Today In Nigerian History: 8th February

Boko Haram

On this day in 2013, gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram insurgent group shot and killed at least nine women who were taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Kano…

Kano State Police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris immediately ordered the arrest of three radio journalists for allegedly being responsible for the killings.  Police claimed on-air comments about a vaccination campaign in the area sparked the attacks.

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Also on this day in 2007, Benin, Nigeria, and Togo formed a new regional body aimed at fast-tracking the integration of their economies.  The body, known as the Co-Prosperity Alliance Zone (COPAZ), was formally inaugurated following a mini-summit of Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo, Benin’s President Boni Yayi and Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe.


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