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Former Nigerian oil minister arrested

Nigeria’s former oil minister was arrested in London on Friday, according to reports. Diezani Alison Madueke held the role for five years under the presidency of former leader Goodluck Jonathan. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said five people had been arrested across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences. It is understood Madueke was granted bail a few hours after being arrested.

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Palin bids for energy spot in cabinet if Trump wins US election

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has offered her services as energy secretary if Donald Trump wins the US presidency. Speaking to CNN the former governor of Alaska responded to a question asked regarding which job she would be after. Palin said she would get rid of the department and let individual states within the US have more control “over the lands” within their boundaries.

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Ugandan police block politicians from presidential campaigns

Ugandan police blocked opposition leader Kizza Besigye from leaving his home and arrested former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi as they prepared to start their presidential election campaigns, their parties said. Besigye, who lost three previous elections to President Yoweri Museveni, was detained after attempting to leave his home to attend a rally to campaign as a candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, his driver Asuman Semakula said by phone. Besigye, 59, is competing against party President Mugisha Muntu to run in the 2016 poll.

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Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy

Nigeria’s new leader says the nation has put a one-party state behind it and embraced democracy with his election. Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said now is the time “to heal wounds” after a hard-fought contest left emotions running high. He said in his acceptance speech that his election is a victory for Nigerians and shows their belief in a better future. Previous president Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in a televised address to the nation last night, opening the way for a peaceful and unprecedented transition of power in Africa’s richest and most populous state. Mr Jonathan’s concession defused tensions and fears of post-election violence. About 1,000 people died and 65,000 were made homeless in riots in the Muslim north after Mr Buhari lost to Mr Jonathan in 2011.

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Celebrations erupt in Northern Nigeria as Buhari wins presidency

Celebrations erupted across northern Nigeria after Muhammadu Buhari clinched victory in presidential elections, ending a 16-year monopoly on power held by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. Thousands of jubilant youths spilled into streets of Kano, Maiduguri, Yola and other cities, shouting, honking horns and chanting Buhari’s name. Some carried brooms, the symbol of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress party and an emblem of it’s campaign for change. Buhari, a Muslim northerner and former military ruler, won 52.4 percent of votes cast and a majority in 19 of the 36 states, including all the predominately Muslim northern ones.

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Nigerian stocks gain eighth day as Buhari leads election race

Nigerian stocks gained for an eighth day and bonds extended a rally as former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari took the lead with half of the country’s states reporting results from the March 28-29 general elections. Four shares climbed for every one that fell on the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index, taking the gauge to its highest level since March 10, and paring losses this quarter to 9.3%. Yields on $500 million of Nigerian dollar bonds due July 2023 fell for a ninth day to the lowest level since December 10. “The fact that the voting is behind us now in itself is positive, even though we’re still waiting for results,” Yvonne Mhango, a Johannesburg-based economist at Renaissance Capital, said by phone.

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Cliffhanger in Nigerian election

In a cliffhanger of a Nigerian election, early returns from half the states showed President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The US and Britain warned of “disturbing indications” that the tally could be subject to political interference. Counting stopped just before midnight with Mr Jonathan winning nine states and the tiny Federal Capital Territory to Mr Buhari’s nine states. But Mr Buhari won many more votes - 8.5 million to Mr Jonathan’s 6.48. Another 18 states - including Lagos which has the biggest number of voters of any state - still have to send results to the counting centre in Abuja, electoral commissioner Attahiru Jega announced.

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Nigeria election result awaited

Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation’s turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon local time and winner could be named later today or tomorrow, electoral officials say. One radio station played the song written by entertainment star 2Face Idibia in Nigeria’s colloquial English: “Vote not fight; Election no be war!”