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Chad plans to double army size to deal with security challenges

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N’DJAMENA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Chad’s transitional government said on Friday that it plans to drastically increase the size of its army to deal with security challenges, including threats from Islamist militants and armed rebels. Defence Minister General Daoud Yaya Brahim told parliament that the army has begun the process......

Bandits release 10 students kidnapped two months ago from Nigerian school

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KADUNA, Nigeria, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Bandits have released 10 more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The Reverend John Hayab, administrator of the Bethel Baptist High school, said 21 students from the school remained in captivity.......

Phone blackout imposed on Nigerian state amid crackdown on kidnappers

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Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Mobile telephone networks were shut down in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, residents said on Monday, after authorities ordered a......

Gunmen abduct 73 children from school in northwest Nigeria

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Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued JSS Jangebe schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Sept 1 (Reuters) – Armed men kidnapped 73 children from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara in the latest mass abduction in the......

Nigeria to partner with Bitt Inc to launch ‘eNaira’ digital currency

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ABUJA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria will work with Bitt Inc as a technical partner in its bid to launch its own cryptocurrency, the “eNaira”, the Central Bank said on Monday. The Central Bank announced plans to launch its own digital currency later this year after Nigeria barred banks and......

Oil companies owe Nigerian state agency $4 billion, minister says

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A pump jack operates in front of a drilling rig at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford ABUJA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – International oil companies operating in Nigeria owe $4 billion to an agency responsible for fostering development in the Niger Delta,......

Nigeria says killing of Muslim travellers was ‘prearranged’

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Aug 15 (Reuters) – The killing of 23 people returning from a Muslim festival in Nigeria was a premeditated ambush for which suspects have already been arrested, authorities said on Sunday. Deadly violence is common around Africa’s most populous nation,......

Local politician, Swiss national among latest kidnap victims in Nigeria

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LAGOS, Aug 9 (Reuters) – A politician was abducted from his home in northern Nigeria on Monday and a Swiss national was kidnapped in a separate incident in the southwest over the weekend, authorities said. Abductions for ransom have become a big problem in many areas of Nigeria in recent......

Chibok schoolgirl freed in Nigeria seven years after abduction, governor says

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Names of missing Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgency five years ago are displayed during the 5th year anniversary of their abduction, in Abuja, Nigeria April 14, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 7 (Reuters) – One abducted girl from the Nigerian town of Chibok has been......

Athletics-Jackson out of 200m after rookie heats blunder

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TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson will not be able to add to her bronze from the 100 metres after a terrible error in the heats of the 200 on Monday, where she eased up too much and was overhauled on the line to finish fourth. Jackson, third-fastest......

Jamaica sweep 100m podium, Djokovic leaves with nothing

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Thompson-Herah blazes to 100m gold Biles could still compete in floor and beam Ledecky and Dressel surge in swimming Nigerian sprinter Okagbare fails drug test TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to 100 metres gold on Saturday, becoming the fastest woman alive as she denied compatriot......

Basketball-Nigeria’s Metu blasts government for lack of support at Games

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group B – Italy v Nigeria – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Chimezie Metu of Nigeria in action at the rim with Nicolo Mannion of Italy REUTERS/Brian Snyder SAITAMA, July 31 (Reuters) – Nigerian basketball player Chimezie Metu......

Athletics-Nigerian sprinter Okagbare out of Tokyo Games after failing drugs test

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Round 1 – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria reacts after competing in Heat 6 REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel Okagbare is a silver Olympic long jump medallist Sprinter tested positive for human growth hormone TOKYO,......

Nigeria puts six states on COVID-19 red alert, curbs gatherings

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Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde LAGOS, July 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria......

Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria July 17 (Reuters) – Gunmen abducted at least 60 people and killed one person in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said on Saturday. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings......

Pandemic disruptions push millions of Nigerians into hunger

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LAGOS/LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Shehu Ismaila Gbadebo has worked as a barber for two decades. The money he made at his rented stall in a bustling suburb of Nigeria’s megacity, Lagos, used to be plenty for him to pay bills and set aside some savings. Now, he relies on......

OPEC sees world oil demand reaching pre-pandemic level in 2022

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The logo of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sits outside its headquarters ahead of the OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting, Austria December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – OPEC stuck to its forecast for a strong recovery in world oil demand in the rest of......

OPEC+ impasse risks price war as demand surges, says IEA

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LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – Stalled talks by top oil producers over releasing more supply could deteriorate into a price war just as COVID-19 vaccines are sending demand for oil surging, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. The Paris-based agency’s concern over scarce oil supply comes less than......

Nigerian lawmakers pass historic oil overhaul bill

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LAGOS/ABUJA, July 1 (Reuters) – Both chambers of Nigeria’s parliament have passed a bill that overhauls nearly every aspect of the country’s oil and gas production, putting a project that has been in the works for two decades one step closer to presidential sign-off. Legislators have been hashing out details......

Three students dead after Nigeria school kidnapping, says principal

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KADUNA, June 20 (Reuters) – Three children have died following a school kidnapping of 94 students and eight staff in northwest Nigeria this week, the establishment’s principal said on Sunday. read more The kidnapping for ransom is the latest in a series of such incidents in northern Nigeria, with a......

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