On this day in 2005, Togo turned away a plane carrying Nigerian peacemakers, drawing threats of sanctions and accusations from Nigeria that it was blocking efforts to resolve a crisis widely condemned as a military coup…
– Also on this day in 2010, Goodluck Jonathan, the Vice President at the time removed the powerful Justice Minister in his first major action since assuming executive powers in the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua. The outgoing Justice Minister and Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa had been among the group of ministers who held out most strenuously against formally transferring power to Jonathan.
– In 2012, also on this day, the officers from the State Security Service and soldiers raided a home in Mutum Biyu, Taraba state, where Kabiru Sokoto, alleged mastermind of a radical Islamist sect’s Christmas Day church bombing was hiding.
Sokoto had escaped a day after his arrest, and they later found him behind a rack of drying laundry where he was hiding. Two explosions went off outside a customs building in Maiduguri, killing four bombers and wounding two soldiers.