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.
Nigeria is set to overtake South Africa as Africa's biggest economy today when the results of an overdue rebasing of its gross domestic product GDP are announced, Reuters have said.
New and fast-developing sectors such as telecoms, music and Nollywood are considered in the GDP rebasing along with heavy growth in the oil sector.
Africa's most populous country is expected to increase its economy by as much as 60%, with the government projecting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.75 percent this year, slightly less than the 7.3 percent forecast by the IMF, up from 6.4 percent in 2013.
At least 21 people have been killed in a shootout sparked by an apparent jailbreak attempt at the headquarters of Nigeria's State Security Services in Abuja.
A government spokeswoman first claimed an incident occurred after a detainee attempted to disarm a guard by hitting him on the back of his head with his handcuffs.
Agents, though, later said the detainee used a smuggled pistol to shoot a guard who had unlocked his handcuffs so he could eat breakfast.
Residents reported the shootout began around 7:00am local time and lasted more than two hours, while a former Cabinet minister who lives in the neighbourhood described the scene as a "full-scale battle".
The government spokeswoman confirmed the death toll but did not specify if security officials and soldiers were among those killed.
Gunmen killed more than 100 people in an attack on three villages in central Nigeria, an area where longstanding disputes over land, religion and ethnicity often erupt into violence, two local government officials have told the Reuters news agency.
The police confirmed the attacks by Fulani herdsman late on Friday but declined to give a death toll.
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.