The Latest: Nigeria opposition challenger coy on next steps
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election results (all times local):
Nigerian opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar says his next steps in challenging...
Nigeria’s president is declared winner after bumpy vote
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him...
The Latest: Nigeria’s president declared election winner
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The latest on Nigeria's election (all times local):
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of a troubled election in Africa's...
Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over ‘challenges’
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. It cited unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials had not been delivered to all parts of the country.
Residents of Africa's most populous nation and largest democracy will soon wake up to outrage. Many had relocated for the chance to vote.
The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local):
Nigeria's electoral commission says the presidential election is delayed until Feb. 23 over unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials have not been delivered to all parts of the country.
The Latest: Nigeria’s leader vows protection for foreigners
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's upcoming elections(all times local):
Nigeria's president is vowing "safety and full protection" for foreign election observers, diplomats and others as Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday.
President Muhammadu Buhari's government has been under pressure over recent comments criticizing so-called foreign interference in the vote.
Nigeria’s youth boom approaches the voting booth frustrated
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Halima Usman is part of a booming new generation in Nigeria, voting for the first time in a presidential election Saturday after being raised during the country's two decades of civilian rule.
A majority of eligible voters in Africa's most populous nation are now 35 or younger, a demographic that will help double the continent's population by 2050.
Nigeria’s candidates mix peace pledge with election threats
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president and his top challenger in Saturday's election renewed a pledge for peace on Wednesday ahead of a vote marked by accusations that have alarmed some observers, while some of their supporters kept the heated rhetoric flowing.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks a second term, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar vowed to contribute to a free and fair election in Africa's most populous country and refrain from "religious incitement" or ethnic profiling.
Okwonkwo loaned to Montreal Impact from Bologna
MONTREAL (AP) — Nigerian striker Orji Okwonkwo has been loaned to Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact for the 2019 season by the Italian club Bologna.
The 21-year-old joined Bologna from Nigeria's Abuja and has three goals in 27 Serie A games. He played five games for Nigeria's title-winning team at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.
Nigerian group says troops shot, killed 27 Shiite Muslims
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's main Shiite Muslim movement says Nigerian troops shot and killed at least 27 of its members during a procession to the capital of Abuja.
Islamic Movement of Nigeria spokesman Ibrahim Musa said six people were killed on Saturday and another 21 on Monday.
Nigeria's military said it killed six people and that the Shiite protesters fired first at soldiers.
Pilot dead after 2 Nigeria air force planes crash in capital
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force pilot has died after two aircraft crashed while rehearsing for the West African nation's 58th Independence Day celebrations, the government said Friday.
A spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the pilot had "successfully" ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft during the rehearsals in the capital, Abuja.
The pilot later died due to complications from injuries sustained on impact, the air force said in a statement.
1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An emergency response chief says one person is dead and six are injured after Friday's collapse of a four-story building in Nigeria's capital.
Mustapha Maihaja with the National Emergency Management Agency says one of the injured is in critical condition after the shopping complex that was under construction collapsed in Abuja.
The spokesman for the agency says rescue efforts have ended. Many people were rescued by bystanders.
Nigeria construction site collapses, trapping several people
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian rescue officials say they are working to pull out a number of people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed shopping complex that was under construction in the capital, Abuja.
Labaran Ahman, Federal Capital Emergency Agency search and rescue chief, said Friday that many people were rescued by bystanders after the four-story building collapsed in the afternoon. He said the number of people trapped is unknown.
Nigeria president to seek re-election in 2019
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian president's spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to seek re-election in February, 2019.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement Monday that Buhari made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, the capital.
Garba said the president's decision was a response to "the clamor by Nigerians to recontest in 2019."
Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappings undercut Nigerian president’s claims of demise
ABUJA, Nigeria The release of more than 100 kidnapped schoolgirls on Wednesday has done little to quell the anger than many Nigerians feel toward their government, whose pronouncements, they say, ring hollow as resurgent Islamist Boko Haram militants run rampant in the country's remote northeast.
2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday.
Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners in the Kagarko local government area Friday night after a massive manhunt, state police commissioner Agyole Abeh said.
2 Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in central Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.
The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night when they were ambushed around Kagarko, Kaduna state police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said.
Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others
MILAN (AP) — An Italian priest kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria was released after five days and was in good condition, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.
The Rev. Maurizio Pallu, 63, was released late Tuesday, five days after being kidnapped in Benin City. Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told Italian Radio Capital that the priest was returning to the Nigerian capital of Abuja, where he has been working for the last three years.
Reports: Italian priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria
MILAN (AP) — An Italian priest has been kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria, where he has been working for three years, Italian news reports said Friday.
The 63-year-old Maurizio Pallu was taken with four others after arriving Thursday in Benin City in the country's south, the news agency ANSA and Avvenire, the newspaper and website of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference, reported.
Nigeria’s ailing president returns after 3 months away
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country Saturday after more than three months in London for medical treatment but the government gave no details on what has been ailing him.
Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast Monday morning, his office said, referring to the president's issues merely as a "health challenge."
The Latest: Nigeria’s president returns after 3 months away
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria president's return after three months of medical treatment in London (all times local):
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country after more than three months in London for medical treatment. His plane has landed in the capital, Abuja.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say the 82 young women released by Boko Haram extremists this month are now joining those already freed in a special rehabilitation program.
Aisha Alhassan, minister of women's affairs and social development, said Tuesday that the women will attend months of remedial studies. They will have doctors and nurses available to help them heal from the trauma of three years in captivity.
The 82 Chibok schoolgirls recently released by Boko Haram were reunited with their families Saturday, the Nigerian government said.
The former captives, now ages 18-21, are believed to have been among the 276 pupils forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in April 2014.
The kidnapping from a boarding school in the town of Chibok sparked global outrage and the social media movement #BringBackOurGirls.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters' lives.
Brightly dressed families rushed through the crowd in the capital, Abuja, and embraced. One small group sank to their knees, with a woman raising her hands as if praising in church. Some danced. Others were in tears.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Nigeria's government is negotiating "seriously" for the release of more than 110 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls still held by Boko Haram and will exchange more detained members of the extremist group for them if needed, an official said Thursday.
"We will not relent until all are back," the minister of women's affairs and social development, Aisha Alhassan, told reporters in the capital, Abuja.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Parents of the 82 Nigerian schoolgirls released over the weekend from Boko Haram captivity said Wednesday they still were awaiting word from the government on exactly when they will be able to meet their daughters.
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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportunity to be released on Saturday chose to stay with her husband, the spokesman for Nigeria's president said Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said officials originally had been negotiating for the release of 83 girls, but one said she wanted to remain.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy Sunday night at meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists — then jolted the country by announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.
"We've always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom & safe return of our daughters" and all captives of Boko Haram, Buhari said on his Twitter account.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on the release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria (all times local):
Nigeria's government says the 82 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls who have been released in an exchange for detained Boko Haram suspects are expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in the capital.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government says the international airport in its capital has reopened after six weeks of repairs to the runway, which experts had said was in shocking disrepair.
Nigeria says the Abuja airport is opening Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule.
The closure of one of West Africa's busiest airports had been another blow to Nigeria's already suffering economy.
Nigeria marks 3 years since schoolgirls’ mass abduction
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians on Friday marked three years since the mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram extremists amid anger that government efforts to negotiate their freedom appear to have stalled.
Activists were rallying in the capital, Abuja, and commercial hub Lagos to urge President Muhammadu Buhari's government to do more to free the nearly 200 schoolgirls who remain captive.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security officials have thwarted plans by Islamic State group-linked Boko Haram members to attack the embassies of the United States and Britain, authorities said Wednesday.
A Department of State Services statement said it broke up a ring that had "perfected plans to attack the UK and American embassies and other Western interests" in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The pilots of a Nigerian airliner failed to follow emergency procedures and didn't land after one of the plane's two engines lost power only minutes into the flight, according to a government investigation into the June 2012 crash that killed 153 on board and others on the ground.
