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Abraham Achirga

Nigerian police accused of abusing prostitution suspects

May 06 2019

ABUJA Nigerian police are investigating allegations that officers sexually assaulted women arrested in nightclub raids during a crackdown on prostitution.

Nigerian vote tough to call as week-long delay may hurt turnout

Feb 22 2019

YOLA, Nigeria/ABUJA Nigerian teacher Benjamin Shagu flew 500 km (310 miles) from the east of the country to the capital, Abuja, to vote in the presidential election - only for the vote to be delayed for a week, just five hours before polls had been due to open.

Nigerian presidential poll postponed, opposition slams decision

Feb 17 2019

DAURA/YOLA, Nigeria Nigerian authorities postponed Saturday's national election by a week, just hours before polls had been due to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to "disenfranchise" voters. | Video

Nigerian Shi'ite group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests

Nov 01 2018

KADUNA/MARARABA, Nigeria The movement of a jailed Nigerian Shi'ite cleric whose followers have repeatedly been targeted by the authorities said on Wednesday security forces had killed 42 of its members during two days of violent crackdowns on protests in the capital Abuja. | Video

Nigeria police fire on Shi'ite march, kill protester-group

Oct 30 2018

ABUJA Police opened fire at Shi'ite Muslim protesters demanding the release of their leader in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday, killing one, in a second straight day of violence, the religious group said. | Video

Nigeria military opens fire on Shi'ite Muslim protesters: Reuters witness

Oct 29 2018

ABUJA Nigeria's military shot at Shi'ite Muslim protesters marching in the capital Abuja on Monday to demand the release of their religious leader, according to a Reuters witness.

Chibok girls activist aims to end Nigeria's political duopoly

Oct 09 2018

ABUJA The co-founder of a group to raise awareness about schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadists said she aims to become Nigeria's first woman president by mobilizing first-time voters discouraged from going to the polls by the long domination of two main parties.

Campaign on fistula brings renewed hope for rural Nigerian women

Aug 08 2018

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria For four years, Nigerian mother Mariam Saraki has been unable to hold back urine after a complicated labor led to a vaginal fistula. Ashamed and isolated, it has cost her a husband and a community.

Nigeria flying home 152 citizens stranded in Russia after World Cup

Jul 20 2018

ABUJA Nigeria has made arrangements for 152 of its citizens who were stranded in Russia following the end of the soccer World Cup to be flown home, a foreign affairs spokesman said on Friday.

Light rail line in Nigeria's capital opens to passengers

Jul 18 2018

ABUJA Nigeria has opened a new Chinese-built light railway network in the capital Abuja after 11 years of construction, a rare transport project in a nation where economic growth has been stymied for generations by a lack of infrastructure development.

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