However, events that followed proved the report to be true. Beginning from Kano in January 20, 2012, the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, unleashed mayhem on virtually all parts of the region, with the exception of Jigawa, Kwara, Nasarawa, Benue and Zamfara states.
Boko Haram attacks in 2012
Jan. 20 – A coordinated, simultaneous bombing spree that targeted seven police stations and other security formations killed at least 180 people in Kano. Among the dead was Enenche Akogwu, a reporter with Lagos-based Channels TV.
Jan. 21 – Boko Haram killed more than 140 people during a series of blasts, including a suicide bombing, and shootings in Bauchi. Boko Haram claimed credit for the attacks, which targeted police and immigration buildings in Bauchi State.
Feb. 3 – The industrial town of Ajaokuta in Kogi State was in the early hours of Feb. 3 thrown into pandemonium as armed men bombed a divisional police station and a bank in the state. The police station, which was completely burnt down from the explosions, was the first point of attack by the terrorists before they launched a similar attack on the bank.
Feb. 26 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed six Christians during an attack at a church in Jos, Plateau State.
March 11 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed three civilians in a bombing outside of a church in Jos. The suicide bomber was stopped before he could enter the premises of the church.
April 8 – Boko Haram killed 36 people and wounded dozens more in several bombings outside of a church in Kaduna on Easter Day.
April 26 – A bomb blast rocked the ThisDay office in Jabi, Abuja. It was carried out by a suicide bomber who drove into the media house before detonating the bomb, blowing off the roof of the building. Another blast was also reported at the ThisDay office in Kaduna the same day.
April 30 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a police convoy in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State.
June 3 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 15 people in an attack on a church in Bauchi.
June 8 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber kills four people in an attack outside a police station in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
June 10 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber kills three people in an attack outside a church in Jos.
June 17 – Boko Haram men kill 48 people in suicide attacks on churches in Kaduna and Zaria. The terror group claimed credit for the attacks. Three other churches were bombed same day. During the month, more than 100 people died in attacks on three churches in Kaduna, a city on the border of the Muslim north and the predominantly Christian south.
July 13 – A suicide bomber kills five people in an attack at a mosque in Maiduguri.
July 30 – A suicide bomber kills a policeman in an attack at a government office in Sokoto.
Aug. 3 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber wounded several people in a failed attack outside of a mosque in Potiskum, Yobe State.
Aug. 5 – A suicide bomber kills five soldiers in an attack in Damaturu, Yobe State.
Aug. 15 – A suicide bomber kills three civilians in a failed attempt to target a vehicle belonging to the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri.
Sept – The group attacks mobile phone masts belonging to nine telecommunications companies. The Army announces it has killed at least 35 suspected members of Boko Haram.
Sept. 23 – A suicide bomber kills a woman and a child in an attack at a Catholic church in Bauchi.
Oct. 5, 6, 8 – An online report quotes the Nigeria Security Tracker, a research project of the United States independent think tank as naming October 2012 as Nigeria’s deadliest month in the 16-month period since June 2011 in terms of terror attacks. “In that month, three days of ongoing attacks by Boko Haram in the northern state of Yobe left at least 30 people dead, including a former government official. In Borno State, the military went on the rampage after a bomb attack injured two soldiers, killing at least 30 civilians.” The NST added that in Benue, communal conflict resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people and the destruction of homes and farmlands.
Oct. 28 – A Boko Haram suicide bomber drives an explosives-packed jeep into a Catholic church in Kaduna, killing at least eight people and wounding over 100.
Nov. 25 – A suicide bomber drives an explosives-packed bus into a church at a military base in Kaduna, followed by a suicide bomber in a car outside the church; the blasts killed 11 people and wounded over 30.
Dec. 22 – Suicide bombers attacked the offices of South Africa’s MTN and India’s Airtel in the city of Kano.