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Tag Archives: Nigeria

Nigeria awaits presidential election results in a close race

NIGERIA: Official results of Nigeria’s presidential election are expected as early as Monday in what is called a close race between President Muhammadu Buhari and a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, both from the largely Muslim north. At stake is Africa’s largest economy and largest democracy that is experiencing a ...

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Gunmen killed over 130 in northwest Nigeria

ABUJA: An attack by gunmen on villages in northwest Nigeria last week claimed “over 130” lives, more than double the toll initially reported, the governor of Kaduna state said on Tuesday. “The last report we got is that over 130 people were killed, not even 66,” governor Nasir El-Rufai said ...

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Nigeria’s former defense chief killed by gunmen

BUJA: A former Nigerian defense chief Alex Badeh was late Tuesday ambushed and shot dead by unknown gunmen, according to military authorities. Badeh, a former Chief of Defense Staff and Air Chief Marshal, was attacked near Nigeria’s capital Abuja and died from gunshot wounds, the Air Force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola ...

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Nigeria raises $2.86bn in Eurobonds to fund deficit

LAGOS: Nigeria raised $2.86 billion in Eurobonds across three maturities, to help fund its budget deficit, in a sale that was three times oversubscribed, the government said. It priced the bonds with maturities of seven, 12 and 30 years at 7.625 percent, 8.75 percent and 9.25 percent, respectively. Nigerian officials ...

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100 die in severe flooding in Nigeria

LOKOJA: Nigeria has declared a national disaster after severe flooding left about 100 people dead across 10 states, the country’s main relief agency said. Heavy seasonal rains have caused the Niger and Benue rivers to burst their banks, inundating communities, farms and trapping tens of thousands of people in their ...

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30 killed in raids on northwest Nigeria villages

(AFP) KANO : At least 30 people were killed during raids on villages in northwest Nigeria in the latest deadly attacks by cattle rustling and kidnapping gangs in the restive region, residents told AFP. Armed bandits on motorcycles stormed five neighbouring rural villages in the Maradun district of Zamfara state ...

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Online betting firms gamble on soccer-mad Nigeria

LAGOS: Online sports betting is booming in soccer-mad Nigeria largely thanks to payment systems developed by homegrown technology firms that are starting to make online businesses more viable. For years, mobile payments failed to take off in Nigeria as they have in countries such as Kenya, where Safaricom’s M-Pesa money ...

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Rojo and Messi rescue Argentina from humiliating early exit

SAINT PETERSBURG: Diego Maradona crossed his arms over his chest and pointed to the sky. Lionel Messi had needed just three touches to score but Argentina still took 86 minutes to defeat Nigeria. Marcos was the unlikely match-winner, an emphatic finish of which even his captain would have been proud, to ...

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Twin suicide bomb attack in Nigeria kills at least 31

(Photo: Representational/AP) KANO: Suspected Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 31 people in a twin suicide bomb attack on a town in northeast Nigeria, a local official and militia leader said on June 17. Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno state Saturday evening targeting people returning ...

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