Weekly Nigerian News – 12.28.20

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Mr. & Mrs. Gali hold a picture of their daughter Patience, who was kidnapped on Christmas 2019 and still being held.

At least 10 dead in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
The jihadist group Boko Haram killed at least 10 people including four security personnel in raids on three villages in northeast Nigeria, local and security sources told AFP on Sunday. Fighters in six trucks attacked the villages of Shafa, Azare, and Tashan Alade in Borno state on Saturday and set fire to homes and public buildings while firing sporadically at residents. “They killed 10 people and burned homes, shops and churches”, said Sani Mohammed, head of an anti-jihadist militia…READ MORE

Boko Haram kills 11, abducts priest in Christmas Eve attack on Christian village
A predominantly Christian village in Nigeria was attacked on Christmas Eve, leaving several people dead. At least 11 people were killed in the attack on Pemi village in Borno state, according to AFP news agency. A church was also set on fire and the priest abducted, the news agency reports.  The attack has been blamed on Boko Haram, a militant group that has been terrorizing Christian communities across the northeast of Nigeria for years. A local leader told AFP that gunmen rode into the village on trucks and motorbikes, and started shooting indiscriminately. “The terrorists killed seven people, burned 10 homes and looted food supplies that were meant to be distributed to residents to celebrate Christmas,” militia leader Abwaku Kabu said…READ MORE

Nigeria: Insecurity – 2020, the Most Violent Year in Nigeria
With the decapitation of 78 farmers in Borno State, the killing of 38 policemen in the aftermath of the #EndSARs protests hijacked by hoodlums, and the kidnap of 334 Katsina Schoolboys, the year 2020, was a year like no other, writes Kingsley Nwezeh. In all the years that Nigeria battled security challenges, the year 2020 stood out as the most violent. From insurgency to armed banditry, rampant kidnapping and the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests hijacked by hoodlums, killing of IPOB members and youths in the South-east, the nation convulsed in violence all year long. In spite of several fierce encounters between the military, security agencies and insurgents as well as other criminal gangs, there was no end in sight to the ravaging violence in the outgoing year. The military has stayed on the narrative that insurgents were technically defeated but the terrorists have wrecked more havoc with the military equally decimating scores of insurgents with intensified bombing campaigns in the North-east and North-west…READ MORE

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