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April 3-10, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Nigeria
Posted on April 13, 2015

1) Boko Haram Attacks
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Boko Haram Opens Fire on Dozens in Borno, Kills Seven in Chad This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 07 April 2015

  • Resident Ahmad Ali told AFP that roughly two dozen assailants, who were “obviously Boko Haram fighters” stormed the village of Kwajaffa at dusk on Sunday and ordered residents out of their homes. 
  • Ali said the death toll likely passed two dozen but no other eyewitness could be reached immediately to confirm the figures.
  • Experts have warned that hit-and-run attacks by the group could increase amid the added military pressure
  • Some of the victims had their throats cut while others were shot

Insurgents, Female Suicide Bomber Kill 6 Soldiers, 7 Others in Gombe This Day, Lagos-Based Daily,04 April 2015

  • A suspected female suicide bomber on Thursday night in Gombe killed six soldiers who were involved in an accident and injured 15 other people at the usually busy Bauchi Motor Park

B’Haram Fighters Disguise as Preachers, Kill 24 Punch


Newspaper, 07 April 2015

  • Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have attacked Kwajafa village in Borno State killing 24 persons and injuring over a dozen others 
  • The insurgents, who rode to the town in Volkswagen Golf cars on Sunday evening, told the villagers that they were there to preach. They however opened fire on the people as soon as they gathered an appreciable number of the villagers in the village square
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Will Ross (@willintune): BBC Correspondent for Nigeria (06 April 2015)

  • “At least 20 killed in Kwajaffa, Borno State according to an eyewitness. 14 killed in Kala Balge. People in NE still extremely vulnerable.” 

2) Regional/International Responses to Boko Haram
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Media Boko Haram: Nigerian Military Recaptures Alagarno in Borno
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 08 April 2015

  • Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday successfully completed a raid on all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno in Borno State, which is one of the few remaining towns to be liberated from the Boko Haram sect. 
  • In a related development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has continued its aerial surveillance and bombardment of Sambisa forest in their continuous bid to knock off the terrorist camps.

African Leaders Re-Strategize Against Boko Haram Punch
Privately-owned Newspaper, 05 April 2015

  • A joint summit of Heads of State of Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States will hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Wednesday for adoption of a strategy against the terrorist group, Boko Haram. 
  • The regional body said, “The experts submitted coordination mechanism between the incumbent presidents and between the executives of the two regional economic commissions, and also how to articulate the strategy at the operational level.”

Military Set to Wipe out Boko Haram, Defense Spokesman Says Punch
Privately-owned Newspaper, 10 April 2015

  • The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade,Thursday said the military was in the final phase of wiping out terrorists from the North-east.

3) Electoral Violence

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Political Killings: IG Deploys More Officers to Rivers, Other Volatile States
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 08 April 2015

  • In a crucial effort to prevent the incessant political killings across the nation, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, is deploying more police personnel to Rivers State and other volatile states

4) IDP Crisis
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Catholic Church Takes Free Medicare to IDP Camps, Donate Food Items
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 04 April 2015

  • As part of activities lined up to commemorate the Easter season, the Catholic Church, Abuja on Friday offered free medical services and equally donated food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
  • Aside food, clothes, and other items donated, medical services in the areas of medical screening, anti-natal service and treatment on primary health concerns were provided for the IDPs.

NAPTIP: Legitimate Concerns on Sexual Abuse Abound in IDP Camps
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 10 April 2015

  • The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has admitted that there are legitimate causes for concern over allegations of sexual abuse in the camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North 
  • The Director General of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba, added that in instances where suspicions of sexual abuse and repression was high, there was no victim willing to testify against their abusers
  • Badeh made the disclosure when members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Election visited the Defence Headquarters (DHQ)
  • He further promised that the military would remain non-partisan while carrying out their legitimate duties of providing the enabling security environment for the Saturday’s elections.
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