Nigeria

Nigerians vote for powerful governor posts amid some unrest

UGHELLI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians are going to the polls to choose governors in 29 of 36 states in Africa’s largest democracy amid reports of heavy military deployment and attacks against electoral facilities in a few areas. Saturday’s election comes two weeks after the presidential vote and is expected to be more contentious in some … Continue reading Nigerians vote for powerful governor posts amid some unrest

Connecticut News: Nigerian National, OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL Involved in Phishing Scheme that Targeted Connecticut Schools is Sentenced

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL, 36, a citizen of Nigeria last residing in Smyrna, Georgia, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to approximately 10 months of imprisonment, time already served, for his role in … Continue reading Connecticut News: Nigerian National, OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL Involved in Phishing Scheme that Targeted Connecticut Schools is Sentenced

Nigeria’s president is re-elected after delayed, bumpy vote

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa’s largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle corruption, widespread insecurity and an economy limping back from recession. While many frustrated Nigerians had said they wanted to … Continue reading Nigeria’s president is re-elected after delayed, bumpy vote

Nigeria’s president is declared winner after bumpy vote

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa’s largest democracy early Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle gaping corruption, widespread insecurity and an economy limping back from a rare recession. While many frustrated Nigerians had said … Continue reading Nigeria’s president is declared winner after bumpy vote

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is declared the winner of delayed election in Africa’s most populous country

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is declared the winner of delayed election in Africa’s most populous country. By Associated Press

Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a senior Russian cyber intelligence official and an executive at a cybersecurity firm to lengthy prison sentences on treason charges. Moscow’s District Military Court, which has been hearing the top-secret case for nearly two years behind closed doors, sentenced Col. Sergei Mikhailov, former deputy head … Continue reading Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

The Latest: Nigeria president’s camp claims he has won

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A spokesman for the campaign of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claims they have unofficial numbers showing the leader has won Saturday’s election and his supporters are preparing to celebrate later Tuesday. Babatunde Fashola, Cabinet minister for power and works and campaign … Continue reading The Latest: Nigeria president’s camp claims he has won

Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari‘s campaign asserted Tuesday they have unofficial numbers showing he has won a second term in Africa’s largest democracy. Babatunde Fashola, campaign director for election monitoring and Cabinet minister for power and works, told The Associated Press in an interview that they were preparing “for … Continue reading Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Radios and WhatsApp groups pinged to life on Tuesday as anxious Nigerians awaited a second day of state-by-state announcements of presidential election results in a race described as too close to call. President Muhammadu Buhari leads by more than 280,000 votes as he seeks a second term in Africa’s largest democracy, … Continue reading Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s electoral commission on Monday began announcing official results from the country’s 36 states as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term, while observers criticized the weeklong delay in balloting that they said discouraged some voters from taking part. While African Union observers called the political climate “largely peaceful and conducive … Continue reading As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

The Latest: Nigeria begins announcing presidential results

(AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Nigeria’s electoral commission has begun announcing official presidential results from the country’s 36 states in a process that will take hours and could extend into Tuesday or beyond. President Muhammadu Buhari has won in the states of Ekiti, Osun and Kwara in the … Continue reading The Latest: Nigeria begins announcing presidential results

YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian police arrest 128 over vote offenses

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Nigerian police say 128 people have been arrested for suspected election-related offenses, including ballot box-snatching, vote-trading and impersonation, while a “cache of explosives” was found. The police statement gives no further details about the explosives but says 38 “assorted weapons” also … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian police arrest 128 over vote offenses

KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Some polling stations remained open across Nigeria Sunday as votes were being counted in most of the country following Saturday’s presidential election that is widely seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a … Continue reading KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of civilian volunteers who call themselves the Vigilante Group of Nigeria have banded together to try stem the violence from Islamic extremists and other bandits who have turned parts of Nigeria’s north into a war zone. The self-defence group, which works closely with local authorities, is believed to have made … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria counts votes as nation awaits election outcome

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Vote counting continued Sunday as Nigerians awaited the outcome of a presidential poll seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a few outbreaks of violence in the vast West African country and many … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria counts votes as nation awaits election outcome

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Mariam Musa gestured with her hand toward her mouth, twisting her face as she told of her main problem: not enough to eat or drink. In the makeshift camp Nigerians who have fled Boko Haram violence, the 32-year-old widow says that the upcoming presidential vote isn’t a topic of conversation. That’s … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the “Empire” television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an “organized law enforcement spectacle” when its superintendent detailed investigators’ findings about the alleged attack on the “Empire” actor. In a statement Thursday night, Smollett’s legal team … Continue reading CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

CHICAGO | Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including … Continue reading CHICAGO | Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | Nigerian helicopter crashes while fighting Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Jan 03, 2019—A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in combat, as fighting raged against Boko Haram extremists for control of the strategic town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, according to the military. The helicopter crash occurred Wednesday, according to a tweet by air force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola. The fighting was at Damasak … Continue reading MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | Nigerian helicopter crashes while fighting Boko Haram

Connecticut News: Nigerian National, OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL Pleads Guilty to Role in Phishing Scheme that Victimized Connecticut School Employees

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL, 36, a citizen of Nigeria last residing in Smyrna, Georgia, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to a conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to obtain the personal identifying information … Continue reading Connecticut News: Nigerian National, OLUKAYODE IBRAHIM LAWAL Pleads Guilty to Role in Phishing Scheme that Victimized Connecticut School Employees

LAGOS, Nigeria | Nigeria tries to rally troops as extremists’ toll revealed

LAGOS, Nigeria  — Nigeria’s military finally revealed a death toll of 39 from a new series of extremist attacks on soldiers, while President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that Boko Haram and Islamic State-linked fighters should be wiped “from the surface of the earth.” Another 43 soldiers were wounded in five attacks between Nov. 2 … Continue reading LAGOS, Nigeria | Nigeria tries to rally troops as extremists’ toll revealed

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | At least 8 killed in militant attack on Nigeria refugee camp

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria  — Authorities in northeast Nigeria say at least eight people are dead after militants attacked a camp for displaced people. Witnesses, though, placed the toll higher at 13 dead following the attack Wednesday night in Maiduguri. The witnesses said that dozens of attackers overpowered soldiers guarding the Dalori camp around 7 p.m. and … Continue reading MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | At least 8 killed in militant attack on Nigeria refugee camp

United States | Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

United States – Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy will travel to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria October 29 – November 10. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Nagy will focus on promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States and Africa, harnessing the potential … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

Louisiana News: MONROE, Three Nigerian nationals living in Grambling and Texas plead guilty to roles in marriage fraud scheme

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that three Nigerian nationals living in Grambling and Texas have pleaded guilty Monday to roles in a scheme aimed at obtaining permanent residency illegally. Adebisi Philip Bode Adejumo, 34, a Grambling, Louisiana, resident and Nigerian citizen; Godspower Raphael Sobaeh, 31, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident … Continue reading Louisiana News: MONROE, Three Nigerian nationals living in Grambling and Texas plead guilty to roles in marriage fraud scheme

ABUJA, Nigeria | Nigeria: IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker

ABUJA, Nigeria— Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, Nigeria’s government said late Monday. The government identified her as Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who had been working in a hospital supported by the ICRC. Her death … Continue reading ABUJA, Nigeria | Nigeria: IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker

JOHANNESBURG | Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

JOHANNESBURG — The International Committee of the Red Cross made an urgent appeal on Sunday to an affiliate of the Islamic State organization in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers. The women risk the fate of a colleague who was killed by the extremists last month, the statement said. “We urge … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

United States | Nigeria National Day

United States – I would like to convey warm wishes to the government and people of Nigeria on the 58th anniversary of your independence. Nigeria remains a key partner and friend of the United States. Through its strengthening democracy, its dynamic economy, and the great entrepreneurial spirit of its people, Nigeria is a leader in … Continue reading United States | Nigeria National Day