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Nigeria confirms three cases of monkeypox

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria said Monday it had confirmed three cases of monkey pox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country’s south. Health Minister Isaac Adewole said 17 suspected cases of the viral disease have been identified in Bayelsa …

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Italian priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria: Vatican

Rome, Italy | AFP | An Italian priest has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria, church officials in both countries have said. Maurizio Pallu was snatched on Thursday in broad daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City, Italian media reports said. “Pope Francis has been informed about …

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Boko Haram fighters surrender in northern Cameroon

Mozogo, Cameroon | AFP | Nearly 60 men who said they were captured by the Boko Haram Islamist group and forced to fight for them in Nigeria have surrendered to authorities in northern Cameroon. After spending two years with Boko Haram, the men decided to flee with their families and …

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Boko Haram suicide bomber kills five in NE Nigeria: militia

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Five people were killed in a suicide bomb attack when Boko Haram raided a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and the emergency services said Thursday. Ibrahim Liman, from the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF), said the attack happened at Belbelu village, near …

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Nigerian courts remand 300 Boko Haram suspects

Kano, NIGERIA | AFP | Three hundred Boko Haram suspects were officially remanded in custody in Nigeria on Tuesday, as hearings got under way in the first mass trials linked to the Islamist insurgency. The media has been banned on security grounds from attending proceedings at four civilian courts set up …

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Nigeria warns over suspected monkeypox outbreak

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Health officials in Nigeria have called for calm after dozens of suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in seven states across the south of the country. Thirty-one suspected cases of the viral disease have been identified since the first was reported in Bayelsa State on September …

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Nigerian state oil firm hits back at graft claims

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria’s state-run oil firm on Monday hit back at claims of corruption from a senior government minister that have put President Muhammadu Buhari’s war on graft in the spotlight. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the allegations made by junior oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu …

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Nigeria begins mass trials of Boko Haram suspects

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria on Monday prepared for its first major prosecutions of suspects linked to the Boko Haram conflict in closed-door trials at a military base. The defendants have all been arrested and detained since the start of the Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast in 2009. The …

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Leaked memo rekindles scandal around Nigeria’s oil giant

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | A leaked memo from Nigeria’s minister of state for oil has shown that irregularities in the state-owned oil giant remain entrenched, despite official vows to root out the “cancer” of graft. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to report on questionable practices in the …

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