Nigerian president urges unity after contested election victory

Nigerian president urges unity after contested election victory

Muhammadu Buhari won the poll by four million votes, according to official results.

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Nigerian opposition leader rejects election results

Nigerian opposition leader rejects election results

Atiku Abubakar claimed votes were suppressed among the ‘manifest malpractices’, and said democracy had been debased.

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Nigeria’s president is declared winner after bumpy vote

Nigeria’s president is declared winner after bumpy vote

Muhammadu Buhar won easily, by nearly four million votes.

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Nigerian President takes early lead amid vote-rigging claims

Nigerian President takes early lead amid vote-rigging claims

Nigeria's incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari has surged to an early lead in election returns, winning six of 36 states in Africa's largest democracy, while the main opposition rejected the count, alleging manipulation.

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Explosions and delays mark Nigeria’s presidential election

Explosions and delays mark Nigeria’s presidential election

Voting turnout appeared to be light as authorities tried to calm panicked, sceptical residents.

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Candidates rush back to capital as Nigeria delays presidential election

Candidates rush back to capital as Nigeria delays presidential election

The country’s electoral commission said the decision was ‘necessary for successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy’.

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Nigeria delays presidential election for a week amid ‘challenges’

Nigeria delays presidential election for a week amid ‘challenges’

The country’s electoral commission said the move was ‘necessary for successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy’.

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Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

Many people are feared dead after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in Nigeria while people were scooping up leaking fuel.

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100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

The agencies have warned that 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states will be seriously affected by severe flooding.

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'Dozens killed' in clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

'Dozens killed' in clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

Nigeria's presidency has said "killings across a number of communities" have occurred in its a central state as a report suggested 86 people had died in clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers.

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US selling warplanes to Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram

US selling warplanes to Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram

The US sale of high-tech attack aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists will move forward despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation's security forces, American officials said.

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Nigeria's President hoping to win election support - from his wife

Nigeria's President hoping to win election support - from his wife

Nigeria's First Lady has openly questioned whether her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, is in control of his government and said she may not campaign for him if he seeks a second term.

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Nigerian president asks UN to help recover schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Nigerian president asks UN to help recover schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has invited the United Nations to help negotiations to swap the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok for detained leaders of Boko Haram, a government statement said.

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Nigerian military accused of killing hundreds of Shiite Muslims

Nigerian military accused of killing hundreds of Shiite Muslims

Nigeria's military has killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims, activists said, in what the country's top human rights protector is calling "a massacre".

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Opposition wins Nigerian election

Opposition wins Nigerian election

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his electoral victory, the country’s aviation minister said.

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Nigerian militants open fire on busy marketplace, killing hundreds

Nigerian militants open fire on busy marketplace, killing hundreds

Islamic militants who prompted global outrage over the kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls have opened fire on a busy marketplace, killing hundreds in a new spasm of violence in Nigeria’s north-east.

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Protest at Nigerian embassy in Dublin over kidnapping of girls

Protest at Nigerian embassy in Dublin over kidnapping of girls

A protest was held outside the Nigerian Embassy in Dublin today calling for the safe return of almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in the country.

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Obama: US will help to find Nigeria girls

Obama: US will help to find Nigeria girls

President Barack Obama has said that the US will do everything it can to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls who have been missing since they were abducted from school three weeks ago.

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Nigerian capital rocked by blast

An explosion has rocked an area of the Nigerian capital near the site of a bombing that killed at least 75 people last month.

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24 die in Nigeria violence

At least 24 people have been killed in ethnic violence in a rural town in Nigeria, according to a health official.

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Foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria

Gunmen have kidnapped seven foreign workers from a construction company, including at least one British citizen, according to officials in northern Nigeria.

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German hostage 'dies during rescue bid'

A German engineer kidnapped in the Nigerian city of Kano about five months ago has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, officials say.

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Six killed in Nigerian church attack

At least six people were killed today in an attack on a university campus in northern Nigeria where Catholics were holding a worship service.

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Sect targets Nigeria journalists

Sect targets Nigeria journalists

Journalists in Nigeria, already the target of threats and bribes, face a new danger after a radical Islamist sect bombed the offices of a major newspaper and vowed to “hit the media hard” in Africa’s most populous nation.

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Terror warning in Nigeria

The US embassy in Nigeria has issued an emergency warning to American citizens that an Islamist sect may be planning attacks on hotels in the capital.

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Four killed in Nigeria gun attacks

Gunmen suspected of being members of a radical Islamist sect have killed at least four people – including a six-year-old girl – in recent attacks in Nigeria’s volatile north-east, authorities said today.

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Former military dictator's aide sentenced to death

Former military dictator's aide sentenced to death

A judge in Nigeria sentenced to death the feared right-hand man of Nigeria's former military dictator over the 1996 killing of an opposition candidate's wife.

