Weekly Nigerian News – 12.21.20

ICON publishes this weekly news bulletin to share brief updates and links on the conflict and increasing violence in Nigeria.

Please see the below articles to stay updated on what is occurring in Nigeria:

After 330 Schoolboys Freed from Kidnappers, Advocates Ask About Leah Sharibu

Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina State and Nigeria’s president on Friday. Reunions with their parents began late in the day. “Since this incident happened, I have not been able to sleep, but now I can sleep,” said Salisu Kankara, a parent of one of the schoolboys who was released. The relatively quick release of the more than 330 boys took place after a prompt response by the government, which appears to have learned from earlier mass school abductions, especially of the Chibok schoolgirls, that did not have such a happy result … READ MORE

5 Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Boko Haram terrorist group has killed five Nigerian soldiers and kidnapped at least 35 people in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, a military source said on Sunday. “The terrorists fired an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] on the convoy which hit one of the vehicles with five soldiers in it,” local news website The Guardian quoted the source as saying. “All the five were killed,” it added. Several people were injured in the attack that occurred on Saturday in the northeast Borno state, Boko Haram’s stronghold. The attack occurred just days after over 300 schoolboys were rescued by military forces after being kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Katsina State, also the home of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari … READ MORE

Police Say 84 Hostages Rescued From Gunmen in Northern Nigeria

Nigerian police said 84 people held hostage by gunmen were freed in the northern state of Katsina. Police responding to a distress call engaged the assailants in a gunfight and they fled, Katsina Police spokesman Gambo Isah said in an emailed statement. It comes days after more than 300 schoolboys seized from a boarding school in the same state were freed by gunmen who held them for six days. Boko Haram Islamist insurgents claimed responsibility for that attack. Jihadist groups have been infiltrating the country’s northwest in recent times, even getting involved in conflicts between herders and crop farmers over grazing rights…..READ MORE

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