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Timeline of Boko Haram news and attacks (August – September, 2014)

AUGUST 11: Boko Haram militants raided villages in Borno state in the northeast of Nigeria, killing 28 and kidnapping a further 97. Scores of homes were set on fire. Boko Haram was said to have taken over Gwoza town.

AUGUST 24: The northeastern town of Gwoza in Borno state, which was seized earlier this month by Boko Haram militants, has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, the group’s leader said in a video. He said: “Thanks be to Allah, who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate” in the 52-minute video obtained by Agence France Presse (AFP).

AUGUST 28:  Australia-based international negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, who for four months was involved in negotiations on behalf of the Federal Government with commanders of Boko Haram for the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the sect last April, has named a former Governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, as sponsors of sect, Boko Haram.

SEPTEMBER 17: Two gunmen set off explosives at the Federal College of Education, Kano state, then started shooting, killing at least 13 people in the latest of a series of attacks by militants in the north. Kano state police commissioner, Adelere Shinaboa, said the attackers got on the Federal College of Education campus in Kano after opening fire at a checkpoint.

SEPTEMBER 18: Boko Haram militants, dressed in military uniforms, ‘killed several’ as they loot market in Manok, 56 kilometres from Maiduguri. The attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade and shot randomly, they looted food which they loaded onto trucks abandoned by fleeing traders, witnesses said.

SEPTEMBER 19:  Few days after some suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked Federal College of Education in Kano, killing 20, another attack has been reported in two colleges in the city. Chaos struck Kano State Polytechnic and Aminu Kano Legal School this afternoon after students reported that they saw gunmen firing at people at random.

On hearing the news, students scampered for safety with many left injured.

SEPTEMBER 23: A top military source had claimed that two Toyota Hiace buses with the Chibok girls on board were driven into the Maimalari Barracks, headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in

Maiduguri, in the evening. When contacted, Defence spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, confirmed the development. He said the exercise was still ongoing and that appropriate statement would be made soon.

SEPTEMBER 24: Some suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect attacked Shaffa and Shindiffu villages of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state killing Pastor Eliud Gwamna Mshelizza of the Living Faith Church, a teacher at Government Girls Secondary School, Shaffa and another 18, mostly Christians.

SEPTEMBER 25: Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said that the Federal Government was more interested in members of the Boko Haram sect laying down their arms than in the death of its leader, Abubakar Shekau. Maku spoke while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President, Namadi Sambo in the absence of the president who was away at the United Nations (UN).

SEPTEMBER 27: Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, revealed how Ali Modu Sheriff is sponsoring members of the Islamic extremist sect, Boko Haram, while commending the killing of Abubakar Shekau’s impostor.

According to him, the real Shekau was killed more than a year ago. He said Sheriff sponsors many boys to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, where they are recruited by Boko Haram, before being sent for training in Mali and in Nigeria.

-MICHAEL NWOKIKE

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