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Nigeria sack defence chiefs

Nigeria: Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has dismissed the country's chief of the defence staff, together with the heads of the army and navy. Mr Yar'Adua made the announcement before going on a pilgrimage to Mecca. No reason has yet been given for the surprise dismissals, but correspondents say it is not unusual for a new president to change...

German hostages freed by militants in Nigeria

Nigeria: A militant group in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region has handed over two German hostages kidnapped last month. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said they rescued the two men from another militant group who had kidnapped them. They are being treated for injuries they suffered during their kidnapping, the...

Nigerian minister describes handover of Bakassi as awful

Calabar (Nigeria): Nigeria's Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa on Thursday described Nigeria's withdrawal and transfer of authority to Cameroon as a painful event. The minister stated this in his address during the final handover ceremony, which held in the Cross River state's capital Calabar in southeast Nigeria. He said Nigeria's decision...

Finally Nigeria hands over disputed Bakassi to Cameroon

Nigeria: Nigeria on Thursday concluded its handover of the Bakassi peninsula to neighboring Cameroon, completing the implementation of the 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment, after 15 years of dispute over the peninsula that is located on the Gulf of Guinea. The final handover ceremony, which held in the Cross River state's capital...

Cameroon to take over Bakassi Thursday, security beefed up in Nireria

Calabar (Nigeria): The Nigerian government is ready to officially hand over the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon Thursday, an official with the Cross River State government said Wednesday. Fidelis Ugbo, secretary to the state government told Xinhua in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, that the handing over will be in keeping with the...

Nigeria opts for nuclear energy

Lagos: Nigeria is committed to implementing international nuclear safeguards and safety regime in the process of generating electricity from nuclear power plants, local media reported Wednesday. Shamsideen Elegba, director-general of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), said at a training course for lawyers on nuclear safety and...

Britain warns nationals in Nigeria to stay away from Bakassi

Lagos: The British government Monday issued a stern warning to its nationals living in Nigeria against embarking on any trip to the Bakassi Peninsular due to be handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria on Thursday, reported the This Day newspaper. The British government warned its nationals in Nigeria to be wary of militants operating under the platform...

Nigeria enhance security in Bakassi

Lagos: The National Boundary Commission (NBC) on Tuesday said the Nigerian federal government had beefed up security along Bakassi to ensure a peaceful handover to Cameroon on Thursday, reported the News Agency of Nigeria. Sadiq Diggi, NBC Director General, disclosed in Abuja that security agencies had been fully mobilized and doing everything...

Bird flu spreads in Nigeria

Lagos: A new strain of avian flu never before reported in Africa has been identified in Nigeria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced, local media reported Tuesday. Tests conducted by Nigeria and by the FAO show that the new virus strain which is similar to strains identified last year in Italy, Afghanistan and Iran...

Oil company Shell to continue operation in Nigeria

Lagos: Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has again refuted claims that it plans to leave Nigeria for Iraq, the Guardian newspaper reported Monday. The management unfolded several projects being executed by the firm in the country on Saturday said that in the last three years it had paid 25 billion U.S. dollars to the Nigerian federal...

Somali pirates seize Nigerian ship

Lagos: Somali militants have hijacked a Nigerian merchant ship, holding its captain, Graham Egbegi, and its crew hostage, local media reported Sunday. The militants are demanding a ransom of 1 million U.S. dollars for their release. Trigo Egbegi, the captain's elder brother, disclosed this in a text message to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on...

Nigeria vows to improve police condition

Lagos: Nigeria's Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has said that no effort would be spared in ensuring effective policing in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reported on Saturday. The Vice-President said this while speaking at the national summit on training and re-training of police officers and men in Abuja late on Friday. The vice...

Nigeria assures hand over of oil-rich Bakassi to Cameroon in time

Lagos (Nigeria): Barely a week to Aug. 14, scheduled for the handover of oil-rich Bakassi to Cameroon by Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) has said the Nigerian Federal Government will not rescind its decision. The minister said this on a program monitored on Africa Independent Television...

Nigeria militants threat to blow up oil pipelines

Lagos (Nigeria): The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said on Wednesday it would attack major oil pipelines in the next 30 days to prove it had not received payment from the government to end its campaign. The head of the state-run oil firm NNPC was quoted in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday as saying the company had...

Nigeria's leading oil company paid militants

Nigeria: The head of Nigeria's national oil company has said it paid millions of dollars to militants to protect the country's oil infrastructure. Abubakar Yar'Adua of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made the comments to a national assembly committee. He later said he had been misunderstood, and that the company had...