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Pedestrian shop inside a market in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria's government announced on Friday that it was suspending Twitter indefinitely in Africa's most populous nation, a day after the company deleted a controversial tweet President Muhammadu Buhari made about a secessionist movement.

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Parents of abducted school children of the Salihu Tanko Islamic School wait for news on their children in Tegina, Nigeria. A large number of students were abducted and one person was killed at a school in Nigeria's north central Niger State, a police spokesman said.

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Burned vehicles are parked outside the police command headquarters in Owerri, Nigeria. Hundreds of inmates escaped from a prison in the southeastern Nigerian city after a series of coordinated attacks, according to government officials.

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Parents are reunited with their daughters in Jangabe, Nigeria. More than 300 schoolgirls kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in Jangabe after been freed on Tuesday. The Girls were abducted few days ago from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangabe in Zamfara state.

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Students were who abducted by gunmen from the Government Girls Secondary School, in Jangebe, last week are seen after their release meeting with the state Governor Bello Matawalle, in Gusau, northern Nigeria. Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state's governor said. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed.

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Students and teachers who were abducted by gunmen from the Government Science College Kagara two weeks ago are seen after their release meeting with the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, left, in Minna, the capital of Niger state, in Nigeria. Their release was announced a day after police said gunmen had abducted more than 300 girls Friday from a boarding school elsewhere in northern Nigeria, in Zamfara state.

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Asmau Hassan, left,mother of freed schoolboy Usman Mohammad Rabiu, receives visitors at their family home in Ketare, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 19, 2020. "When I saw my son I was very happy I cried and cried because we did not believe this boys would come back. They suffered, they suffered. Allah should continue to protest us." Nigeria's freed schoolboys have reunited with their joyful parents after being held captive for nearly a week by gunmen allied with jihadist rebels in the country's northwest. Relieved parents hugged their sons tightly on Saturday in Kankara, where more than 340 boys were abducted from the Government Science Secondary school on the night of Dec. 11.

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British model Naomi Campbell applauds during ARISE Fashion Week event in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria Inspector General of Police, front right, as they visit a police station burnt down during a recent protest to end lockdown measures against COVID-19 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Police officers detain a protester at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence.

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People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government order to stop because of COVID-19.

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Passengers from Middle East Airline wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos Nigeria. Nigeria officials resumed International flights Saturday following months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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Nigeria Muslims wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend Eid prayers at the Kofar Mata prayer ground in Kano Nigeria. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar.

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The Archbishop of Lagos conducts a service in the empty Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lagos, Nigeria, on Easter. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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People gather near the site of an explosion in Lagos, Nigeria. Rescue workers searched for the bodies of victims Monday following an explosion that hit Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos early Sunday, killing more than a dozen people.

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A Nigerian port health official, right, uses a thermometer to screen Ethiopian Airline cabin crews for COVID-19 virus, upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A Nigerian port health official, right, uses a thermometer to screen Ethiopian Airline cabin crews for COVID-19 virus, upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A Nigerian port health official, right, uses a thermometer to screen passengers on Ethiopian Airline for COVID-19 virus, upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Smoke rises from a fire in downtown Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian firefighters are trying to extinguish a fire at Balogun market in central Lagos.

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Models display creations by Mantsho during the GTB Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Style Temple during the GTB Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A crane operator works at the site of a fire in Balogun Market in downtown Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian firefighters were battling two fires that broke out almost simultaneously at a busy market in central Lagos, the country's largest city and commercial center.

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A man with a bucket tackles a blaze as smoke rises from a fire in downtown Lagos, Nigeria.

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Smoke rises from a fire in downtown Lagos, Nigeria.

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Smoke rises from a fire in downtown Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian firefighters are trying to extinguish a fire at the Balogun market in central Lagos. Thick black smoke and flames are shooting from five-story buildings surrounding the market as fire trucks attempt to get access to the fire.

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Models display creations by Sisiano during the Heineken Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Meite Awa during the Heineken Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Women exit a mosque after attending Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, prayers in Lagos, Nigeria. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj and is celebrated by slaughtering sheep, goats and cows whose meat will later be distributed to the poor.

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Government officials from Standard Organisation of Nigeria examine materials used in constructing the building that collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Local people attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Emergency workers attend the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria. Search and rescue work continues in Nigeria a day after a building containing a school collapsed with scores of children said to be inside. A National Emergency Management Agency spokesman late Wednesday said 37 people had been pulled out alive, with eight bodies recovered from the ruins. An unknown number remain missing.

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Emergency workers attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Emergency workers attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Emergency workers attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria. Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with some scores of children thought to be inside at the time.

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People gather at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

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In this image taken from video, people help a child after he was rescued from the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A child is recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Emergency services attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria. Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-storey school building collapsed while classes were in session, with some scores of children thought to be inside at the time.

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In this image made from video fire is seen from a pipeline explosion in Nembe, Nigeria. More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said.

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Supporters of the ruling party and main opposition party briefly pull knives and machetes on each other during an otherwise celebratory gathering of supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari anticipating victory, in Kano, northern Nigeria. Nigeria's electoral commission began announcing official results from the country's 36 states as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term.

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Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria.

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Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, of the People's Democratic Party run after being chased by local security during an election campaign rally at the Ribadu Square in Yola, Nigeria. Nigeria's main opposition party charged that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of vote rigging ahead of Saturday's presidential election.

