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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.

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Nigerian army says NGO aided terrorists, forces it to close office

The army in northeastern Nigeria forced non-profit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the region, accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State.
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Islamic State fills the void in Nigeria as soldiers retreat to 'super camps'

When Islamic State gunmen stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Magumeri on the night of August 21, they had free rein.
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Videos for Nigeria

Nigeria's diesel-dependent economy braces for clean-fuel rules [Video]Nigeria's diesel-dependent economy braces for clean-fuel rules

Diesel prices are expected to surge as United Nations rules aimed at cleaning up international shipping come into effect next year, and that has generator-dependant businesses in Nigeria worried. Sarah..

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Africa's freestyle footballers show off their tricks in Nigeria [Video]Africa's freestyle footballers show off their tricks in Nigeria

Ivorian competitor Abdul Kone wins the African Freestyle Football Championship for the second time against more than 40 contestants. Kwame Amoah Mensah reports.

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Hundreds of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa after attacks [Video]Hundreds of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa after attacks

Nigerian airline to return more than 600 nationals in the coming days with victims saying it's 'not safe here'.

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Nigeria's 'Nollywood' attracts global entertainment brands [Video]Nigeria's 'Nollywood' attracts global entertainment brands

Nigeria's film industry, the world's second-largest, is increasingly grabbing the attention and financing of international investors eager to get access to a growing African market. Alexis Akwagyiram..

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Nigeria works to end violence in 'Wild West' [Video]Nigeria works to end violence in 'Wild West'

The government says it is moving to address what the nomads called decades of exploitation and oppression.

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South African violence: Nigeria recalling top diplomat [Video]South African violence: Nigeria recalling top diplomat

Nigeria is expected to recall its top diplomat in South Africa, where riots in recent days have targeted mainly foreigners from other parts of Africa.

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South Africa shuts embassy in Nigeria after reprisal attacks [Video]South Africa shuts embassy in Nigeria after reprisal attacks

Protesters gathered to voice their anger at foreign businesses being attacked in the South African cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores [Video]Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores

South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday after attacks on their facilities in the country - a retaliation after days of riots in South Africa chiefly targeting..

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Foreigners in South Africa fear for safety after attacks [Video]Foreigners in South Africa fear for safety after attacks

Nigerian leader condemns anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa after days of rioting

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Nigerian forces accused of abuses in conflict against separatists [Video]Nigerian forces accused of abuses in conflict against separatists

The United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has just ended a two-week visit to Nigeria.

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Nigeria government 'detaining' trafficking survivors: Report [Video]Nigeria government 'detaining' trafficking survivors: Report

According to a Human Rights Watch report, survivors of human trafficking are being locked up in shelters by government.

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17 Arrested In US Over Multi-Million Dollar Internet Romance Scam [Video]17 Arrested In US Over Multi-Million Dollar Internet Romance Scam

US prosecutors charged 80 people -- mostly Nigerians -- in a widespread conspiracy on Thursday. The scam defrauded at least $6 million from businesses and vulnerable elderly women. According to CNN, 17..

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Nigerian police battle a growing kidnapping crisis [Video]Nigerian police battle a growing kidnapping crisis

Until now kidnappers in Nigeria had targeted public officials, their relatives and foreign workers, often in the oil industry

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Eighty charged in US online fraud scam [Video]Eighty charged in US online fraud scam

A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday, charging 80 people, most of whom are Nigerian nationals, with participating in a variety of online scams to steal millions of dollars. U.S...

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Nigeria: Displaced women live in fear as incidents of rape rise [Video]Nigeria: Displaced women live in fear as incidents of rape rise

The Abagena camp in the city of Makurdi was supposed to be a refuge for the people, but most people don't feel safe here anymore. A sharp increase in rape of women and young girls is bothering the..

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Nigerian ethnic violence: Conflict amplifies religious divide [Video]Nigerian ethnic violence: Conflict amplifies religious divide

An imam and a pastor have been mandated to try to heal the divide.

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New oil boss seeks to turn Nigeria into fuel exporter [Video]New oil boss seeks to turn Nigeria into fuel exporter

Mele Kolo Kyari, the new managing director for Nigeria's state oil company, has plans to turn partner with a private refinery and turn the oil-producing nation into a fuel supplier for the region. Mia..

