Analysis: Nigeria probes oil block awards

The Nigerian government is considering revoking the licensing blocks for exploration amid accusations they were obtained through illegal bribes, part of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s ongoing effort to curb corruption.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Nigeria gets new president

ABUJA, Nigeria, May 29 (UPI) -- Nigerian President-elect Alhaji Umar Yar'Adua assumed office Tuesday amid continuing complaints from opponents that last month's elections were fixed.

Yar'Adua proclaimed Nigerian president

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 23 (UPI) -- As expected, Umaru Yar'Adua was proclaimed the winner Monday in Nigeria's flawed and chaotic presidential election. Yar'Adua was the hand-picked successor to President Olusegun Obasanjo, who admitted there was fraud and violence, in the voting but not eno

Nigeria voting staggers amid delays

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 21 (UPI) -- Nigeria's presidential election Saturday appears to have been riddled with fraud and irregularity, with results skewed in favor of the ruling party.

Nigeria votes amid violence

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 15 (UPI) -- Some 52 people were reported killed in Nigeria as the country voted for Houses of Assembly members and governors in 36 states.

Nigerian security on alert

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 8 (UPI) -- Nigerian security forces have been placed on full alert in advance of impending state and presidential elections.

Nigerian VP battles to join election

LAGOS, Nigeria, April 5 (UPI) -- Embattled Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar is battling to run for president in elections scheduled for later this month.

Nigerian official awaits ballot decision

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 3 (UPI) -- The vice president of Nigeria was awaiting a court decision on whether corruption allegations would bar him from the nation's presidential election.

Nigerian election may be postponed

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 29 (UPI) -- Nigeria's presidential election, scheduled for April 21, may be postponed because of a candidate's death, the BBC reported Thursday.

Nigerian panel indicts national leaders

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Nigerian Senate committee ruled Wednesday that both President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar had abused their political posts.

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UPI almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.
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Nigerian kidnappers release 24 Filipinos

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Militants targeting the international oil trade in Nigeria on Tuesday released 24 Filipino workers they had abducted more than three weeks ago.

Deadly Nigeria explosion blamed on thieves

LAGOS, Nigeria, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo blamed an oil pipeline explosion that killed at least 260 people on thieves who punctured the conduit.

Congo swears in Kabila as president

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Joseph Kabila was sworn in Wednesday as the Democratic Republic of Congo's first freely elected president in 48 years.

Nigerian president returns to school

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is preparing for his retirement from politics next year by enrolling as a student at the Open University.

Nigerian president greets Prince Charles

ABUJA, Nigeria, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and other officials greeted Prince Charles of Britain at a state reception marking the future monarch's visit.

Most killed in Nigerian plane crash

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A Boeing 737 carrying 104 people crashed near Nigeria's Abuja airport Sunday, killing at least 100 people, including the country's Muslim spiritual leader.

Nigerian govs accused of stealing billions

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Nearly two-thirds of Nigeria's governors, accused of stealing billions of dollars, are being investigated for corruption, an official said. Nuhu Ribadu, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, accused Nigerian governments of stealing or wasting

Nigeria moves to stem abductions

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Kidnappers in Nigeria have been warned by President Olusegun Obasanjo they will be hunted down and treated as terrorists when caught.

Official vows to show Nigerian corruption

LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The head of Nigeria's crime commission says he will make public the names of past and present leaders accused of looting the nation's oil revenue.

Blair wants promises from G8 kept

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is setting up an independent group to oversee pledges made to the world's poor at the G8 summit in Gleneagles last year.

Nigerian leader denied shot at third term

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 16 (UPI) -- The Nigerian Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a constitutional amendment that would allow President Olusegun Obasanjo to serve a third term.

Probe ordered in Nigerian pipeline blast

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 13 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered police to find the cause of a deadly blast at a pipeline near Lagos and increase protection on other pipelines.

Nigerian president warned on 3rd term

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 20 (UPI) -- A member of the Nigerian Parliament warns against amending the country's constitution to allow President Olusegun Obasanjo to seek a third term.

The Almanac

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