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Jan 1, Nigeria unveiled a nine-meter tall statue of Jesus Christ
carved from white marble in the village of Abajah, thought to be the
biggest of its kind in Africa. It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha,
a local businessman who hired a Chinese company to carve it and
placed it in the grounds of a 2000-capacity church that he built in
2016 Jan 4, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen wearing soldiers' uniforms and female suicide bombers
unleashed separate attacks on Izghe, a village 123 km (76 miles)
southwest of Maiduguri. At least 18 people were killed.
2016 Jan 5, In Nigeria three
female suicide bombers sneaked into Izghe and detonated bombs hidden
under their garments, killing 7 other people and destroying three
houses. A male suicide bomber also blew himself up, killing himself
and 4 other people.
2016 Jan 6, In northeastern
Nigeria soldiers arrested Duhu village teacher Habu Bello and two
other men, Idrisa Dele and Umaru Hammankadi. The men's bodies were
later found dumped, with bullet wounds.
2016 Jan 7, The United States
donated 24 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Nigeria's
military, to enable the country's soldiers to combat Boko Haram
Islamic insurgents who continued cutting a bloody path through the
2016 Jan 8, Nigeria’s Health
Minister Isaac Adewole said 40 people have died in a suspected
outbreak of Lassa fever in 10 states across the country.
2016 Jan 14, A Nigerian court
ordered the arrest of former Niger Delta militant leader Government
Ekpemupolo on theft and money laundering charges totaling more than
2016 Jan 18, Nigeria’s
information minister Lai Mohammed said state governors, ministers,
business leaders, public officials and bankers allegedly stole $6.7
billion in public funds in seven years.
2016 Jan 24, In Nigeria gunmen
believed to be ethnic Fulani herders killed a policeman and 19
civilians and torched homes in northeastern Adamawa state in a spat
over grazing rights.
2016 Jan 25, It was reported
that sales of rat poison have taken off in Nigeria following an
outbreak of Lassa fever that has left at least 76 people dead and
sparked fears of contagion across the country.
2016 Jan 27, In Nigeria at
least 13 people were killed when three suicide bombers blew
themselves up in the northeastern town of Chibok, where Boko Haram
kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014.
2016 Jan 27, Human Rights Watch
said Nigeria's new government is violating rights on many fronts in
its fight against Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and in bringing
corrupt politicians to book.
2016 Jan 29, In northeastern
Nigeria a child suicide bomber blew himself up in a market, killing
at least 10 people in Gombi, Adamawa state.
2016 Jan 30, In Nigeria Boko
Haram extremists firebombed huts in Dalori village and two nearby
camps husing 25,000 refugees. 3 female suicide bombers blew
themselves up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori
village, killing 86 people.
(AP, 1/31/16) (AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan – 2016 May, In Nigeria
at least 149 detainees at the Giwa barracks in Borno state died
during this period. Some 1200 people, including children, were
reported to be incarcerated there.
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.42)
2016 Feb 6, Nigerian health
authorities released data that showed a growing Lassa fever outbreak
has killed 101 people, as it battles to contain a flare-up of the
2016 Feb 13, In northeastern
Nigeria gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans stormed
the remote villages of Yakshari and Kachifa over the last 4
hours. At least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raids.
2016 Feb 14, Cameroon ended a
four day operation during which its special forces reportedly killed
162 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi,
destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the extremist
2016 Feb 22, Nigeria's
anti-graft agency arrested former interior minister Abba Moro, under
then-president Goodluck Jonathan, over the death of at least 20
people in a stampede tragedy on March 15, 2014.
2016 Feb 23, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman before
traveling on to Qatar. Analysts forecasted Nigeria’s eventual
support for an output freeze to stabilise oil prices.
2016 Feb 27, The commander of
Cameroonian forces said Cameroonian and Nigerian forces have freed
several hundred hostages in a border town held by Boko Haram
including young girls who were being trained as suicide bombers.
2016 Feb 29, Nigerian officials
said Pres. Muhammadu Buhari is launching a probe after week-long
clashes between Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers left
"hundreds" dead. Up to 300 people were reported killed.
(AFP, 2/29/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.47)
2016 Feb 29, In Nigeria three
girls who were abducted by armed men from their school in the
eastern suburb of Ikorodu at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary
School on the outskirts of Lagos.
2016 Mar 4, In northeastern
Nigeria the Borno state government said it has suspended trading in
four cattle markets to prevent the sale of stolen livestock to raise
funds for Boko Haram Islamists.
2016 Mar 7, A Nigerian court
charged retired air chief marshal Alex Badeh with a string of
corruption charges, in the latest case involving a high-ranking
2016 Mar 8, In Nigeria a
five-storey building under construction collapsed in an upmarket
area of Lagos. At least 34 people were killed.
(AP, 3/9/16)(AP, 3/10/16)
2016 Mar 10, Nigeria’s
governing All Progressives Congress charged that at least 32 of its
members have been shot, clubbed and beheaded to death over the last
two weeks in Rivers state, a stronghold of the opposition Democrats.
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 14, Nigerian drug
agents said they arrested four Mexicans last week helping Nigerian
criminals build a "super-lab" capable of producing billions of
dollars' worth of methamphetamine. Four Nigerians were also
2016 Mar 16, In northeastern
Nigeria an attack by two female suicide bombers killed 25 people and
wounded 23 during dawn prayers on a mosque on the outskirts of
(AP, 3/16/16)(AFP, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 23, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen abducted 14 women and two girls in a
remote area of Adamawa state.
2016 Mar 24, Nigeria’s
presidency said it has accused 300 firms and individuals, including
army officers, of embezzling 48 billion naira ($241.45 million)
through overpaid defense contracts or fraud, in a widening a
crackdown on graft.
2016 Mar 26, Cameroon
authorities said a teenager who surrendered before carrying out a
suicide bombing attack in the north has said she was one of the 276
girls abducted from a Nigerian boarding school by Islamic extremists
nearly two years ago.
2016 Mar 27, In Nigeria 3
people were killed and several wounded when an oil pipeline
belonging to Italy's ENI exploded during repair works in the
southern Delta region. Workers had been repairing the pipeline when
it caught fire.
2016 Apr 1, Nigeria's army
reportedly arrested Khalid al-Barnawi (aka Usman Umar Abubakar),
leader of the Islamist militant group Ansaru, in the city of Lokoja.
Ansaru is a splinter faction of Boko Haram that has been accused of
kidnapping and killing Westerners.
(Reuters, 4/4/16)(SFC, 4/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 5, In Nigeria angry
motorists queued overnight at petrol stations across the country and
lines of cars blocked traffic in the commercial capital Lagos as the
worst fuel shortages for years hit Africa's top oil producer.
2016 Apr 9, Nigerian secret
police accused a Biafra separatist group of killing 55 people after
discovering their bodies in shallow graves in a thick forest in the
country's southeast. The Department of State Service (DSS),
Nigeria's domestic spy agency, said the graves were found in Umuanyi
forest in Abia state, home to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
2016 Apr 11, Nigeria’s Kaduna
state government secretary Balarabe Lawal told a commission of
inquiry that dozens of soldiers and state officials transported 347
bodies from a mortuary and an army base to a bush site where they
were buried after the Dec. 12-14 military raids on Shiite compounds
in northern Zaria town. The Shiites say those killed number closer
2016 Apr 20, In northeastern
Nigeria two female suicide bombers killed at least 8 people in Banki
at a camp for people displaced by the jihadist Boko Haram
insurgency. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed at least
11 people overnight in Zango village, Yobo state.
(Reuters, 4/21/16)(AFP, 4/21/16)
2016 Apr 25, In Nigeria 20
young Fulani herdsmen descended from the hills and emerged from the
palm tree forest, shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and
waving machetes in the village of Nimbo. At least 10 people were
thought to have been killed and scores injured.
2016 May 4, In southern Nigeria
militants used explosives to blow up the Okan platform, a collection
facility for offshore oil and gas that feeds the Escravos terminal.
This caused Chevron to lose 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) of net
crude oil production.
2016 May 6, The Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said it is suspending aid to
Nigeria’s AIDS agency over evidence that $3.8 million was stolen by
its workers and consultants.
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A2)
2016 May 9, In Nigeria 3
soldiers guarding an oil installation were shot and killed when they
came under fierce attack. The Niger Avengers claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 11, In Nigeria Shell
closed the terminal exporting the country’s benchmark Bonny Light
crude oil as was evacuating workers as renewed militant attacks cut
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 12, In northeastern
Nigeria 7 people including 2 police officers were killed when a
suicide bomber tried to attack government offices in Maiduguri.
2016 May 14, In Nigeria
regional and Western powers gathered for talks on quelling the
threat from Boko Haram as the UN warned of the militants' threat to
African security and ties to the Islamic State group.
2016 May 16, The UN said more
than nine million people in the Lake Chad region are in desperate
need of food aid as the violent insurgency continues being waged
there by Boko Haram. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger have
significantly weakened Boko Haram but have been unable to vanquish
the Islamists entirely.
2016 May 17, In Nigeria
teenager Amina Ali Darsha, the first of more than 200 schoolgirls
missing for over two years after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram
militants in Chibok, was found carrying a baby near the Sambisa
forest close to the border with Cameroon.
2016 May 20, In Nigeria former
militants of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (MEND) called for a halt to a resurgence of attacks on oil and
gas facilities in Nigeria's Niger Delta, saying it is an unnecessary
distraction for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
2016 May 24, Nigeria’s
agriculture commissioner Manzo Daniel said the Tuta absoluta moth,
dubbed "tomato Ebola" by local farmers, has destroyed more than 80
percent of tomato farms in the northern state of Kaduna. Tomato
prices have been steadily climbing for months, caused by unrest in
northern and central states where the crop is grown and this has
affected farmers' ability to plant and harvest.
2016 May 26, In Nigeria a bomb
attack forced US-based oil major Chevron to halt onshore activities
at its 160,000-barrel a day Escravos export terminal. Participants
in a stakeholders' meeting in Warri accused the government of a
heavy-handed military response and warned such a campaign will not
stop attacks that have cut oil production by more than 40 percent.
2016 May 27, In Nigeria
militants attacked the Nembe pipeline in the Delta region, hours
after the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed a strike on
2016 May 28, In Nigeria
militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to
Shell and Agip in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped
Nigeria's oil production in half.
2016 May 29, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari vowed to keep and "re-engineer" a controversial
amnesty program for Niger delta militants designed to stem attacks
that have slashed oil exports but set to be scrapped.
2016 May 29, In Nigeria at
least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra
campaigners. Activists wanting a separate state for the Igbo people
in the southeast were commemorating the 49th anniversary of the
declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967.
2016 May 30, In Nigeria
protests by pro-Biafra campaigners, wanting a separate state for the
Igbo people in the southeast, commemorated the 49th anniversary of
the 1967 declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra. Amnesty
International later said at least 17 were killed and nearly 50
injured in Onitsha alone in violence linked to the commemoration.
2016 May, In Nigeria annual
inflation jumped to almost 16%.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.53)
2016 Jun 2, In Geneva OPEC oil
ministers ended a meeting without reaching any kind of consensus on
regulating the price and supply of crude, a result that triggered an
immediate drop in energy markets. The OPEC oil cartel said that it
has appointed Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo as its new secretary
(AP, 6/2/16)(AFP, 6/2/16)
2016 Jun 3, In Niger 28 troops
were killed in a clash with Boko Haram jihadists at Bosso on the
border with Nigeria. The dead soldiers included 26 from Niger and 2
(AFP, 6/4/16)(AFP, 6/7/16)
2016 Jun 4, Nigeria announced
that it has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets
over the past year under Pres. Buhari’s anticorruption campaign.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 8, In Nigeria the
Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group rejected a truce offer to
end attacks on key oil infrastructure and claimed another strike.
The Nigerian Navy said nine suspected militants blamed for previous
attacks around the port city of Warri had been arrested.
2016 Jun 8, Chad reportedly
sent some 2,000 troops to neighboring Niger, where Boko Haram
insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week. On
June 18 Chadian troops were reported to be in Nigeria but not in
(AFP, 6/8/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 10, Nigeria fired
dozens of senior officers accused of corruption and the theft of
billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram
2016 Jun 10, In Nigeria the
Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed responsibility for an
attack on a trunk line owned by Agip ENI.
2016 Jun 16, In northeast
Nigeria Boko Haram militants opened fire at a funeral, killing 18
mourners including many women and children in the Madagali area of
Adamawa state near the Sambisa forest.
2016 Jun 20, The Nigerian naira
depreciated 30% as the government allowed the currency to float,
with business welcoming the move as an overdue step towards reviving
Africa's biggest economy. The central bank released the naira from
its peg of 197-199 to the dollar.
(AFP, 6/20/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.62)(Econ, 3/4/17,
2016 Jun 21, Nigeria said it
has agreed a one-month ceasefire with militants behind recent
attacks on oil facilities in its southern Niger Delta, as efforts
continue to end the unrest that has pushed crude output to 30-year
2016 Jun 22, In Nigeria gunmen
kidnapped a group of construction workers in an ambush that killed
their driver. All seven were on assignment for Australian mining
contractor Macmahon Holdings.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 29, In Cameroon a
young male suicide bomber belonging to Nigerian jihadist group Boko
Haram killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a
mosque near the Nigerian border.
