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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.
Boko Haram has killed at least 12 civilians in Gashigar village near the border with Niger; three more villagers drowned while trying to escape. Some 60 shops and eight vehicles were also destroyed in the attack.
Three men were arrested for defrauding the Nigerian government of over $400,000; the men claimed to be Boko Haram leaders and convinced the government that they could persuade others to drop arms and embrace dialogue. Over 1,000 people have been arrested as the Nigerian military clamped down on illegal oil refineries.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed five people in Borno in an attack involving guns and IEDs. A Borno state senator, accused of sponsoring Boko Haram in 2011, was injured when he was caught up in a Nigerian Air Force operation against the insurgents.
President Jonathan ordered the military to immediately release 165 people apprehended in connection to Boko Haram. All of the suspects are from the three northeastern states under emergency rule: 157 from Borno, nine from Yobe, and one from Adamawa.
President Goodluck Jonathan said that Boko Haram is a temporary threat that will soon be overcome. One person has died after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village of Buratai in Borno state. Unknown perpetrators bombed the High Court in Ahoada, in southern Rivers state.
Maiduguri airport is to be closed until March 2014 after Boko Haram insurgents destroyed crucial equipment. The Nigerian military is issuing letters of retirement to senior officers, including 40 generals, to take effect in January 2014.