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28 August - 2 September 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Nigeria
Posted on September 4, 2015

Compiled by Julia Kushnir

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

1. Boko Haram Insurgency
Privately Owned Media

“Boko Haram Killers on Horseback Massacre Nearly 80” Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 01 September

  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast this weekend
  • "The attackers arrived on horseback around 2:00 pm while people were praying in the mosque. They went straight to the mosque and opened fire on worshippers," said Musa (a witness)
  • Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve out a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, has killed some 15,000 people and displaced 1.5 million since 2009

 

“B’Haram Kills 56 in Borno” Punch, Privately-owned Daily, 31 August 2015

  • The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has said Boko Haram fighters attacked a village in the state and killed 56 persons
  • Those that fled from the village who narrated their ordeal to journalists in Maiduguri however insisted that more than 68 persons were killed in the attack

 


2. Responses to Boko Haram
Privately-owned media

"Chad Arrests 60 Suspected Militants after Suicide Bomb Attack- Chief Prosecutor." Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 29 June 2015

  • Alghassim Khamis, the Chief Prosecutor of the Central African Nation, on Monday said ‎security forces in Chad, had arrested 60 suspected militants and dismantled a cell responsible for two suicide bomb attacks in N'djamena on June 15
  • "An active cell of a terrorist network has been identified and dismantled, and that those arrested came from Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria," He revealed

"Boko Haram Member Arrested Spying IDP Camp in Yobe." Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 26 June 2015

  • A suspected Boko Haram member was arrested yesterday spying on the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp in Damaturu, Yobe state.
  • A security source told our correspondent that the arrest was based on a tip-off by vigilant residents who complained of seeing a strange man loitering around the camp

"Niger Troops Kill 15 Boko Haram Militants." Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 26 June 2015

  • Niger’s army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defence ministry announced on Wednesday.
  • The army also took 20 prisoners, Colonel Moustapha Ledru said on state radio, and destroyed an armoured vehicle, 26 motorbikes, and two caches of food and fuel held by the Islamists
  • The announcement came after an attack by Boko Haram militants in southeast Niger last week killed 38 civilians, most of them women and children
 
State Run Media

"U.S. Condemns Latest Boko Haram Attacks" Daily Independent, Lagos-based Daily,  26 June 2015

  • John Kerry, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Washington, D.C. in a statement said that these latest attacks serve as a reminder that despite progress on the battlefield, Boko Haram remains capable of deadly and destabilizing acts of terrorism
  • He said that the United States stands with Nigeria in the face of this threat saying, “We will continue to take steps to increase our support for their efforts.”

 

Social Media

Will Ross (@willintune): BBC Correspondent Nigeria (03 July 2015)

  •  “Buhari says “last desperate acts of fleeing agents of terrorism” heighten need for countries in region to fight BH as a regional force.”
  • “Buhari urges Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to reject with one voice the attackers claim to be acting in the name of Islam.”

3. IDP Crisis
Privately Owned Media

“IDPs from Gwoza Plead to Join Troops in Liberating their Communities” This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 2 September 2015

  • The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state have made a sound proposal to the Federal Government to screen and select some of them to join the struggles of liberating their communities completely from the Boko Haram insurgency
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