2016 Jun 30, Nigerian officials
said authorities in Lagos have shut down dozens of churches, mosques
and hotels in a bid cut noise pollution.
2016 Jun, Interpol and
Nigeria's anti-fraud agency arrested a Nigerian, identified as Mike
(40), accused of scamming $60 million from companies around the
world through fraudulent emails after months of investigation. He
was arrested along with a 38-year-old accomplice in Port Harcourt.
2016 Jul 1, In Nigeria
kidnappers seized Alfred Nelson-Williams, Sierra Leone's deputy high
commissioner, as he was on his way to Kaduna from Abuja. They
demanded a $40 million ransom in the first kidnapping of a diplomat
from the west African country in more than half a century. The
diplomat was freed on July 5 but it was not clear whether or not a
ransom was paid.
(AFP, 7/2/16)(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A2)(Reuters, 7/6/16)
2016 Jul 4, Nigeria’s central
bank dismissed the management of Skye Bank, the country’s eighth
biggest lender by assets, amid concerns that it had failed to keep
thick enough buffers of capital to absorb losses on bad debts..
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.57)
2016 Jul 4, In Nigeria
suspected militants blew up a pipeline in the southern Batan and
Makarava areas of Delta State. Militants from the Niger Delta
Avengers said in a short statement on their website that they
carried out the attacks.
2016 Jul 4, Twitter suspended
the account of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has
carried out a series of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria in the
last few months which pushed the country's crude production to
2016 Jul 7, The Niger Delta
Avengers attacked more oil infrastructure in southern Nigeria,
ignoring a call for unity from Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.
2016 Jul 8, In Nigeria a
suicide bomber killed at least 9 people and injured around 12 others
in an attack on a mosque in Damboa, Borno state, during early
2016 Jul 8, Nigerian militants
said they have blown up a crude oil pipeline belonging to Italian
oil company Agip in Bayelsa state.
2016 Jul 11, Nigeria said
gunmen believed to be nomadic Fulani herdsmen have killed scores of
villagers in Benue State in a long-running conflict over grazing
rights. Nigeria's Channels television put the number of dead at 81
in the past two weeks after attacks on farming villages in the Logo
and Ukum areas of the state.
2016 Jul 19, The IMF slashed
its growth forecast for the Nigerian economy this year, saying a
combination of plunging oil revenues and weakened investor
confidence will push it into recession.
2016 Jul 28, In Nigeria Boko
Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy in Borno state. Three civilians
including a UNICEF employee and contractor for the International
Organization for Migration were wounded, along with two of the
soldiers escorting the humanitarian workers. The UN in response
suspended its missions outside Maiduguri, where it says a half
million people are starving. A day later UNICEF said it was
returning to full operations in the area.
(AP, 7/29/16)(AFP, 7/30/16)
2016 Jul 29, Nigeria’s army
said its troops backed by a regional force have recaptured the
northeastern town of Damasak where Boko Haram killed more than 200
and abducted hundreds of children two years ago. The Chad-based
MNJTF comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and
2016 Aug 1, In Nigeria 5
Islamists were killed as troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near
the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicenter of the seven-year
2016 Aug 3, Nigeria said it has
resumed the payment of allowances to former Niger delta rebels under
an amnesty scheme, after low global crude prices plunged the
oil-rich country into a financial crisis.
2016 Aug 3, The Islamic State
group's newspaper identified a new leader of the group's West Africa
Province, popularly known as Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists, who
promises not to attack mosques or markets used by Muslims. The
Arabic-language newspaper al-Nabaa identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi
as the new "Wali," a title previously used to describe long-time
leader Abubakar Shekau.
2016 Aug 6, Nigeria said 11
troops have been killed in clashes with gunrunners and bandits in
the violence-wracked north central region. Soldiers and airmen, came
under attack from gunmen during operations to confiscate illegal
weapons from the villages of Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw in Niger State.
2016 Aug 10, In Nigeria a
previously unknown group called Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said
it had attacked a crude pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC
and local firm Shoreline Natural Resources in Urhobo in Delta state.
2016 Aug 11, In Nigeria
protesters continued to block the entrance to a Chevron oil depot in
the restive southern region for a third day. A youth and protest
leader said militants blew up another crude pipeline in the Niger
2016 Aug 12, In Nigeria
military helicopters rushed polio vaccines to dangerous parts of the
northeast, where Boko Haram operates and two paralyzed toddlers were
2016 Aug 14, Nigerian militant
group Boko Haram published a video apparently showing recent footage
of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some
of them have been killed in air strikes.
2016 Aug 19, Nigeria's air
force reportedly killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and
possibly their overall leader inside the Sambisa forest. Abubakar
Shekau was believed to be fatally wounded.
2016 Aug 20, Nigeria’s Niger
Delta Avengers' (NDA) said on its website late today that it would
"observe a cessation of hostilities," although not without
2016 Aug 22, In northern
Nigeria a Muslim mob killed 8 people after torching the house of a
man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy. A
mob of Muslim students in the town of Talata Mafara were enraged
over alleged derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by their
Christian schoolmate, who they attacked.
2016 Aug, In northeastern
Nigeria an estimated that 240,000 children in Borno state were
suffering from severe acute malnutrition according to UN estimates.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.41)
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue
millions of dollars in US military assistance for troubled South
Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used,
disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn't made
curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority. Waivers
also have been granted to Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Iraq and
2016 Nov 5, In northern Nigeria
one of some 270 schoolgirls abducted by jihadist group Boko Haram
from their school in Chibok in 2014 was found by soldiers screening
escapees from Boko Haram's base in the Sambisa forest. Maryam Ali A
was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali.
2016 Nov 7, In Nigeria armed
bandits killed 36 gold miners at the informal mining site at Gidan
Ardo in northwest Zamfara state. 20 miners were reported missing.
2016 Nov 8, In Nigeria a blast
rocked a pipeline operated by the state-run oil firm NNPC that feeds
the Forcados terminal in the southern Niger Delta energy hub. The
explosion occurred while the pipeline was being repaired following
an attack last week.
2016 Nov 9, Nigerian militants
said they have again blown up an oil pipeline carrying crude oil for
export from Shell’s Forcados terminal. This was the third attack in
eight days on the Trans Forcados pipeline network.
(SFC, 11/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 15, The UN warned that
75,000 Nigerian children risk dying in "a few months" as hunger
grips the country's ravaged northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram
insurgency. Doctors Without Borders said thousands of children have
died of starvation in the Boko Haram ravaged northeast.
(AFP, 11/15/16)(SFC, 11/16/16, p.A5)
2016 Nov 18, In Nigeria five
suicide bombers targeted a police checkpoint and a bus station near
a transit camp in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing four
of themselves and two civilian self-defense fighters. The fifth
bomber was arrested.
2016 Nov 19, Nigerian troops
gunned down a suicide bomber at a transit camp for refugees from
Boko Haram in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2016 Nov 21, An attack by
Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned
by an anti-insurgent regional force left six Cameroonian soldiers
2016 Nov 22, In northeastern
Nigeria local leaders said Boko Haram fighters are overrunning
villages near Chibok, forcing hundreds of people to flee as the
insurgents loot and burn in the area where nearly 300 schoolgirls
were kidnapped in 2014.
2016 Nov 24, Amnesty
International accused Nigeria's security forces of killing at least
150 pro-Biafra protesters and injuring hundreds since August 2015.
2016 Nov 28, In Nigeria a woman
suicide bomber carrying a baby on her back was shot by soldiers at a
checkpoint. The shot detonated her explosives, killing the woman and
2016 Dec 2, A Nigerian court
ruled that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria (IMN), should be released along with his wife after being
held without charge for nearly a year by the country's security
agency. Founders of the Nigerian sect were inspired by the Islamic
Revolution in Shi'ite Iran.
2016 Dec 2, In central Nigeria
a petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded, killing at least
14 people in the transit town of Tegina, Niger state.
2016 Dec 9, In Nigeria two
female suicide bombers blew themselves up in the northeastern town
of Madagali, killing 57 people and wounding 177.
(Reuters, 12/9/16)(AP, 12/10/16)
2016 Dec 10, In southeastern
Nigeria at least 160 people were killed by the collapse of the
Reigners Bible church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, while
a pastor was being consecrated as bishop in the presence of
government officials. The Akwa Ibom state government later said only
23 people died in the tragedy, an apparent attempt to cover up a
death toll of more than 150 when metal girders and the corrugated
iron roof crashed onto a crowded service.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/13/16)
2016 Dec 11, In Nigeria two
girl suicide bombers died when they exploded in a crowded area near
a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people.
2016 Dec 17, In Nigeria African
leaders at the 50th summit of the 15-member Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS) called for a swift resolution of the
political impasse in Gambia after disputed elections in which
long-term president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to concede defeat.
2016 Dec 22, In Nigeria a
faction of Boko Haram allied to the Islamic State group attacked an
army barracks in northeastern Yobe state. President Muhammadu Buhari
said troops defeated Boko Haram in its Sambisa Forest stronghold in
2016 Dec 23, In Nigeria three
convicted criminals on death row for about two decades were secretly
executed in the first hangings in the country since 2013. The
executions were said to breach a seven-year moratorium on the death
2016 Dec 24, Nigeria’s Pres.
Muhammadu Buhari declared that the Boko Haram extremist group has
finally been crushed, driven from its last forest enclave with
fighters on the run and no place to hide.
2016 Dec 25, In Nigeria two
people were killed when part of a two-storey building in a police
training college collapsed in Lagos.
2016 Dec 26, Nigerian troops
foiled an attempt by two female suicide bombers to attack a cattle
market in the restive city of Maiduguri. One of the bombers was
killed, while the other was arrested.
2016 Dec 27, Nigerian minister
Mohamed Bazoum said 31 young people from Diffa, who were enrolled a
few years ago in Boko Haram, have decided to surrender.
2016 Dec 28, Nigerian police
said a plot to blow up a major bridge in Lagos has been foiled
following the arrest of a 43-year-old man suspected of being part of
a gang that planned to carry out the attack.
2016 Dec 29, In a video posted
on YouTube, Nigeria’s Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced:
"I am here, well and alive" and that "the battle is just beginning."
He urged his followers, in graphic terms, to continue the campaign.
2016 Stephen Ellis, a British
expert on African affairs, authored “This Present Darkness: A
History of Nigerian Organized Crime."
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.76)
2016 Dec 31, In northeastern
Nigeria one person was seriously injured when a suicide bomber aged
around 10 blew herself up in a New Year's Eve attack in Maiduguri.
2016 Ngugi wa Thiong’o if
Nigeria authored “Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening."
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.74)
2016 The Islamic State in West
Africa (ISWA) split from Nigeria's Boko Haram. In 2018 analysts
estimated that ISWA has 3,000-5,000 fighters in the Lake Chad area
and that its territory extended more than 100 miles into the
northeastern Nigerian states of Borno and Yobe.
2017 Jan 3, Nigerian anti-drug
officers said they found 9.15 kg (20 pounds) of cocaine worth $4.7
million "factory-packed" inside a new pair of shoes that arrived at
Abuja airport on a flight from Brazil.
2017 Jan 5, Nigerian soldiers
found one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly
three years ago wandering in the bush with her baby near the Islamic
extremist group's forest stronghold. More than 200 of the girls
(AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 5, A Nigerian official
said three teenage girls suspected of planning a triple suicide bomb
attack in a town frequently targeted by Boko Haram have been shot
dead. The girls were intercepted at Bakin Dutse village, some five
km from Madagali.
2017 Jan 5, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said women in the Lake Chad basin,
where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, have
been forced to sell sex to survive due to an insurgency by Boko
Haram fighters that has driven millions from their homes and left
children to starve.
2017 Jan 8, In Nigeria five
suicide bombers trying to infiltrate the northeastern city of
Maiduguri and died in explosions that killed at least three
2017 Jan 13, In northeastern
Nigeria three female suicide bombers killed at least six people and
injured 14 in a crowded market in the town of Madagali. Gunmen
kidnapped five students and two staff, including a Turkish national,
from an international school in the southern state of Ogun.
(Reuters, 1/13/17)(Reuters, 1/14/17)(SFC,
2017 Jan 16, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn at the
northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor
and another child. The bombers also died.
2017 Jan 17, A Nigerian Air
Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists
mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing at least 76 refugees and
wounding more than 100 in northeast Rann. Estimates later rose to as
many as 236 people killed in the botched air strike.
(AP, 1/17/17)(Reuters, 1/18/17)(AFP, 1/21/17)
2017 Jan 26, Britain’s High
Court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell cannot be sued in London over oil
spills in Nigeria, in a setback to attempts to hold British
multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries' actions
abroad. The court also said the claimants should be able to use
2017 Jan 26, German geologist
Kay Holtzmann, contracted by the Dutch-British multinational Royal
Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary, wrote a letter to the Bodo
Mediation Initiative saying the company "fiercely opposed"
environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of
Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of
the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history.
2017 Jan 27, In Nigeria armed
jihadists from the Islamic State-supported Al-Barnawi faction of
Boko Haram launched a midnight attack on troops in the village of
Kamuya. At least three Nigerian soldiers were killed. Boko Haram
claimed it killed five soldiers.
2017 Jan 27, The World Food
Program said around 1.8 million people are at risk of starvation in
northeast Nigeria, victims of an Islamist insurgency that is
undermining efforts by the WFP.
