#BBOGCountDownTo6Weeks: Week 3 News Briefs

28 February, 2015

Nigeria is advancing against Boko Haram

Thousands protest against Boko Haram and rally support for the military in Cameroon

1 March, 2015

Boko Haram attacks community on Niger side of Lake Chad


A teenage girl suspected to be a suicide bomber is beaten to death by an angry mob in Bauchi, (Northeast Nigeria). But the police say it is unlikely that she was a bomber



2 March, 2015

Releasing Chibok girls information’ll damage ties with Nigeria, the British government says



Nigerian troops gun down 73 Boko Haram troops in a fresh offensive on Konduga


Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying



3 March, 2015

President Jonathan says careful consideration is being given to prevent civilian casualties and human rights abuses in the offensive against Boko Haram


1.65 million Nigerians have been displaced by Boko Haram, the Federal Government and the United Nations say


Nigerian troops have liberated 30 communities from Boko Haram in Yobe state (Northeast Nigeria), media sources say


Boko Haram kills over 60 in an attack on Njaba, Borno (Northeast Nigeria)


Residents of Gombi, Adamawa (Northeast Nigeria) sight a helicopter in military colours depositing weapons suspected to be bombs behind Gombi hills. The police in the state say they were expired bombs been disposed of


Cameroon’s security forces are predicting a drawn-out battle with Boko Haram as evidence filters out that the insurgents are now recruiting there


Officials from Chad, Niger and Cameroon say lack of cooperation from Nigeria hampers efforts to put together a regional Multinational Joint Taskforce, MNJTF against Boko Haram


Landmines obstruct Cameroon and Chad in offensive against Boko Haram



4 March, 2015

Suspected female teenage suicide bomber murdered by a mob is confirmed by the police to have been innocent and suffering from a mental illness


Boko Haram remote control bomb kills two Niger soldiers


President Idriss Deby of Chad calls on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to surrender immediately before he is captured. Says Chad knows exactly where Shekau is hiding


A 41-year-old son of a Nigerian former Chief Justice of the Federation may have left Nigeria along with his family for Syria to join the terrorist group ISIS, which is suspected to have ties with Boko Haram


(Note: The Federal Government had alerted last week of ISIS recruiting especially young Nigerians schooling abroad


Nigeria is achieving results in its fight against Boko Haram, says Defence spokesman


Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh denies that the renewed offensive against Boko Haram is political


Nigerian Defence spokesman addresses a media conference, assures that the military won’t relent until total victory against Boko Haram is achieved



5 March, 2015

Nigeria’s President Jonathan says abducted Chibok schoolgirls are alive because Boko Haram hasn’t released a video of their execution


President Jonathan meets privately with parents of abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Maiduguri, media reports say


Abducted Chibok schoolgirls may not be found, says Nigerian minister


Nigerian military has destroyed Boko Haram stronghold, damaging its command and control centre, says the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu


Boko Haram may be using the abducted Chibok schoolgirls as shields say military sources


Boko Haram fighters amass in Gwoza (purported capital of their Islamic caliphate), and murder residents


Nigeria may have rejected the cooperation of South Africa in an African Union, AU force to combat Boko Haram but rather hired South African mercenaries, says South African media sources


40% of seized Boko Haram weapons are made in France, says the Chadian government



6 March, 2015

President Jonathan says he feels the pain of the Chibok community as he lays the foundation for rebuilding the devastated school where 276 schoolgirls were abducted over 10 months ago, in their absence


The President or his representative did not meet with Chibok parents, says Manasseh Allen, the Chibok nation’s spokesperson


Chadian President Idriss Deby claims that Chad it was that unilaterally decided on the committed war against Boko Haram; with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan stalling the process at every turn.

Chad also says Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau escaped at Dikwa with Nigerian intervention


Boko Haram killed hundreds of Nigerians in Dikwa (Northeast Nigeria) after Nigeria stalled Chad’s advance against Boko Haram, media sources say


Fleeing Njaba residents say they are unwilling to return after Boko Haram onslaught



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