Gunmen raid prison, free scores of inmates in south-central Nigeria

Heavily armed gunmen raided a jail in south-central Nigeria late on Sunday, blowing up the perimeter fence and freeing 266 inmates – almost everyone in the prison, authorities said. A soldier and a police officer were killed in the attack and two guards were missing, the interior ministry said. It was the second major jailbreak… Read More Gunmen raid prison, free scores of inmates in south-central Nigeria

Eighteen kidnapped as gunmen raid village in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen invaded a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna and kidnapped 18 residents including seven children, a community leader said on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of mass abductions disrupting every aspect of life in the region. Gangs of ransom seekers have been kidnapping children from their schools, villagers from their homes… Read More Eighteen kidnapped as gunmen raid village in northwest Nigeria

Bandits release students abducted from Islamic school in north-central Nigeria following ransom payment

Ninety children abducted from a school in Nigeria were reunited on Friday with their parents after being held captive for nearly three months, part of a wave of mass kidnappings by armed gangs that have spread fear across the north of the country. “Today is the happiest and most joyful day for me and my… Read More Bandits release students abducted from Islamic school in north-central Nigeria following ransom payment

Dozens killed as gunmen attack village in central Nigeria

Attackers shot dead at least 36 people and destroyed buildings in a night raid on a village near the central Nigerian city of Jos, officials said, in an area hit by repeated ethnic clashes. The gunmen went house to house killing residents in Yelwa Zangam late on Tuesday, a military spokesman said. Troops struggled to… Read More Dozens killed as gunmen attack village in central Nigeria

Bandits release fifteen students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Bandits have released 15 more students kidnapped last month from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, officials said on Sunday. School administrator Reverend John Hayab said that parents had raised and paid an undisclosed ransom to free the students, who were among more than 100 taken on July 5 from the Bethel Baptist High School.… Read More Bandits release fifteen students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Police officer, six others killed as gunmen attack Shell gas project site in southeastern Nigeria

Gunmen killed a police officer and six employees of a Nigerian oil and gas services contractor during an attack on buses transporting workers to a Shell project site in the southeastern state of Imo, police said on Tuesday. Attacks on oil and gas facilities have long been a problem in Nigeria, where the multi-billion dollar… Read More Police officer, six others killed as gunmen attack Shell gas project site in southeastern Nigeria

Kidnappers demand ransom payment for eighty schoolchildren abducted in northwest Nigeria

Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of one million naira each to release around 80 children snatched from a boarding school in northern Nigeria last month, according to a pastor involved in the negotiations for their release. The attack on the Bethel Baptist High School in the state of Kaduna was the 10th mass school kidnapping… Read More Kidnappers demand ransom payment for eighty schoolchildren abducted in northwest Nigeria