2017 Jan 28, In Nigeria gunmen
believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a convoy of
motorists along a recently secured highway. At least 15 trucks laden
with food were seized when the Islamists struck at the Korowaso
forest. More than 20 people were feared dead.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AFP, 1/30/17)
2017 Jan, Nigeria seized OPL
245 oil block, labelling it the proceeds of a crime. In 2011 Eni and
Shell had paid $1.3 billion for the block. Prosecutors alleged that
over $500 million ended up in front companies for former Pres.
(Econ, 3/4/17, p.54)
2017 Feb 2, Nigeria’s
government said it will soon pay all the overdue cash stipends it
owes former militants who signed up for an amnesty in 2009 in the
Niger Delta oil hub.
2017 Feb 4, James Ibori, who as
governor of oil-rich Delta State became one of Nigeria's richest and
most powerful men, returned to the country after serving a sentence
for corruption in Britain. Ibori served half his 13-year sentence
after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and
2017 Feb 6, Hundreds of
Nigerians marched to protest poverty and corruption as President
Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raised
political and economic tensions.
2017 Feb 7, Nigerian troops
saved the life of a young woman strapped with explosives and killed
another suicide bomber, apparently primed by Boko Haram Islamic
extremists to attack the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2017 Feb 8, The Russian embassy
in Nigeria said seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been
kidnapped in Nigerian waters from the BBC Caribbean, a cargo vessel
flagged in Antigua and Barbuda.
2017 Feb 9, In Nigeria more
than 700 people took to the streets in Abuja to protest against the
government's economic policy in a sign of mounting public anger in
the oil producer grappling with recession.
2017 Feb 9, In northern Nigeria
Boko Haram killed one person and abducted a seven-year-old boy from
the village of Kaumutaiyahi near Chibok.
2017 Feb 10, In northern
Nigeria at least eight soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram ambush
in the Mafa area east of Maiduguri.
2017 Feb 17, Nigerian troops
and civilian self-defense fighters repelled multiple suicide bombers
in Maiduguri. Nine bombers and two civilians were reported killed.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 21, UNICEF said nearly
1.4 million children are at "imminent risk" of death in famines in
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
2017 Feb 22, In northeastern
Nigeria at least seven soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack
on military positions in the town of Gajiram.
2017 Feb 23, UN aid agencies
and donor countries gathered in Oslo for a two-day meeting to raise
emergency aid for millions of people threatened by famine in the
Lake Chad region, which comprises northeast Nigeria, northern
Cameroon, western Chad and southeast Niger.
2017 Feb 24, In Norway fourteen
donor countries, with the US conspicuously absent, pledged $672
million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight
years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region, but the sum is
just a fraction of what the UN says is needed.
2017 Feb 27, South Africa
deported 97 Nigerians for various offences following a series of
raids, amid heightened bilateral tensions over anti-immigrant
violence in South Africa.
2017 Mar 2, Nigeria filed
criminal charges of corruption against oil multinationals Royal
Dutch Shell and Eni over the $1.1 billion sale of one of Africa's
richest oil blocks. Malabu Oil, secretly set up by former Oil
Minister Dan Etete, was awarded OPL 245 while he was oil minister.
Nigeria's government got only $210 million from the deal.
2017 Mar 6, Nigeria’s former
Adamawa state governor James Bala Ngilari was jailed for five years
after being found guilty of corruption related to procurement of
cars while in office.
2017 Mar 8, Nigeria's capital
was cut off by air, as Abuja airport closed for at least six weeks
for repairs, forcing flights to divert and lengthening travel times
2017 Mar 10, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari returned home after nearly two months'
medical leave in Britain but did little to quell fears about the
state of his health by saying he would not start work again
2017 Mar 10, The UN warned that
the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of
World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and
famine in four countries (northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan
2017 Mar 13, South Africa and
Nigeria said they would launch a jointly run "early warning" system
to track and deter xenophobic attacks against Nigerian migrants.
2017 Mar 18, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram detonated
explosive devices strapped on their bodies late today, killing at
least four people in Maiduguri.
2017 Mar 21, The UN said more
than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko
Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the
2017 Mar 22, In northeastern
Nigeria at least four suicide blasts rocked a camp for migrants
fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, killing at least three people and
2017 Mar 22, The International
Red Cross appealed for $400 million to help some 20 million people
facing famine or the risk of it in four conflict-ridden countries:
Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.
(AP, 3/22/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.39)
2017 Mar 27, The foreign
minister of Nigeria visited Poland an effort to develop economic,
military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central
2017 Mar 30, In Nigeria Boko
Haram jihadists raided the village of Pulka near border with
Cameroon and kidnapped 18 girls. Jihadists outside Dumba killed a
herdsman who had tried to escape after refusing to pay protection
money. They shot dead 50 of his cattle and took four women from his
family along with the rest of his herd.
2017 Apr 2, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers blew themselves up attempting to get into the
northeastern city of Maiduguri. A dog grappled with a suicide bomber
at a wedding in Belbelo village near Maiduguri until her explosives
detonated, killing the animal as well.
(AP, 4/2/17)(SFC, 4/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 9, In Nigeria gunmen
shot dead four policemen, an army captain and a civilian in an
attack on a community outside Lagos.
2016 Apr 9, In southeastern
Nigeria two Turkish were kidnapped from a hotel room in the town of
Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
2017 Apr 12, Nigeria's military
destroyed 13 illegal refineries in the restive Niger Delta oil hub,
in an operation in which two soldiers died in clashes with "sea
2017 Apr 19, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation into corruption
allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of
funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast
of the country. Buhari suspended two key aides over an alleged
contract scam and for keeping an unauthorized stash of cash in a
(Reuters, 4/19/17)(AFP, 4/19/17)
2017 Apr 24, In northeast
Nigeria four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks
blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.
2017 May 3, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari (74) missed his weekly cabinet meeting for the
third straight time as concerns mounted about his health.
2017 May 6, Nigeria secured the
release of 82 of some 270 girls, kidnapped in Chibok in 2014, in
exchange for five Boko Haram leaders.
(Reuters, 5/7/17)(AP, 5/7/17)
2017 May 11, The US Center for
Disease Control said more than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak
of meningitis in Nigeria, but added that the spread of the disease
is slowing. A new strain of meningitis C was first reported in
Zamfara last November.
2017 May 13, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed six farmers who were working on
their land near Maiduguri.
2017 May 15, In northeastern
Nigeria three female suicide bombers killed two people and injured
six others in an attack late today on a village Borno state.
2017 May 20, Nigerian troops
fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area, killing 13 of the Islamic
extremists and arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to
have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents.
2017 Jun 7, In Nigeria at least
13 people were killed after Boko Haram launched the deadliest attack
in months on Maiduguri, the birthplace of the extremist group. The
attack came just hours before a visit by Yemi Osinbajo, the
country's acting president.
2017 Jun 11, Nigerian soldiers
battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. A
large number of rebels were reported killed, including Abu Nazir,
who was on the military's wanted list. The soldiers also rescued
nine abducted children.
2017 Jun 14, The leader of
Nigeria's Senate, Bukola Saraki (54), was cleared of corruption
charges, ending of one of the most high-profile trials in President
Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft campaign.
2017 Jun 15, The EU announced a
support package of nearly $160 million for recovery and
reconstruction in Nigeria's Borno state, which has been devastated
by attacks from homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
2017 Jun 19, In northeastern
Nigeria 12 people were killed after suicide bombing attacks by five
female bombers in Kofa, not far from Maiduguri.
2017 Jun 25, In Nigeria seven
suicide bombers, six of whom were women, targeted the campus of
Maiduguri University and residential buildings in a district just
northeast of the city. Nine people along with the seven suicide
bombers were left dead.
2017 Jul 8, US President Donald
Trump promised $639 million in funding for humanitarian programs,
including $331 million to help feed starving people in four
famine-hit countries - Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.
Trump's pledge came during a working session of the G20 summit of
world leaders in Hamburg.
2017 Jul 11, In Nigeria a
graphic video seen by AFP showed Boko Haram publicly executing eight
villagers in the northeast Nigeria who opposed the enforcement of
its hardline form of Islam.
2017 Jul 11, In northeastern
Nigeria four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people late today
and injured 23 in Maiduguri.
2017 Jul 16, In Nigeria
violence erupted between herders and farmers in Kajuru village, 50
km (30 miles) outside the city of Kaduna. Two days of violence left
at least 33 people dead.
2017 Jul 17, In northeastern
Nigeria eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber
detonated her explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri. Two others were
killed shortly before midnight while the third was intercepted
2017 Jul 23, In northeastern
Nigeria female suicide bombers attacked two camps for those
displaced by the Boko Haram conflict outside Maiduguri. At least 8
people were killed and another 15 wounded.
2017 Jul 25, In Nigeria eight
people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed after heavy
rains in Lagos.
2017 Jul 25, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 69 people died in a Boko Haram ambush of an oil
exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno state.
2017 Jul 27, In northeastern
Nigeria three young female suicide bombers were killed when their
explosives detonated prematurely in Bama.
2017 Jul 28, In northeastern
Nigeria two suicide bombers struck a camp for displaced people in
Dikwa, 90 km (56 miles) east of Maiduguri, killing five people.
2017 Aug 3, Nigeria’s state-run
oil firm said it has signed financing deals with oil majors Shell
and Chevron to develop projects that would boost reserves and
2017 Aug 6, In southeastern
Nigeria gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 18 others in St. Philip
Catholic Church in an attack arising from a feud between members of
the local community in in Ozubulu, Anambra state.
(AP, 8/6/17)(Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017 Aug 7, Nigerian protesters
demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving treatment in
London for an undisclosed ailment for more than three months, either
return or resign.
2017 Aug 11, In Nigeria
hundreds of protesters stormed a crude oil flow station owned by
Shell in the restive Niger Delta demanding jobs and infrastructure
2017 Aug 15, In northeastern
Nigeria suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced
people and a market killing at least 20 people.
(SFC, 8/1617, p.A2)
2017 Aug 18, Nigeria’s
government said more than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram
militants in the town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to
normal life after being released and receiving psychological and
2017 Aug 23, In Nigeria Boko
Haram fighters entered villages in the Nganzai area, slitting
throats and using guns to kill at least 15 people while injuring two
others. Suspected Boko Haram fighters also attacked in the Guzamala
local council area, killing 12 people and injuring at least four.
2017 Aug 28, A Nigerian court
seized $21 million from bank accounts linked to Diezani
Alison-Madueke, a former oil minister accused of corruption, as
investigators continued to claw back her fortune.
2017 Sep 1, Nigeria's president
said more than 100,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the
central part of the country. It was not immediately known whether
anyone has died in the flooding in Benue state.
2017 Sep 8, In northeastern
Nigeria four farmers were shot dead by Boko Haram fighters. Eight
more farmers were killed in a series of raids over the next two
2017 Sep 8, In northeastern
Nigeria at least seven people were killed when Boko Haram jihadists
attacked a camp in Ngala for people displaced by conflict. The
attack came as two people were killed along with two suicide bombers
in an explosion outside the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri.
2017 Sep 8, In central Nigeria
Fulani herdsmen attacked Ancha village, in the Bassa local
government area of Plateau state, early today killing 19 people in
Plateau state. The attack was thought to be a reprisal attack after
a boy from the community was killed.
2017 Sep 14, In Nigeria Nnamdi
Kanu, leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),
went missing following an alleged military raid that left his house
in the city of Umuahia riddled with bullet holes, its windows
smashed and doors hanging off hinges. Around 20 IPOB members were
reportedly shot dead but most of the bodies were taken by soldiers.
The army later denied the raid.
2017 Sep 18, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and
injured 26 others in Borno state, epicenter of the Islamist militant
Boko Haram insurgency.
2017 Sep 19, Nigeria
intercepted 470 rifles from Turkey, which had been falsely declared
as elbow joints for plumbing. That shipment was uncovered barely a
week after a 20-foot container-load of 1,100 pump-action rifles was
impounded at the same port. According to Nigeria Customs Service a
total of 2,671 action pump rifles allegedly imported from Turkey
have been seized in Lagos since January.
2017 Sep 29, The UN Children's
Fund said Boko Haram's ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has
forced the closure of more than 57 percent of schools in Borno
state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the
school year begins.
2017 Oct 1, President Muhammadu
Buhari railed against separatists seeking Nigeria's "dismemberment"
as it marked its 1960 independence from Britain and said corruption
remained the African oil giant's "number one enemy".
2017 Oct 4, Nigeria's financial
crimes agency brushed off allegations by the wife of the country's
former president that it had conducted a "witch-hunt" against her.
Last year, the EFCC froze four US dollar bank accounts that the
ex-president's wife said she owned. Her spokesman said in September
2016 that the accounts in total contained around $10 million - a
third of the sum reported in the Nigerian press.
2017 Oct 12, In southern
Nigeria Italian priest Maurizio Pallu (63) was snatched in broad
daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City. He was travelling
with a group of four other people when they were attacked and robbed
by armed men who took Pallu but let the others go.
2017 Oct 13, In Nigeria four
British missionaries giving free medical services were kidnapped in
southern Delta state. After three weeks Ian Squire was reported
killed and the other three released.
(Reuters, 10/18/17)(Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017 Oct 17, In Nigeria Rev.
Maurizio Pallu was released late today, five days after being
kidnapped in Benin City.
2017 Oct 19, Turkey’s Recep
Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Nigerian Pres. Muhammadu Buhari vowed to
ramp up security and economic cooperation between Ankara and
Africa's most populous nation.
