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Today In Nigerian History: 17th February

Masked Sunni gunmen chant slogans during a protest against Iraq's Shiite-led government, demanding that the Iraqi army not try to enter the city, in Falluja

On this day in 2009, Gunmen attacked two oil facilities operated by Royal Dutch Shell, in Southern part of Nigeria. A local militant leader claimed responsibility for the attack in a letter and threatened further violence…

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), said they are battling to force the federal government to devote more oil-industry funds to the southern region, which remains deeply poor despite its great natural bounty.

– Also on this day in 2014, Niger security officials arrested about 20 Boko Haram Islamist militants from Nigeria who were suspected of planning attacks in Niger’s south east border town of Diffa.