John Kerry urges Nigeria to respect human rights in rebel crackdown

John Kerry. Photo: AP

Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard to ease tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 7:29am

‘Massive’ troop deployment in Nigeria’s restive northeast

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency on state television. Photo: AFP

Nigeria’s military on Wednesday announced the “massive”deployment of troops to its restive northeast, after the president declared a state of emergency in areas where Islamist insurgents have seized territory.

16 May 2013 - 12:06am

11 killed in central Nigeria village attacks

The attacks centred around the volatile city of Jos, where thousands have been killed since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:30pm

Attacks in east Nigeria town leave at least 25 dead

Gunmen attacked a prison, set free an unspecified number of prisoners, looted a bank and attacked two open-air taverns, a prison official and police said.

24 Mar 2013 - 11:39am

'Father of modern African literature' Chinua Achebe dead at 82

Nigerian-born Chinua Achebe published his debut novel in 1958. Photo: AP

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the revered "father of modern African literature', has died aged 82, his family said yesterday. Best known internationally for his novel Things Fall Apart, which depicts the collision between British rule and traditional Igbo culture in his native southeast Nigeria, Achebe was also a strong critic of graft and misrule in his country.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Video of French family, Boko Haram abductors released

Tanguy Moulin-Fournier (left) sitting next to his wife, Albane, his brother Cyril, and their four children flanked by an armed man in an undisclosed place. Photo: AFP

A video appeared on YouTube on Monday of seven kidnapped members of a French family with their abductors, who claimed to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and demanded the release of prisoners.

26 Feb 2013 - 1:49am

Briefs, February 24, 2013

Hasier Arraiz (front), the head of the new Basque party. Photo: AP

Six underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the US state of Washington are leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to public health, Governor Jay Inslee said.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

Briefs, February 20, 2013

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan won election to a second five-year mandate but his rival alleged violations and international observers complained the polls lacked competition.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Nigerian farmers lose key Shell case at The Hague

A fisherman shows his meagre catch from a Nigerian creek. Photo: EPA

A Dutch court rejected a bid by Nigerian farmers to hold Shell responsible for oil damage to their villages, in a case that environmental groups had hoped would set a precedent for global corporate responsibility.

31 Jan 2013 - 6:55am

Attackers kill 15 at Nigerian church

Displaced Nigerian women and children from Bagad village in Riyom following recent attacks on Christians. In the lastest attack, gunmen stormed a church service and killed 15. Photo: EPA

Attackers have stormed a church service in an area of Nigeria’s volatile northeast and killed 15 people in the latest such violence targeting Christians in recent days, an official said on Monday.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:39pm

Six Hyundai Heavy workers kidnapped in Nigeria

Four expatriates and two Nigerians working for the South Korean construction firm Hyundai Heavy Industries were kidnapped on Monday in southern Nigeria, police said.

“Some armed men went to a Korean company, Hyundai, located in a forest by the Atlantic Ocean beach, and kidnapped four expatriates and two Nigerians,” police spokesman Fidelis Odunna said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, December 17, 2012

Officials count ballots at a Cairo polling station. Photo: AFP

Islamists claim victory in Egypt referendum

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Mother of Nigerian finance minister kidnapped: official

The mother of Okonjo-Iweala, Kamene Okonjo, was kidnapped on December 9 from her home in Ogwashi-Uku.

The mother of Nigerian Finance Minister and former World Bank managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was kidnapped on Sunday from her home in the country’s south, a statement from her ministry said.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:49am

Two Chinese engineers shot dead in Nigeria

Gunmen have shot dead two Chinese construction workers in a town in Nigeria's volatile northeast, the latest such killing in the region in recent weeks.

An official of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Construction Corporation said four of its engineers had arrived at the Benishek site from their base in Damaturu early on Wednesday before the attack.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:34am

Gunmen kill two Chinese workers in Nigeria

Gunmen shot dead two Chinese construction workers in a town in Nigeria’s volatile northeast on Wednesday, police and company officials said, the latest such killing in the region in recent weeks.

8 Nov 2012 - 10:19am