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Improve leadership to fulfil potential, Nigeria told

Nigeria needs to improve the way it does business if it is to fulfil its potential to become one of the world's top economies, a leading economist said on Tuesday. Jim O'Neill, who has predicted that Nigeria could become one of the next global economic powerhouses, said the government needed to lead from the top to make doing business more efficient.

Britain, Nigeria sign prisoner repatriation scheme

Nigeria and Britain on Thursday signed a "compulsory prisoner transfer" agreement, allowing their nationals jailed in the other country to serve the rest of their time behind bars back home. The two countries said the scheme meant Nigerians who commit crimes in Britain and Britons who break the law in Nigeria will be "properly prepared for release into the community in which they will live following their release".

Britain, Nigeria sign prisoner repatriation scheme

Nigeria and Britain on Thursday signed a "compulsory prisoner transfer" agreement, allowing their nationals jailed in the other country to serve the rest of their time behind bars back home. The two countries said the scheme meant Nigerians who commit crimes in Britain and Britons who break the law in Nigeria will be "properly prepared for release into the community in which they will live following their release".

Nigeria's Olympic Committee calls for establishment of anti-doping body

LAGOS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has called on the government to fast-track the establishment of the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) in the country. The establishment of the body would help the West African country fulfil the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), President of the organization Sani Ndanusa told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria's capital on Friday. An anti-doping committee was set up in 2011 to act on all anti-doping issues, including sanctioning athletes involved in doping, he added.

Italian technician kidnapped in Nigeria: Foreign Ministry

ROME, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- An Italian technician has been kidnapped in Nigeria, the foreign ministry was quoted as saying by ANSA news agency on Friday. Officials from the foreign ministry said they were in contact with the man's family and opened all possible channels with "maximum restraint." The technician was identified as 55-year-old Marcello Rizzo. He was allegedly kidnapped on Wednesday in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta region.

US 'disappointed' at Nigeria pardons, warns on aid

The United States on Friday condemned Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's pardon of a political ally who admitted massive embezzlement as a "setback" in the fight against corruption. And State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington had warned the Nigerian government that the move could have implications for US aid. "The United States government was deeply disappointed over the recent pardons of corrupt officials by the Nigerian government," Nuland said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Video claims to show bodies of foreign hostages in Nigeria

A video posted on the Internet claims to show the bodies of at least some of the seven foreign hostages believed killed by Islamist extremist group Ansaru following their abduction in Nigeria. The grainy and silent video posted to YouTube and seen by AFP on Monday appears to show at least four of the seven victims who were abducted last month. The images match previous screenshots released at the weekend along with the claim that the hostages had been executed. The video is titled in Arabic "the death of the seven Christian hostages in Nigeria." mjs/txw

Nigeria Islamist group says has executed 7 foreign hostages-SITE

DUBAI, March 9 (Reuters) - Nigeria-based Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans said on Saturday it had killed seven foreign hostages it seized on February 7 from a construction company in Nigeria, SITE Monitoring Service said. The group issued a statement in Arabic and English accompanied by screen shots of a video purporting to show the dead hostages, SITE said.

Gunmen kill 7 guards in northeast Nigeria -official

* Local official says unclear if killers from Boko Haram * Islamist groups pose security threat in Nigeria's north KADUNA, Nigeria, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Gunmen have shot dead seven men who were guarding a market in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state, an official said on Tuesday, the latest attack in a region regularly targeted by Islamist insurgents. At least 26 people have been killed in several attacks by gunmen in northern Nigeria since Friday, including the latest strike in the Kune region of Yobe.

Fuel depot explodes at port in Nigeria's Lagos, four hurt

LAGOS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A fuel depot exploded at the port in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos on Wednesday, causing a large fire that belched black smoke and slightly injured four people, emergency services said. A Reuters TV crew attempting to get access to the site on Tin Can Island were turned away by police. Fire engines rushed in and out of the site, sirens wailing.
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