1 - 8 January 2016

Media Monitoring Report for Nigeria
Posted on January 13, 2016

Report Content - Julia Kushnir:

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

1. Boko Haram Insurgency
Privately Owned Media

Boko Haram Kidnaps Cameroonian Police Commissioner. This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 07 January 2016

  • Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have abducted Ismaïla Sago, police commissioner in charge of public security at Dabanga, a town in the far north of Cameroun
  • According to Africapresse.com, security sources told Xinhua that Sago fell into an ambush laid by the group around 5p.m. last Monday
  • There was no official confirmation of the attack but Boko Haram has carried out series of attacks in the northern Cameroun, forcing the government to proscribe the wearing of hijab in public places, in view of its widespread use in suicide bombing

Boko Haram Kill Seven in Suicide Attack, Raid. Guardian, Lagos-based Daily, 06 January 2016

  • Boko Haram gunmen have mounted their first attacks since Nigeria’s government declared them “technically” defeated, killing seven people in a raid and suicide bombing
  • The attacks happened on Tuesday in the northeastern state of Borno, near the Islamists’ Sambisa Forest hideout

2. Responses to Boko Haram
Privately Owned Media

Buhari: Hijab May be Banned. This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 31 December 2016

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government may ban the use of hijabs by Muslim women if the suicide bombings continue without end
  • “When I said that the war has been technically won, I mentioned reasons why because I said this and that is their capacity to attack state institutions has been stopped. But there is now increasing use of IEDs by young girls wearing hijabs,” he said

Army Rescues 3212 from Boko Haram. Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 07 January 2016

  • The military in Dikwa have rescued 3212 people that include women and children who had been under Boko Haram siege for upward of 3 months in villages and Boko Haram camps around Dikwa
  • The former captives have since been moved to a camp in Dikwa en route Maiduguri
  • Dikwa is a of the Local Government area of Borno state from where the military recently dislodged Boko Haram fighters

Military Urges Nigerians to be involved in War Against Boko Haram. This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 06 January 2016

  • The commander of the military counter-insurgency operation Major General Hassan Umaru said all Nigerians need to embrace the fact that the nation is at war with the terrorist group and contribute their quotas by supporting the military in the bid to bring back peace
  • The commander made this comment in Maiduguri during his inaugural media briefing as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole
  • He said that Nigeria is one and belongs to all of us, hence the need for all Nigerians, particularly the media to support the military in this great task
State Run Media

U.S. Donates 24 Armored Personnel Carriers to Nigeria. Daily Independent, 07 January 2016

  • As part of continuing support from the United States to the government and the people of Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram, the U.S. government Thursday January 7 2015 donated 24 Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicles (valued at $11 million) to Nigeria’s military authorities
  • Today’s equipment donation represents part of the continuing U.S. commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror and promote regional security

3. IDP Crisis
Privately Owned Media

78 000 IDPs Reside in Host Communities in Bauchi. This Day, Lagos-based Daily, 05 January 2016

  • No fewer than 78,000 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) are residing in host communities in Bauchi State
  • According to the Head of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr. Ceasar Mbav Tshilombo, “The Kampala convention is a law that ensures not only the protection of IDPs in an advent of crisis situation, insurgency, flood disaster, but for government to create an environment that prevent displacement of persons.”
  • He stated that although Nigeria had ratified the legislation for the law for IDPs, it is yet to domesticate the law, pointing out that it will address the challenges faced by IDPs and ensure that government agencies contribute their quota in protecting their rights

Boko Haram: Displaced Person Beheaded in Borno IDP Camp. Daily Trust, Abuja-based Daily, 07 January 2016

  • A 23-year-old displaced person was this morning found beheaded in an Internally Displaced Persons' (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital
  • Millions of people rendered homeless as a result of Boko Haram's insurgency have been taking refuge in IDP camps pending the time their homes will be safe and habitable enough for them to go back

We Don’t Have Water, Health Facilities, IDPs tell Dogara. Punch, Privately-owned Newspaper, 07 January 2015

  • Internally Displaced Persons in Abuja, who fled from the insurgency in the North-East, have sought the intervention of the Federal Government to provide social amenities for their use, particularly potable water and healthcare facilities
  • They also cry out that displaced children of school age have no access to schools in the overcrowded camps they are kept in the Federal Capital Territory
  • Abuja is temporary home to thousands of the estimated 2.2million people displaced by the insurgency in the North-East



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