August 10, 1986 |
Veleda Andromeda Douglas, a soft-spoken nutrition major from Howard University in Washington, D.C., packed her bags this summer after graduation and headed to West Covina on a Greyhound bus with dreams of a medical career. Two days after her arrival, the 22-year-old honors student entered a nightmarish world of mistaken identity that kept her locked behind the bars of a Los Angeles County jail for one week. Grand theft charges were dismissed Aug.
April 6, 2012 |
KANO, Nigeria - In an attack that didn't happen - well, not officially - a police inspector and four of his officers were ambushed by Islamist militants last month in this northern Nigerian city. Two of them died, two crawled away and hid in a ditch, and the inspector, shot in the leg, called on his cellphone for help. It arrived eventually, but only after he had bled to death. Northern Nigeria is a region under siege. Boko Haram militants mount attacks almost daily and security forces retaliate in a scattershot way, often mowing down civilians.
March 12, 2010 |
Nearly 3,000 people have fled to a neighboring state since hundreds were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages over the weekend, aid officials said Thursday. Residents have accused the Nigerian police and military of failing to provide adequate security to the villages in Plateau state, where attackers managed to violate a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Police said they had arrested about 200 people. On Thursday, thousands of women took to the streets, singing and waving branches, a traditional sign of protest.
September 11, 1988 |
Nigerians stand a 1-in-9 chance of being killed in road accidents, which claim 66 lives each day in Nigeria, according to a government report released last week.
September 29, 2002
It is surprising to me, a blended American, that the black community has not taken up this horrific story ("A Baby and an Outcry," Sept. 17) and run with it, worldwide, as an example of religious bigotry at its worst. It is shocking that black women are not demonstrating, boycotting at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington and other capitals around the world. Why not? What are you waiting for? If you think the nice men are going to have a change of heart [about stoning her to death] and grant her a reprieve, think again.
August 18, 2003 |
Four people were killed, 54 were wounded and dozens of houses were set ablaze Sunday as rival ethnic militias waged gun battles in the southern Nigerian oil city of Warri for the third consecutive day, witnesses said. The violence is the most serious since March, when an ethnic Ijaw rebellion forced oil companies to evacuate key installations and shut down 40% of the OPEC member's oil output.
June 15, 1993 |
Billionaire publisher Moshood K.O. Abiola has built a strong lead in the race to become Nigeria's first civilian president in a decade, partial returns showed Monday. Abiola, one of two candidates groomed by the military dictatorship to lead Africa's most populous nation, won 11 of Nigeria's 30 states, compared to one for rival millionaire businessman Bashir Tofa.
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April 14, 1985 |
A 30-year-old tank truck driver was sentenced to death Friday for storing nearly 5,000 gallons of gasoline--unlawful under the military government's anti-corruption laws. The tribunal chairman, Judge Okwuchukwu Opene, acting without a jury, sentenced Vincent Agulannah to be executed under emergency legislation decreed after Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buhari took power in Nigeria in a December, 1982, coup.
April 24, 1986 |
Songwriter and singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, an outspoken critic of military rule and corruption, was released from prison today. The armed forces ruling council said that it had retired the judge who had sentenced Fela to five years in prison for trafficking in foreign currency. The 46-year-old Fela has a wide following in Africa, Europe and North America, and there had been many calls for his release since he was imprisoned in November, 1984.
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June 28, 2008 |
Sonny Okosun, 61, a key figure in Nigerian pop music who mixed traditional African forms with Western rock elements, died May 24 of colon cancer at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to news reports. Born in Benin, Nigeria, in 1947 to musician parents, Okosun taught himself to play the guitar. He began his music career by covering British and American rock 'n' roll tunes. Singing and playing guitar, Okosun led a string of bands that showcased his evolving musical sense.