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SA violence: Nigeria to seek compensation

Abuja (Nigeria): Nigeria will seek compensation from South Africa for its citizens who were injured or lost property during xenophobic violence that killed dozens and displaced thousands, the government said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said the authorities had drawn up a list of Nigerians who fell victim to the mayhem that...

Ruling party runs the poll in Nigeria

Nigeria: Nigeria's ruling party has retained the governorships of the oil-producing state of Bayelsa and of northern Sokoto in election re-runs. The courts had annulled the election of nine state governors after polls in April last year which foreigner observers said were flawed. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has won all four state...

Shell oil pipeline exploded demands Nigeria rebels

Lagos: Rebels from Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said they had blown up a Royal Dutch Shell pipeline and killed 11 soldiers in a firefight on Monday, but the army denied losing any men. The rebel Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said in an emailed statement that it had sabotaged the Shell pipeline at Awoba flow...

Two foreign workers abducted in Nigeria

Nigeria: Two foreigners working for Nigerian oil services company Lonestar were kidnapped in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria on Friday, police and security sources said.   "Two foreigners were abducted. They were working for Lonestar Drilling Company," said Rita Inoma-Abbey, spokeswoman for Rivers state police command. She said...

Road mishap kills 43 Nigerian troops

Nigeria: At least 43 Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a road accident in the north of the country, according to the Nigerian military.   The soldiers were in a convoy of vehicles travelling to their base when one of the vehicles collided with an oncoming petrol tanker in Yobe state. An army spokesman said Thursday others were injured and...

Nigeria demands $2bn from two oil companies

Nigeria: President Umaru Yar'Adua has ordered Nigeria's state-run oil company to demand nearly $2bn in arrears from two major oil companies.   The government say Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil have not paid taxes and production sharing costs they owe on two offshore oil fields. The companies say they have followed the law and are in...

Oil pipeline explosion killed 100 people

LAGOS (AFP) — Nigerian firefighters battled Friday to put out flames pouring from a burst oil pipeline a day after a huge explosion that Red Cross officials said killed 100 people. Crime, corruption and poverty have continued to kill Nigeria's famished people. Like the others before it in the last 10 years, the 19th reported case of oil-...