Entries in Nigeria (31)


Update: Explosions Kill At Least 120 in Nigerian City 

ABC News Radio(KANO, Nigeria) -- At least 120 people were killed from explosions in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday.

Bombs exploded in several locations in the second-largest city including police stations and government offices.The government have confirmed seven deaths but witnesses and the Red Cross say hundreds are dead with a total so far of 120 though the number continues to climb.

Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks which involved at least two suicide bombers.

A television reporter with a private television station Channels TV was shot and killed by unknown gunmen outside the Kano State Government house where he had gone to interview people following the explosions. The station confirmed the death of 31-year-old Eneche Akogwua, a Kano correspondent.

The Kano State Government issued a 24-hour curfew following the attacks.

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American Worker Kidnapped in Nigeria

File Photo: Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- An American who worked for the Marubeni Corp. in Nigeria's oil-rich delta region was kidnapped on Friday.

Gunmen kidnapped the man in Warri, killing his driver. They demanded a ransom of more than $300,000. 

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said they were aware of the kidnapping. Militants within the Niger Delta have in the past kidnapped foreign oil workers for ransom.

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Oil Union Threatens to Stop Production in Nigeria

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- Nigeria's largest oil union met with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday to discuss resolving the removal of the fuel subsidy which has sparked protests nationwide and in the Diaspora.
On Jan. 1 Nigeria ended a fuel subsidy, doubling gas prices from about $1.70 a gallon to $3.50 a gallon causing a ripple effect in a nation where an average citizen survives on less than $2 a day.
The Nigeria Labor Congress had threatened to stop oil production on Sunday if the government did not reinstate the fuel subsidy.
Protests, dubbed Occupy Nigeria, drew hundreds of thousands in the most populous nation. Solidarity protests have been held in London, Washington D.C., Ghana and Atlanta. In New York, a protest was held in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street, where protestors marched to the Nigeria Consulate.
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Occupy Nigeria Protesters Rail Against Removal of Fuel Subsidy

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- As protests spread across the country, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan faces his biggest test since he came to power in 2010.

On Jan. 1 the government ended its fuel subsidy, more than doubling gas prices from $1.70 per gallon to more than $3.50 per gallon. The domino effect of the increase in fuel has caused anger amongst citizens of the country.

A movement dubbed "Occupy Nigeria" began last week in several cities and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old protester who was shot by police. On Monday three more protesters died after being shot by security forces in Lagos.

The "Occupy Nigeria" protests spread to the Diaspora, including London, where former presidential hopeful and journalist Dele Momodu made a surprise appearance. On Monday protesters marched to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and on Tuesday, a protest was held in New York City at the Nigerian consulate, while in Atlanta a protest is planned for Wednesday at the Nigerian consulate.

President Jonathan is scheduled to speak live on Tuesday on the deregulation of the petroleum industry.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


20 Killed in Nigerian Sectarian Violence

ABC News(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Nearly 20 people were killed in new attacks from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria.

BBC News reports that the attack occurred at a townhall in Mubi in Adamawa state where Christian members of the Igbo group were meeting on Friday. Boko Haram is also believed to have killed six people during a church service in Gombe on Thursday.

The Islamist group have escalated attacks around the country over the past few months with the most deadly being the coordinated Christmas Day attacks on churches across the country resulting in the death of over 40 people and injuring dozens.

Following the Christmas day bombings, the radical sect warned Christians living in the northern part of Nigeria and considered mainly Muslim areas, to leave and return to the south. The group also called Muslims living in the south to return to the north.

The attacks come a week after President Goodluck Jonathan issued a state of emergency in Yobe and Borno states as well as other states where Boko Haram is believed to be operating from.

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Nigeria Churches Rocked by Christmas Day Bombings

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- A pair of bomb attacks rocked Christmas Day church services in the central region of Nigeria, leaving at least 26 people dead, according to the BBC.

An estimated 25 people were killed in the first attack which struck a church in Madalla, not far from the Nigerian capital of Abuja. The initial number of fatalities was likely to rise, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency told the BBC.

Not long after the first attack, a second explosion near a church in Jos, northeast of the capital, killed at least one person.

