June 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Lagos, Nigeria — The white house on Gbemisola Street has a circular grave with a granite pyramid instead of a headstone and no name. It isn't needed. Everyone here knows Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigeria's revered protest musician arrested by Nigeria's military rulers some 200 times for his defiant lyrics, jailed and beaten on countless occasions. He's been dead 14 years, but Nigerians still go misty-eyed at Fela's name. He's loved not just for his music but because he was one of the few brave enough to attack the country's loathed military rulers.
May 12, 1985 |
Thousands of angry and dejected illegal immigrants milled around this border post Saturday, 24 hours after the expiration of the Nigerian military government's deadline for them to leave the country. It appeared that less than one-fourth of Nigeria's estimated 700,000 illegal aliens had left by Friday, and tens of thousands waited at posts like this one, 60 miles west of the capital of Lagos and on the border with Benin.
February 18, 2012 |
It was an offer that turned out to be pretty easy to refuse. A cache of 6,000 U.S. Treasury bonds — each with a face value of $1 billion — available for a limited time only. And if you acted quickly on the $6-trillion offer, you'd get a signed copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the 1919 document that ended World War I. But there were a couple of problems with the documents seized by Italian police in Switzerland as part of an international fraud investigation. Despite the soaring federal budget deficit, the U.S. government does not sell a $1-billion Treasury bond.
August 11, 1992 |
The jumping-off point is the Mreznica River, or at least it is one of them, one of dozens, really, where the line is drawn most visibly not by the clear water running below a bridge and represented by the thin blue line on the map, but by the wrecked and burned-out trucks shoved into the bridge's right-hand lane, and then by the shattered houses just beyond.
November 22, 1997 |
A Nigerian businessman was invited to a holiday dinner at the White House last year after contributing $460,000 to the Vote Now 96 voter registration group, supported by the Democratic National Committee, a party spokesman said. Gilbert Chagoury was at the Dec. 21 dinner with President Clinton for top DNC donors, even though he was not a party contributor.
May 6, 1999 |
Federal agents arrested five Los Angeles-area men Wednesday, charging them with participating in a crime ring that fraudulently obtained dozens of credit cards and used them to withdraw as much as $1 million in cash advances. Three other men, including the group's purported leader, are being sought. The criminal complaint filed earlier this week by the U.S. attorney's office depicts an organized, even elaborate, scheme designed by several Nigerians.
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.
May 14, 1992 |
Anti-government mobs looted stores and burned gas stations and cars Wednesday to protest skyrocketing transport costs and demand the resignation of Nigeria's military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.