discovered in President Muhammadu Buhari's...

Thousands of Nigerian hunters prepare to chase Boko Haram

Oct. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists who have ravaged the northeast for a decade, calling it "high time" they help soldiers end the deadly insurgency....

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Oct. 9, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 4, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: So-called "climate change" is mostly driven by factors unrelated to...

Nigeria’s leader in South Africa after attacks on foreigners

Oct. 3, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s president on Thursday said “early warning mechanisms” will be put in place to avoid the kind of deadly attacks on foreigners that angered many African countries and led to an extraordinary airlift of Nigerians, while Nigeria’s...

The Latest: Warholm wins 400 hurdles, host Qatar gets medal

Sep. 30, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the track and field world championships Monday (all times local): 10.50 p.m. Norway's Karsten Warholm has defended his title in the 400-meter hurdles but fell short of world record pace, as Qatar celebrated its first medal for the home team. Warholm went out fast and...

Nigerian police rescue 19 young women forced to have babies

Sep. 30, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Lagos say they have rescued 19 pregnant girls and young women who had been kidnapped, impregnated and forced to give birth to babies which were then sold. Lagos police spokesman Bala Elkana said the victims and four babies were rescued from four locations in the Ikotun area...

The Latest: Fraser-Pryce wins fourth world 100 gold

Sep. 29, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest from the track and field world championships in Qatar on Sunday (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has won her fourth world championship gold medal in the 100 meters. After revealing a new rainbow-dyed hairstyle, she clocked 10.71 in front of a...

Problem solved: Nigerians win appeal, can race in 200 meters

Sep. 29, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Problem solved. Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare will be given a spot at the starting line for the 200 meters at world championships. Okagbare tells The Associated Press that track's governing body, the IAAF, has approved the appeal from the two Nigerians and reinstated them into the...

Hundreds of boys, men freed from torture building in Nigeria

Sep. 27, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of boys and men have been rescued from a building in northern Nigeria where they had been beaten, starved, sexually assaulted and chained, police said Friday. Visible marks on their bodies showed that some had been tortured, police spokesman Yakubu Sabo in Kaduna State told...