2017 Oct 21, Pirates In
Nigerian waters attacked the Liberia-flagged container ship MV
Demeter. Six crew members were kidnapped. Those kidnapped comprise
four Filipinos, one Ukrainian and one Hungarian. On Nov. 12 a German
shipping company said pirates have released the six crewmembers who
were taken hostage from the vessel.
(Reuters, 10/24/17)(AP, 11/12/17)
2017 Oct 22, In Nigeria three
bombers, all of them women, detonated their explosives near the
sprawling Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of the Borno state
capital, Maiduguri. At least 14 people were killed.
2017 Oct 30, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the country's most senior civil
servant. Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the
federation, was sacked after a report into corruption allegations
recommended his dismissal.
2017 Oct 30, Court papers said
Nigeria has agreed to pay compensation to victims of the country's
civil war, 47 years after it ended, and clear former conflict zones
of abandoned bombs and landmines.
2017 Nov 6, In northeastern
Nigeria at least two civilians were killed when dozens of Boko Haram
fighters tried to storm Gulak town, Adamawa state, but were repelled
2017 Nov 15, In Nigeria four
suicide bombers killed 14 people and wounded 29 in Maiduguri, home
of the Boko Haram insurgency.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 16, In Nigeria police
broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos, dispersing hundreds of former
slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their
waterfront homes. Earlier this week, Amnesty International published
a report calling the evictions "unlawful" and demanded an
investigation into the violence.
2017 Nov 21, In northeastern
Nigeria a teenage suicide bomber attacked a mosque and killed at
least 50 people in Mubi, Adamawa state.
(AP, 11/21/17)(Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017 Nov 25, Nigeria's military
repelled an attempt by suspected Boko Haram militants to seize the
northeastern town of Magumeri. At least three soldiers were killed
and six others wounded in the fighting.
2017 Dec 2, In northeastern
Nigeria a female suicide bomber pretending to wait in line for food
handouts detonated her explosives, killing at least 13 people at a
crowded market in the town of Biu, Borno state.
2017 Dec 3, It was reported
that Nigeria's government plans to house displaced people in the
northwest in fortified garrison towns, ringed by farms, with the
rest of the countryside effectively left to fend for itself.
2017 Dec 10, In Nigeria two
soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit a homemade explosive
planted by Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.
(SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 12, Nigeria's court of
appeal dismissed 15 charges against Senate president Bukola Saraki
related to alleged false declarations of assets, but it upheld three
other charges against him.
2017 Dec 12, A Nigerian
official said two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of
Gwoza, Borno state. One girl was shot dead and the other detonated
herself killing four others.
(SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, Nigerian state
governors approved the release of $1 billion from the country's
excess oil account to the government to help fight the Boko Haram
2017 Dec 15, In Nigeria four
Chinese expatriates were kidnapped while travelling from Lagos to
Ondo state in the south. The military received a distress call,
freed the victims and captured one of the kidnappers.
2017 Dec 16, Nigerian
authorities said soldiers in a two week operation have arrested 167
Boko Haram fighters as well as 67 women and 173 children associated
with the extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad.
2017 Dec 18, A major Nigerian
oil union said it would suspend a nationwide strike after securing
worker demands through dispute resolution with the government and an
2017 Dec 25, In northeastern
Nigeria four civilians were killed in an attack by suspected Boko
Haram militants on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
2017 Dec 31, In Nigeria a new
report said at least 5,247 Muslims have been killed in Adamawa state
over the past four years because of Boko Haram.
(SFC, 1/1/18, p.A2)
2017 Nigerian writer Chibundo
Onuzo (25) authored her 2nd novel: “Welcome to Lagos".
2018 Jan 2, Nigeria’s Boko
Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message claiming a
series of attacks in the northeast during the festive season.
2018 Jan 2, Nigeria's
electricity grid was shut down late today by a fire on a gas
pipeline, the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada in the
southern state of Edo.
2018 Jan 3, In northern Nigeria
a suicide bomber entered a mosque in and detonated his explosives,
killing 14 people during early morning prayers in Gamboru Ngala
town, Borno state.
2018 Jan 4, The Nigerian
military said it had rescued Salomi Pogu, one of more than 270
schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014.
2018 Jan 5, In Nigeria Julius
Ayuk Tabe, the Nigeria-based chairman of the Governing Council of
Ambazonia, a Cameroon separatist movement, was taken into custody in
Abuja along with six aides.
2018 Jan 8, Nigerian government
and police officials said at least 83 people have been killed in
communal violence since Dec. 31, much of it involving clashes
between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers. Terve Akase,
chief press secretary to the governor of Benue, attributed 71 of the
deaths from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 in the state to killings by the
Fulani. In neighboring Taraba state at least 12 people were killed
in similar, ethnically-charged attacks in the Lau region on Jan. 5
and Jan. 7.
2018 Jan 9, Nigeria’s military
said troops from Nigeria and neighboring countries have launched
major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their
leaders. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria were
targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on
and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state.
2018 Jan 11, The United Nations
refugee agency and Nigerian government officials said more than
15,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria amid a crackdown on
2018 Jan 12, Nigeria’s army
said that militant leader Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo was killed in a
gun battle after his gang members ambushed a military unit that was
transporting him following his arrest a day earlier in Delta state.
(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 15, In Nigeria a video
released by Boko Haram Islamic extremists purportedly showed some of
the young women kidnapped from a school nearly four years ago who
vow never to return home.
2018 Jan 15, Nigeria's army
released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership
in the deadly extremist group. The public release at the Maiduguri
military barracks was done to mark Nigeria's Armed Forces
2018 Jan 16, In Nigeria
kidnappers abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern
state of Kaduna, killing two police officers.
2018 Jan 17, In northern
Nigeria a double suicide bombing at a market in Maiduguri killed at
least 12 people and wounded 45 others.
(SFC, 1/18/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 17, In Nigeria two
Americans and two Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen while
traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital,
Abuja. The four were freed on January 19.
2018 Jan 18, In Nigeria five
oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped in the
southern Niger Delta region.
2018 Jan 25, Nigeria said it
will protest to the United States over conditions imposed on its
planned $494 million purchase of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter
planes. The sale of the aircraft, with weapons and service, includes
thousands of bombs and rockets.
2018 Jan 25, Local aid
officials said more than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees
to Nigeria to escape a crackdown by the government on Anglophone
2018 Jan 30, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed at least five loggers, in the
latest attacks against civilians in the violence-hit region.
2018 Jan 30, Amnesty Int’l.
said Nigeria’s military has killed at least 35 people in air raids
during attempts to combat growing violence between farmers and
herdsmen over land in five states.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 30, Cameroonian troops
crossed into neighboring Nigeria in pursuit of separatist rebels.
More than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria to
escape the government crackdown on the separatists.
2018 Jan 31, The UN refugee
agency appealed for $157 million (126 million euros) to help over a
quarter of a million people affected by the insurgency led by the
militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Since 2013, the Boko Haram
conflict has internally displaced another 2.4 million people in
northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
2018 Feb 3, Nigerian court
papers showed that Danladi Umar, a top judge handling corruption
cases against public officials, has himself been charged with
2018 Feb 4, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram fighters stormed a village and murdered two
civilians, while six people were killed in an attack in northern
2018 Feb 6, It was reported
that India is seeking the help of the navies of Benin and Nigeria to
find the Marine Express oil tanker that has gone missing in the Gulf
of Guinea with 22 Indian crew members.
(SFC, 2/6/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 14, The Court of
Appeal in London ruled that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue
Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's
2018 Feb 16, In northern
Nigeria a trio of suicide bombers detonated at a crowded fish market
late today in Konduga, Borno state, killing at least 20 people.
2018 Feb 16, Nigeria’s justice
ministry ordered 475 Boko Haram suspects to be freed following a
series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of
evidence. The court imposed a second 15-year sentence on Haruna
Yahaya (35), who was involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than
200 schoolgirls from Chibok.
2018 Feb 19, A Vatican
statement said the pope had accepted the resignation of Peter Ebere
Okpaleke as bishop of Nigeria’s diocese of Ahiara. It said the
position had been declared vacant and that a papal administrator
would run it for the time being. Rebel priests and faithful had
rejected him as an ethnic outsider.
2018 Feb 20, In northeastern
Nigeria more than 90 schoolgirls went missing after Islamist
insurgent group Boko Haram attacked Dapchi village in Yobe state.
2018 Feb 27, In northeastern
Nigeria soldiers killed at least 10 people after attackers struck a
village in the Gwamba region of Adamawa state. The region been a
flashpoint for communal clashes between farmers and herders.
2018 Feb 28, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari's office said security forces have been
ordered to defend all schools in "liberated areas" of the country's
northeast to avoid further mass abductions from schools by Boko
2018 Mar 1, In northeastern
Nigeria three workers for UN agencies were among 11 people killed in
an attack by armed Boko Haram militants on a military base near the
border with Cameroon. Aid agencies soon pulled out of Rann,
leaving tens of thousands uprooted by the fighting living again in
parlous conditions with little or no international humanitarian
(AP, 3/2/18)(Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018 Mar 2, The UN suspended
aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria
after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants a day earlier in
the town of Rann, Borno state. The suspected militants killed at
least 11 people, including the three aid workers. Three other aid
workers were missing.
2018 Mar 5, Nigerian police
said least 10 people were killed in several days of violence between
herdsmen and farmers in a number of remote herding villages in the
Mambilla district of Taraba state. Cattle drivers said 19 people
have been killed and 23 injured.
2018 Mar 7, It was reported
that between 10,000 and 30,000 Nigerian prostitutes are estimated to
be walking Italian streets, often to pay off the debts they incurred
to get there.
2018 Mar 7, In eastern Nigeria
rural communities in Taraba state were put on indefinite lockdown as
the authorities tried to contain mounting violence between cattle
herders and farmers.
2018 Mar 9, In central Nigeria
gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed at least five people in
Plateau state. The attack happened just as President Muhammadu
Buhari was rounding up a tour of Plateau and four other flashpoint
2018 Mar 16, Nigerian Senator
Shehu Sani's revelation that lawmakers in the upper house of
parliament receive about $37,500 each month for personal expenses
prompted anger in the country, where most people live on less than
$2 a day.
2018 Mar 21, Nigeria's
government said 101 of the 110 schoolgirls abducted a month ago by
Boko Haram are confirmed freed, and it indicates that the release is
2018 Mar 22, Europol, the
European Union's law enforcement agency, said police have smashed a
Nigerian organized crime ring in one of the largest European
operations against human trafficking. It says 89 people have been
arrested in Britain and Spain and 39 victims rescued. The gang had
trafficked victims to Europe through Libya and Italy, forcing women
into prostitution to pay for their journey.
2018 Mar 30, In northeastern
Nigeria four teenage girl suicide bombers killed two people in
multiple attacks in Maiduguri.
2018 Apr 1, In Nigeria Boko
Haram tried to enter Maiduguri but were repelled by army soldiers.
Six insurgents and seven suicide bombers were killed.
(SFC, 4/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 2, In Nigeria Boko
Haram extremists attacked two villages on the outskirts of
Maiduguri, killing at least 15 people and wounded 83, in the biggest
strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist
(Reuters, 4/2/18)(SFC, 4/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 5, The Nigeria Center
for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lassa fever has killed 142 people in
Nigeria since the start of the year, reporting a rise of 32
fatalities in a month.
2018 Apr 9, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari departed for Britain for talks with PM Theresa May
after announcing that he would seek re-election in 2019.
2018 Apr 12, In northern
Nigeria gunmen killed 26 people in Zamfara state, in the latest in a
series of attacks blamed on cattle thieves. The victims were miners
from Kuru-Kuru that were attacked and residents of Jarkuka village
who had come to help their neighbors.
2018 Apr 17, Nigeria's upper
chamber of parliament said it would invite the central bank governor
and the ministers of finance and defence to explain the release of
$462 million to buy helicopters.
2018 Apr 17, Nigerian police
fired teargas for a second day at protesters in Abuja demanding the
release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail
without charge since December 2015.
2018 Apr 18, In Nigeria three
men burst into the Senate and snatched the legislature's ceremonial
mace. The body's spokesman blamed lawmaker Ovie Omo-Agege, who had
2018 Apr 26, In Nigeria at
least four people were killed when Boko Haram suicide bombers
attacked Maiduguri. Five suicide bombers also died trying to
detonate their explosives while trying to reach the city's Giwa
Barracks, where suspected militants are held. At least one member of
the security forces was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his
explosives near a military vehicle. Air strikes killed an
unspecified number of jihadists as they fled. It was also announced
that 22 soldiers from a regional force have been killed in fighting
2018 Apr 30, President Donald
Trump met with Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa's
most populous and wealthiest country. Buhari sought support in his
battle against Boko Haram, as well as investment in Nigeria's
2018 Apr, In central Nigeria 33
people, including a number of policemen, were killed during a brutal
bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state.
2018 May 1, In northeastern
Nigeria explosions in and around a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state,
killed at least 20 people.
2018 May 2, In northern Nigeria
13 people were killed over the last two days in prolonged clashes
between cattle thieves and local civilian militia in Zamfara state.
2018 May 5, In northwestern
Nigeria as many as 40 people were killed by armed bandits in Gwaska,
(SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018 May 8, Lawyers said
Nigerian migrants, who survived a deadly sea crossing last year,
filed a lawsuit last week against Italy for violating their rights
by supporting Libya's efforts to return them to North Africa.
