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Nigeria is emerging as a critical mineral hub. The government is cracking down on illegal operations

May. 26, 2024 22:32 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government is cracking down on illegal mining, making dozens of arrests of unlicensed miners since April for allegedly stealing the country’s lithium, a critical mineral used in batteries for electric vehicles, smartphones and power systems. The...

Gunmen abduct 9 students in Nigeria's north in the latest attack targeting schools

May. 10, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least nine students have been abducted by gunmen during a late-night raid on their school in northern Nigeria’s Kogi state, authorities said Friday, the third such abduction amid rampant kidnappings targeting schools in the conflict-hit region this year. ...

Mixing games and education, Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Nigeria to promote mental health

May. 10, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, arrived in Nigeria amid pomp and dancing on Friday to champion mental health for young people affected by conflicts and to promote the Invictus Games, which the prince founded to aid the rehabilitation of wounded and sick servicemembers and...

Nigerian journalist's arrest last week triggers criticism of worsening press freedoms

May. 06, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian journalist’s arrest last week has triggered criticism of worsening press freedoms in the West African country. Daniel Ojukwu with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism went missing last Wednesday in the economic hub of Lagos. His family and...

Nigerians struggle with fuel shortages as queues form across major cities

Apr. 30, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians were queuing for hours to buy fuel across major cities on Tuesday as the West African nation struggled with its latest fuel shortage, causing more hardship for millions already struggling in an economic crisis. The fuel shortage has led to an...

More than 100 inmates break free from an old Nigerian prison after heavy rains

Apr. 25, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — More than 100 inmates escaped from an old and decrepit prison near Nigeria's capital after overnight heavy rains destroyed parts of the facility, a prison official said Thursday as security agencies searched for the fugitives. An hours-long downpour late...

Nigeria seeks to try crypto exchange Binance executives over alleged money laundering, tax evasion

Apr. 04, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities asked in court Thursday for cryptocurrency exchange Binance and two of its executives to be tried for alleged money laundering and tax evasion, the first legal step following weeks of a criminal investigation into the trading platform. ...

Gunmen in northwest Nigerian free nearly 300 schoolchildren after over two weeks in captivity, officials say (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported that the children were held for three weeks.

Mar. 24, 2024 02:42 AM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northwest Nigerian free nearly 300 schoolchildren after over two weeks in captivity, officials say (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported that the children were held for three weeks.

Two Nigerian students are killed and 23 injured in a stampede to get donated rice

Mar. 22, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of students in northern Nigeria rushed to get food donated to their school by the government to help ease hardship, resulting in a stampede that left two dead and 23 others injured, school authorities said Friday. Africa's most populous country is...