Monday, November 29, 2021

Video - Former Nigerian President Obasanjo optimistic that peace will reign


African Union Special Envoy to Ethiopia Olusegun Obasanjo is optimistic that a peace deal will be agreed upon in the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Video - Nigeria's Borno State offers free vocational training for youth


Nigeria's northeastern Borno State is offering free vocational training in an effort to reduce youth unemployment. Borno has been the epicentre of Nigeria's more than decade-long conflict with Boko Haram fighters.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Video - Nigeria security: Fears of Boko Haram fade in Borno state

Boko Haram now appears to be on the back foot after 12 years of carrying out attacks in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state. But security forces have stepped up their campaign against the armed group in recent years and people in Borno say they feel more at ease about venturing out again.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Video - 2022 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria sails through to the playoffs qualifiers

Nigeria qualified for the playoff round of the qualification for the 2022 World Cup after playing to a 1-1 home draw against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde on Tuesday. The Super Eagles finished top of Group C with 13 points, two more than Cape Verde. Here is CGTN's Deji Bademosi with more.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Gunmen kill 15 in latest attack in Nigeria’s northwest

Gunmen have killed at least 15 people in Nigeria’s northwest, the Sokoto state governor said, the latest incident in a spiral of violence in Africa’s most populous country.

The gunmen stormed communities in Sokoto state and raided houses from Sunday night into Monday morning, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal said in a statement, just days after nearly 30 people were shot dead across remote communities across Nigeria’s troubled north.

At least 13 people were killed in Illela, a town near the border with neighboring Niger and some 97 kilometers (60 miles) from the state capital, he said, adding that two others were killed in Goronyo, about 76 kilometers (47 miles) east of the state capital.

The violent attacks across the northwest and central parts of Nigeria have killed hundreds of people this year.

Most affected communities are in remote areas that don’t have adequate security or telecommunications, such as Goronyo community where more than 40 people were shot dead a month ago when assailants opened fire at a crowded marketplace.

The gunmen are mostly young men from the Fulani ethnic group who had traditionally worked as nomadic cattle herders and are caught up in a decades-long conflict with Hausa farming communities over access to water and grazing land, according to authorities and security analysts.

The attacks have taken on ethnic and religious dimensions, with clashes often reported in volatile states between the herdsmen and local communities. The assailants — called bandits in Nigeria — are “graduating into terrorists,” Gov. Tambuwal said.

The widespread banditry in the northwest is in addition to the Islamic extremist insurgency in the northeast that has lasted more than a decade. Some of the bandits — who often operate in bands of more than 100 — are now joining forces with the extremist rebels, security analysts and residents have told AP.

By Chinedu Asadu


Monday, November 8, 2021

Video - Prestigious International Polo tournament held in Nigeria


Nigeria held this year's International Polo tournament in the country's North-western Kaduna state. Professionals from Argentina, Europe, and South Africa joined top Nigerian polo patrons and players as they jostled for top honors in the 2021 edition. The prize - West Africa's oldest and most-revered polo trophy, the 400-year-old Georgian Cup.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Video - Dozens reportedly trapped after 21-storey building collapses in Nigeria's Lagos


A 21-storey building has collapsed in the Nigerian city of Lagos. It is believed 50 people are trapped in the building that is reported to have been under construction. Officials in the second-most populous city in Africa have been trying to demolish or retrofit unsafe buildings. More than 80 buildings have been demolished this year.

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Search called off in school collapse in Nigeria

Video - At least 8 killed in Nigeria school building collapse

Video - Nigeria's bobsleigh team looking to build on breakthrough in Beijing


Nigeria made history by sending the first bobsleigh team from Africa to the Winter Olympics in 2018. Now the side is looking to build on their achievement from PyeongChang, and make additional progress in Beijing 2022. CGTN's Deji Badmus has more.