May 21, 2018 Last Updated 8:03 AM, May 21, 2018

A gang of what are said to be former cattle rustlers has killed at least 51 adults and children in a village in northern Nigeria, burning down homes.

Amongst the rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, were children under the age of 10. Some bodies were mutilated.

Survivors say the attackers surrounded Gwaska on Saturday afternoon.

They set homes alight and fired shots, causing people to flee in panic - many straight towards the gunmen.

Residents have demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari's government urgently deploy more police and military to protect vulnerable villages on the state border with Zamfara.

Last month 14 miners were reportedly killed in an attack by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area.

Gwaska residents say Saturday's attackers used to be cattle thieves but had turned to banditry in the region's remote villages.

The victims include members of a self-defence force, formed after attacks by well-armed cattle thieves.

Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe has emerged the winner of Big Brother Naija show after garnering the most votes. 

Miracle beat 19 other contestants to win the ultimate grand prize of N25 million cash, a brand new SUV and an all-expenses paid trip for two to an exotic destination.

The season began broadcasting on January 22, 2017 with 20 housemates and was aired for 78 days.

Big Brother Naija is the third season of Nigerian version of the reality show.

Spanish police have rescued 39 women and girls smuggled in from Nigeria and trafficked into sex work by a notorious Nigerian gang.

Europol says the victims were kept in "squalid conditions in caves" and intimidated with voodoo threats.

Gang members forced the women into sex work in order to pay off a 30,000 euro ($37,000; £26,000) debt.

Eighty-nine people, including a famous but as yet unnamed Nigerian DJ, have been arrested.

The DJ is said to have helped move victims to Spain and organise sexual exploitation across the country.

He was caught flying back into Spain after recording a music video.

Investigations began when an underage victim filed a complaint with the police, saying she had been pressured into trafficking by voodoo threats made in Nigeria.

Along with other victims, the girl was transferred from Nigeria to Spain via Libya and Italy.

The operation, which was carried out with police from the UK and Nigeria, is one of the biggest trafficking busts in Europe, says Interpol. 

Europol says 41 house were searched in 11 Spanish cities and one city in the UK.

According to Europol, the criminal cartel had links to the Eiye brotherhood, one of the most influential groups in Nigeria.

The gang was allegedly operating all over the world and pumping money back into the network.

Bank accounts allegedly used to illegally transfer more than 300,000 euro ($370,000; £260,000) have been blocked.

Many of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi have returned, according to residents who spoke to the BBC.

People said that many of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in a vehicle convoy this morning.

The circumstances of their return is still not quite clear, but there are indications five of the girls may have died.

They were taken from the school more than a month ago.

Parent Kundili Bukar told the BBC the militants - believed to be Boko Haram - drove into the town in a motorcade and surrendered the girls to the community.

The militants are said to have left immediately. He said the girls were looking haggard and tired - although some reportedly found the strength to run home to their families after being released.

Another parent, Manuga Lawal, said he had managed to speak to his daughter Aisha, who was among the kidnapped girls, on the phone.

The police chief in Yobe state, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, would not confirm whether or not the girls had returned, but said he had heard the same reports.

However, a military officer working at a checkpoint near the town told Reuters news agency : "Boko Haram have brought the girls."

The girls were taken from their school on the evening of Monday, 19 February, by a group of militants who had attacked the town of Dapchi.

Originally, it was claimed many of the girls had escaped and no-one had been kidnapped. But a week later, authorities admitted they were taken by the Islamist militants.

The kidnapping raised uncomfortable parallels with the abduction of the Chibok girls, who were taken from their school in neighbouring Borno state in April 2014.

Some of those girls remain in captivity.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has retained Manu Garba as coach of their under-17 side despite failing to qualify the country for the last Fifa World Cup in India.

Garba, who led Nigeria to a record fourth Under-17 Cup title in 2013, was in charge of the under-20 side that exited the 2015 World Cup in the round of 16 but missed out on India on his return as the U-17 boss.

Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf, who led the country to the runners-up spot at the African Ntions Championship (CHAN) early this month, has been handed a third role as he heads the Olympic team.

"The NFF's technical and development committee has opted for experience and continuity in the youth coaching set up," NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

"These are important stage of development and I believe those appointed have what it takes to make positive impacts."

As well as failing to defend their under-17 title in India last year, the under-20 team, who have twice been runners-up at the World Cup, also missed out on qualifying for the finals in South Korea.

The man charged with the reviving the fortunes of the under-20 team is Paul Aigbogun, who will also be continuing his job in charge of former African champions Enyimba.

Yusuf will be hoping to emulate and surpass Samson Siasia's record as the country's Olympic coach. Siasia finished runners-up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to take silver and bronze medal at the Rio 2016 event.

The technical and development committee have also ratified the appointments of Alala Danladi Nasidi and Jolomi Atune Ali as the new under-15 and under-13 coaches respectively.

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