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April 17-24, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Nigeria
Posted on May 4, 2015

Compiled by Julia Kushnir

Report Content:

  1. Boko Haram
  2. Responses to Boko Haram Insurgency
  3. IDP Crisis

1) Boko Haram
Privately Owned Media

Female Suicide Bomber hit Potiskum GSM Market
Daily Independent, Lagos-based Daily, 21 April 2015

  • Several people are feared killed as twin bomb blasts hit the Global System Communication (GSM) market located close to Brema Primary School, along Mohammed Idrissa Way in Potiskum, Yobe State, North East Nigeria on Monday
  • Monday’s twin blasts are coming a day after another explosive device went off at the Divisional Police station, also in Potiskum, killing two people on the spot
  • It is suspected that the bomber came from the terrorist group, Boko Haram

Suicide Bomber Kills Self in Yobe
Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 21 April 2015

  • Police spokesman, Toyin Gbadegesin, said the bomber pre-maturely detonated his explosive, killing himself and damaging a nearby vehicle
State Run Media

Boko Haram Fighters Regroup in Sambisa Forest
Daily Independent, Lagos-based Daily, 23 April 2015

  • Boko Haram fighters have amassed in the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria, as a military offensive tries to flush them out
  • Soldiers were forced to retreat because of the extensive use of landmines in the area, one of which exploded killing a soldier and three vigilantes

2) Responses to Boko Haram Insurgency
Privately Owned

Boko Haram: Ground Troops Enter Sambisa in Search of Chibok Girls
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 19 April 2015

  • According to a military source the sustained aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for weeks now have now made it possible for the Army to move in today for ground operation
  • According to the source, “the fear is that some of the girls might be amongst the women killed in Bama and other parts of the liberated towns, and Sambisa offers the more viable hope of all the remaining options to rescue the girls”.

“I Won’t Abandon War Against Boko Haram”
Punch, Privately-owned Newspaper, 20 April, 2015

  • The President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has promised that his government will not terminate the collaboration between Nigeria and her neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Niger and Chad to combat the Boko Haram insurgency
  • Gusau said Buhari, during the visit, which was on Sunday, promised that his administration would enhance collaboration with neighboring governments of Chad, Niger and Cameroon to curtail the trans-border movement of Boko Haram insurgents, cut supply of arms, cut recruitment and training of fresh recruits

Nigerian Military Guns Down Top Boko Haram Commander
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 23 April 2015

  • “A notorious top terrorist commander, Abu Mojahid, was among the terrorists that died in their encounter with troops on the outskirts of Alagarno, Tuesday morning.  The terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area,” confirmed the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major-General Chris Olukolade
  • In a related incident, at least two Nigerian soldiers were killed and six others injured when Boko Haram members launched a surprise rocket attack on their convoy in Borno State, according to local sources.

Chad’s Troops Rescue 43 Boko Haram Child Soldiers in Nigeria
Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 22 April 2015

  • Col. Azem Agouna, Chadian Army Spokesman, said on Wednesday that they have repatriated 43 children, who had been kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram
  • The children, who are aged 12 and older and are Chadian nationals, were found in the Nigerian town of Damasak, in North-Eastern Borno

3) IDP Crisis
Privately Owned Media

Borno Sets up Schools in IDP Camps
This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 23 April 2015

  • Borno State Government has established primary school in the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the state capital, Maiduguri
  • Plans are underway to get secondary schools in the camps so that the students who were forced to flee their towns will not lose educationally

UNIMAID VC Advocates Special Scholarship for Boko Haram Victims
Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 24 April 2015

  • Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, yesterday appealed to the federal and state governments to offer special scholarship opportunities to students who can no longer be supported by their parents as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency
State Run Media

UNHCR Donates Relief Materials to IDPs in Bauchi
Daily Independent, Lagos-based Daily, 24 April 2015

  • The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society on Thursday donated non-food items to over 15,000 internally displaced persons in Bauchi State
  • He also assured that the UNHCR would help the internally displaced persons willing to resettle in their states of origin to do so in the shortest possible time
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