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The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

While the Biafrans starved, the FO moaned about hacks

THE ANNUAL release of 30-year-old official documents at the Public Record Office gives some of us the chance to revisit the walk-on roles we played in our nation's story. It can be chastening.

Football: Palmer closes Watford gap

Norwich City 1 Watford 1

Nigeria edges back to civilian rule

PARTIES DOMINATED by veterans of Nigeria's previous attempts at democracy took an early lead as partial results from local elections began to drift in yesterday.

Oilmen taken hostage

ARMED YOUTHS stormed an offshore oil exploration rig used by Texaco off the coast of southern Nigeria and took eight people hostage, a Texaco official said last night.

Oil blaze kills 300 in Nigeria

UP TO 300 people scavenging for fuel from a burst petrol pipeline were reported to have died yesterday in southern Nigeria when a fire ripped through the area.

Villages washed away in Nigeria

Villages washed away in Nigeria

Obituary: Sir David Hunt

"ONE MAN in his time plays many parts", but few have played as many and so effectively as David Hunt. University don, diplomat, author, archaeologist, television celebrity and army officer: Hunt successfully filled all these roles. Witty and down to earth, his encyclopaedic memory and fast incisive thinking were notably demonstrated when he was confronted in public debate, in providing an impromptu speech, or in resolving an intractable problem.

Leading article: Our responsibility towards Nigeria

AFTER YEARS of Britain shirking its responsibilities towards Nigeria, let us welcome good news all round. The heart attack suffered by the dreadful dictator General Abacha two weeks ago offers a glimmer of hope. Tony Blair has seized the moment by getting on the telephone to the military boss left minding the shop (temporarily, we hope), General Abdulsalam Abubakar, on Tuesday and despatching junior minister Tony Lloyd to Lagos today. It is the right moment to exert leverage, just as the world is enjoying the spectacle of Nigeria's football team in France.

Nigeria's new leader 'meets' missing Abiola

NIGERIA'S new military leader has been holding secret talks with the country's best-known political prisoner, Chief Moshood Abiola, the apparent winner of the presidential elections in 1993, a Lagos newspaper has reported.

Iron fist still rules in Lagos

PRO-DEMOCRACY activists called for an end to military rule in demonstrations in Lagos yesterday, but troops firing into the air and riot police unleashing tear gas sent a clear signal to the opponents of General Abdulsalam Abubakar, Nigeria's new military boss: Muscle still rules in Nigeria.

Nigerian activist seized

THE leader of Nigeria's main opposition, United Action for Democracy, Olisa Agbakoba, has been detained, colleagues said yesterday. "He was arrested this morning at Lagos airport on his way back from a trip abroad," one said.

British 'plot against Nigeria'

British 'plot against Nigeria'

8,500-year-old canoe dug up

8,500-year-old canoe dug up

Briton killed in Nigeria

A BRITON has been shot dead in an armed robbery in Nigeria while working on a construction project, it emerged yesterday, writes Ian Burrell.
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