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'I came back alive': Escaping modern slavery [Video]'I came back alive': Escaping modern slavery

August marks 400 years since the first African slave arrived in the Americas, but in reality the slave trade hasn't stopped: the U.N. estimates 40 million are trapped in it across the world. Claudia..

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African entrepreneurs encouraged to unlock their continent’s potential [Video]African entrepreneurs encouraged to unlock their continent’s potential

The recent Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum in Abuja, Nigeria brought together thousands of would-be entrepreneurs and potential investors.

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Say 'hello' to Google, Nigerian style [Video]Say 'hello' to Google, Nigerian style

Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa. Mia Womersley reports.

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Nigeria: Toll in suspected Boko Haram funeral attack rises to 65 [Video]Nigeria: Toll in suspected Boko Haram funeral attack rises to 65

Dozens more bodies discovered following assault on mourners by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Borno, say officials.

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Islamists kill nine soldiers in northeast Nigeria: sources

Islamist militants killed nine Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in the northeast of the country, three soldiers and an official from a security agency said on Wednesday.
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Nigerian tribunal rejects bid to overturn Buhari's election

A Nigerian election tribunal on Wednesday rejected a bid by the main opposition candidate to overturn the February presidential election.
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Banned Nigerian Shi'ite group says police killed 12 in religious marches

A Nigerian Shi'ite group banned by the government said police killed 12 of its members and injured more on Tuesday during marches in the north of country to mark a Muslim holiday.
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Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa

At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria's president said on Tuesday.
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Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacks

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next month to reinforce the bonds between the two countries after a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African..
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South Africa acknowledges 'Afrophobia' partly to blame for violence against foreigners

South Africa's Foreign Minister acknowledged on Thursday that prejudice against people from other African countries was one of the causes behind deadly attacks on foreign-owned businesses, a day after..
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South Africa embassy closed in Nigeria after threats: minister

South Africa has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria after threats led to fears for staff safety, Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told Reuters, after attacks this week on foreign-owned..
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Nigeria boycotts Africa economic summit over anti-foreign riots

Nigeria said on Wednesday it would boycott an Africa economic summit in Cape Town, intensifying a diplomatic row after a series of deadly attacks on foreigners in South African cities.
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Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores

South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday in the face of attacks targeting their premises in retaliation to similar violence in their home country.
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MTN Nigeria shuts stores after anti-South African attacks

The Nigerian division of South African telecom operator MTN said on Wednesday it will shut all stores and service centers in the country until further notice after its facilities in three cities were..
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Nigerian insecurity requires urgent attention, U.N. rapporteur warns

Nigeria's multiple security problems have created a crisis that requires urgent attention and could lead to instability in other African countries if it is not addressed, a United Nations rapporteur..
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More than 50 abducted in attack on northwest Nigerian village: residents

More than 50 people, including pregnant women and children, were abducted in a raid on a village in northwest Nigeria, seven residents told Reuters on Wednesday.
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Nigeria closes part of border with Benin to check rice smuggling

Nigeria has partially closed its western border with Benin to curb rice smuggling that is threatening the country's attempt to boost local production, the government said on Wednesday.
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Nigeria's Buhari assigns cabinet portfolios, appoints new oil minister

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore members of his cabinet into office on Wednesday, assigning a new minister of state for petroleum in Africa's top producer of crude oil.
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UK judge to allow firm to try to seize $9 billion in Nigerian assets in gas dispute

A judge in London said on Friday he would grant a firm called Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to seek to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over an..
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West African slavery lives on, 400 years after transatlantic trade began

Blessing was only six years old when her mother arranged for her to become an unpaid housemaid for a family in the Nigerian city of Abuja, on the promise they would put her through school.
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Nigeria to allow detained Shi'ite Muslim leader to seek medical treatment abroad

A Nigerian judge ruled on Monday that the detained leader of a banned Nigerian Shi'ite Muslim group could seek medical treatment abroad, after a series of protests calling for his release turned..
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Nigeria security agents arrest activist for calling for revolution

Nigerian security agents arrested Omoyele Sowore, an activist, news organization founder and former presidential candidate who was calling for revolution, the security agency said on Sunday.
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Banned Nigerian Shi'ite group suspends street protests

A banned Nigerian Shi'ite Muslim group on Wednesday said it had suspended a series of protests calling for the release of its detained leader and will temporarily seek other avenues to secure his..
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Islamic State says killed or wounded more than 40 Nigerian soldiers: Amaq

