Astounding footage has emerged from the rescue of a Nigerian chef who survived in an air pocket of a capsized ship for nearly three days.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the apparent "cold-blooded murder" of a British hostage by his captors in Nigeria.
A passenger plane carrying 153 people has crashed in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. Government officials have said there are no survivors.
A French hostage has been freed almost a year after he was kidnapped in Nigeria, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement today.
Francis Collomp was seized by around 30 gunmen who stormed his compound in December last year in the remote northern Nigerian town of Rimi, close to the Niger border where al-Qaeda's North African wing operates.
Two US sailors have been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, US Navy officials have told NBC News.
An American oil ship was targeted in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday morning, according to Reuters.
NBC said the vessel's captain and chief engineer were taken.
Fifteen people died after an Embraer passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal, Nigerian authorities said.
A passenger plane carrying 27 people crashed shortly after take-off at Lagos airport in Nigeria, killing at least five people.
Aviation Ministry spokesman said the plane was carrying 20 passengers and seven crew when it crashed.
A passenger plane has crash-landed at the domestic terminal of Nigeria's Lagos airport, a witness has reported.
"There's a lot of smoke coming from the runway, but we can't get access to it. There are fire-fighters rushing to the scene," Rasaki Rhakod, who runs a car service around the airport, told Reuters by telephone.
The death toll in an attack by gunmen on a college in northeastern Nigeria has risen to 40, a Reuters reports, citing a witness.
The witness counted 40 bodies at the main hospital in Yobe's state capital Damaturu, mostly young men believed to be college students.
Gunmen reportedly stormed the College of Agriculture in Yobe state and shot students as they slept, state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said.
At least 26 people have been killed after an attack on a college in northeast Nigeria, Reuters, reports, citing a hospital source.
Gunmen stormed the College of Agriculture in Yobe state and shot students as they slept in the early hours, state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said.
Islamist militants have targeted schools and universities in the region before as part of an ongoing campaign for an Islamic state.
Suspected Islamic militants have killed as many as 50 students in an attack at a college in northeast Nigeria, the Associated Press reports.
An official at the Yobe state College of Agriculture said security forces are still recovering bodies so an exact death toll cannot be given. He added that about 1,000 students have fled.
Northeast Nigeria is in a military state of emergency against an Islamic uprising prosecuted by Boko Haram militants who have killed hundreds of civilians in their quest for an Islamic state.
At least 42 people have drowned and rescuers are searching for about 200 missing victims from a ferry that broke up in stormy weather on the Niger River, an emergency official in Nigeria told the Associated Press agency.
Spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency said the ferry was carrying traders to a weekly market at Malali village when the storm erupted.
He said that it was impossible to say how many people were on the boat, but initial indications were that about 200 passengers were missing.