February 25, 2000 |
Christian and Muslim leaders promised to work together to restore peace in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna as residents trickled back into the debris-strewn streets after religious clashes this week left hundreds dead. The reported death toll ranged from 200 to more than 300. Fighting erupted Monday during a demonstration by Christians against a proposal to bring Islamic law, or Sharia, to Kaduna state. Talks between the religious leaders continued.
October 18, 2000 |
Anti-riot police patrolled streets in parts of Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, amid days of fighting between the northern predominantly Muslim Hausas and the southern-based Christian Yorubas that has killed dozens of people. More than 20 people were arrested in connection with the fighting, and leaders of the two groups agreed to meet in a bid to restore calm.
March 14, 1995 |
One of Nigeria's former military rulers was arrested Monday in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the current junta. Retired Lt. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who headed a military government from 1976 to 1979, was arrested at his farmhouse outside Lagos, an aide said. More than 30 people have been arrested in the alleged plot.
June 11, 1990 |
Two of Nigeria's leading newspapers failed to appear on the streets Sunday after armed police sealed off their premises and took away an editor, continuing a crackdown begun after an abortive coup in April. Frank Aigbogun, news editor of the Vanguard, said police occupied the newspaper's offices and those of the Daily Champion on Saturday afternoon. Champion editor Emma Agu was arrested, he said.
January 8, 1997 |
A bomb exploded in Lagos near a bus filled with soldiers, state-run radio and witnesses said. The exact casualty toll was not immediately known, but the News Agency of Nigeria quoted witnesses as saying they saw one soldier killed and at least 15 people wounded. Radio later reported that a schoolboy also was killed, but there was no official confirmation. The blast was the fourth in the city in the last two months. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
December 23, 1997 |
The military said it was not yet ready to reveal the whereabouts of 12 people arrested for allegedly plotting to topple army ruler Gen. Sani Abacha, including Abacha's deputy, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya. "There is no news," defense headquarters spokesman Col. Godwin Ugbo said in the nation's main city, Lagos. He added that more details of the alleged coup, which he said had been planned for Sunday, would be released in due course.