Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria`s general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Technical problems, Boko Haram hit Nigerian general election
Technical problems, Boko Haram hit Nigerian general election

Problems with new technology on Saturday forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote.

Anxious Nigeria voters don't wait for delayed election officials

Polling was supposed to have begun, but election officials were nowhere to be found, so one community on the outskirts of Nigeria`s capital decided to start the election on their own Saturday morning.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill seven as Nigerians vote
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill seven as Nigerians vote

At least seven people were killed in separate attacks in the northeast Nigerian state of Gombe on Saturday as the country held presidential elections, with suspected Boko Haram gunmen opening fire on voters at polling stations.

Two killed in Boko Haram attack on polling stations in Nigeria

At least two people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in northeast Nigeria today, residents and an election official told AFP.

Two killed in suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in NE Nigeria

At least two people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, residents and an election official told AFP.

Tech glitch prevents Nigerian President from voting

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan turned up Saturday to accredit himself and his wife Patience for his re-election bid but problems with new voting technology forced to him to temporarily abandon his plans.

Polling stations open in Nigerian Presidential Election

Polling stations opened in Nigeria on Saturday, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday`s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for fear of post-election clashes.

Chad president accuses Nigeria of failing to help fight Boko Haram

Chad`s President Idriss Deby has accused Nigeria of downplaying the threat from Boko Haram and failing to cooperate with the regional coalition battling the jihadists, saying there had been zero contact between their armies.

Nigeria recaptures Boko Haram 'HQ' Gwoza
Nigeria recaptures Boko Haram 'HQ' Gwoza

Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year.

Nigeria`s Jonathan calls for peaceful vote

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday urged Nigerians to turn out in force to vote in this weekend`s presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and fears of violence.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

 Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria`s presidential elections on Thursday, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

US diplomat for Africa will observe Nigeria elections

 The top US diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria to observe presidential elections, the State Department said Thursday, an unusual move for Washington that is closely monitoring the country`s Islamist crisis.

Buhari says does not expect `tampering` in Nigeria vote

 Nigeria`s opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari told AFP Thursday that he does not expect "tampering" in general elections this weekend but warned of "consequences" if there is foul play.

Key numbers for Nigeria`s general election

 Africa`s most populous country and top economy, Nigeria, holds general elections on Saturday. 

Nigeria's military detains two Al Jazeera reporters

 Nigeria`s military has detained two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri since Tuesday, the news outlet said on Thursday.

Chad UN envoy says Boko Haram ''more dangerous'' than IS

 Chad`s United Nations envoy has reportedly voiced his frustration over Security Council`s failure to endorse a regional force to take on Boko Haram, arguing that the Nigerian militants are "more dangerous" than Islamic State (IS) fighters.

Boko Haram conflict sees spike in civilian deaths: Rights group

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in Boko Haram attacks in the first three months of this year, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.