January 13, 2013: In the northeastern city of Maiduguri troops captured Boko Haram commander Mohammed Zangina. Maiduguri has been the center of Boko Haram activity for years and Zangina was known to have been behind several major terrorist operations that were planned and prepared in Maiduguri.
January 12, 2013: The air force has sent a technical team to Mali to help the military there deal with Islamic terrorists who have taken control of northern Mali.
In the south (Ogun State) a pipeline exploded in flames while some fifty oil thieves were tapping it and preparing to haul away thousands of gallons of oil. Some 30 of the thieves died in the fire. All this occurred in a rural area of the Niger River Delta, where plundering oil pipelines is big business and often protected by corrupt local government officials and police.
January 9, 2013: Pirates in the Niger River Delta freed three Italian sailors they had kidnapped off a ship last month. A fourth captive, from Ukraine, was not mentioned. Italy would not comment on whether or not it paid ransom. Nigerian criminals know they can get ransoms of over a million dollars each for Western captives.
January 4, 2013: In the north (Zamfara State) seven people died in several incidents of religious violence. In nearby Kano State police found and disabled a car bomb. In the northeast 13 people died in the last two days from Boko Haram attacks.