Boko Haram, the same group that carried out attacks in Jos on Christmas Eve in 2010, reportedly claimed responsibility for at least one of Sunday’s bombings.

The office of White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the following statement Sunday condemning the attacks:

We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day.  We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones.  We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice.

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US Embassy in Nigeria Warns of Possible Attacks in Abuja

ABC News Radio(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- On Saturday, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria issued an emergency message warning U.S. citizens of possible terror attacks in the country's capital of Abuja.

The warning comes a day after bomb and gun attacks in Damaturu in Yobe State which left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamic sect known as Boko Haram carried out the deadly attacks and are believed to have recently attacked neighboring Borno State.

The U.S. embassy warned of possible attacks at hotels in Abuja including Nicon Luxury, the Sheraton Hotel, and the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The embassy cancelled scheduled events in the possible target locations and advised citizens to avoid the hotels.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Damatur attack and further attacks may be planned as Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks and called for an end to the violence and reiterated, "his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence."

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At Least 50 Killed After Bomb and Gun Attacks in Nigeria

ABC News Radio(DAMATURU, Nigeria) -- At least 50 people were killed in a series of bomb and gun attacks in the Nigerian town of Damaturu on Friday.

Red Cross officials report that many people fled their homes following the attacks in Yobe state on military buildings, churches and police headquarters. The attacks began at 6:30 p.m. and continued throughout the night with gun battles between the attackers and security forces.

According to BBC News, the attack is believed to have been carried out by the Islamist Boko Haram group which has carried out similar attacks in the past including a recent suicide bomb attack at a military headquarters as well as bombings on buildings in the city of Maiduguri in nearby Borno state.

State officials say they are still trying to determine the amount of casualties.

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Gadhafi & Family Not in Convoys to Niger, US Says

A green flag of the former Libyan regime burns as one that represents the new regime is hung from a residence of Colonel Moammar Gaddafi. Scott Peterson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department says its ambassador to Niger has confirmed with the government there that convoys of senior Libyan regime officials have crossed the border, but that Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his family are not believed to be among them.
“We don't have any evidence that Gadhafi is anywhere but in Libya at the moment,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
“We have strongly urged the Nigerian officials to detain those members of the regime who may be subject to prosecution, to ensure that they confiscate any weapons that are found and to ensure that any state property of the government of Libya -- money, jewels, etc. -- also be impounded so that it can be returned to the Libyan people,” she said.
Nuland would not specify which officials were in the convoy other than to say that some were senior military and regime officials.
As more members of Gadhafi’s inner circle appear to be searching for a way out as the regime collapses, the State Department has instructed its embassies in the region to approach Libya’s neighbors and remind them that many regime officials are subject to U.N. sanctions that include a travel ban.
Last week Algeria allowed members of Gadhafi’s family to cross the border and later said in a letter to the U.N. that it did so for “humanitarian” reasons. Discussions about the validity of that explanation continue in New York.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Nigeria Bombing 'Horrific and Cowardly,' President Obama Says

A crowd looks on as rescue teams work in the debris of the United Nations House in Abuja on August 26, 2011.Henry Chukwuedo/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday condemned what authorities believe was a suicide car bombing at a United Nations building in the Nigerian capital of Abuja that claimed at least 18 lives.

BBC News reports a spokesman for the Islamist organization Boko Haram took credit for the attack in a telephone call with the UK news outlet.

Here is the full statement from the president:

I strongly condemn today’s horrific and cowardly attack on the United Nations headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria, which killed and wounded many innocent civilians from Nigeria and around the world.  I extend the deepest sympathies of the American people to the victims and their families, colleagues, and friends, whom we will keep in our thoughts and prayers.

The people who serve the United Nations do so with a simple purpose: to try to improve the lives of their neighbors and promote the values on which the UN was founded -- dignity, freedom, security, and peace.  The UN has been working in partnership with the people of Nigeria for more than five decades.  An attack on Nigerian and international public servants demonstrates the bankruptcy of the ideology that led to this heinous action.

The United States strongly supports the work of the United Nations and its lasting bond with the people of Nigeria, a bond that will only emerge stronger in the wake of this murderous act.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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