Boko Haram splinter group leader charged with murder
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian court on Tuesday charged the leader of a Boko Haram splinter group with the murder of several foreigners.
Nigerian High Court documents obtained by The Associated Press say Khalid al-Barnawi and six others face charges that include hostage-taking and conspiracy to commit terrorism.
They pleaded not guilty at the court in the capital, Abuja. The judge ordered that they be remanded to Kuje prison in the capital.
Nigeria president returns after weeks on medical leave
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria on Monday announced the imminent closure of the international airport at Abuja, the capital, for six weeks to repair the runway.
The airport closure likely could delay the return home of President Muhammadu Buhari, who left the country on vacation on Jan. 19 and who has remained in London for medical treatment of an undisclosed condition.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria has filed criminal charges of corruption against oil multinationals Royal Dutch Shell and Eni over the $1.1 billion sale of one of Africa's richest oil blocks.
Police officer: Not clear if ransom was paid for Germans
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say it is not clear if a ransom was paid for the release of two German archaeologists freed by their kidnappers over the weekend.
Professor Peter Breunig and Johannes Behringer of Frankfurt's Goethe University were seized at gunpoint Wednesday from Jenjela village in Kaduna state, less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Abuja, Nigeria's capital. Two villagers who tried to help them were killed by the kidnappers.
South African Airways cancels flights in Abuja runway repair
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Airways said Tuesday it is the latest airline to cancel flights to Nigeria's capital, Abuja, during six weeks of renovations to its international airport runway starting March 8.
Airlines have refused a government proposal to divert flights to northern Kaduna city and bus passengers the 250 kilometers (155 miles) south to Abuja — a three-and-a-half-hour ride on a road notorious for accidents, hijackings and kidnappings.
Nigeria leader to head delegation to resolve Gambia crisis
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will lead three West African heads of state to Gambia on Wednesday in an effort to persuade its longtime leader to step down, officials said Monday.
A meeting Monday in Abuja agreed on the mission, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyema said of the second presidential delegation from the Economic Community of West African States to visit Gambia since President Yahya Jammeh lost Dec. 1 elections.
Protest Marks 1,000 Days Since Chibok Abduction
Pistol discharge wounds 2 at Nigeria’s presidential mansion
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government says two people were wounded at the entrance to the presidential mansion when a pistol accidentally discharged.
A statement from State House in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, said the pistol that went off Wednesday belonged to a security official not attached to the president who was surrendering his weapon at the gates to Aso Rock Villa, as State House is called.
It's a sprawling compound perched on one of the hills surrounding the capital.
Nigeria plans to close airport in capital for runway repairs
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government plans to close the airport in the capital, Abuja, for six weeks to repair a runway that some airlines have described as dangerous, an aviation ministry statement said Monday.
The government plans to close Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the country's second-busiest, for most of February and March. Work by German construction company Julius Berger would continue after the airport reopens and is expected to take six months, the ministry said.
Nigeria officials stop free Chibok girls being home for Xmas
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnapped girls freed from more than two years of captivity by Boko Haram Islamic extremists were prevented by Nigerian officials from spending Christmas at home with their families, relatives and a lawyer said Tuesday.
The news raised questions about Nigeria's handling of the 21 girls freed in October through negotiation mediated by the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
West African leaders aim to enforce Gambian election upset
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West African leaders promised Saturday to enforce the results of a Gambian election that was won by a little-known businessman backed by an opposition coalition but rejected by the country's longtime coup leader.
A summit of the Economic Community of West African States ended with all leaders stating they will attend the Jan. 19 inauguration of Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow.
Chibok leader: 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said Tuesday.
Nigerian parents reunite with 21 girls freed by Boko Haram
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Joy, jubilation and dancing erupted Sunday when a group of Nigerian parents were reunited with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 ½ years ago and freed in the first negotiated release organized by the government and the Islamic extremist group.
The girls were hugged and embraced by their parents when they were presented by the government, according to video obtained by The Associated Press.