After months of negotiation, 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls were released by Boko Haram militants on Saturday 6 May.
At least twelve people were killed and many more injured when Fulani militants attacked Asso Village in southern Kaduna State on Easter Saturday (15 April).
On 11 January, bulldozers escorted by security forces reduced to rubble the Redeemed Christian Church of God building and the Lord Chosen Church building.
The 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram on 13 October were reunited with their families at a thanksgiving service on 16 October.
A thanksgiving service was organised for the 21 released Chibok girls at a Department of State Services health facility in Abuja on Sunday 16 October. At the service, the girls held up Bibles to signify their freedom of worship, having been forced to convert to Islam by their kidnappers.
Twenty-one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls were released on 13 October.
Nigeria’s Information Minister says negotiations for a prisoner swap almost led to the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2015, but three times the negotiations collapsed.
Rev Dr Soja Bewarang told delegates at Church in Chains’ annual conference in Dublin that “The mystery of the Chibok girls [over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014] is the shame of Nigeria.
A pastor was one of five Christians killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state, north-central Nigeria, in mid-August.
On 14 August, Boko Haram released a video showing about fifty of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked a cluster of predominantly Christian villages in Kaduna state in early August, killing 13 Christians and scattering members of three churches.