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People watch fireworks explode at the Eco Atlantic to celebrate the New Year in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display a creation by Gert Johan Coetzee during the GTB Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display a creation by Taibo Bacar during the GTB Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Tongoro during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Sunny Rose during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Studio 189 during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Iconic Invanity during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A model displays a creation by Cynthia Abila during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display a creations by Russell Solomon during the Fashion and Design Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Nigeria Muslims offer prayers to celebrate Edi al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, performs with a drum at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. Macron has arrived in Nigeria in his latest attempt to forge closer ties with English-speaking Africa.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, speaks with Femi Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, left, during an event to celebrate African Culture at the New Afrika shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. Macron arrived Abuja earlier for a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, in his latest attempt to forge closer ties with English-speaking Africa.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi runs for the ball with Nigeria's Bryan Idowu, left, during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Nigeria players react at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Argentina won 2-1.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi embraces with teammate Javier Mascherano after their 2-1 win over Nigeria during a group D match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Argentina's Marcos Rojo, left, scores his side's second goal past Nigeria's Victor Moses during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Nigeria's Victor Moses, center, celebrates with his teammates Ahmed Musa, left, Bryan Idowu and William Ekong, right, after scoring his side first goal on a penalty during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Nigeria's Victor Moses, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, fights for the ball with Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi scores the opening goal of his team during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi, front competes for the ball during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Destroyed vehicles and debris is strewn across the road as police attempt to restore calm, in the town of Jos, Nigeria. Some scores of people are reported to have died during weekend clashes in central Nigeria between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers.

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Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, right, celebrates his team's second goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia.

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Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, left, celebrates with his teammates at the end of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia.

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Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia.

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Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, left, and Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson compete for the ball during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia.

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Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo, center, kicks the ball during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia.

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The 20-year-old Nigerian forward, who was recently signed by Everton, made his national debut just last year. Russia will be an opportunity to shine for Onyekuru, and there is no lack of resolve: “Eagles will soar in Russia,” he was quoted as saying recently.

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British model Naomi Campbell displays an outfit by designer Tiffani Amber during the ARISE Fashion Week event in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display an outfit by designer Ozwald Boateng during the ARISE Fashion Week event in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, poses for a photograph with recently freed School girls in Abuja, Nigeria

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Rescue workers looking for survivors watch as debris falls from a collapsed building in a densely populated neighbourhood in Lagos, Nigeria. A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed people, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said.

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Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, centre right, speaks with school girls in Maiduguri Nigeria. Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai was greeted with cheers by dozens of young women in northeastern Nigeria, where she spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram's deadly insurgency.

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People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Several people were killed after a suspected female suicide bomber detonated at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria.

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Freed school girls attend a handing over Ceremony ahead of their studies in Abuja, Nigeria. Officials in Nigeria say the 82 young women released by their jihadist captors earlier this month are now joining those already freed in a special rehabilitation program. Aisha Alhassan, Nigeria's minister of women's affairs and social development, said that the newly released women will attend remedial studies.

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'Bring Back Our Girls' campaigners celebrate the release of the kidnapped Chibok school girls at the unity fountain in Abuja, Nigeria. Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country's president and their families.

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Chibok school girls recently freed from Boko Haram captivity are seen in Abuja, Nigeria. The 82 freed Chibok schoolgirls arrived in Nigeria's capital on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari as anxious families awaited an official list of names and looked forward to reuniting three years after the mass abduction.

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Residents salvage objects from houses demolished by government officials in Otodo-Gbame waterfront in Lagos Nigeria. Rights groups say thousands of people are fleeing a Nigeria slum as security forces use gunfire and tear gas to make way for demolitions in defiance of a recent court order.

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People gathered at the site of a collapsed church in Uyo, Nigeria. Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said.

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Models display creations by Maxine Laces Coll during the Africa International Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Models display creations by Jac Mode during the Africa International Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A model displays a creation by Maxine Laces Coll during Africa International Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Family members of the Nigerian Chibok kidnapped girls share a moment as they depart to the Nigerian minister of women affairs in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria's government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said.

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Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, left, welcomes some of the freed Chibok school girls at the state House in Abuja, Nigeria. Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago were freed Thursday in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group — the first release since nearly 300 girls were taken captive in a case that provoked international outrage.

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Vice President M Hamid Ansari along with wife Salma Ansari pose for a photo with the children from the Indian community during the inaugural ceremony of Indian High Commission chancery complex, in Abuja.

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A Nigeria Muslim woman and friends takes a selfie photo after Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria.

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A malnourished child receives health care at a feeding centre run by Doctors Without Borders in Maiduguri Nigeria. Children who escaped Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria's largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials.

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A migrant from Nigeria is helped by a member of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, to get into the Astral vessel, during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 17 miles north of Sabratah, Libya.

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People walk past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebombed huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists.

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Children cheer and wave during Pope Francis' visit to the Kangemi slum, in Nairobi, Kenya. Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in during a visit to one of Nairobi's many shantytowns Friday, saying that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.

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Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.

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Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, left, and former Nigeria President Abdulsalami Abubakar, right, watch the announcement of presidential election results in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Nigerians celebrate the anticipated victory of presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, Nigeria.

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Herdsmen and others cross a tributary of Lake Chad to the village of N'Gouboua, Chad, using the same route the Nigerian refugees used to flee Boko Haram. Boko Haram militants arrived in N’gouboua before dawn, marking the first attack of its kind on Chad. By the time the scorched-earth attack ended, they had burned scores of mud-brick houses by torching them with gasoline and had killed at least eight civilians and two security officers. Some 3,400 Nigerian refugees had been living in the village at the time of the attack, and all have since been relocated further inland.

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