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Rival rejects Nigeria vote result, thousands flee unrest

KANO – The Muslim opposition candidate in Nigeria’s presidential polls rejected the results Wednesday but urged calm after deadly post-election riots, amid a rush to help nearly 40,000 displaced. Authorities say many were killed the violence, which saw corpses burnt beyond recognition and bodies reportedly thrown into wells, but have refused to give a toll, saying it could spark reprisals and would be inaccurate.
There were reports of fresh clashes in the northern state of

Fela Kuti brought back to life in Nigeria

LAGOS – The spirit of Nigeria’s legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti comes alive in Lagos this week with a Broadway musical putting the late Afrobeat icon back on the stage in his proud motherland.
The timing turns out to be perfect: President Goodluck Jonathan was declared winner of Nigeria’s elections on Monday, and Kuti was a harsh critic of the ruling elite in a country long held back by corruption.
From runs on Broadway and in London that drew rave reviews, the

New deadly riots hit Nigeria after Jonathan’s vote win

KANO – A new outbreak of deadly post-poll riots hit northern Nigeria overnight as soldiers patrolled the streets Tuesday after President Goodluck Jonathan and his defeated rival called for calm. Authorities have not given a death toll for the rioting that began sporadically over the weekend over allegations of vote rigging and quickly spread to some 14 states on Monday. An estimated 15,000 have been displaced and more than 360 wounded, according to the Red Cross. Police said dozens of

Mosque burnt after deadly post-poll riots in Nigeria

KANO – Christian youths burnt a mosque in Nigeria’s north early Tuesday after deadly rioting that followed presidential elections, prompting Muslims to destroy shops in response, residents said.
The reprisal attacks occurred in Nigeria’s main northern city of Kano, where an unspecified number of people were killed the previous day as post-election rioting spread to some 14 states over President Goodluck Jonathan’s election win.
Kano police spokesman Magaji Majia confirmed

Nigeria presidential poll results show north-south divide

KATSINA – Nigerian presidential poll results Sunday showed sharp divides between the mainly Muslim north and mostly Christian south after a largely peaceful vote, though sporadic riots broke out over rigging fears.
Millions of voters turned out for Saturday’s election as Africa’s most populous country bid to put years of rigging and badly flawed ballots behind it and hold the cleanest polls for head of state in nearly two decades. Observers gave the polls an initial thumbs up,

Nigeria bids for history in crucial presidential election

ABUJA – Nigerians turned out in large numbers Saturday to vote for a president as Africa’s most populous nation sought to make history by holding its cleanest polls for head of state in nearly two decades.
Voting began in a generally calm atmosphere in most of the country, though two explosions hit the northeastern city of Maiduguri late Friday and early Saturday, with no casualties reported.
The same city was hit by two blasts during parliamentary polls last week.

Attackers killed by own explosives in central Nigeria

JOS – Two men were killed in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday when explosives they were carrying on a motorbike went off, preventing what local residents said was an attempted attack on a Christian community.
More than 200 people have been killed in sectarian violence since late last year in and around Jos, which lies in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” between the mostly-Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.
Christian youths angered by what they took to be an

Church attacks in Nigeria spark fear and questions

MAIDUGURI – The attackers came on Christmas Eve with guns blazing and armed with homemade bombs, shooting a security guard in the head and seeming to want to burn down the church.
A priest at the evangelical church in the northern city of Maiduguri, along with the senior pastor, his wife and another church member, witnessed the shooting and ran for cover. Three blasts went off, but the church did not burn. “The four of us rushed into the senior pastor’s quarters within the church

Security boosted in central Nigeria after attacks

JOS – Riot police patrolled the central Nigerian city of Jos on Monday after Christmas Eve bombings killed more than 30 people and sparked clashes two days later between Muslim and Christian youths.
A series of explosions on Friday killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100, triggering Sunday’s violence in which buildings were set alight and shots were fired. Aloysius Okorie, deputy inspector general of the police, said reinforcements had been sent to the scene of the

Religious clashes erupt in Nigeria

JOS – Clashes broke out between armed Christian and Muslim groups near the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, after Christmas Eve bombings in the region killed more than 30 people.
Buildings were set ablaze and people were seen running for cover as the police and military arrived on the scene in an effort to disperse crowds. This correspondent saw dozens of buildings on fire and injured people covered in blood being dragged by friends and family to

Christmas eve church attacks kill 14 in Nigeria

JOS – A series of Christmas eve church attacks and explosions have left at least 14 people dead in Nigeria as authorities worked Saturday to prevent a new wave of religious violence.
The situation was especially tense in the central city of Jos, where explosions on Friday evening left at least eight people dead. The region has been previously hit by sectarian unrest that has killed hundreds this year.
In the city of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria, suspected members of an

Nigeria army says 14 killed in Niger Delta raids

ABUJA: Soldiers and civilians were killed during an assault by Nigeria’s armed forces on militant camps in the oil-producing Niger Delta two weeks ago, the army chief said late Tuesday, highlighting the intensity of the violence.
Army chief of staff Onyeabo Ihejirika said eight soldiers and six civilians were killed during the army, navy and air force raids against camps believed to belong to notorious gang leader John Togo in Delta state on Dec 1. The Nigerian military rarely

Nigeria militants claim hitting oil pipeline in delta

WARRI: A militant faction in Nigeria’s restive Niger Delta said on Monday it had ruptured an oil pipeline in response to what it said was the killing of innocent civilians during a military offensive last week.
The Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) said it had struck what it described as a “major pipeline” belonging to state-run oil firm the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) close to the Batan flow station late on Sunday night. NNPC declined to comment and there