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NIGERIA: Airlines grounded, aviation overhaul ordered after crash

ABUJA, 14 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - After two major plane crashes in less than two months, an angry President Olusegun Obasanjo has ordered two airlines grounded and called for all commercial aircraft to be inspected within a week.Full report

NIGERIA: Offshore boom brings little hope oil wealth will trickle down

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LAGOS, 13 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Oil production is set to leap by 10 percent next year in Nigeria, already Africa’s leading oil producing nation, but the country’s impoverished people are unlikely to reap any of the benefits.Full report

NIGERIA: Fugitive governor to face UK money laundering charges

PORT HARCOURT, 12 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria will comply with the UK authorities and hand over a prominent state governor charged with money laundering who evaded British police disguised as a woman. Full report

NIGERIA: Plane crash kills 107, mainly children, in southern city

PORT HARCOURT, 11 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - In the second air disaster in Nigeria in less than two months, an airplane crashed while landing in a storm this weekend in the southern oil industry centre of Port Harcourt, killing 107 people, most of them secondary school pupils from the capital, Abuja.Full report

NIGERIA-SUDAN: Darfur talks stumble over fresh rebel demands

ABUJA, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Negotiations to end Sudan’s Darfur conflict have hit new snags in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, after rebels set out new conditions for peace, including a demand for the vice presidency. Full report

NIGERIA: At least 12 dead in clashes over separatist protest

ONITSHA, 7 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - A secessionist protest left at least 12 people dead after violence erupted on the second of a two-day stay-home strike in southeast Nigeria, according to residents and witnesses.Full report

NIGERIA: Compensation for families of six youths killed by police

ABUJA, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The Nigerian government in a landmark move has paid compensation to families of six people wrongly shot and killed by police.Full report

NIGERIA: Slowdown as Biafra separatists call strike

ONITSHA, 5 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Shops, schools and banks were shut in many parts of southeast Nigeria on Monday, the first day of a two-day strike called by a separatist group refusing to abandon its long fight for an independent state.Full report

NIGERIA-SUDAN: Fresh Darfur talks kick off with show of rebel unity

ABUJA, 30 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Talks to end the almost three-year conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region kicked off late Tuesday with rebels proclaiming a joint will for progress and the international community pleading for a breakthrough.Full report

NIGERIA-SUDAN: Mediators hope for “decisive round” of Darfur peace talks

ABUJA, 28 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - African Union (AU) mediators are hoping for decisive progress in efforts to end the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region when a seventh round of peace talks opens in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Tuesday.Full report


IRIN Special Reports for Nigeria

NIGERIA: Crumbling schools and failing pupils

NIGERIA: Muslim fundamentalist uprising raises fears of terrorism

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Nigeria

NIGERIA: Offshore boom brings little hope oil wealth will trickle down

NIGERIA: Obasanjo and the danger of the third term agenda

NIGERIA: Dream of freedom turns to prostitution nightmare

NIGERIA: A lethal dose of shame

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