Geography of Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/38356/all en Nigeria's new train offers a long, strange and welcomed trip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/nigerias-new-train-offers-long-strange-and-welcomed-trip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Before his 30-hour train journey to northern Nigeria began, David Adedamola had been excited to ride the just-revived service, but after half a day of creaking and rattling, he was craving a beer.</p> <p>In December, the colonial-era track between Lagos in the south, Nigeria's largest city, and Kano, the second city some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to the north, re-opened after having been defunct for decades.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/nigerias-new-train-offers-long-strange-and-welcomed-trip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria War AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:30:22 +0000 5776827 at http://www.globalpost.com At least 45 dead as boat carrying 166 sinks off Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/nigerian-boat-166-people-board-sinks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CALABAR, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 45 people died when a wooden boat carrying 166 people from south-eastern Nigeria capsized off the coast, a doctor said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The boat left on Friday from the remote town of Oron, in Cross Rivers state, and was heading across the Gulf of Guinea to Gabon, in central Africa, when it capsized 40 nautical miles offshore, emergency services and traders said.</p> <p>A doctor at a hospital in the coastal town of Calabar said they had received 45 bodies of passengers who had drowned.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/nigerian-boat-166-people-board-sinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross River Cross River State Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:45:39 +0000 5788099 at http://www.globalpost.com At least nine dead in Nigeria shipwreck http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/at-least-nine-dead-nigeria-shipwreck <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least nine people died when a boat capsized off the Nigerian coast, but two survivors were rescued, a spokesman for the national emergency service (NEMA) said Tuesday. </p> <p>The accident happened 40 nautical miles off the southeastern city of Calabar, said Yushau Shuaib.</p> <p>"Nigerian rescuers have recovered nine bodies" from the boat, he said. "Two survivors have been taken to... Calabar. Rescue continues."</p> <p>Joseph Morris, an official with the Cross River State Emergency Services, said the nine bodies had been taken to Calabar from the scene of the accident.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/at-least-nine-dead-nigeria-shipwreck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:30:54 +0000 5788232 at http://www.globalpost.com 29 survivors so far in Nigeria boat sinking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/29-survivors-so-far-nigeria-boat-sinking-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twenty-nine people, including two who survived by clinging to a cooking gas cylinder, have been rescued after a boat carrying an estimated 128 people capsized off Nigeria last week, an emergency official said Thursday.</p> <p>The boat set off on Friday from Nigeria's neighbour Benin, overloaded with passengers who had hoped to find work in Gabon, said the head of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Vincent Aquah, citing survivor accounts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/29-survivors-so-far-nigeria-boat-sinking-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:02:11 +0000 5790073 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunmen kill 11 in Nigeria village attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/gunmen-kill-11-nigeria-village-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Police in Nigeria's Adamawa State on Saturday confirmed reports that a total of 11 people were killed when an uncertain number of gunmen invaded a village in the country's northeastern state</p><P>State police spokesperson Mohammed Ibrahim disclosed this to Xinhua in Yola, the state capital, saying 11 people were so far confirmed killed by the police in the incident that took place in Midlu village in Madagali Local Government area.</p><P>A local security source however said the attack took place in the early morning of Saturday around 2 a.m, local time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/gunmen-kill-11-nigeria-village-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria Subdivisions of Nigeria Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 05:48:51 +0000 Asianet 5806183 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunmen kill 11 in Nigeria village attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/gunmen-kill-11-in-nigeria-village-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Police in Nigeria's Adamawa State on Saturday confirmed reports that a total of 11 people were killed when an uncertain number of gunmen invaded a village in the country's northeastern state</p><P>State police spokesperson Mohammed Ibrahim disclosed this to Xinhua in Yola, the state capital, saying 11 people were so far confirmed killed by the police in the incident that took place in Midlu village in Madagali Local Government area.</p><P>A local security source however said the attack took place in the early morning of Saturday around 2 a.m, local time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/gunmen-kill-11-in-nigeria-village-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria Subdivisions of Nigeria Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:33:10 +0000 Asianet 5806544 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Nigeria game stopped after police shooting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/football-nigeria-game-stopped-after-police-shooting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>"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.</p> <p>"The fan was said to have done something illegal - he has been rushed to hospital."</p> <p>The match was goalless after half an hour before this incident.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/football-nigeria-game-stopped-after-police-shooting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Nigeria Kano States of Nigeria AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:31:13 +0000 5824529 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria forces disperse rival youth factions in oil city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130710/nigeria-forces-disperse-rival-youth-factions-oil-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130710/nigeria-forces-disperse-rival-youth-factions-oil-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria War Thomson Reuters Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:32:18 +0000 5880487 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigerian Anglican archbishop kidnapped http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130909/nigerian-anglican-archbishop-kidnapped <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>"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.</p> <p>"His wife was later abandoned in the bush by their abductors."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130909/nigerian-anglican-archbishop-kidnapped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria Religion States of Nigeria AFP Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:18:59 +0000 5929148 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria frees six pregnant girls in baby factory raid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/nigeria-frees-six-pregnant-girls-baby-factory-raid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>"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.</p> <p>She said the youngest of the girls was 14, without disclosing the ages of the others.</p> <p>"We have also arrested the proprietress of the clinic and she is assisting us in our investigation," she said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/nigeria-frees-six-pregnant-girls-baby-factory-raid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria AFP Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:47:05 +0000 5975126 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigerian navy boosts camera surveillance against pirates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131220/nigerian-navy-boosts-camera-surveillance-against-pirates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tife Owolabi</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131220/nigerian-navy-boosts-camera-surveillance-against-pirates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria Thomson Reuters Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:21:48 +0000 6025604 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria parties trade blame over court blast in oil city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140107/nigeria-parties-trade-blame-over-court-blast-oil-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140107/nigeria-parties-trade-blame-over-court-blast-oil-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:31:48 +0000 6036986 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunmen kill at least nine: Nigerian army, police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140305/gunmen-kill-at-least-nine-nigerian-army-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Large numbers of attackers "succeeded in killing nine people and burnt 24 houses", military special task force spokesman Captain Salisu Ibrahim Mustapha told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140305/gunmen-kill-at-least-nine-nigerian-army-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Nigeria States of Nigeria AFP Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:04:38 +0000 6087569 at http://www.globalpost.com Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/central-nigeria-officials-accuse-army-mass-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/central-nigeria-officials-accuse-army-mass-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria Law Nasarawa State AFP Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:50:57 +0000 6113362 at http://www.globalpost.com Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/central-nigeria-officials-accuse-army-mass-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/central-nigeria-officials-accuse-army-mass-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Geography of Nigeria Law Nasarawa State AFP Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:50:57 +0000 6113363 at http://www.globalpost.com