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80 Charged in Massive Love Scam Run Out of LA

Man named Valentine, another Nigerian citizen are accused masterminds of scheme out of California

(Newser) - The feds say elderly women and businesses were the perpetrators' targets, and that they managed to squeeze at least $6 million out of their victims in what prosecutors are calling "one of the largest cases of its kind in US history." CNN reports on the arrests Thursday of... More »

The Plane Prepped for Takeoff. Then, a Man From the Bushes

Passengers on Azman Air flight in Nigeria filled with 'fear and panic' as man climbs onto wing

(Newser) - "Fear and panic" is how Africanews describes the mood in the cabin of an Azman Air flight in Nigeria on Friday, though the odd happening ended with no one getting hurt. CNN reports the incident took place in the domestic section of Murtala Muhammed International airport in the nation'... More »

Kidnappers Storm Castle Resort, Kill Aid Worker, Boyfriend

Nigeria attackers killed 2, kidnapped 3

(Newser) - A British aid worker and her boyfriend were shot dead when kidnappers stormed a resort in northern Nigeria on Friday night, authorities say. The victims were identified as Faye Mooney, a 29-year-old who worked for the Mercy Corps aid organization, and Mathew Obuche, who worked for the Safety Organization NGO,... More »

Nigerian Official Makes Bizarre Pizza Claim

Involving British Airways

(Newser) - It made the BBC's list of legitimate stories that you might mistake for April Fools' pranks: Nigeria's minister of culture last week made the bizarre claim that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London via cellphone in the morning and that the pies are then flown in via... More »

He's a Homeless Refugee —and Best at What He Does

Tanitoluwa Adewumi just owned the New York State chess championship

(Newser) - After the college admissions scandal , this is refreshing: A homeless 8-year-old immigrant just smoked his category at the New York State chess championship, the Hill reports. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a Manhattan shelter, went undefeated last weekend among kindergartners to third graders. "I want to... More »

Children in Nigeria, Brazil Are Killed While at School

Building collapse, mass shooting leave communities in mourning in two parts of the world

(Newser) - More than a dozen children were killed Wednesday when tragedy struck two schools in different parts of the world.
  • Two gunmen opened fire at a school in southeastern Brazil, near São Paulo, the BBC reports. Officials say at least six students and two employees were killed. About 1,000
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First a Blast, Then a Stampede. Now, Dozens Are Missing

Leaking oil pipeline explodes in Nigeria

(Newser) - More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday. The blast early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, a Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman told the AP . The Nembe trunk... More »

Nigeria Opposition Rejects Election Results

Officials say Buhari has won a second term

(Newser) - Nigeria's president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle corruption, widespread insecurity, and an economy limping back from a recession. While many frustrated Nigerians had... More »

On Election Day, Explosions

But President Muhammadu Buhari says people 'are behaving themselves'

(Newser) - Gunfire and explosions opened Nigeria's delayed election on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa's most populous nation, the AP reports. The vote, widely seen as too close to call, also was marred by hours-long delays at polling stations across the vast West African... More »

Just Hours Before Nation's Election, a Postponement

Voting for Nigerian president put off till next Saturday due to unspecified 'challenges'

(Newser) - Nigerians have awakened to find the presidential election delayed until Feb. 23, a week from Saturday, per the AP . In an early-morning statement, the electoral commission cited unspecified "challenges" and said it would give more details Saturday afternoon. Some bitter voters in the capital, Abuja, and elsewhere who traveled... More »

President Has to Tell His Nation: I'm Alive, I'm Not a Clone

Nigeria's Buhari slams 'ignorant and irreligious' rumors

(Newser) - Former President Obama had " birthers " to contend with when he was president. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has deathers. At a conference in Poland on Sunday, the leader addressed persistent rumors that he had died and been replaced by a lookalike or a clone, reports Reuters . "It'... More »

Tiffany Trump's New Beau Is From Africa

Michael Boulos was raised in Nigeria

(Newser) - Ah, it's heirs in love. Tiffany Trump is said to be dating the son of a wealthy family from Nigeria—one of the very countries her father reportedly compared to a makeshift toilet earlier this year, per the New York Post . His name is Michael Boulos and he's... More »

Nigerian Army Uses Trump Words to Defend Shootings

Soldiers fired on rock-throwing protesters

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Amnesty International condemned the Nigerian army for firing on protesters during a march in the capital. Now the army is using comments by President Trump to argue that the soldiers were within their rights to do so, reports the New York Times . The army's reference is... More »

Nigeria Captain Proves World Cup's Most Dedicated

John Obi Mikel played June 26 match hours after dad's kidnapping

(Newser) - Facing arguably the world's best soccer player in a World Cup match is hard enough, but Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel did it hours after learning his father had been kidnapped for a second time, and without telling a soul on his team. Mikel only opened up about the... More »

Kanye West's Slavery Remark Sparks Offer From Africa

Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani invites Kanye to visit

(Newser) - Now Kanye West has a choice—whether or not to visit former slave routes in Africa. Barraged with criticism over his remark that 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice," the rapper was invited Friday to learn about the slave trade that once existed in Nigeria, CNN... More »

Boko Haram Gives Kidnapped Girls Back, With a Warning

'Don't ever put your daughters in school again'

(Newser) - With an ominous warning, Boko Haram extremists on Wednesday returned most of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago. The fighters rolled into Dapchi around 2am in nine vehicles and left the girls in the center of town. As terrified residents emerged from their homes,... More »

Boko Haram Took More Than 100 Girls: 'We Are in Deep Pain'

Locals in Dapchi, Nigeria, are growing angry at government for murky details on recent abductions

(Newser) - Emotion is turning from shock and anguish to frustration and anger in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, where Boko Haram arrived last week and abducted more than 100 schoolgirls , an attack reminiscent of the mass kidnapping in 2014 of 276 girls from Chibok. "We are in great pain,"... More »

The Girls Are Made Beautiful, With a 'Deadly Consequence'

A look at Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers

(Newser) - The Chibok girls were infamously taken by Boko Haram in 2014. That was the same year the group used a female suicide bomber for the first time. Writing for the BBC , Vladimir Hernandez and Stephanie Hegarty look at the group's practice of using suicide bombers—noting the militants far... More »

After Fierce Gun Battle, 2 Americans Taken in Nigeria

2 Canadians were also kidnapped

(Newser) - Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman says. The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night when they were ambushed around Kagarko, Kaduna state... More »

Teen Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Mosque

At least 50 dead in Nigeria attack

(Newser) - A teenage suicide bomber detonated his explosives as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people in one of the region's deadliest attacks in years, police say. Police spokesman Othman Abubakar tells the AP they are "still trying... More »

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