Islamic State said via its Amaq news agency that it killed or wounded more than 40 soldiers in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno in two separate attacks on Tuesday.
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Nigerian police seek to arrest members of banned Shi'ite group

Nigerian police are seeking help from the general public to arrest members of a banned Shi'ite Muslim group whose protests were declared illegal on Sunday, the country's most senior policeman said on..
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Nigerian court adjourns bail hearing for leader of banned Shi'ite group

A Nigerian court on Monday adjourned a bail hearing for the leader of a banned local Shi'ite Muslim group until Aug. 5.
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Nigeria's Buhari condemns Borno state attack, orders manhunt: statement

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned an attack on a funeral procession in the northeastern state of Borno that caused the death of tens of mourners.
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Suspected Islamists kill at least 65 in northeast Nigeria: state TV

At least 65 people died in twin attacks by suspected Islamists in Nigeria's northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent years.
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Nigeria bans local Shi'ite group after protests

Nigeria's government has banned a Shi'ite Muslim group whose followers have been holding protests to demand the release of their detained leader, accusing the group of inciting violence.
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At least 65 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attack: state TV

At least 65 people have been killed in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno after Boko Haram militants targeted civilians on their way from a funeral, state television quoted local government chairman..
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Nigerian court grants permission to declare Shi'ite group terrorists

A Nigerian court has granted the government permission to label a local Shi'ite Muslim group a terrorist organisation, the solicitor general told Reuters on Saturday.
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Four Turkish nationals rescued in central Nigeria after kidnapping: police

Four Turkish nationals abducted last week in the central Nigerian state of Kwara have been rescued, the police said on Friday.
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At least 20 members of Nigerian Shi'ite group dead after protests: spokesmen

At least 20 members of a Nigerian Shi'ite organization have died after protests in the capital Abuja this week led to clashes with police, spokesmen for the group said on Friday.
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Islamic State claims aid workers' kidnap in northeast Nigeria

Islamic State's West Africa branch on Thursday claimed responsibility for kidnapping six aid workers in northeast Nigeria.
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Aid agency worker, others kidnapped in northeast Nigeria appear in video

International aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Thursday that a staff member and five others kidnapped in Nigeria last week had appeared in a video released on Wednesday evening.
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U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians involved in 'undermining democracy'

The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it had imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians it said were involved in trying to undermine democracy in presidential and parliamentary elections this year.
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Shi'ite protesters clash with Nigeria military, police in Abuja

Nigerian troops and police clashed on Tuesday with Shi'ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja and gunfire could be heard, according to a Reuters witness.
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Nigerian military, police clash with Shi'ite protesters in Abuja: witnesses

Nigerian troops and police clashed on Tuesday with Shi'ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja and gunfire could be heard, two witnesses told Reuters.
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Nigeria's President Buhari submits list of cabinet nominees to Senate

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his list of cabinet nominees to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday.
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Nigerian police, Shi'ite group clash in capital, at least three dead

Nigerian police and Shi'ite Muslim protesters clashed in the capital Abuja on Monday, with at least one demonstrator, one journalist and a senior policeman killed, highlighting one of the security..
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Nigeria police say senior officer killed as Shi'ite protest turns violent

Nigerian police said a senior officer was killed and three other policemen were injured on Monday as a Shi'ite Muslim protest in the capital city of Abuja turned violent.
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Four Turks kidnapped in Nigeria, police launch rescue operation

Four Turkish nationals have been kidnapped in western Nigeria and police are conducting a rescue operation, a state police spokesman said on Sunday.
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Nigeria president condemns latest killings in northwestern Sokoto state

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 37 people by bandits in the northwestern state of Sokoto, his spokesman said in a statement.
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Six missing after suspected Islamists attack aid convoy in northeast Nigeria

Six people are missing following an attack on an aid convoy in northeast Nigeria, an international aid organization said on Friday with sources stating that it was carried out by Islamist insurgents..
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NGO says staff member, five others, missing after deadly Nigeria convoy attack

One Action Against Hunger staff member, two drivers and three other health workers are missing after an attack on a convoy in northeast Nigeria in which one driver was killed, the aid organization said..
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Islamist militants kidnap at least one NGO worker in Nigeria, sources say

Islamist insurgents have kidnapped at least one person working for an international aid organization, Action Against Hunger, in northeastern Nigeria, sources said on Friday.
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