2018 May 18, In Nigeria
anti-corruption representatives from around Africa vowed to
"strengthen cooperation and partnership in the tracing, recovery and
return of (stolen) assets".
2018 May 31, Nigerian soldiers
on patrol in the southwest intercepted three trucks carrying boxes
of ammunition from Benin. The UN Regional Center for Peace and
Disarmament (UNREC) has said more than 350 million small arms and
light weapons are circulating in Nigeria -- nearly two for every
member of its population.
2018 Jun 6, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari faced a threat of impeachment after lawmakers
issued a raft of demands over security and corruption in a deepening
rift with the executive.
2018 Jun 16, In northeastern
Nigeria six suicide bombers killed at least 20 people in Borno
state, in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the local government
area. Residents said at least 31 people were killed.
(AP, 6/17/18)(Reuters, 6/17/18)
2018 Jun 20, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari (75) signed the 2018 budget into law, more than six
months after the 9.1-trillion-naira ($25 billion, 22-billion-euro)
spending plan was first presented to parliament.
2018 Jun 21, In northeastern
Nigeria at least five people were killed late today and six others
injured in a night-time Boko Haram raid and suicide attack on
Tungushe village, Borno state.
2018 Jun 23, In central Nigeria
scores were dead after vicious clashes between mostly Muslim herders
and Christian farmers. One report citing police saying 86 people
were killed in Plateau State. Multiple local sources said that more
than 100 people died in the violence, an apparent reprisal after
ethnic Berom farmers allegedly killed five Fulani herders on June
(AP, 6/25/18) (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018 Jun 28, Nigeria's army
said they have arrested 17 people in connection with the killing of
more than 200 people in the central state of Plateau.
2018 Jul 1, Nigerian police
found the bodies of 41 men with their throats cut in Zamfara state,
a northern area that is notorious as a hideout for criminal gangs.
Police soon arrested four suspects after searching the bush area and
also found machetes and guns.
2018 Jul 4, In Nigeria French
President Emmanuel Macron called for Africa and Europe to reach a
"win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young
entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Lagos.
2018 Jul 6, Nigeria's Supreme
Court dismissed all outstanding charges against Senate president
Bukola Saraki related to alleged false declarations of assets.
2018 Jul 11, In northern
Nigeria 26 people were killed over the last two days in violence
blamed on cattle thieves.
2018 Jul 14, Nigeria's ruling
party won a governorship election in southwestern Ekiti state,
unseating the opposition and giving President Muhammadu Buhari a
boost ahead of national polls next year.
2018 Jul 18, The Nigeria Police
Force said eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko
Haram have confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some
270 girls from the town of Chibok.
2018 Jul 21, In northeastern
Nigeria military troops killed "scores" of Boko Haram fighters in
Yobe state. Jihadists had been intending to attack and loot the
market in the town of Babangida when they ambushed troops.
2018 Jul 23, In northern
Nigeria seven people were killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in
2018 Jul 24, Fifteen Nigerian
senators quit the ruling All Progressives Congress party, making it
a minority in parliament's upper house and indicating worsening
rifts in President Muhammadu Buhari's political camp months ahead of
2018 Aug 1, In northern Nigeria
Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal dumped President Muhammadu Buhari's
All Progressives Congress for the opposition, in the latest
defection to hit the ruling party.
2018 Aug 9, In southern Nigeria
armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when
they raided a police station and two banks in Igarra, Edo state.
2018 Aug 9, In Nigeria 13
people burnt to death when a bus burst into flames after a head-on
collision with a digger near the oil hub of Port Harcourt.
2018 Aug 12, In Nigeria
hundreds of soldiers protested in the airport of Maiduguri, the
capital of restive northeast Borno state, for several hours,
shooting into the air and disrupting flights. They were furious
about a planned redeployment to a battlefront in the remote Lake
Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without
2018 Aug 14, Nigerian reporter
Samuel Ogundipe was arrested for refusing to reveal the source of a
letter, which identified who was blamed for a blockade on parliament
last week by members of the Department of State Security. His
article cited a confidential letter from the chief of police. On
August 17 he was released on bail.
2018 Aug 28, In Nigeria eight
people were killed in the Barakin Ladi district of Plateau state in
a long-running resource conflict between farmers and herders.
2018 Aug 29, Nigeria's central
bank ordered South African telecoms giant MTN to refund $8.13
billion (6.96 billion euros) that it allegedly illegally repatriated
and fined four banks involved in the transfer.
2018 Aug 29, Britain's Theresa
May landed in Nigeria's capital on the second leg of her maiden
Africa tour aimed at drumming up post-Brexit trade deals outside the
EU. Britain said it would open new embassies in Chad and Niger to
boost its diplomatic presence in Africa's troubled Sahel region.
2018 Aug 30, In Nigeria an
attack by suspected members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA),
on a base in Zari village in the north of Borno State, killed up to
30 soldiers. The known death toll of Nigerian troops soon rose to
48, but state media quoted an official army spokesman as saying such
reports were wrong.
(AFP, 9/1/18)(Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018 Aug 31, In Nigeria German
Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari wrapping up a three-day Africa visit with a meeting that
focused on migration.
2018 Sep 2, In central Nigeria
gunmen shot dead 11 people in an attack suspected to be part of
ongoing communal violence in Lopandet Dwei Du village, Plateau
2018 Sep 3, In Nigeria eleven
people were shot dead in the Lopandet Dwei Du area of Plateau state
in a long-running resource conflict between farmers and herders.
2018 Sep 5, It was reported
that Nigeria's two main political parties have asked election
hopefuls to pay huge fees for the chance to stand at next year's
general election, in a move criticized as favoring the rich and
well-connected. According to newspaper adverts the All Progressives
Congress (APC) wants 45 million naira ($125,500, 108,000 euros) per
presidential primary candidate.
2018 Sep 7, In northern Nigeria
Boko Haram extremists overran Gudumbali, a key crossroads and
military outpost. In June the government encouraged displaced people
to return to the town in Borno state.
(AP, 9/8/18)(Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018 Sep 10, In Nigeria at
least 18 people were killed and more than 40 others were burned in a
gas explosion at a gas station in Lafia.
(SFC, 9/11/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 14, Nigerian finance
minister Kemi Adeosun (51), accused of forging a document to avoid
compulsory national service, said she was quitting to protect
2018 Sep 17, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that one of its
employees, midwife Saifura Khorsa, had been killed in Nigeria after
more than six months in captivity by Boko Haram.
2018 Sep 19, The UN said more
than 500 people have died from cholera in the Lake Chad region since
the start of the year, representing the worst outbreak to hit the
area in four years. The Lake Chad region straddles parts of Nigeria,
Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which are also grappling with a jihadist
2018 Sep 22, In southwestern
Nigeria voters in the state of Osun went to the polls to elect a new
governor amid growing concerns about free and fair voting, six
months ahead of a presidential election.
2018 Sep 22, The United Nations
said a cholera outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria has claimed nearly
100 lives over the past two weeks.
2018 Sep 22, Pirates off
Nigeria's coast attacked the MV Glarus early today as it sailed from
Lagos to Port Harcourt with a load of wheat. The next day
Geneva-based Massoel Shipping said 12 of the ships 19 crew members
had been kidnapped.
2018 Sep 23, In Nigeria the
governorship election in southwest Osun state ended in a stalemate
when the nation's electoral body failed to declare a clear winner. A
run off between Gboyega Oyetola from President Muhammadu Buhari's
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Ademola Adeleke of the
main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to be
held on October 27.
2018 Sep 27, Nigerian
authorities said the death toll from large-scale flooding in recent
weeks has jumped to nearly 200 people.
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 29, Nigeria's women's
affairs minister submitted her resignation in a letter to the
president, becoming the second cabinet member to step down this
month and adding that she would leave the ruling party. The minister
said she was resigning and leaving the leader's ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) party because she had been barred from
running for governor of eastern Taraba state.
2018 Oct 4, Vietnam seized
eight tons of pangolin scales and elephant ivory shipped from
Nigeria, the second such haul in a week.
2018 Oct 7, In Nigeria Atiku
Abubakar (71) won almost half the votes cast in a primary race to
become the main opposition challenger to Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari in next year's elections.
2018 Oct 12, Nigerian troops
foiled an attempt by Boko Haram fighters to overrun a military base
in the restive northeast leaving six soldiers wounded.
2018 Oct 12, In southeastern
Nigeria at least 19 people were killed when a leaking oil pipeline
exploded in Abia state. Oil thieves were suspected of hacking into
(SSFC, 10/14/18, p.A4)
2018 Oct 12, The UN children's
agency UNICEF said a militia fighting against the Islamist militant
group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has released 833 children from
its own ranks, some as young as 11.
2018 Oct 15, The Nigerian
government said a medical aid worker held hostage by Islamic State
in West Africa (ISWA) militants was killed after a deadline they set
expired. The next day the Red Cross named the health worker as Hauwa
Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife. She and two other Nigerian
aid workers, Alice Loksha and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, were
working in the northeastern town of Rann when they were kidnapped by
ISWA in March. Khorsa, also a midwife, was killed in September.
2018 Oct 21, Nigerian police
said communal violence in the northern state of Kaduna over the last
few days has killed 55 people.
2018 Oct 23, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari flew in by helicopter to cut the ribbon
at the new Seme-Krake Joint Border Post with his Beninese
counterpart Patrice Talon.
2018 Oct 27, In Nigeria three
members of the IMN (IMN) were killed during protests in Abuja. The
IMN has staged a series of demonstrations demanding the release of
leader Zakzaky, who has been detained since bloody clashes broke out
in the northern city of Zaria in 2015.
2018 Oct 27, Pirates off the
coast of Nigeria struck the MV Pomerania Sky, a container ship bound
for the Nigerian port of Onne and abducted 11 of the crew, including
8 from Poland.
2018 Oct 29, In Nigeria three
more IMN supporters were killed during a protest on the outskirts of
2018 Oct 30, Nigerian police
fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned
Shiite cleric in Abuja.
2018 Oct 31, In northeast
Nigeria suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency
killed at least 15 people late today in an attack on a group of
2018 Nov 3, Nigeria's main
Shiite Muslim movement said the army killed at least 50 of its
members who were protesting this week. Nigeria's military said it
killed six people and claims the protesters had fired first.
2018 Nov 18, In Nigeria 44
soldiers were killed in an attack in Metele in the northeastern
state of Borno. Nigerian troops later released a video claiming
dozens had died in the attack and deploring the poor state of their
(Reuters, 11/22/18)(AP, 11/24/18)
2018 Nov 22, Nigerian security
sources said attacks blamed on Islamic State West Africa have killed
around 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria since Nov. 18.
2018 Nov 28, Nigeria's military
revealed a death toll of 39 from five attacks by extremists on
soldiers between Nov. 2 and Nov. 18.
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 28, At least 15
Nigerian news organizations joined forces on the CrossCheck Nigeria
project to fight misinformation ahead of February's elections in a
collaborative first as the country's main political parties trade
accusations of fabrication and exaggeration.
2018 Nov 29, Nigeria's Pres.
Buhari said Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones.
(SFC, 11/30/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 29, Top leaders from
Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon held talks in N'Djamena (Chad) to
discuss the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in
the Lake Chad area.
2018 Dec 12, Nigerian
opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace accord,
a day after his absence from the official signing ceremony raised
concerns about the conduct of the February 2019 vote.
2018 Dec 14, The Nigerian
military accused United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) staff of
spying for Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria, and suspended
the agency's activities there. A new military statement hours later
lifted a suspension of UNICEF's work in the extremist-threatened
northeast. The reversal came after an emergency meeting with UNICEF
(Reuters, 12/14/18)(AP, 12/14/18)
2018 Dec 15, In Nigeria leaders
of countries in the Lake Chad region met to give fresh impetus to
their fight against Boko Haram. Benin, the Central African Republic,
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria will hold a follow-up to a
November gathering in Chad to tackle a surge in Boko Haram attacks
in the restive region.
2018 Dec 24, Nigeria said it
has resolved a dispute with Africa's largest mobile operator over
$8.13 billion (6.96 billion euros) which it accused MTN of illegally
repatriating to South Africa.
2018 Dec 24, In Nigeria 14
military and police personnel were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram
exstremists outside Damaturu town in Yobe state.
(SFC, 12/26/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 26, In Nigeria
militants attacked a military base late today in Baga, in eastern
Borno state. 10 people were killed and clashes were continued as the
militants tried to capture the town. The attacks in the Baga-Kawa
area caused more than 6,357 people to flee east into Chad and some
20,000 others to flee to safety within Nigeria.
(Reuters, 12/28/18)(Reuters, 1/18/19)
2018 Dec 28, Shehu Shagari
(93), Nigeria's second president (1978-1983), died. His civilian
tenure was sandwiched between two military rulers in an era rocked
2018 Dec 30, Five Nigerien and
five Nigerian" troops and 11 enemy fighters were killed over the
last 24 hours in an operation launched against gangs in the Maradi
2018 Dec, Nigeria's Department
of Petroleum Resources (DPR) began collaborating with French data
firm Kpler to help it ferret out the smugglers from the thousands of
ships plying Nigerian waters.
2019 Jan 2, A Nigerian Air
Force helicopter crashed in combat at Damasak in northern Borno
state, killing five crew members.
