U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights

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 takes delivery of six light attack planes from U.S.

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.

Nigerian police secure release of 100 victims abducted in northwest Nigeria

Police and government authorities have secured the release of 100 people, including women, children and nursing mothers, who were kidnapped from their village in northwestern Nigeria over a month ago, a local police spokesperson said. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern states, where thinly deployed security… Read More Nigerian police secure release of 100 victims abducted in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen raid villages, abduct dozens in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen abducted at least 60 people in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said on Saturday. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern areas, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop… Read More Gunmen raid villages, abduct dozens in northwest Nigeria

Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday. Kidnappings by armed men, commonly referred to in Nigeria as “bandits”, have become endemic in northern Nigeria, disrupting the education of hundreds of… Read More Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Forty-five dead as gunmen attack town in northwest Nigeria

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

Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

About 150 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a parent and an administrator said on Monday, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel. The attack on the Bethel Baptist High School is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which… Read More Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria

One student from a group of dozens abducted from a school in northwest Nigeria this week has been found dead, the army said on Friday, adding it had rescued five students and two teachers. Gunmen raided the school in Kebbi state in broad daylight on Thursday in the latest case of mass abductions in the… Read More One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria