April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NIGERIA FIFA ranking: 22 Overall World Cup record: 4-6-1 Coach: Lars Lagerback Best performance: Second round, 1994, 1998 Overview: The Super Eagles have turned to Lagerback for help, recognizing that the Swedish coach has a proven, albeit modest, track record of tournament success. Lagerback's problem is that Africa's most populous country expects to win it all and its soccer federation is chronically interference-minded. The team does not have anyone remotely as inspiring as former star Jay-Jay Okocha, but Ayegbeni Yakubu, John Mikel Obi and Obafemi Martins will do. Nigeria could cause a stir if its fans travel in numbers to South Africa.
February 18, 2013 |
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Police in northern Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped seven foreign workers from a construction company. The attack happened in Bauchi state overnight Saturday. Police spokesman Hassan Muhammed told The Associated Press that the attack first targeted a prison in the area. Muhammed said Sunday the attackers then went to the construction company Septraco, where they killed a guard and kidnapped the foreign workers. Local government chairman Adamu Aliyu told the AP that those kidnapped were from Britain, Italy, Greece and Lebanon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994
I entirely agree with the analysis of Nigeria's importance to the United States in the article by Adonis Hoffman, "Nigeria Heads Towards Civil War, and the World Looks Elsewhere" (Opinion, Aug. 7), but accusing Gen. Sani Abacha of retreating from democracy is unfair. The political situation in Nigeria is vastly more complex than what the article portrays. The legal authority, which organized the June 12, 1993, election, annulled it before announcing the results and then stepped down.
February 12, 2013 |
Two radio journalists have reportedly been charged in northern Nigeria on suspicion of airing a broadcast that incited the slayings of women vaccinating people against polio. The case centers on a program aired days before the shootings last week. Police said at least nine immunization workers were killed by gunmen Friday in the northern city of Kano, where suspicion toward vaccines has thwarted the campaign against polio. It is still unclear who was behind the attacks; no arrests have been reported.
October 2, 2010 |
? Eight people were killed and three were injured Friday in car bombings that hit Nigeria's capital near a parade marking the 50th anniversary of independence, police said. The two explosions occurred an hour after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Nigeria's biggest rebel group, issued an e-mail warning saying it had planted several bombs and telling people to evacuate the area. A Reuters cameraman said security forces and firefighters in the capital, Abuja, had been trying to douse a fire in a car after the first explosion when the second blast struck.
August 2, 2009 |
A Nigerian military official said Saturday that about 700 people were killed in the northern city of Maiduguri during recent fighting between police and a radical Islamist sect. The toll was previously thought to be around 300. Col. Ben Ahanotu said mass burials had begun because bodies were decomposing in the heat. The Islamist compound destroyed last week by government troops is one of the burial sites, he said.