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Nigerian President Prepares for Inauguration

Nigeria is preparing to inaugurate President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday. But challengers in last month's election are in court contesting the result and alleging vote fraud.  Nigeria's electoral commission says Jonathan won more than 22 million votes, finishing well ahead of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari's 12 million votes.But  Buhari...

ECOWAS Set to Combat Cybercrimes

A spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] says justice ministers have unanimously agreed on a common legal mechanism to combat cybercrimes in the sub-region. Communications director Sonny Ugoh, said his organization will also cooperate with the rest of the international community to address the growing “menace” in the...

In Nigeria, Last Main Militant Group in Niger Delta Offers Truce in Exchange for Amnesty

In Nigeria, the last significant militant group in the oil-rich Niger Delta has called for a truce with the government, offering to disband and disarm in exchange for amnesty from prosecution. The Nigeria Delta Liberation Force is a breakaway faction of the main group, MEND, and has been fighting government forces since its leader, John Togo,...

Human Rights Watch: 800 Nigerians Killed in Electoral Violence

Human Rights Watch says at least 800 people were killed in last month's electoral violence in Nigeria. Three days of rioting began when supporters of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari burned electoral commission offices and police stations following results that showed President Goodluck Jonathan winning the vote last month.Human Rights Watch...

Rights Group Says Nigerian Post-Election Violence Killed 800

A human rights group says election-related violence in Nigeria killed more than 800 people last month, when clashes broke out following the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.New York-based Human Rights Watch said Monday that Nigerian authorities have failed to stop the recurring violence, and called for the government to investigate and...

Government Policies, Rivalries Negatively Affect Minority Rights in Africa

Minority Rights Group International released its annual report Thursday in which six of the top 10 countries listed in its Peoples Under Threat index are located in Africa. Group members say discriminatory government policies and long-standing rivalries over resources are the major factors that make particular ethnic groups and communities targets...

Nigeria Names Panel to Investigate Electoral Violence

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has named a 22-member panel to investigate the source of violence during last month's nationwide elections. President Jonathan says the panel will determine how many people died, the source of the weapons used, what led to the killing, and how to prevent it in the future."It is sadly ironical that at a time...

Nigerian Presidential Vote ‘Rigged,’ Says Opposition Official

The general secretary of Nigeria’s main opposition Congress for Progressive Change [CPC] says his party is legally challenging the outcome of the April 16 presidential elections, saying they were marred by “irregularities.” Buba Galadima says his party can sufficiently document the alleged irregularities, which according to him, took place in both...

Nigerian Opposition Party APGA Wins Re-Run Vote in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria

In Nigeria, reaction is continuing to last week’s victory by the opposition in the controversial re-run gubernatorial election in Imo State. The original vote was cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] when it became apparent that the opposition was winning. Bur the Nigerian opposition, the All Progressives Grand...

Nigerian Opposition Challenges Election Results

Nigeria's main opposition party is asking a court to throw out some results from last month's presidential election, and for new polls to be held in some areas.The Congress for Progressive Change, led by defeated candidate Muhammadu Buhari, said the voting process was flawed by irregularities in parts of both the north and the south.The party's...

Violence Claims Nearly Two Dozen Lives in Nigeria’s Bauchi State

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed near the town of Tafawa Balewa, in the Nigerian state of Bauchi. The violence took place in Borogo, a mostly Christian village where unidentified assailants also burned down a church and a number of houses. Bauchi is in Nigeria's middle belt, where the predominantly Muslim north meets the mainly...

Gunmen Attack Village Killing 16 in Nigeria

Nigerian police say attackers killed 16 people in a mostly Christian village late Friday.The attackers also set fire to more than one dozen homes in the village in Bauchi state.Nigeria has a history of deadly clashes between Muslim and Christians.Last month, riots broke out in the predominantly Muslim north after incumbent President Goodluck...

Nigeria's Ruling Party Still Strong in Oil-Rich Niger Delta

Elections in Nigeria cut the ruling party's share of powerful state governors.  But President Goodluck Jonathan's party retains control of most of the oil-rich Niger Delta where it is promising to follow through with an amnesty program for former militants.  Nigeria's gubernatorial elections changed the shape of state government with opposition...

West African Community to Hold Forum on Anti-Terrorism

U.N. anti-terrorism experts will address a forum next week sponsored by the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, according to a leading member of the organization. Sonny Ugoh, communications director of the sub-regional body, says the forum will better equip ECOWAS to address the challenges of...

Nigeria Sends More Troops to Southeastern State of Imo Ahead of Governorship Polls

The Nigerian government has sent more troops to the southeastern state of Imo ahead of a controversial re-run of the governorship election. The vote was first held on April 26, along with gubernatorial elections across the country. The opposition candidate was ahead when electoral authorities canceled the results in some local government areas....