2020 in Nigeria

2020
in
Nigeria

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The following is a list of events in 2020 in Nigeria.

Incumbents

Federal government

Governors

Events

January

February

March

April

  • 13 April – People of African origin, including Nigerians, have faced discrimination in Guangzhou and elsewhere in China. Africans from Nigeria, Togo and Benin have been evicted from hotels in the middle of the night, a group of African students was forced to take COVID-19 tests despite not having travelled recently, and others reported being threatened with having their visas and work permits revoked.
  • 17 April – Considerable fake news about the coronavirus is circulating in Africa.
  • 18 April – April 2020 Katsina attacks: Armed bandits kill 47 people in attacks on villages in Katsina State.
  • 19 April – Twenty-one employees of ExxonMobil from Akwa Ibom State were arrested for violating state quarantine standards in Rivers State, but were released when the union threatened industrial action. It is unknown if any of the arrested men have symptoms of infection.
  • 23 April – Nigeria has tested only 7,153 people for COVID-19, 0.03% of the population. 873 cases and 28 deaths have been reported, but the Africa Centers for Disease Control fears the numbers may go much higher.
  • 25 April – The Central Bank of Nigeria took 1.47 trillion naira ($3.8 billion) from lenders as additional cash reserves for failing to meet regulatory targets.
  • 28 April – Gravediggers in Kano report a mysterious increase in deaths. There is speculation that the deaths may be linked to the coronavirus pandemic, but no one knows since autopsies are not routinely done. Another possibility is that the deaths may be related to other underlying diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria that have gone untreated because many hospitals are closed.
  • 30 April – Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kano triple from 77 at the beginning of the week to 219 as health authorities ramp up "verbal autopsies". State officials insist most of the fatalities were due to other diseases rather than COVID-19. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, head of the presidential COVID-19 taskforce sent to Kano, said the rise in deaths was also due to cuts to medical services for other ailments as a result of the crisis.

May

  • 6 May – Olalekan Hameed is sentenced to death in a trial broadcast on Zoom for the murder of his employer's mother.
  • 15 May – A controversial plan to close Koranic schools in 19 northern states and sending ′′almajirai′′ (″pupils″) home results in spreading COVID-19. Sixty-five boys test positive in Kaduna, 91 in Jigawa, eight in Gombe, and seven in Bauchi State.
  • 18 May – Boko Haram extremists attacked a village just as people were preparing to break their Ramadan fast after sundown, killing at least 20 people in the first attack of its kind in northeastern Nigeria since the holy month began.
  • 30 May – #JusticeForUwa is trending in Nigeria, with the family of Uwavera Omozuwa family appealing for help to track down her rapists and killers in a church in Benin City, Edo State.

June

  • 9 June – Gunmen suspected of belonging to Boko Haram kill 81 villagers in Borno State. Another 20 people are killed in an attack in Katsina State.
  • 10 June – The World Trade Organization accepts the nomination of two-time Nigerian minister Okonjo-Iweala as its Director-General.
  • 11 June – An Aide-de-camp to First Lady Aisha Buhari is arrested after shooting at presidential nephew and aide Sabiu Yusuf when the latter refuses to go into self-isolation after a trip to Lagos.
  • 12 June
  • 22 June – Cross River gorillas including babies, once thought to be an extinct species, are captured on film by conservationists in the Mbe Mountains near the border with Cameroon.

July

  • 8 July – Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos reestablish domestic flights after a three-month shutdown; other airports will open soon. No date has been given for the resumption of international flights.
  • 13 July – A retired American woman was rescued by a Police Intelligence Response Team after being held hostage for 15 months by a 34-year-old man in a hotel. The man had extorted US$48,000 from her.
  • 18 July – Between three and 16 security forces died and up to 28 are wounded in an attack inside a forest near Jibia in Katsina state.
  • 23 July – Militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram several years ago, claimed responsibility for killing five aid workers who were kidnapped last month in northeastern Nigeria.
  • 29 July - Fourteen people are killed in a mass shooting in Kogi State.

August

  • 11 August – Musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, is sentenced to death by hanging in Kano State for blasphemy against Muhammad. A number of Independent UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, urged the Government to immediately release the singer.
  • 20 August – The army regains control of Kukawa, Borno, where the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had taken hundreds of captives on 18 August.
  • 23 August – Two die in clashes between security forces and Biafran separatists.
  • 25 August - Eighteen people were killed after Islamic State in West Africa militants planted an improvised explosive device on the road between Monguno and Baga, Borno.

October

November

  • 14 November – Witnesses say that soldiers shot civilians during a peaceful protest is Lagos on 20 October.
  • 28 November - Koshebe massacre: 110 civilians and peasant farmers were killed and six were wounded as they worked in rice fields in Koshebe village. It is the deadliest attack against civilians in Nigeria this year.

December

  • 8 December – Amnesty International says 10,000 civilians have died while in police custody since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2011.
  • 14 December – About half the 800 boys kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State are still unaccounted for.
  • 16 December – Seventeen of the schoolboys kidnapped by Boko Haram are rescued and two are killed; 300 are still unaccounted for.
  • 18 December – The schoolboys are released. One hundred girls kidnapped in the 2014 Chibok kidnapping are still missing.
  • 22 December – Eighty Muslim schoolboys are kidnapped and then released in Katsina State.
  • 25 December – Boku Haram militants kill eleven people and burn a church in Pemi, Borno State.
  • 29 December – The International Monetary Fund estimates the GDP of Nigeria at US$442.976 billion, making it the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world.
  • 31 December – Traditional Christian "crossover" end-of-year celebrations are subdued as churches are held to 50% capacity. Nigeria has had 85,500 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 1,260, although the actual totals may be higher because of a low testing rate.

Scheduled events

Deaths

January

  • 9 January – Chukwuemeka Ike, writer.
  • 13 January – Toyosi Arigbabuwo, actor.

February

March

April

  • 11 April – Dr. Aliyu Yakubu, doctor.
  • 15 April – Dr. Emeka Chugbo, doctor.
  • 21 April – Richard Akinjide, jurist and former Minister of Justice.
  • 30 April – Tony Allen, drummer.

June

July

August

September

October

December

See also


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