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After a wave of attacks by Boko Haram, the federal government has deployed more troops and relief material to the northeast. The current governor of Borno said Nigeria is in a state of war against Boko Haram; his predecessor accused government officials of being behind some of the attacks.
Several hundred suspected Boko Haram fighters killed over 100 people in separate attacks near the Cameroon border in the villages of Baga and Izge in Borno state. The Nigerian military had begun aerial bombardments on Boko Haram hideouts in the nearby Sambisa forest, after an attack in Konduga, another Borno village, on Feb. 11 that killed at least 39 people.
Some 50 suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked the Borno state town of Askira, 200 km south of Maiduguri. While a Police Public Relations Officer confirmed that three people were killed in in a suspected Boko Haram attack, the Borno Police Commissioner insisted that the incident was purely an armed robbery and had nothing to do with Boko Haram.
President Jonathan has formally sworn in the new heads of the armed forces. At the ceremony, new Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said he would end the Boko Haram insurgency before Nigerian general elections in 2015. Badeh has also issued a press statement claiming that his promise to end the insurgency by April 2014 was misinterpreted. The Air Force says it has bombed Boko Haram positions near Damboa in Borno state; an Air Force spokesman said that those militants not killed fled across the border to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
Muhammad Nazeef, along with other suspected Boko Haram members Salami Abdullahi and Umar Musa have pled not guilty to eight charges of terrorism-related offenses. The Department of State Security Service will present its prosecution case on March 18.
A Muslim cleric who was openly critical of Boko Haram was assassinated in the Kaduna state city of Zaria. In an attempt to track Boko Haram's cross-border activities, the Nigerian government will buy three surveillance aircraft from the Czech Republic.
An IED, thought to have been planted by Boko Haram, exploded in Borno along the Gwoza-Madagali road after a passenger bus drove over it. Seven travelers were killed, and three others were injured in the attack.
A Nigerian bishop has detailed how parishioners were killed in this weekend's attack on a church in Waga Chakawa village. President Jonathan said he fired his defense staff because of rivalries between top staff members that helped enable Boko Haram to carry out its attack on the Air Force base in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram attacked twice over the weekend; in Borno, the group killed 52 people in the town of Kawuri, and in Adamawa, the group killed 22 people in an assault on a church. The UNHCR claims that 6,000 people have fled northern Nigeria for Cameroon and Niger as a result of Boko Haram attacks.
The new Chief of Defence Staff claims that he will end the Boko Haram insurgency by April. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed a teacher and wounded another person in an attack on Wulgo village, Borno state, near the border with Chad. Boko Haram is believed to have murdered 18 locals with IEDs and petrol bombs in the village of Alau Ngawo Fate.