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School Collapse Kills 22 Students in Nigeria
School Collapse
Kills 22 Students

School Collapse Kills 22 Students

Nigerian officials report 132 were rescued from rubble

(Newser) - A two-story school collapsed during morning classes Friday in north-central Nigeria, killing 22 students and sending rescuers on a frantic search for more than 100 people trapped in the rubble, authorities said. The Saints Academy college in Plateau state's Busa Buji community collapsed shortly after students, many of whom...

Female Bombers Kill 18 at Wedding, Funeral, and Hospital

Victims in northern Nigeria include children and pregnant women

(Newser) - Female suicide bombers targeted a wedding, a funeral, and a hospital in coordinated attacks in northern Nigeria that killed at least 18 people, local authorities said Sunday. The first bomber detonated during a marriage celebration in the northeastern town of Gwoza, Barkindo Saidu, director-general of the Borno State Emergency Management...

Nigeria: At Least Some Abducted Students Are Freed

(Newser) - At least 137 of nearly 300 Nigerian children abducted more than two weeks ago from their school in the northwestern state of Kaduna were released on Sunday, the West African nation's military said. An earlier statement from the government suggested that all the students were freed, the AP reports....

More Children Are Abducted From a Nigerian School

Gunmen took sleeping students from a boarding school in a remote village

(Newser) - Another 15 children were abducted from a school in northwestern Nigeria on Saturday, two days after nearly 300 students were taken hostage from another school in the region. The latest kidnapping happened in the Gidan Bakuso village. Armed men broke into a boarding school and took the children as they...

3 Traditional Rulers Killed in 4 Days
In 4 Days,
3 Rulers
Assassinated

In 4 Days, 3 Rulers Assassinated

Spate of kidnappings, killings wash over Nigeria

(Newser) - Gunmen in Nigeria have killed three traditional rulers in four days, and kidnapped several others, as part of an ongoing security crisis . Armed men killed two traditional rulers in Ekiti state—the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olushola, and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsakin—on Monday,...

Dayslong Attacks Leave 140 Nigerian Villagers Dead

Herders are suspected in the mass killing amid long-running conflict over resources

(Newser) - At least 140 people were killed by gunmen who attacked remote villages over two days in north-central Nigeria's Plateau state, survivors and officials said Tuesday. It's only the latest of such mass killings this year blamed on the West African nation's farmer-herder crisis, per the AP . The...

Nigeria Drone Strike Kills 85 Civilians

Officials say military thought it was 'targeting terrorists and bandits'

(Newser) - At least 85 civilians were killed when an army drone attack erroneously targeted a religious gathering in northwest Nigeria, officials confirmed Tuesday as the country's president ordered a probe into the latest in a series of such deadly mistakes in Nigeria's conflict zones. The strike took place Sunday...

Why Nigeria Burned 4 Tons of Pangolin Scales

Country did so as a deterrent to traffickers

(Newser) - In a move intended to deter wildlife traffickers, Nigeria has burned more than 4 tons of pangolin scales. "These seized items represent the past we leave behind, but the destruction signifies the future we are determined to build for our planet," the country's environment minister said before...

Nearly 70 Face Prison for Attending Nigerian Wedding

It was a gay wedding, and homosexuality is outlawed in the African nation

(Newser) - Police in Nigeria said Tuesday they detained at least 67 people celebrating a gay wedding in one of the largest mass detentions targeting homosexuality, which is outlawed in the West African country. The "gay suspects" were arrested in southern Delta state's Ekpan town about 2am Monday at an...

Extradited Nigerian Allegedly Pushed US Teen to Suicide

Samuel Ogoshi and his brother Samson accused in international 'sextortion' scheme

(Newser) - In March 2022, 17-year-old Jordan DeMay received a message over Instagram from someone threatening to make his nude photo go viral unless the teen coughed up $1,000. DeMay, a high school senior in Michigan, could afford only $300. "I'm kms rn [killing myself right now]. Bc [because]...

They Crossed the Atlantic on Ship's Rudder

4 Nigerian men survived 14-day journey to arrive in Brazil, where 2 are now seeking asylum

(Newser) - Four men spent 14 days clinging to the rudder of a ship as it carried them 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Nigeria to Brazil. The remarkable journey began in late June, with the departure of a Liberian-flagged ship from Lagos. Roman Ebimene Friday, a 35-year-old from Nigeria'...

Bola Tinubu Wins Nigeria's Vote
Losers Dispute Nigeria's Vote

Losers Dispute Nigeria's Vote

Ruling party stays in power after low-turnout presidential election

(Newser) - Election officials declared Bola Tinubu the winner of Nigeria's presidential election Wednesday, keeping the ruling party in power in Africa's most populous nation and raising the specter of protests by opposition supporters who already have called for the vote to be voided. Tinubu, 70, the former governor of...

'It Was Wrong to Take the Bronzes' and 'Keep Them for 120 Years'

Germany returns 20 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

(Newser) - The kingdom of Benin—whose earthen walls were said to be on par with those of the Great Wall of China—stood from the 11th century until 1897. That was the year the British invaded what's now southern Nigeria, burned it down, and made off with the Benin Bronzes:...

Chess Prodigy Gets Early Holiday Gift From the US
Chess Prodigy, 12,
Is Granted Asylum

Chess Prodigy, 12, Is Granted Asylum

Nigerian Tani Adewumi, 12, can now travel globally for chess competitions

(Newser) - In 2019, 8-year-old Tanitoluwa "Tani" Adewumi defeated 73 of the best players in his age group at a New York state chess championship, breaking a record by doing so. Now, three years later, he "just won his biggest match" ever, per NPR : The now-12-year-old Nigerian boy and his...

Shipment of 'Cow Male Genitals' Wasn't Quite That

Effort to smuggle thousands of donkey penises to Hong Kong was busted

(Newser) - Nigerian officials have seized thousands of donkey penises that were about to be exported to Hong Kong, an official said on Thursday. Sacks of the donkey male genitals were seized at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, said Sambo Dangaladima, the Nigeria Customs Service area commander. The...

London Museum to Return Looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

It's 'very clear that these objects were acquired through force,' Horniman says

(Newser) - Update: With cultural institutions under pressure to repatriate artifacts taken during the colonial era, a museum in London agreed Sunday to return Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria. The Horniman Museum and Gardens said a Nigerian commission asked earlier this year that it...

2 Students Kidnapped 8 Years Ago Found in Nigeria

Boko Haram took nearly 300 girls from school in 2014

(Newser) - Two female students taken in the middle of the night by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in 2014 have been found and are receiving medical treatment, the Nigerian army said. The women apparently gave birth while held by the militants, the BBC reports, and had their children with...

'Everybody Standing Was Bombarded With Bullets'

50 people feared dead in church massacre in Nigeria, and the motive is unclear

(Newser) - As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack, according to a state lawmaker from the area. Worshippers...

Stampede at Event for Poor Kills 31, Including Children

People lined up hours early at Shop for Free program in Nigeria

(Newser) - A stampede Saturday at a church charity event intended to offer hope to the needy left 31 people dead and seven injured in southern Nigeria, police said. One witness said the dead included a pregnant woman and many children, the AP reports. The stampede at the event organized by the...

More Than 150 Unaccounted for After Train Attack

Authorities say some are being held for ransom after Nigeria attack

(Newser) - At least 168 people are unaccounted for after a deadly attack on a train in northwest Nigeria, authorities say. The Nigerian Railway Corporation said Sunday that cell phones of more than 140 passengers from the Abuja-Kaduna train have been switched off or are ringing without being answered since the attack...

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