Today In Nigerian History: 19th Febraury

Boko Haram

On this day in 2005, Soldiers, Sailors and Police descended on Odioma, a village located in Bayelsa State, to hunt down a local militia leader and black magic guru who was accused of murdering twelve (12) people from Obiaku in Abia State. ..

Odioma is the village where oil was found by Shell Nigeria. It was largely destroyed in February 2005, when soldiers burned buildings, killed perhaps 17 villagers and defiled women, ostensibly in revenge for previous killings by local rebels.

Also on this day in 2012, a bomb planted in an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle of a worship service in Suleja, Niger State, wounded five people amid a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect.

Nigerian warplanes bombarded training camps and caches of weapons and vehicles belonging to the Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeasterly Sambisa forest on this day in 2015. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen hit the village of Ladi-Shehuri, where they killed and burned a man in his car. Soldiers from Konduga, Borno State responded and killed about a dozen of the attackers.

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