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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.

Boko Haram attacked Banki town, killing a policeman and civilians. President Jonathan appointed an air force officer from the northeast as the chief of defense after purging his defense staff.

A suspected Boko Haram car bomb attack has killed at least 29 people in Maiduguri. The former governor of Borno insists that the ruling APC party was behind the blast, not Boko Haram.

In Maiduguri, 17 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram suicide bombing. The federal government has been given seven days by the High Court to bring charges against Mohammed Nazeef Yunus.

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.

Up to 38 Boko Haram fighters were killed in an attempted attack on a military base in Damboa, Borno state. Nigerian soldiers also recovered three vehicles, one of which was laden with IEDs.

In Kaduna state, suspected Boko Haram militants killed four policemen. In a central Nigerian village, 30 people were killed as a result of ethnic and religious hostility.

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.

The military killed 56 Boko Haram fighters in Alafa forest in Borno state, during a raid aimed at ensuring a peaceful holiday period. Two government soldiers were also wounded in the battle, while Boko Haram militants were seen fleeing toward Chad and Niger. In a major reshuffle, the army chiefs of logistics and armored corps, as well as the general in charge of the anti-Boko Haram campaign in the northeast, have all been replaced.

The army claimed it killed at least 50 Boko Haram members fleeing towards Cameroon yesterday and destroyed over 20 of the group's vehicles; 15 soldiers and five civilians are also said to have been killed in the clash. The army chief of staff testified that eight "squatters" killed by soldiers in Apo three months ago were suspected Boko Haram members who had opened fire on the troops.

Suspected Islamist militants stormed a factory in Kano, shooting at workers and taking the owner, a Lebanese man, hostage; a man and a woman were wounded in the attack. President Jonathan said that recent accusations by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo threatened national security and "set the stage for subversion."

Kabiru Umar, who plotted Boko Haram's 2011 Christmas Day attack on a Catholic church in Niger state, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Boko Haram attacked another military base in Borno, this time in the town of Bama.

The military killed 12 Boko Haram fighters in Adamawa state. Nigeria has unveiled a locally produced UAV aimed to bolster domestic defense. One Greek and one Ukrainian were kidnapped when their oil tanker was seized by pirates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would refuse to hold elections in 2015 in states under emergency rule. The governor of Borno state objected, saying that suspending elections during emergency rule because of Boko Haram would be a setback in the fight against terror.

Reports suggest a Boko Haram attack on Arboko village in Borno left four dead. According to the UN, more than 1,200 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks since May.

An army spokesman claimed that Boko Haram's numbers have been decimated as a result of a recent military offensive . Boko Haram threatened renewed attacks on specific locations in Maiduguri.

Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the Dec. 2 Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri. At least 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed yesterday near the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway; an unconfirmed report stated that six Boko Haram fighters were arrested in connection to the attack.

At least nine people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway. The military has claimed that Boko Haram is forcefully conscripting in Borno to replenish its numbers.