December 2: Today in Nigerian History

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1998        Dec 2, In Nigeria the military government uncovered a $2 billion fraud by members of Abacha‚Äôs family involving overpayment to Russia for a steel project.

2003        Dec 2, Nigeria dismissed a human rights report that accused the government of killing opposition activists and stifling free speech, calling the charges "jaundiced and misconceived."

2006        Dec 2, In Nigeria press reports said Abubakar Audu, a former governor of Nigeria's central state of Kogi (1999-2003), has been charged in a high court with corruption and money laundering. Audu was slammed with 80 counts of corruption and money laundering during his tenure.

2008        Dec 2, In Nigeria authorities in central Plateau state announced the arrest of 16 alleged "mercenaries" from neighboring Niger. Isa Ibrahim, the Nigerien Ambassador to Nigeria, said that those arrested had been living in Jos for several years as water vendors.

2012        Dec 2, In northeast Nigeria at least 10 people were killed in attacks likely carried out by a radical Islamist sect in Chibok village, Borno state.

2013        Dec 2, In northeastern Nigeria hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored personnel carrier attacked an air force base on the outskirts of Maiduguri before dawn. 24 insurgents were reported killed along with 2 air force personnel. Authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew following the attack.

2016        Dec 2, A Nigerian court ruled that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), should be released along with his wife after being held without charge for nearly a year by the country's security agency. Founders of the Nigerian sect were inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Shi'ite Iran.

2016        Dec 2, In central Nigeria a petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded, killing at least 14 people in the transit town of Tegina, Niger state.

2017        Dec 2, In northeastern Nigeria a female suicide bomber pretending to wait in line for food handouts detonated her explosives, killing at least 13 people at a crowded market in the town of Biu, Borno state.

Credit: Timelines.ws


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