Today In Nigerian History: 20th January

Boko Haram

On this day in 2012 after Friday prayers, a group of gunmen in police uniforms entered five police buildings and freed all of the inmates. They proceeded to bomb the buildings, as well as two immigration offices and the local office of the State Security Service in Kano…

After which they drove around the city in cars and motorcycles, shooting pedestrians and battling with police.

Television reporter, Enenche Akogwu, shot while covering the aftermath of the terrorist attack, was amongst the dead that fateful day.

Boko Haram dropped letters written in Hausa at the site of the attacks, announcing that they were protesting the continued detention of Boko Haram members and directly contacted the press to claim responsibility for the attacks.

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