An overnight raid by suspected Boko Haram militants on Niger's southern border town of Abadam, kills two Nigerien Army soldiers and three civilians. And, separately, a suicide-bomb attack on Lake Chad killed three of the attackers but no one else. A military convoy was also ambushed by militants in northern Cameroon, although there were no reported deaths.
Niger's president Mahamadou Issoufou announces that an attempted coup, involving the use of aerial firepower to overthrow the government has been foiled and those behind it have been arrested. Among those taken into custody were the former military chief of staff, General Souleymane Salou, and Lt. Colonel Dan Haoua, head of the air force base in the capital Niamey.
The President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Yobe, Niger and Plateau due to violence by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. [http:--www.abc.net.au-news-2012-01-01-nigeria-declares-state-of-emergency-3753958 (AFP via ABC News Australia)]Clashes in Ebonyi State in eastern Nigeria kill at least fifty people. [http:--old.news.yahoo.com-s-nm-20111231-wl_nm-us_nigeria_clashes (Reuters via Yahoo! News)]date=August 2019 Nigeria shuts borders with the countries Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. [http:--www.thenationonlineng.net-2011-index.php-news-update-31740-jonathan-declares-state-of-emergency-in-borno-yobe-plateau-and-niger-states.html (The Nation)][https:--web.archive.org-web-20120107132718-http:--www.sunnewsonline.com-webpages-news-national-2012-jan-01-national-01-01-2012-001.html (The Sun)]Clashes in Ebonyi State in eastern Nigeria kill at least fifty people. [http:--old.news.yahoo.com-s-nm-20111231-wl_nm-us_nigeria_clashes (Reuters via Yahoo! News)]date=August 2019