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NIGERIA has postponed its National Assembly elections as ballots and tally sheets remain missing from polling places throughout the country - a worrying sign as the oil-rich nation faces a month of crucial polls.
Nigerian immigration officials have arrested two human traffickers at the country's north-eastern border.
SOLDIERS in the central Nigerian city of Jos opened fire yesterday on university students protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims, with at least nine people killed in the ensuing clashes.
AN UNIDENTIFIED man jumped into the car of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and punched him, Nigerian police said.
A WEAPONS cache containing artillery rockets seized by Nigerian security agents at the West African nation's busiest port originally came from Iran, an international shipping company said yesterday.
A RASH of mysterious killings by gun-wielding motorcycle assassins has led authorities to declare that a radical Islamic sect thought to have been crushed last year has been revived.
Two car bombs exploded yesterday as Nigeria celebrated its 50th independence anniversary, killing at least eight people in an unprecedented attack on the capital, Abuja, by southern militants.
Nigeria sent hundreds of soldiers to a town in Abia State on the fringes of the Niger Delta yesterday to hunt down an armed gang holding 15 schoolchildren hostage.
Nigeria's cabinet approved the purchase of three new presidential jets yesterday, a day after Africa's most populous nation said it would have to raise debt to fund elections in less than six months.
LEAD poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has killed 163 Nigerians, most of them children, since March in remote villages in northern Nigeria, a senior government official said yesterday.
NIGERIA'S acting leader, Goodluck Jonathan, was sworn in as president yesterday, as the body of his predecessor was flown north for burial hours after he died following a long illness.
A NIGERIAN plane carrying more than 30 disaster response officials crashed on Friday in Port Harcourt in what was supposed to be a mock rescue exercise. The air force plane, carrying staff from the National Emergency Management Agency and other members of the emergency services, skidded off the runway and into bushes after landing at the city's international airport.
NIGERIA has made impressive advances in wiping out polio since religious leaders backed vaccination, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
NIGERIA'S parliament yesterday empowered vice-president Goodluck Jonathan to run the country in place of an ailing and absent president.
NIGERIA'S state governors have called on the country's absent president to cede power to the vice president to calm a growing constitutional crisis in the west African nation.
BODIES were yesterday being pulled from wells and cesspits in a Nigerian village riven by four days of rioting between Christians and Muslims.
TWO Scottish oil workers who were kidnapped by an armed gang in Nigeria are suing their bosses for £200,000, it was revealed yesterday.
A CITY oil worker who was kidnapped, tortured and told to dig his own grave in Nigeria has revealed he is planning to return to the country.