People help rescue workers extinguish a fire after a plane crashed into a neighbourhood in Ishaga district

No survivors of Nigeria plane crash

A passenger plane carrying 153 people has crashed in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. Government officials have said there are no survivors.

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Nigeria likely to become Africa's largest economy

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.

'Nollywood' is Africa's largest movie industry in terms of value. Credit: REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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.

21 dead in jailbreak bid shootout at Nigerian security HQ

The point marks the location of the state security headquarters, which is close to the presidential villa called Aso Rock. Credit: Google Maps

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.

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'More than 100 killed' in Nigeria attacks

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.

French hostage in Nigeria freed after a year

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.

Read: Dark hours for France marked by casualties in Africa

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15 dead after Lagos plane crash

The wreckage of the Embraer passenger plane.
The wreckage of the Embraer passenger plane. Credit: RTV

Fifteen people died after an Embraer passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal, Nigerian authorities said.

Emergency services initially said five people had died. Credit: RTV
Officials say the death toll could rise higher. Credit: RTV

Read: Five dead after passenger plane crashes in Nigeria

Death toll in Nigerian college attack 'rises to 40'

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.

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