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Nigeria clashes between Fulani herdsmen and vigilantes kill 72

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Clashes in northwest Nigeria between suspected Fulani cattle rustlers mounted on motorbikes and local youth vigilantes from the rival Hausa ethnic group left at least 72 people dead, police said on Monday. Dozens of gunmen raided a meeting of youth vigilantes and local hunters who had gathered from different areas at the remote village of Yar Galadima, in northwest Zamfara state, on Saturday.

Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing

An official in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state and a local leader on Friday accused the military of killing scores of people in a disarmament operation, but defence officials denied the charge. The alleged incident took place on Thursday in the Keana local government area, where troops were on patrol to enforce a peace deal agreed this week between rival ethnic groups. Iliyasu Ali Yakubu, spokesman for Nasarawa Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, told AFP that the troops "killed scores" of Fulani tribesmen, a mainly Muslim ethnic group primarily made up of cattle-herders.

Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing

An official in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state and a local leader on Friday accused the military of killing scores of people in a disarmament operation, but defence officials denied the charge. The alleged incident took place on Thursday in the Keana local government area, where troops were on patrol to enforce a peace deal agreed this week between rival ethnic groups. Iliyasu Ali Yakubu, spokesman for Nasarawa Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, told AFP that the troops "killed scores" of Fulani tribesmen, a mainly Muslim ethnic group primarily made up of cattle-herders.

Gunmen kill at least nine: Nigerian army, police

Gunmen on Wednesday killed at least nine people and set fire to dozens of houses in central Nigeria, the army and police said, in the latest violence to hit the region. The early morning raid happened in four mostly Christian communities in the Riyom local government area of Plateau state, which has seen a spate of sectarian attacks over recent years. Large numbers of attackers "succeeded in killing nine people and burnt 24 houses", military special task force spokesman Captain Salisu Ibrahim Mustapha told reporters.

Nigeria parties trade blame over court blast in oil city

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's two main political parties traded blame on Tuesday over a small bomb blast at a court in oil-producing Rivers state a day earlier, a signal of the growing risk of violence ahead of elections next year. The improvised device went off early on Monday in the High Court in Ahaoda, causing some damage but no casualties, state police spokesman Ahmad Mohammad said.

Nigerian navy boosts camera surveillance against pirates

By Tife Owolabi YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's navy has installed eight automated, camera-equipped surveillance towers in the waters just off its coast, in an effort to tackle a surge in pirate attacks and crude oil theft that have blighted Africa's top energy producer this year.

Nigeria frees six pregnant girls in baby factory raid

Nigerian police have raided a baby factory in the oil city of Port Harcourt and arrested a woman accused of harbouring six pregnant girls, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. "We rescued six girls last week at different stages of pregnancy from an illegal maternity home in Port Harcourt," Joy Elomoko of the Imo State police told AFP. She said the youngest of the girls was 14, without disclosing the ages of the others. "We have also arrested the proprietress of the clinic and she is assisting us in our investigation," she said.

Nigerian Anglican archbishop kidnapped

Nigeria's second-highest ranking Anglican archbishop was kidnapped at the weekend outside the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, a police spokeswoman said on Monday. "Archbishop Ignatius Kattey was kidnapped along with his wife around Eleme (outside Port Harcourt) at about 10:45 pm (2145 GMT) on Friday," spokeswoman Angela Agabe told AFP. "His wife was later abandoned in the bush by their abductors."

Nigeria forces disperse rival youth factions in oil city

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces fired tear gas on Wednesday to prevent hundreds of youths loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan and to his bitter rival, Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi, clashing in the main oil hub of Port Harcourt. A Reuters witness saw around 2,000 youths from the two factions arrive in some 30 commercial buses at the Rivers state parliament in Port Harcourt, the main hub of Africa's biggest energy industry in the swampy Niger Delta and historically a flashpoint for political violence.

Football: Nigeria game stopped after police shooting

A high-profile Nigeria league match between champions Kano Pillars and Heartland was abandoned on Wednesday after police shot a fan at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, northern Nigeria. "The match was called off after Heartland refused to continue the game after a fan was shot in the foot by police inside the stadium and the fans protested," Pillars media officer Idris Malikawa disclosed. "The fan was said to have done something illegal - he has been rushed to hospital." The match was goalless after half an hour before this incident.
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