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Sep 26, 2014

Boko Haram ‘leader’, killed repeatedly, continues to threaten Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, has been killed at least three times so far, according to the military, yet each time he apparently returns in the group’s numerous jihadist videos.

Dead or alive, he appears to be fuelling violence which rights groups say is killing more people than at any time during Boko Haram’s five-year-old reign of terror in the north of the 175 million-strong state.

Sep 25, 2014

One of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Chibok freed -police

ABUJA (Reuters) – One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said on Thursday.

Boko Haram militants took the girls from a secondary school in the village near the Cameroon border in April, sparking a worldwide outcry, and have remained in captivity ever since.

Sep 24, 2014

Nigeria ex-VP declares opposition presidential bid as contest heats up

ABUJA (Reuters) – Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar declared a bid to run for president as the main opposition coalition’s candidate on Wednesday, ramping up a contest for the only ticket that stands a chance of unseating President Goodluck Jonathan.

Addressing supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the capital Abuja, Abubakar said Nigeria was more divided than at any time since the 1960s civil war, and pledged to end the insecurity and graft plaguing Africa’s top oil producer for decades. The APC holds a primary in December.

Sep 19, 2014

For followers of Nigeria’s ‘Prophet’, building collapse was ‘Satan’s work’

LAGOS (Reuters) – For supporters of “Prophet” TB Joshua, one of Africa’s best-known Christian preachers, the death of at least 80 of his congregation under the rubble of a Lagos guesthouse that collapsed a week ago was no construction accident.

“The church views this tragedy as part of an attack on The Synagogue Church Of All Nations,” said a statement on his official Facebook page on Thursday.

Sep 17, 2014

Nigeria says 70 dead in building collapse, queries South Africa Zuma’s comments

LAGOS (Reuters) – Seventy bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed church building in Lagos but remain unidentified, a Nigerian official said on Wednesday, questioning South Africa’s assertion that 67 of the victims had come from there.

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday night that at least 67 of his compatriots had died in Friday’s accident at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, describing it as one of the worst tragedies in his country’s recent history.

Sep 16, 2014

Exclusive: Total resumes $2.5 billion Nigerian deepwater oil field sale

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) – France’s Total SA, Europe’s second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

Total has hired BNP Paribas to find buyers for its Usan deepwater oil field located in the Nigeria Oil Prospecting Lease (OML) 138, which could be worth about $2.5 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Sep 16, 2014

Total resumes $2.5 bln Nigerian deepwater oil field sale

LONDON/LAGOS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – France’s Total SA
, Europe’s second largest oil company, has put one of
its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company
said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

Total has hired BNP Paribas to find buyers for its
Usan deepwater oil field located in the Nigeria Oil Prospecting
Lease (OML) 138, which could be worth about $2.5 billion,
according to sources familiar with the matter.

Sep 1, 2014

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths: World Bank head

DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) – The world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying who could easily be saved, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the highly contagious virus.

In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Western healthcare facilities would easily be able to contain the disease, and he urged wealthy nations to share knowledge and resources to help African countries tackle it.

Aug 28, 2014

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s oil hub Port Harcourt

LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) – A doctor in Nigeria’s oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa’s most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell ill after treating a patient who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola in Lagos after flying in from Liberia last month.

Aug 28, 2014

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its strategic plan for combating the virus, GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental Ebola vaccine is being fast-tracked into human studies and it plans to produce up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment if the results are good.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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