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EndSARS: Nigeria’s Buhari urges calm as probe into brutalities begin

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is calling for calm as a probe begins into police abuses in the commercial hub of Lagos. The probe is being handled by the judicial panel and is a key demand of the End SARS protesters who want prosecution of police officers indicted of abuse. They are also demanding prosecution of victims of police brutalities or their relatives. Lagos state which is the first of Nigeria’s 36 states to set up a panel has asked people to submit complaints. In a tweet, President Buhari said the inquiry…

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Nigeria: At least 69 killed in anti-police brutality protests

– Advertisement – The Nigerian presidency has said that at least sixty-nine people have been killed so far across the country in protests against police brutality. A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted by the BBC as saying that those killed include eleven police officers and seven soldiers. On Tuesday at least twelve protesters were killed when soldiers opened fire on them at the Lekki tollgate. The Nigerian army denied deploying those uniformed men to shoot at protesters, despite enough evidence to proof otherwise. On Thursday, President Buhari…

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EndSARS: Nigerians not impressed with President Buhari’s speech

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday addressed citizens in a televised broadcast 48 hours after soldiers opened fire on protesters at Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. At least twelve people were killed in Tuesday’s incident which sparked outrage globally. President Buhari said he wasn’t happy with the loss of lives noting that “I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of…

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AU, Ecowas condemned for keeping mute on crisis in Nigeria

– Advertisement – The African Union and West African regional bloc Ecowas have been condemned widely by many Africans for keeping silent on ongoing violence in Nigeria. Protesters in Nigeria have been demanding at end to police brutalities forcing the government to disband the notorious police unit called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The government then replaced the disbanded unit with a new one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars. Protests have however continued for days with citizens not…

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Nigeria disbands notorious police unit after protests from citizens

– Advertisement – But with protests spreading across the world, the government announced the eventual disbandment of the police unit. PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard. — Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020 Officers in the Sars squad are accused of unlawful arrests, torture and murder. There are many who are not happy that officers from the unit will be redeployed to other units. –…

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Opinion: Nigeria at 60 — The young make the difference

– Advertisement – Nigeria gained independence from colonial rule on October 1, 1960. It was a time of great excitement for Nigerians, who were bursting with ideas for what they could accomplish as an independent nation. In 1963, Nigeria adopted a new constitution and became a republic, with Nnamdi Azikiwe as president and Tafawa Balewa as prime minister. At this point, the country still had a semblance of democracy. In 1966, army officers made a move to overthrow the government. Several other coups followed. A civil war led to unimaginable…

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Lifting sanctions on Mali may take longer than expected

– Advertisement – On Sunday Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an interim president. It however indicated that sanctions could be lifted when a civilian prime minister is appointed. Despite meeting that condition, it appears Ecowas isn’t willing to lift sanctions on Mali immediately. – Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Nigeria’s Buhari extends border closure to 2020

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the current closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to January 31, 2020. Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with Benin. A memo…

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Nigeria: Buhari orders raid on religious ‘torture schools’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered massive clampdown on illegal religious schools across Nigeria. These Islamic schools called rehabilitation centres are reportedly subjecting children in their care to torture and other inhumane activities. On Saturday authorities freed nearly 150 students from one of such centres in northern Nigeria which claimed it was teaching the children about Koran. That was the fourth such operation in a month, bringing the total number of children freed from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000. Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai…

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Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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