2019 Jan 3, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari appointed his niece, Amina Zakari, to the election
commission ahead of presidential elections in February, when he will
seek a second term. The opposition quickly objected to the
2019 Jan 4, In Nigeria the
Koluama Seven Brothers militant group carried out an unconfirmed
warning strike on an oil facility owned by local energy firm Conoil
in the southern state of Bayelsa. The group soon threatened a
production shut-down and demanded action from Conoil and a
traditional ruler called King Solomon Eddy on issues such as job
2019 Jan 6, In Nigeria two
journalists of the Daily Trust were arrested in Maiduguri. They had
written a critical report of the army's performance fighting against
Boko Haram extremists.
(SFC, 1/8/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 11, In Nigeria an
overturned oil tanker exploded while dozens of people were scooping
up the leaking fuel and many were killed. About 60 people were
inside a pit scooping fuel when the explosion occurred.
2019 Jan 14, In northeastern
Nigeria 7 people were killed when Boko Haram fighters attacked a
military base in Rann, setting fire to shelters for those displaced
by the conflict.
2019 Jan 18, The United Nations
said it was "extremely alarmed" by the forced return by Cameroon of
thousands of refugees to northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram
Islamists pose a continuing threat to civilians. The UN refugee
agency said Cameroon forced "several thousand" refugees back to
Nigeria this week. According to the UNHCR Cameroon is currently
hosting 370,000 refugees, 100,000 of whom are Nigerians.
2019 Jan 24, A Nigerian appeals
court issued an interim order stopping a tribunal from charging
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen with breaching asset-declaration
rules, a month before a presidential election.
2019 Jan 25, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari set off an uproar by announcing the
suspension of the chief justice, citing corruption allegations.
2019 Jan 28, In Nigeria the
militant group Boko Haram killed at least 60 people when it renewed
its attack on the northeastern town of Rann.
2019 Jan 29, The United Nations
refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town
of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by
Boko Haram extremists continue. Spokesman Babar Baloch said
thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence
in northeastern Nigeria.
2019 Feb 9, Nigeria's main
political opposition said it had been forced to cancel a key
presidential campaign rally in the capital Abuja, and blamed
President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party.
2019 Feb 12, In southern
Nigeria fifteen people were killed in a stampede at an election
campaign rally by President Muhammadu Buhari.
2019 Feb 12, In Nigeria three
people were reported killed when insurgents attacked a motorcade on
route to an election rally in Borno state. Survivors of the assault
later put the toll much higher. One survivor said he saw about 40
bodies; another estimated that as many as 100 died. The militants
also took between 100 and 200 people captive.
2019 Feb 13, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar joined other
candidates to sign a "peace accord", in front of foreign observers.
2019 Feb 15, In Nigeria Boko
Haram insurgents killed eight people during an attack late today on
the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2019 Feb 15, In Nigeria
authorities in Kaduna state reported at least 66 deaths in fighting
said to be between Christian farmers and Fulani Muslim herdsmen. The
death toll from the attack soon doubled to more than 130 people.
(SFC, 2/15/19, p.A2)(Reuters, 2/19/19)
2019 Feb 16, Nigeria's
president and the leading opposition candidate urged people to
remain calm after a national election scheduled for today was
postponed by a week just five hours before polls were due to open.
2019 Feb 21, In northwestern
Nigeria two people were killed in clashes between rival party
supporters in the village of Kofa, 2-days ahead of rescheduled
2019 Feb 23, Nigeria held
presidential elections. In the northeast one soldier was killed and
20 others were injured in a Boko Haram rocket attack in Maiduguri,
just hours before elections began.
(AP, 2/23/19)(AFP, 2/23/19)
2019 Feb 24, In Nigeria some
polling stations remained open in several states while votes were
counted in the previous day's presidential election, widely seen as
a tight race between the president and a former vice president. The
death toll in election-related violence continued to climbed to 39
after one election worker was hit by a bullet after completing work
in Rivers state.
2019 Feb 26, Nigeria's
incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari extended his early election
lead based on official results from a third of the country's
districts as the death toll from sporadic poll-related violence rose
2019 Feb 26, In Nigeria gunmen
suspected to be Fulani herders stormed into villages of ethnic Adara
farmers, killing 29 people and burning some 40 homes. The bloodshed
was believed to be in retaliation for gunmen attacking eight Fulani
settlements in Kaduna state on February 11, which state governor
Nasir El-Rufai said killed more than 130 people.
2019 Feb 27, Nigerian election
authorities said President Muhammadu Buhari (76) has comfortably won
a second term at the helm of Africa's largest economy, but his main
rival planned a fraud challenge after a vote marred by delays and
violence. Some 327 people died in election-related violence since
the campaign began in October, 67 of them during or after the Feb.
2019 Feb 27, Aid agency
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Cameroonian and Nigerian
authorities have ordered 40,000 refugees in Cameroon to return to
2019 Mar 1, In southern Nigeria
more than 50 people were left missing after a leaking oil pipeline
exploded and caused a stampede in Bayelsa state. The Nembe Creek
Trunk pipeline exploded, but no fatalities were reported. It runs
from an oil terminal in Bonny to the state of Bayelsa with capacity
of 150,000 barrels per day.
(AP, 3/2/19)(AFP, 3/3/19)
2019 Mar 3, It was reported
that a Nigerian court last week condemned as "illegal and
unconstitutional" the arrest and deportation of Cameroonian
separatists who had applied for asylum in Nigeria.
2019 Mar 8, In northeastern
Nigeria at least five farmers were killed and dozens wounded after
their vehicle struck a land mine buried by Boko Haram extremists.
Three people were reportedly killed in Rivers state, following
clashes between APC and PDP supporters, one day ahead of regional
(SFC, 3/9/19, p.A2)(AFP, 3/10/19)
2019 Mar 9, Nigerians voted for
a second time in a fortnight in governorship and state assembly
2019 Mar 10, In Nigeria dozens
of soldiers in armored vehicles encircled a vote counting center in
the opposition-held oil-rich southern city of Port Harcourt, in the
latest flashpoint as violence overshadowed the previous day's
closely-watched regional elections. The Independent National
Electoral Commission halted the vote count in Rivers state, citing
violence at polling stations, kidnapping of staff, confiscation and
destruction of results.
(AFP, 3/10/19)(AP, 3/11/19)
2019 Mar 12, In Nigeria gunmen
abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in
the northern city of Kano.
2019 Mar 13, In Nigeria a
three-story building that housed a school collapsed in Lagos. 20
people were soon confirmed dead in the school building, and most of
them are children. The school had been operating illegally on the
top two floors.
(Reuters, 3/13/19)(AP, 3/14/19)(AP, 3/15/19)
2019 Mar 16, In northeastern
Nigeria a fire killed at least eight people and left 15,000 others
without shelter after raging through a camp for people displaced by
a war against Islamist insurgents in the town of Gajiram, Borno
2019 Mar 23, Nigerians returned
to vote in governorship and state elections after polling a
fortnight ago was declared invalid in some areas because of
2019 Apr 1, In Nigeria an
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) video, dated April 1 and
said to have been filmed in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, was
published online by the IS propaganda arm Amaq. It claimed to have
executed five Nigerian soldiers but security sources the next day
said three of those killed were civilian militia members.
2019 Apr 7, A presidential aide
and the police chief said Nigeria has suspended mining in the
restive northwestern state of Zamfara, amid concerns that illegal
miners were connected to a surge in banditry.
2019 Apr 7, In northern Nigeria
14 people were killed in Katsina state in clashes between cattle
thieves and a civilian militia armed by the government to support
the security forces.
2019 Apr 8, In Nigeria eight
people were killed early today in the southeastern state of Rivers
when armed men attacked the village of Emohua in the Ogoni region.
2019 Apr 9, Nigerian media
reported that 20 people had been massacred in the region of Kajuru,
in Kaduna state, in fighting between crop farmers and nomadic
2019 Apr 13, In Nigeria twelve
people were killed and 16 others badly injured when a fuel tanker
exploded in the northern city of Gombe.
2019 Apr 25, In Nigeria two
Royal Dutch Shell oil workers were kidnapped, and their police
escorts killed, in the restive Delta region.
2019 Apr 29, In Nigeria
jihadists, packed into four trucks and flanked by gunmen on
motorbikes, swept into Kuda in Adamawa state late today, shooting
down villagers as they ran away killing at least 21 people. Nine
more bodies were soon found, taking the total massacred to 30.
2019 May 10, In Nigeria
hundreds of protesters marched through Abuja demanding an end to
police impunity, after police officers were accused of carrying out
a string of sexual assaults.
2019 May 10, In Nigeria a
regional militia allied with government forces freed almost 900
children it had used in the war against Islamist Boko Haram
2019 May 10, In Nigeria the
Islamic State (IS) killed 11 government soldiers in an attack on the
northeastern town of Gajiganna.
2019 May 13, The Nigerian army
said it rescued 54 women and children over the weekend held captive
in Borno State by the extremist group Boko Haram.
2019 May 18, It was reported
that Nigeria has experienced 685 kidnappings countrywide in the
first quarter of the year -- an average of seven per day. Half of
the kidnappings took place in the northwestern state of Zamfara.
2019 May 28, The United Nations
refugee agency said violence in northwest Nigeria has forced around
20,000 refugees to flee to neighboring Niger since April.
2019 May 29, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari (76) was sworn in for a second term in office,
vowing once more to tackle crippling security threats and root out
corruption in Africa's key economy.
2019 Jun 7, In Nigeria's
Federal High Court in Abuja said African Independent Television
(AIT) and RayPower FM radio should be allowed to operate until a
ruling on their legal challenge to the ban. Broadcasting resumed the
2019 Jun 7, In Nigeria gunmen
in oil-rich Rivers state kidnapped two Lebanese workers helping to
build a road.
2019 Jun 12, In Nigeria there
was an attack on an army base in northeastern Borno state in the
town of Kareto. The Islamic State later said its fighters had killed
2019 Jun 13, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists launched a pre-dawn attack a military
base near in Kareto village, killing several troops and stealing
2019 Jun 14, In northwest
Nigeria an armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on
villages late today in Zamfara state.
2019 Jun 16, In northeastern
Nigeria 30 people were killed late today in a triple suicide bombing
outside a hall in Konduga in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the
Boko Haram jihadist group.
2019 Jun 17, In Nigeria
assailants late today arrived on nine armored trucks and stormed
into the military base outside the town of Gajiram, 80 km (50
miles), north of Maiduguri, Borno state.
2019 Jun 21, The Islamic State
fighters reportedly killed 15 Nigerian soldiers in fighting at
Garno, a town in northeastern Borno state near Lake Chad. West
African (MNJTF) troops reportedly killed 42 suspected Islamic State
fighters in the battle, the heaviest death toll suffered by the
insurgents in the last six months.
2019 Jun 24, In Nigeria
Islamist insurgents struck the village of Ngamngam in Borno state
late today. By the next morning at least 20 civilians were killed.
2019 Jul 1, In central Nigeria
at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a
petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded as people gathered
fuel in Benue state.
2019 Jul 11, Two members of
Nigeria's pro-Iran Shia Muslim sect, the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria, were killed and several injured in the northern city of
Kaduna when police fired on an anti-government demonstration. The
killings happened at a protest against the detention of their
leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
2019 Jul 13, Ten Turkish
sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates who attacked the
Paksoy-1, a Turkish-flagged cargo ship, off the coast of Nigeria.
Another eight sailors were left safely aboard.
2019 Jul 18, In northeastern
Nigeria one Action Against Hunger staff member, two drivers and
three other health workers went missing after an attack on a convoy
in which one driver was killed.
2019 Jul 20, In western Nigeria
four Turkish nationals were kidnapped late today in Gbale village,
Kwara state. Police soon began conducting a rescue operation.
2019 Jul 22, Nigerian police
and a group of Shi'ite Muslim protesters clashed in the capital
Abuja, with at least one marcher appearing to be dead.
2019 Jul 23, Nigerian troops
and police clashed with Shi'ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja
and gunfire could be heard.
2019 Jul 27, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram extremists killed more than 60 people
during an attack on villagers leaving a funeral in the Nganzai local
(SFC, 7/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 13, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the central bank to stop dollar
supply for food imports, saying food security has been achieved and
agricultural production has increased.
2019 Aug 27, Nigeria said it
will not relinquish assets to a firm registered in the British
Virgin Islands following a court ruling related to a $9 billion gas
project dispute. Earlier this month a judge in London granted
Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to
attempt to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian
government over an aborted gas project.
2019 Aug 29, Nigeria's biggest
telecoms firm MTN said it launched a mobile money transfer service,
targeting those without bank accounts, and that it plans to become a
payment services bank once it obtains approval from the central
2019 Sep 3, Nigerian youths
took to the streets this evening in some Nigerian cities to attack
South African owned businesses, amid a growing outcry about the
attacks on many Nigerians living in South Africa.
2019 Sep 10, A Nigerian Shi'ite
group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), banned by the
government said police killed 12 of its members and injured more on
during marches in the north of country to mark the Ashura Muslim
2019 Sep 12, OPEC agreed to
trim oil output by asking over-producing members Iraq and Nigeria to
bring production in line with their targets as the group strives to
prevent a glut amid soaring US production and a slowing global
economy. Oil prices have dropped below $60 per barrel in recent
weeks from their 2019 peaks of $75.
