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West Africa bloc lifts coup sanctions on Niger in a new push for dialogue to resolve tensions

Feb. 24, 2024 11:42 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS said Saturday that it is lifting travel and economic sanctions imposed on Niger that were aimed at reversing last year's coup in the country in a new push for dialogue as it also renewed calls on three junta-led nations to...

Nigeria's defense chief accuses nations withholding arms sales over abuses of 'double standards'

Feb. 20, 2024 11:02 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's defense chief expressed frustration Tuesday with what he called the “double standards” of some countries that won't sell his military weapons because of human rights concerns. Gen. Christopher Musa’s comment underscores one of the biggest...

Nigeria’s currency has fallen to a record low as inflation surges. How did things get so bad?

Feb. 17, 2024 01:11 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians are facing one of the West African nation’s worst economic crises in years triggered by surging inflation, the result of monetary policies that have pushed the currency to an all-time low against the dollar. The situation has provoked anger and protests across...

At least 50 villagers shot dead in latest violence in northern Nigerian state of Plateau

Jan. 25, 2024 14:38 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 50 villagers over two days in Nigeria's north-central Plateau state, survivors said Thursday, prompting a 24-hour curfew and calls for authorities to end violence between nomadic cattle herders and farming communities. No group took...

Blinken pitches the US as an alternative to Russia's Wagner in Africa’s troubled Sahel

Jan. 23, 2024 19:37 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pitched the United States as a better security partner for Africa in place of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which he accused of exploiting coup-hit and conflict-hit nations in the continent's Sahel region. ...

3 killed and 77 injured in a massive blast caused by explosives in a southern Nigerian city

Jan. 17, 2024 22:58 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Three people died and 77 others were injured overnight when an explosives rocked more than 20 buildings in one of Nigeria's largest cities, authorities said Wednesday, as rescue workers dug through the rubble in search of those feared trapped. Residents in the...

Shell will sell big piece of its Nigeria oil business, but activists want pollution cleaned up first

Jan. 16, 2024 19:41 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Shell said Tuesday it agreed to sell its onshore business in Nigeria’s Niger Delta to a consortium of companies in a deal worth $2.4 billion, the latest move by the energy company to limit its exposure in the West African nation amid long-running complaints of...

Nigerian leader says 'massive education' of youth will help end kidnappings threatening the capital

Jan. 16, 2024 14:45 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Nigeria's leader said Tuesday that his government will embark on “massive education” of youth as one way to tackle the increasing kidnappings for ransom now threatening the capital city along with the rest of the country's conflict-hit north. President...

Africa’s biggest oil refinery begins production in Nigeria with the aim of reducing need for imports

Jan. 15, 2024 05:54 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa’s biggest oil refinery has begun production in Nigeria, the company has said, ending a yearslong wait for a plant that analysts said Monday could boost refining capacity in a region heavily reliant on imported petroleum products. The $19 billion...

Nigerian leader suspends poverty alleviation minister after financial transactions are questioned

Jan. 08, 2024 19:28 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president on Monday suspended the country’s minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation over the use of a private bank account for ministry financial transactions in the government's social welfare program. Betta Edu was suspended with...