Latest Nigeria News

Nigerian firefighters battle huge blazes at market in Lagos

Nov. 5, 2019 9:34 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian firefighters were battling two fires that broke out almost simultaneously Tuesday at a busy market in central Lagos, the country's largest city and commercial center. Balogun Market, where the fires erupted, is one of Nigeria's largest textile markets. "We have split our team...

Nigeria lifts ban on 2 prominent humanitarian groups

Oct. 31, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government has lifted a ban on the operations of two prominent international aid groups after accusing them of providing food and medicines to Boko Haram extremists, which the groups denied. The United Nations humanitarian office replied Wednesday that humanitarian groups...

Putin courts Africa, offers to mediate Nile dam dispute

Oct. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects Thursday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit. He even offered to help mediate a growing water dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia....

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...