2019 Sep 20, In Nigeria
residents of Africa's most populous city, Lagos, joined a global day
of demonstrations over climate change. The low-lying city of more
than 20 million people is among the many African coastal cities at
risk from flooding due to global warming.
2019 Sep 22, Nigeria's army
said it will require anyone moving through three northeastern states
to carry identification cards in an effort to root out members of
Boko Haram and Islamic State.
2019 Sep 24, A court in
Nigeria's capital Abuja ordered the State Security Service to
release activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore
while charges of treason against him are pending.
2019 Sep 26, Nigerian police
rescued hundreds of boys and men from a building in Kaduna state
where they had been beaten, starved, sexually assaulted and chained.
2019 Sep 27, The UN said
worsening violence has doubled the number of people displaced from
northwest Nigeria to some 40,000 over the past four months.
2019 Sep 29, In northeastern
Nigeria militants killed at least nine people in an attack. The
Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
2019 Oct 3, In northern Nigeria
gunmen kidnapped six schoolgirls and two staff members from a
boarding school near the village of Kakau Daji in Kaduna state.
2019 Oct 8, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari presented a record 10.33 trillion-naira ($33.8
billion) budget for 2020 to lawmakers as he aims to spur growth in
Africa's largest economy at the start of his second term in office.
2019 Oct 9, A new study by the
World Health Organization said more than one-third of women in
Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria had been abused during child
birth in health centers.
(SFC, 10/10/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 11, In Nigeria global
ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc launched a pilot test of a
boat service in Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the
megacity's notoriously congested roads.
2019 Oct 12, It was reported
that thousands of Nigerian hunters on the northest are preparing an
offensive against Boko Haram extremists. They were backed by Borno
state Gov. BabaganaZulum and were armed with charmed amulets and
knowledge of the harsh terrain.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 16, Nigerian police
freed about 500 men and boys from a northern Islamic school in
Katsina where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten.
2019 Oct 30, The UN
humanitarian office said that humanitarian groups are "relieved"
that Nigeria's has suspended the ban on Mercy Corps and Action
2019 Nov 5, Nigerian police
said they have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation
center in the southwestern city of Ibadan, taking the number rescued
from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1,500.
2019 Nov 11, Human Rights Watch
published a report saying thousands of people with mental health
conditions are held in chains in institutions across Nigeria and
urged the government to ban the practice.
2019 Dec 3, Pirates kidnapped
19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria in an area where
acts of piracy are on the rise. The Nave Constellation was attacked
77 nautical miles off Bonny Island and 18 Indians and one Turk from
the crew were seized.
2019 Dec 6, Lawyers for the
Nigerian government filed "new and substantive" allegations of fraud
with a British court in an ongoing fight against an arbitration
award now worth some $10 billion. The government has been fighting
efforts by British Virgin Islands-based Process & Industrial
Developments (P&ID) to enforce the award for a failed gas
project and is also seeking to overturn the underlying award.
2019 Dec 23, Armed groups in
northern Nigeria reportedly executed many civilians and abducted
many others in Borno state where Boko Haram is active.
2019 Dec 27, Nigeria's
government condemned extremists linked to the Islamic State group
after a video circulated of 11 hostages, most of them Christians,
being executed. They were thought to be killed on Christmas Day.
2020 Jan 18, In northeast
Nigeria heavily armed jihadists have carried out an "extremely
violent" attack on a vital aid facility housing UN workers. One
soldier and four assailants died in the ensuing gunfight.
2020 Jan 20, In Nigeria Islamic
militants killed a Christian pastor who had appealed for help life
in a video just days earlier. Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier
this month when Boko Haram militants attacked the Michika local
government area, where he was the chairman of a local chapter of the
Christian Association of Nigeria.
2020 Jan 31, In Nigeria More
than 1,000 motorcycle taxi drivers marched to the gates of the Lagos
state legislature to protest against a measure that will bar them
from much of the traffic-choked commercial capital.
2020 Jan 31, The Trump
administration announced that it was restricting immigrants from six
additional countries that officials said failed to meet minimum
security standards, as part of an election-year push to further
clamp down immigration. Immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar,
Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in
obtaining certain visas to come to the United States.
2020 Feb 1, Nigeria's
government said it has created a committee to address the issues
that led to a suspension of US immigrant visas to its citizens.
2020 Feb 1, Nigerian
authorities bannd two-and three-wheeled motor bike taxis. Drivers
asked "How do we feed our families?"
(Econ, 3/14/20, p.36)
2020 Feb 4, Nigeria said it has
eased its visa rules in an effort to boost trade and tourism as an
African trade agreement promoting freer movement of goods and
services comes into effect.
2020 Feb 4, The United States
and the British dependency of Jersey said they have agreed with
Nigeria to repatriate more than $300 million in funds stolen by
former military ruler General Sani Abacha. Corruption watchdog
Transparency International estimates he stole as much as $5 billion
of public money from 1993-1998.
2020 Feb 28, The list of
countries hit by the COVID-19 illness edged toward 60 as Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Nigeria
reported their first cases.
2020 Mar 2, Nigerian stocks
fell as authorities contacted around 100 people who may have been
exposed to an Italian man who is the country's first coronavirus
2020 Mar 9, In Nigeria the emir
of Kano, a former central bank governor and critic of Pres. Buhari's
economic policies, was ousted for showing "insubordination" to local
(Econ, 3/14/20, p.36)
2020 Mar 15, In Nigeria a
pipeline explosion killed at least 15 people and destroyed about 50
buildings after a fire broke out in a suburb of Lagos.
2020 Mar 21, Nigeria announced
it is closing airports as of March 23 to all incoming international
flights for one month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 21, In Nigeria Boko
Haram extremists killed at least 50 government soldiers in an ambush
hear Goneri village, Yobe state.
(SFC, 3/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 23, In northeastern
Nigeria around government 70 soldiers were killed in an Islamist
militant ambush in the village of Gorgi, Borno state. 47 soldiers
were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on a convoy that had left the
north-eastern city of Maiduguri carrying ammunition.
(Reuters, 3/24/20)(BBC, 3/25/20)
2020 Mar 29, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari ordered the cessation of movement in Lagos and the
capital Abuja for 14 days in an attempt to curb the spread of the
coronavirus. Nigeria had 97 confirmed cases. The country has shut
international airports, closed all land borders and imposed curbs on
cargo vessels allowed to dock at its ports in an effort to contain
the outbreak. Nigeria's petroleum regulator ordered oil and gas
companies to reduce their offshore workforce and move to 28-day
staff rotations as part of measures to curb the spread of the
2020 Mar 31, Africa's confirmed
cases of coronavirus climbed to at least 5,300, with more than 170
recorded deaths. The Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja entered a
two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.
2020 Apr 13, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari announced a two-week extension of a
lockdown in three states, including the capital Abuja, to curtail
the spread of coronavirus.
2020 Apr 15, Nigerian doctor
Emeka Chugbo (60) died following exposure to a coronavirus patient
at his private clinic.
2020 Apr 16, Nigeria's the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the country's security
forces have killed 18 people in two weeks while enforcing lockdowns
imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.
2020 Apr 17, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died after
contracting the coronavirus in Germany.
2020 Apr 21, Nigeria's Daily
Trust newspaper reported the recent deaths of around 150 people in
the northern commercial city of Kano, prompting investigations to
determine if they were related to the coronavirus pandemic. The
state government acknowledged the deaths but said they were caused
by complications from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute
malaria and not the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria has 1,182 coronavirus
cases and a national death toll of 35.
2020 Apr 23, It was reported
that the governors of Nigeria's 36 states have agreed to ban
interstate movement for two weeks.
2020 Apr 27, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari said the coronavirus lockdowns, which had
been due to end today, needed to continue until 4 May. He also
ordered new nationwide measures against Covid-19, including a
night-time curfew and mandatory face masks. Nigeria has reported
1,273 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 40 deaths. Buhari said a
lockdown would be imposed in Kano for an additional two weeks, and
that he was sending a government team to investigate a high number
of unexplained deaths.
2020 Apr, In Nigeria residents
of Lagos and neighboring Ogun state resorted to forming vigilante
groups as reports spread that hundreds of gangsters belonging to One
Million Boys and Awawa Boys were attacking some neighborhoods.
2020 May 4, In Nigeria
businesses reopened on the first working day after the easing of a
lockdown imposed on key urban areas in a bid to restart Africa's
largest economy. The government said this is the first phase of
easing the lockdown and that the situation will be assessed in the
next two weeks. Nigeria has recorded 2,558 cases of coronavirus and
2020 May 6, Nigeria said it
will extend a ban on all flights by four weeks as part of measures
to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
2020 May 7, Nigeria has
recorded 3,145 cases of coronavirus and 103 deaths.
(Econ., 5/9/20, p.34)
2020 May 10, Authorities in
Nigeria's oil-rich southern Rivers state demolished two hotels over
an alleged breach of lockdown rules intended to contain the spread
of coronavirus. The state currently has 15 active cases of the virus
and has recorded two deaths. One owner said authorities were asking
for a bribe and denied that the hotel was operating.
2020 May 12, The United Nations
refugee agency said violence in northwest Nigeria has forced about
23,000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns
about the deteriorating security situation.
2020 May 15, It was reported
that in northern Nigeria tens of thousands of Koranic school
children were recently crammed into open vans and sent back home
from cities and towns across 19 states in a controversial move by
state governments to prevent the spread of coronavirus within their
territories. Hundreds of the children already had coronavirus, so
officials inadvertently contributed to spreading the virus rather
than containing it.
2020 May 18, Nigeria said it
would impose precisely targeted lockdown measures in areas that
report rapid increases in coronavirus cases, while the phased
reopening of the economy as a whole would go ahead more slowly than
2020 May 25, Fifty trafficked
Nigerian women, rescued from Lebanon, returned home. A further 19
Nigerians, stranded in Lebanon because of Covid-19 lockdowns, were
2020 May 29, In Nigeria nearly
9,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed as worries grew about
undetected spread in the north.
2020 Jun 2, The board of
governors of the 55-year-old US and the African Development Bank met
to discuss whether to bring in an outside investigator into the
allegations concerning the conduct of Akinwumi Adesina, the head of
the Nigerian branch of the AfDB, just days after the US rejected an
initial inquiry that cleared him. Besides the core 54 African
countries, the US is one of the 27 non-regional members of the AfDB
and its second largest shareholder.
2020 Jun 9, Nigerian police
arrested a man after 40 people were raped in one town over the
period of a year. A mother in the northern town Dangora caught the
man in her children's bedroom. The man ran away but neighbors gave
chase and caught him.
2020 Jun 9, In north-eastern
Nigeria at least 69 people were killed in a suspected jihadist
attack on a remote village in the Gubio district of Borno state. It
was unclear who carried out the attack.
2020 Jun 10, It was reported
that an outbreak of African swine fever in Nigeria's largest pig
farm co-operative in the south-west of the country has been
confirmed and that some 300,000 pigs have been killed.
2020 Jun 11, The Nigerian
Minister of Women Affairs called on law enforcement to speed up
prosecution of rape cases which had reached an "alarming rate" three
times the typical level as women and children are locked down with
2020 Jun 13, In Nigeria three
attacks by Islamic extremists, including an assault on Monguno, a
military garrison town, have killed more than 40 people in
northeastern Borno state. At least 20 soldiers and more than 40
civilians are said to have been killed in the attacks.
(AP, 6/14/20)(BBC, 6/15/20)
2020 Jun 19, In Ghana a
building inside the Nigerian High Commission compound in Accra was
demolished. Armed men reportedly stormed the compound and destroyed
buildings under construction. Days later Ghana's President Nana
Akufo-Addo apologized to Nigeria.
2020 Jun 24, It was reported
that police in Nigeria have rescued more than 100 people they say
were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work
throughout a coronavirus lockdown. Five managers at the Indian-owned
mill have been arrested.
2020 Jun, Nigeria's government
announced that it would phase out petrol subsidies. When ten days of
protests followed along with 12 deaths, the government backed down
and reduced subsidies instead of eliminating them.
(Econ., 10/10/20, p.42)
2020 Jul 3, US prosecutors said
Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a Nigerian man charged with conspiring to
launder a fortune from email scams, has arrived in Chicago to face
charges. UAE authorities arrested Abbas last month. Abbas, aka
Hushpuppi, had showed off his wealth to 2.4 million Instagram
followers. Hushpuppi, and another cyber-heist suspect Olalekan Jacob
Ponle (aka Mr Woodberry) appeared in a Chicago court. They had been
arrested in Dubai, where they lived, in June. Dubai police said they
had been extradited to the US.
(NBC News, 7/4/20)(BBC, 7/10/20)
2020 Jul 4, It was reported
that motorcycle-riding armed bandits operating out of abandoned
forest reserves in Katsina state are ransacking communities in
Nigeria's north-west. The recent attacks in the president's home
state killed more than 100 people between April and June.
2020 Jul 14, In New York City
the body of Fahim Saleh (33), a technology entrepreneur who founded
Nigeria's Gokada ride-hailing app, was found decapitated and
dismembered in a luxury apartment with a power saw plugged in
nearby. Nigerian state officials in February banned all motorcycle
taxis, known locally as 'okada'.
2020 Jul 23, It was reported
that five aid workers abducted last month in north-east Nigeria's
Borno State have been killed. Pres. Muhammadu Buhari blamed Boko
Haram and vowed to bring the killers to justice.
