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December 03 -10, 2014

Media Monitoring Report for Nigeria
Posted on October 10, 2014

Contents

Compiled by Claire Duguid

  1. Forced Displacement
  2. Targeted Attacks
  3. Kidnapping

Forced Displacement
700,000 Nigerians Displaced in 2014 —Kangiwa

Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, December 5 2014

  • As a result of the violence throughout the country, over 700,000 Nigerians were internally displaced this year.
  • The majority of the displacement was caused by the attacks of Boko Haram but other internal conflicts also contributed. Most of the displaced persons are from Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, the states which have seen the greatest levels of violence.
Targeted Attacks
Over 150 Killed in Monday’s Boko Haram Dawn Raid: Emergency Services

Vanguard, Lagos-based Daily, December 3 2014

  • Over 150 people, including 38 police and 6 soldiers, were killed in a Boko Haram raid in Damaturu. It is unsure yet whether all of the victims were civilians.
  • The attackers were gunmen who began shooting in the early morning and burned down the police barracks. Reportedly more than 40 Boko Haram gunmen were killed.
Boko Haram Raid Two Northeast Towns

Vanguard, Lagos-based Daily, December 4 2014

  • Bajoga and Ashaka, two towns in Gombe State, were invaded by suspected Boko Haram gunmen who raided banks and set fire to government buildings and offices.
  • Gombe has not seen as much violence as other states such as Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, but this attack is one in several that have been plaguing the area recently.
10 Soldiers Die in Battle as Army Repels Boko Haram from Ashaka Town

Vanguard, Lagos-based Daily, December 7 2014

  • 10 soldiers from the Nigerian military died while fighting Boko Haram militants after they had invaded the town of Ashaka, Gombe State. During the fighting, 70 Boko Haram were also killed.
  • The military troops had been warned of an attack successfully pushed the insurgents out of the town.
Gunmen Attack Minna Prison, Free 200 Prisoners Punch,

Privately-owned Newspaper, December 7 2014

  • Approximately 10 gunmen attacked the Maximum Prison in Minna, Niger State, killing the guards on duty and freeing over 200 inmates.
  • The gunmen stole vehicles for their escape and accompanied the freed prisoners out of the prison.
Kidnapping
Boko Haram Abducts 20 more Girls in Borno

Punch, Privately-owned Newspaper, December 8 2014

  • Boko Haram kidnapped over 20 girls from the town of Lassa, Borno State. In their attack of the town, the insurgents also killed many of the residents, mainly old men and women, and burned almost half of the town.
  • One resident who was able to escape said there were many people who were forced to flee, but the ones who were not fast enough were killed.
  • Boko Haram had been advancing towards Lassa for about a month, but had been held back by local fighters until now. The town had appealed to security agencies for the deployment of more security personnel but were ignored.
Will Ross (@willintune): BBC Nigeria Correspondent
  • “Reuters hospital source in Damaturu says received bodies of 33 policemen and 6 soldiers + 20 Boko Haram fighters from Monday's attack there.”
  • “Buffalo horn dipped in cobra poison to fight Boko Haram. Well nothing else has worked.”
  • “Man turns up for Lagos primary election in a bullet proof vest. ‘Because I'm afraid of being shot at but I am urging my supporters to come.’”
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