Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Photograph: Reuters

When Washington imposed sanctions in June 2012 on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, he dismissed it as an empty gesture.Two years later, Shekau’s sce(...)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan (4th left) visits the scene of a bomb blast that occurred on Wednesday at the business district in Wuse 2 in Abuja. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said today that the country has entered one of the darkest phases of its history as he visited the scene of a bom(...)

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja campaign group take part in discussions during a sit-in protest at the Unity Fountain in Abuja last week. Nigerian security forces are investigating another possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters.

Nigerian security forces are investigating a possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno where Boko Haram Islamist militants(...)

At least eight people were killed and 20 wounded by an explosion at a college campus (red marker on map) in the heart of the northern Nigerian city of Kano during school hours today. Image: Google Maps.

At least eight people were killed and 20 wounded by an explosion at a college campus in the heart of the northern Nigerian city of Kano during school (...)

“Bring Back Our Girls” protest  in Abuja, calling for the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok who were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Felix Yusufu Pwol, has said the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, responsible for the abduction of 223 girls in (...)

Pictured during a summit in Paris on security in Nigeria are (L-R) Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou, Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan, French president Francois Hollande, Chad’s president Idriss Deby Itno and Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi . Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images.

West African leaders have agreed to work together to wage “total war” on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al-Qaeda (...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “There are lessons for Ireland to learn and actions that Ireland can take.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORANA call has been made for a full debate in the Seanad on violence against women and gender based violence. Independent Senator Jillian (...)

A screen grab of the video purporting to show some of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants 0:38

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in ex(...)

People participate in a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil, held on Mother’s Day in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Phil McCarten/ Reuters

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday international military and intelligence assistance made him optimistic about finding 200 schoolgir(...)

A woman carries a sign as she attends a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok today. Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Nigerian security officials failed to act on a warning about a militant group’s raid on a boarding school that led to the abduction of more than 300 g(...)