2020 Aug 1, According to the
World Health Organization (WHO) the Nigerian city of Onitsha is the
most polluted in the world.
(Econ., 8/1/20, p.38)
2020 Aug 10, In Nigeria
musician Sharif-Aminu (22) was sentenced in northern state of Kano
to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.
Critics said the song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the
Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the
Prophet Muhammad. An appeal was allowed.
2020 Aug 12, It was reported
that a court in Nigeria has fined three men $52,000 (£40,000) each
for hijacking a ship in March and securing a ransom of $200,000 for
the release of its crew.
2020 Aug, In Nigeria a boy (13)
in northern Kano state was handed a decade-long jail sentence for
blasphemy. In 2021 a secular appeals court overturned the
sentencing, saying the child was a minor.
2020 Sep 4, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that there is a risk of
famine and widespread food insecurity in four countries affected by
conflict — Congo, Yemen, northeast Nigeria and South Sudan — and
that the lives of millions of people are in danger.
2020 Sep 7, It was reported
that two Nigerian men have been arrested for allegedly scamming a
German state that tried to buy 2.3m euros (£2m) of personal
protective equipment (PPE).
2020 Sep 11, It was reported
that lawmakers in Nigeria's Kaduna State have approved surgical
castration as punishment for those convicted of raping children
under the age of 14. State governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai needs to
sign the bill for it to become law in the state.
2020 Sep 14, Nigerian health
workers demanding the payment of a hazard allowance for treating
coronavirus patients went on strike only a week after doctors in
Africa's most populous country staged a walk out.
2020 Sep 16, The UN children's
agency UNICEF has called on the Nigerian authorities to urgently
review an Islamic court's decision to sentence a 13-year-old boy to
10 years in prison for blasphemy. The boy was convicted in August of
making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a
friend in northern Kano state.
2020 Sep 19, In Nigeria
Gracious David-West (40), a member of the Greenlanders - also known
as Dey Gbam, a mafia-styled street gang that sprung out of the armed
militant groups, was arrested. In October he sentenced to death in
Port Harcourt for killing nine women. Authorities said he had sex
with his victims before binding their arms and feet with strips of
white sheets and then strangling them.
2020 Sep 21, Nigerian health
workers who went on strike in mid-September for a hazard allowance
for treating coronavirus patients returned to work, without their
demands being met.
2020 Sep 23, In central Nigeria
at least 25 people have been killed after a fuel tanker exploded
following a collision with other vehicles on a major highway in
2020 Sep 25, In northeastern
Nigeria 18 people were left dead after an ambush on a government
convoy in Borno state. The Islamic State (IS) group said it was
behind the attack, claiming 30 people had been killed.
2020 Sep 27, In Nigeria
militants linked to the Islamic State group (IS) used a donkey
strapped with explosives to ambush the convoy of the governor of
north-eastern Borno state. A number of insurgents were killed in the
2020 Oct 4, Nigeria's inspector
general of police banned a notorious unit from carrying out stop and
search duties and setting up roadblocks amid growing anger at
routine harassment and atrocities allegedly committed by its
officers. The ban was triggered by the alleged killing of a young
man by officers from the unit in the city of Lagos a day earlier.
2020 Oct 9, In Nigeria police
fired tear gas at a protest against police brutality in Abuja. This
followed the alleged killing of a young man by officers from the
Sars unit on Oct. 9.
2020 Oct 11, It was reported
that Nigeria has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars),
the police force at the center of protests against police brutality.
The officers from the controversial unit will be redeployed. It was
unclear where to.
2020 Oct 12, In Nigeria two
people were killed in Lagos as protests continued against police
brutality for a sixth day.
2020 Oct 13, Nigeria's police
chief ordered the unconditional release of all demonstrators
arrested during protests against police brutality.
2020 Oct 14, Nigeria announced
that the new Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team will fill the
gaps left from the dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad
2020 Oct 15, Nigeria's
government announced a ban on all protest in Abuja, saying the
demonstrators were violating public safety measures introduced to
tackle Covid-19. The military has issued a warning to "subversive
elements and trouble makers" to desist after a week of protests
about police brutality. Amnesty International said at least 10
people have been killed and hundreds injured.
(BBC, 10/15/20)(AP, 10/15/20)
2020 Oct 16, Nigerian protests
against police brutality continued 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.
2020 Oct 20, Nigeria's police
chief ordered the nationwide deployment of anti-riot officers to
quell violence following protests against police brutality. The
announcement came as an indefinite 24-hour curfew was imposed in the
commercial hub of Lagos. Some 1,000 protesters gathered at the Lekki
toll gate to prevent cars using a major motorway. Soldiers were
reportedly seen barricading the protest site moments before shooting
started. Amnesty International later said 12 people were killed. The
Nigerian army rejected the claim.
(BBC, 10/20/20)(NY Times, 10/21/20)(BBC,
2020 Oct 21, In Nigeria unrest
saw buildings torched and looted, and police shooting into the air
to enforce a curfew in Lagos.
2020 Oct 22, In Nigeria plumes
of smoke rose from a prison in Lagos and gunfire could be heard as
people ran through streets in the area, signs of continued unrest in
the West African nation that has been gripped by protests against
2020 Oct 23, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari said 69 people have been killed in protests against
police brutality that have rocked the country. A group that has been
key in organizing the demonstrations has now urged people to stay at
2020 Oct 24, Nigeria's chief of
police ordered the immediate mobilization of all police resources to
put an end to days of street violence and looting.
2020 Oct 25, In Nigeria there
were reports of government warehouses being ransacked in the central
city of Jos, as well as in Adamawa and Taraba states, with people
taking away food and agricultural supplies.
2020 Oct, In Nigeria 26 girls
were kidnapped in Katsina state. They were freed following a ransom
(Econ., 12/19/20, p.80)
2020 Nov 3, In Nigeria Ipob
activists were accused of burning down three police stations in
southern Rivers state. and killing three policemen, after one of
them was killed during a protest at a police station in Oyigbo.
2020 Nov 18, The United Nations
humanitarian office said it is releasing $100 million in emergency
funding to seven countries at risk of famine in Africa and the
Middle East amid conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement
overnight said $80 million of the money will go to Afghanistan,
Burkina Faso, Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. Another $20
million has been set aside for "anticipatory action to fight hunger
2020 Nov 28, In Nigeria
attackers tied up agricultural laborers working in rice fields and
slit their throats near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. More
than 43 people were killed. About 15 women were kidnapped. The death
toll was later raised to 78 and Boko Haram claimed credit.
(AP, 11/29/20)(Econ., 12/5/20, p.50)
2020 Dec 8, Amnesty
International charged that at least 10,000 civilians have died in
Nigerian military custody since 2011 after being detained in
connection with the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
2020 Dec 11, In north-western
Nigeria hundreds of students were feared missing after gunmen raided
a secondary school in Katsina state. On Dec. 15 the Islamist
militant group Boko Haram said it was behind the kidnapping.
(BBC, 12/12/20)(AP, 12/15/20)
2020 Dec 17, In Nigeria the
governor of Katsina state announced that all of the boys, abducted
on Dec. 11, had been released, and would be reunited with their
parents the next day. The governor of Katsina has insisted bandits
were responsible for the recent attack.
(NY Times, 12/17/20)(BBC, 12/18/20)
2020 Dec 19, In Nigeria 84
schoolchildren were seized by gunmen late today as they returned
home to Mahuta village after taking part in a religious ceremony.
The children were soon released following a gun battle between the
abductors, security forces and local vigilantes.
2020 Dec 24, The head of
Africa's disease control body said that another new variant of the
novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria. In the past
week, Nigeria reported a 52% increase in cases.
2021 Jan 23, In Nigeria seven
children and a man were abducted by a large group of armed men who
broke into Rachel's Orphanage Home in Abuja.
2021 Jan 23, Pirates off
Nigeria's coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish container ship
in the Gulf of Guinea in a brazen and violent attack. One sailor was
killed. the 15 sailors arrived back in Turkey on Feb. 14. Pirates in
the Gulf, which borders more than a dozen countries, kidnapped 130
sailors in 22 incidents last year, accounting for all but five of
those seized worldwide.
(Reuters, 1/23/21)(Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021 Jan 26, It was reported
that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the heads of the
country's armed forces whom he appointed when he first took office
2021 Jan 29, A Dutch appeals
court ruled that the Nigerian branch of oil giant Shell is
responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta.
2021 Feb 2, Facebook removed
the page of Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu for violating its
rules on harm and hate speech. Kanu had posted a video of a militia
group attacking and killing cattle in a herders' settlement. He also
used the live broadcast to accuse herders of destroying farmlands in
eastern Nigeria. The Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) said it will
appeal the ban.
2021 Feb 5, Nigeria's Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala was poised to become the first African and first woman
to lead the embattled World Trade Organization, after a South Korean
rival withdrew and the United States reversed its previous
2021 Feb 7, Ten hostages were
kidnapped off the Atlantic coast of the West African country, Gabon.
They included six Chinese nationals, three Indonesians and a
Gabonese, all thought to be fishermen. On March 6 the victims were
released unharmed by Nigeria’s security forces in Rivers state,
after Nigerian mediators paid a $300,000 ransom for their freedom.
2021 Feb 12, Britain’s Supreme
Court ruled that a group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue
Royal Dutch Shell PLC in English courts over pollution in a region
where the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a subsidiary.
2021 Feb 15, Nigeria's Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala (66) was appointed to head the World Trade
Organization, becoming the first woman and first African to take on
the role amid disagreement over how the body decides cases involving
billions in sales and thousands of jobs.
2021 Feb 15, In north-central
Nigeria about 20 people who were returning from a wedding ceremony
were abducted after an attack on their bus in Niger state. Their
fate is unclear.
2021 Feb 16, Nigerian
businessman Obinwanne Okeke, who once appeared on the cover of
Forbes magazine, was jailed for 10 years in the US over a cyber
fraud scam that led to the theft of about $11m (£8m). Okeke, also
known as Invictus Obi, used Nigerian-based companies to defraud
people in the US.
2021 Feb 17, In north-central
Nigeria gunmen killed a school pupil overnight and abducted 27 other
children in a night-time raid on their boarding school in Niger
state. On Feb 27 a total of 42 people including 27 students,
kidnapped from the boarding school in Kagara were freed.
(BBC, 2/17/21)(BBC, 2/27/21)
2021 Feb 21, In Nigeria 7
people died after a Nigerian Air Force plane crashed short of a
runway in Abuja this morning.
2021 Feb 23, In Nigeria at
least 10 people were killed and about 60 others injured in an attack
by suspected jihadist rebels on the northern city of Maiduguri.
2021 Feb 23, A Covid-19
antibodies survey in Nigeria suggested that four million people in
Lagos state alone have had the virus, more than has been officially
recorded for the whole of Africa. The official figure for Nigeria is
153,000 cases with 1,862 deaths.
2021 Feb 26, In northern
Nigeria gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls early today in Jangebe
town, Zamfara state. This was the second abduction in a little more
than a week.
2021 Mar 2, It was reported
that kidnappers in Nigeria released 279 of girls they abducted last
week from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara
state. The total number of girls kidnapped was corrected down from
(NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021 Mar 2, Nearly 4 million
doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja,
the third and largest delivery so far to an African country by the
global COVAX initiative.
2021 Mar 5, Kenya, Nigeria and
Rwanda started inoculating frontline healthcare workers and
vulnerable citizens against COVID-19 as Africa, the world's poorest
continent and home to 1.3 billion people, stepped up its vaccination
2021 Mar 6, President Muhammadu
Buhari had his first COVID-19 vaccine shot, part of a bid to boost
public confidence as Nigeria attempts to inoculate 80 million people
2021 Mar 9, The UK promised to
return to Nigeria £4.2m ($5.8m) which was stolen by a former
governor. Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of
money laundering in the UK in 2012. He is thought to have stolen
around £50m from the oil-rich state.
2021 Mar 12, In Nigeria gunmen
overnight abducted dozens of students from a college in the northern
state of Kaduna. State authorities said that 180 students and staff
were rescued by the Nigerian army early today, but 39 students
(BBC, 3/12/21)(Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021 Mar 15, In Nigeria gunmen
on motorcycles stormed the primary school in Rama village in Birnin
Gwari local government area as children were arriving for classes.
Three teachers were abducted.
2021 Mar 17, In Italy Eni SpA,
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and several of their current and former
executives were acquitted of corruption charges related to a
Nigerian oil deal by a court in Milan. Sentences in Italy aren’t
definitive until appeals are exhausted. It could take years before a
2021 Apr 5, In Nigeria 1,844
inmates escaped from a prison after it was attacked by gunmen in the
south-eastern town of Owerri, Imo state.
2021 Apr 16, UN agencies said
that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing deadly attacks by
armed groups and the continuing clashes between the rebels and
national forces in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state.
Up to 65,000 people were on the move.
2021 Apr 30, In Nigeria Auwalu
Daudawa, a notorious gang leader behind the abduction of more than
300 students in December, was killed by a rival gang in a forest
near the border with Katsina.
2021 Apr 30, It was reported
that Germany has agreed to return to Nigeria priceless artefacts
that were stolen during the colonization of Africa.
2021 May 7, In Nigeria a night
of violence left at least seven police officers dead in oil-rich
Rivers State. A day earlier gunmen killed two police officers during
an attack on another police station in nearby Anambra state.