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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a sovereign country located in West Africa bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its southern coast is on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria is a federal republic comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located.


Domestic flights take off in Africa's biggest economy [Video]

Domestic flights take off in Africa's biggest economy

Airports reopened for domestic flights in Nigeria on Wednesday, as the country tries to reopen an economy hit hard by low oil prices and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela Ukomadu reports.

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Most Nigerians cannot afford to buy a house [Video]

Most Nigerians cannot afford to buy a house

Many Nigerians are seeing their dream of owning a home disappear.

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Nigerian food prices rise during Ramadan [Video]

Nigerian food prices rise during Ramadan

The cost of some items has doubled, and they are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends.

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20 soldiers, 40 civilians killed in attacks Nigeria's Borno state [Video]

20 soldiers, 40 civilians killed in attacks Nigeria's Borno state

Islamic State West Africa Province claims twin attacks, which burned down a UN humanitarian hub and police station.

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Eid in Nigeria: Outbreak dampens festivities [Video]

Eid in Nigeria: Outbreak dampens festivities

Economists warn that many businesses in Nigeria’s informal economy may never recover.

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Nigeria's Lagos state suspends plans to reopen places of worship

Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos has suspended plans to reopen places of worship after a review of the new coronavirus outbreak, the state governor said on Tuesday.
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Resident doctors in Nigerian public hospitals went on strike on Monday to demand better benefits as they battle the coronavirus pandemic in Africa's most populous country, the union said.
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Militants kill 20 soldiers, 40 civilians in northeast Nigeria attacks

Islamic militants killed at least 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians and injured hundreds in twin attacks in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Saturday, residents and a civilian task force fighter..
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Nigerian minister calls for action on 'alarming' increase in rapes during coronavirus lockdown

Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen called on law enforcement to expedite rape cases as they spiked during lockdowns aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Boko Haram kills 69, razes village in northern Nigeria: sources

Boko Haram gunman killed at least 69 people and razed a village to the ground in northern Nigeria's Borno state on Tuesday afternoon, three sources told Reuters.
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Nigerian campaigners stage protest over sexual violence

Nigerian rights campaigners took to the streets of the capital Abuja on Friday to raise awareness about sexual violence in the West African country after a series of high-profile rape cases.
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Nigeria to relax coronavirus curbs on places of worship

Nigeria will relax coronavirus restrictions on places of worship from Tuesday, the chairman of the presidential task force for COVID-19 said.
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Armed bandits kill at least 18 in Nigeria's Katsina state

Armed bandits in Nigeria's northwestern state of Katsina killed at least 18 people, including a local official, and stole thousands of livestock on Sunday, two witnesses and a police spokesman told..
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Nigerian military unlawfully detain children at rehabilitation centre for militants: Amnesty

The Nigerian military are unlawfully detaining boys and men at a rehabilitation centre for alleged members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said in a report released on..
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Outlook bright as solar energy keeps Nigerian homeworkers powered up

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Visually impaired Nigerians struggle to navigate coronavirus challenges

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Lagos doctors to end strike after curfew harassment complaint remedied

Nigeria's largest medical union ordered its members in the commercial capital Lagos to go back to work on Thursday, ending a strike over alleged police harassment of doctors as they travelled to and..
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Nigeria doctors to strike over treatment by police during lockdown

Doctors in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos will go on strike from Wednesday evening because of what they describe as police harassment of health workers trying to move through the city to treat..
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Nigerian medical union orders strike over alleged police harassment

Nigeria's largest medical union, the Nigerian medical association (NMA), on Wednesday ordered its members in the commercial capital Lagos to launch an indefinite strike over alleged police harassment.
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Nigeria to impose precision lockdown in coronavirus hotspots

Nigeria announced on Monday it would impose precisely targeted lockdown measures in areas that report rapid increases in cases of the coronavirus, while the phased reopening of the economy as a whole..
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Nigeria impounds British plane for breaking coronavirus flight ban rules: aviation minister

Nigeria impounded a plane operated by a British company for allegedly contravening a flight ban imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the aviation minister said on Sunday.
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Niger says 75 Boko Haram insurgents killed in border-region security operations

Nigerien and allied forces from neighbouring states killed 75 Boko Haram insurgents in security operations earlier this week in the region where the borders of Niger, Nigeria and Chad converge, Niger's..
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Nigeria's president appoints ex-U.N. diplomat chief of staff

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ibrahim Gambari as his new chief of staff, secretary to the government said on Wednesday.
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Violence in northwest Nigeria drives 23,000 into Niger: UNHCR

Violence in northwest Nigeria has forced about 23,000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation, the United Nations refugee agency said on..
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Coronavirus narrows options for migrants buffeted by Libya's war

After several failed crossings from Libya to Italy and a long spell in detention, Nigerian migrant Olu had pinned his hopes on being evacuated from the besieged city of Tripoli with his family.
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Nigerian comics fight COVID-19 with gags and slapstick slaps

Nigerian comedian Maryam Apaokagi has a sure-fire way of getting people to listen to her coronavirus health advice - she delivers it with a hard slap in the face.
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Nigeria reopens main cities Lagos and Abuja as lockdowns phased out

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Nigeria receives $311 million of Abacha assets from United States, Jersey: attorney general

Nigeria has received more than $311 million of funds stolen from the country by former military ruler General Sani Abacha from the United States and Jersey, a statement from the African country's..
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Learning in a pandemic, when 'online school' is the village chalkboard

With her school shut because of the coronavirus, Tolu Alagba kneels as she copies down class notes from a communal village chalkboard, the closest thing to online lessons on an island with no..
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Nigeria to ease lockdowns in three states over six-week period

Nigeria will ease coronavirus lockdowns in three states over a six-week period from May 4, the head of the country's task force on the virus said on Wednesday.
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Nigeria to begin 'phased and gradual' easing of lockdowns in Lagos, Abuja

Nigeria will begin a "phased and gradual" easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns on May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address on Monday.
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African nations that lack ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients will receive some from the Jack Ma Foundation, an African Union official said on Thursday, as Nigeria stressed Africa's dependence on a..
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Nigeria's northern governors to close Islamic schools due to coronavirus risk

Nigeria's northern governors have agreed to close disputed Islamic schools which house millions of men and boys across the region due to concerns over the new coronavirus, the group said in a..
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Nigerian oil union suspends industrial action after Exxon Mobil workers freed

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Nigeria's oil hub frees 22 quarantined Exxon Mobil workers

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Nigerian president's chief of staff dies from coronavirus

The Nigerian president's chief of staff died on Friday from COVID-19, the presidency said on Saturday, making him the most high profile person in the country to die in the coronavirus outbreak.
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Nigerian security forces killed 18 people during lockdowns: rights panel

Nigerian security forces killed 18 people in two weeks while enforcing lockdowns imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said.
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Nigeria's northern economic hub Kano imposes week-long lockdown over coronavirus

The northern Nigeria economic powerhouse state of Kano will impose a seven-day lockdown to contain an outbreak of the new coronavirus, a spokesman for the governor said on Tuesday.
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Nigeria to extend coronavirus lockdowns for 14 more days: President Buhari

Nigeria will extend lockdowns in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states for an additional 14 days to combat the new coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address to the nation on Monday.
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Lagos, Africa's largest city of at least 20 million people, ground to a halt on Tuesday as it and the Nigerian capital Abuja entered a two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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Nigeria has appealed to private companies to make voluntary contributions towards the 120 billion naira ($330 million) the government says it needs to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
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The Nigerian president's influential chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
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Around 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an Islamist militant ambush in northeastern state of Borno, three military sources and a security source told Reuters on Tuesday.
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