U.S. lawmakers have put on hold a proposal to sell almost $1 billion of weapons to Nigeria over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the government, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters made by Bell and related equipment worth $875 million is… Read More U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights
Nigeria received its first six A-29 Super Tucano planes, the air force said on Thursday, four years after the United States agreed to sell the West African country the light attack aircraft to fight insurgents. Nigeria is battling rising insecurity, including mass school abductions in the northwest, Islamist insurgencies in the northeast and kidnappings for… Read More Nigeria takes delivery of six light attack planes from U.S.
Militants killed at least 45 people in an attack on the town of Faru in northwest Nigeria, residents and a hospital worker said on Friday. Such violence has increasingly become a part of everyday life in the region, with the Nigerian government and security forces showing little ability to stem the deterioration of law and… Read More Forty-five dead as gunmen attack town in northwest Nigeria
Armed attackers killed six people at a police station in southern Nigeria, a police spokesman said on Sunday, bringing the total number of officers killed over the weekend to 12 amid escalating violence nationwide. The attack early on Saturday morning in Akwa Ibom state killed five officers and one of their wives, spokesman Odiko Mcdon… Read More Six dead following attack on police station in southern Nigeria
Kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students they were holding captive after abducting them in March from a forestry college in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, the head of the parents’ association said. Gunmen took 39 students from the school in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and later released 10 of them. The newly released students were… Read More Bandits release forestry college students abducted in northwest Nigeria
Nigeria’s parliament called on the presidency, armed forces and police to address the country’s mounting security crisis on Tuesday, with the lower house urging President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency. The resolutions come as a wave of violence and lawlessness sweeps across Africa’s largest economy. Security forces, including the military deployed across… Read More Nigerian lawmakers call for action on nation’s security crisis
Nigerian criminals have killed two more student captives abducted from a northern university last week, said a state official on Monday, bringing the total number of executed hostages to five. On Tuesday, armed men stormed Greenfield University in Kaduna state, killing one person and abducting an unknown number of students, the latest in a series… Read More Nigerian bandits execute two more student captives
Kidnappers killed one person and took an unknown number of students from a university in northwest Nigeria’s restive Kaduna state, police said on Wednesday, in the latest in a series of abductions at educational institutes. Armed groups have repeatedly struck northern Nigerian schools and universities since December, abducting more than 700 students for ransom. The… Read More Gunmen kill one, abduct university students in northwest Nigeria