A United Nations aid helicopter was attacked by militants in northeastern Nigeria. The attack on Saturday claimed the lives of two civilians. It is alleged that militants attacked Damasak area in Borno State and opened fire on the helicopter, but none of the crew members were injured.
Residents of Nigeria’s major cities can breathe a sigh of relief as lockdown restrictions brought about by the deadly coronavirus pandemic are to be eased. The President, Muhammadu Buhari, made the announcement on Monday night through a televised address. He revealed that there would a gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions.
The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) brutally executed a group of its hostages, most of whom were Christians. ISWAP released a 56-second video produced by “news agency” Telegram, claiming to show the killing of eleven Christians in Nigeria. In the footage, a captive in the middle is shot dead while the rest are pushed to the ground and beheaded. ISWAP said that it spared two of its captives. The video was released on December 26, and analysts say it was appropriately timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations. Another video circulated early this month that showed the group pleading for help.
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered a speedy and thorough investigation on an incident in which five inmates were electrocuted in Ikoyi prison. “The law recommends in this instance a coroner’s inquest which will reveal what the exact cause of the death was, but beyond that, we will look into everything about it, the circumstances, the how, why and generally the cause of this,” he said.
Nigerian police rescued 300 people on Thursday, mostly children and young people, who were being held in a building advertised as a special Islamic school. At least 100 had been chained in the “torture house” in Kaduna, in the north of the country. Police say the children were victims of torture and rape during their stay.
Twenty seven people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day, each and every day over the last six days. That was an average of five attacks per day. The overall number of attacks has increase but the number of deaths has declined three weeks in a row.
The most horrific Islamic attacks last week were in a northeast Nigerian village as the militants struck the village of Ngamngam in Borno state, near the border with Niger. The Islamic insurgents executed at least 20 locals on their farms, while many of the rest fled to the nearby town of Damasak, a government and a security source claimed.