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National strike would cause anarchy, Nigerian government warns

National strike would cause anarchy, Nigerian government warns

A national strike paralysing Nigeria risks “anarchy”, the government has warned as demonstrations over spiralling fuel prices entered their third day Wednesday.

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United Nations condems Nigeria killings

An attack by a radical Muslim sect which killed at least 69 people in north-east Nigeria has been condemned by the United Nations.

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At least 19 dead in Nigeria bombings

At least 19 people have died in a series of bombings and shootings in north-east Nigeria, witnesses said.

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Children killed in Nigeria flooding

At least 23 people including several children have died after heavy rains caused flooding in the south of Nigeria, officials said today.

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'Many dead' after blast at UN office in Nigeria

'Many dead' after blast at UN office in Nigeria

A car bomb has exploded outside the United Nations' main office in Nigeria's capital, flattening one wing of the building and killing an unknown number of people.

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Explosion at United Nations office in Nigeria

Explosion at United Nations office in Nigeria

A large explosion struck the United Nations' main office in Nigeria's capital today, flattening one wing of the building.

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Blasts at Nigerian city target police and military

Multiple blasts have rocked a city in Nigeria's restive north east where a radical Muslim sect is accused of a rash of targeted killings, authorities said.

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Nigeria elections 'will go ahead'

Nigeria elections 'will go ahead'

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said that next week’s governor elections will go ahead, despite riots that have left more than 100 dead and forced 40,000 others to flee following the recent presidential vote in Africa’s most populous nation.

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Nigeria president appeals for calm

Nigeria president appeals for calm

Nigeria's president called for calm and national unity today after violent riots swept across the country's Muslim north, forcing thousands to flee in the wake of the presidential election.

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Technical difficulties hinder voter registration in Nigeria

Technical difficulties hinder voter registration in Nigeria

An effort to register 70 million voters across Nigeria before its April presidential election wobbled to a start, as volunteers fought with malfunctioning equipment and frustrated people struggled to find registration stations.

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French hostages killed in rescue attempt

Two French hostages captured in Niger were killed during a rescue attempt involving French forces, the country’s defence minister said tonight.

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Armed gang kill dozens in attacks on Nigerian churches

Dozens of armed men attacked a Nigerian church on Christmas Eve, dragging the pastor out of his home and shooting him to death, it has emerged today.

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Up to 150 dead in Nigerian military 'killing spree'

A Nigerian military attack using heavily armed soldiers and aerial bombing runs has killed as many as 150 people in the oil-rich southern delta, a human rights activist said today.

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Nigerian militants warn of fresh attacks

The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta has said it will launch new attacks, despite a recent military crackdown.

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Gunmen demand ransom after capturing schoolbus children

Gunmen kidnapped 15 children on their way to school near Nigeria's oil-rich and troubled southern delta.

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Death toll more than 300 in Nigeria violence

The top religious official at the main mosque in a riot-hit Nigerian city said the death toll has reached more than 300 people in two days of election-related violence.

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Child hostage released in Nigeria

Hostage-takers have released a toddler, its nanny and a driver kidnapped four days ago in Nigeria's oil-rich south, police said today.

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Militants bomb three Nigerian oil pipelines

Militants in restive southern Nigeria today claimed to have bombed three major oil pipelines.

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12 construction workers kidnapped in Nigeria

An armed group kidnapped 12 workers at a South Korean company’s power plant construction site in Nigeria today.

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Nigerian opposition calls for peaceful protests

An opposition bloc called for Nigerians to mount peaceful protests to demand cancellation of a "sham" presidential vote in which the governing party was declared the winner.

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Violent clashes erupt in Nigeria

Troops in northern Nigeria battled gunmen who had been blamed for an attack on a police station in which 12 policemen and a civilian died.

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Nigerian oil facility attacked by gunmen

About a dozen gunmen attacked a Total SA oil pumping station in Nigeria early today, killing three police guards and shutting down the facility, company officials said.

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Family celebrates oil-worker's release

The family of an Irish oil worker kidnapped in Nigeria 10 days ago were today celebrating after he was released unharmed.

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Kidnapped Irish engineer freed in Nigeria

The Irish engineer kidnapped in southern Nigeria earlier this month has been released by his captors.

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Workers freed after Nigeria kidnap ordeal

Six foreigners kidnapped in a nightclub raid in Nigeria’s southern oil region have been released.

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Four oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria

A Briton was confirmed to be among four people kidnapped from Nigerian night club last night, police say.

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Nigeria: All eight hostages freed

All six kidnapped British oil workers in Nigeria have been released, it was announced today.

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Two British hostages freed in Nigeria

Two kidnapped British oil workers have been released in Nigeria and six more hostages who are still being held are expected to be set free later today.

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