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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: Nigeria’s Vice president promises justice for those killed

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has said those killed in the past days during the ongoing protests against police brutalities will get justice. He made the promise following reports of at least 49 people dying amid the protests across the country. 43 protesters and six policemen lost their lives in the violence that erupted during the protests. The shooting by soldiers into unarmed protesters on Tuesday at the Lekki toll gate in the commercial hub Lagos has sparked global outrage. Amnesty International has said at least 12 people…

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Stranded Nigerian traders in Ghana cry out for repatriation

– Advertisement – Hundreds of Nigerian traders in Ghana have staged a protest demanding their repatriation over what they say is the inhumane treatment from the Ghanaian government. They are crying foul over the refusal of the Ghanaian authorities to reopen their shops months after they were locked up for alleged violation of Ghana’s investment laws. In September, the speaker of the Nigerian Parliament led a delegation to Ghana following an outcry over the closure of Nigerian owned shops in Ghana’s retail market. A Ghanaian delegation was also in Abuja for an…

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Ivory Coast: Campaigning for Oct. 31 presidential race begins

– Advertisement – Political parties in Ivory Coast on Thursday started campaigning officially for the presidential election on October 31. Four candidates are contesting the presidential race with key opposition figures being Pascal Affi N’Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party and former President Henri Konan Bedie, 86, for the PDCI-RDA party. A former president, Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred from contesting in the election. President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a third term in office, a decision that has sparked protests and…

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Nigerians reject new police unit to replace disbanded force

– Advertisement – What was supposed to appease Nigerians following the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has ruffled feathers among some Nigerians. Thousands of Nigerians are outraged over the unveiling of a new unit to replace the SARS accused of violating the rights of citizens including illegal detentions, assaults and shootings. According to the head of the police Mohammed Adamu the new Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) would carry out the duties handled by the unit which was disbanded after days of protests. Many angry Nigerians have taken to…

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Nigerians in Ghana demonstrate against police brutalities

– Advertisement – Some Nigerians residing in Ghana have picketed at the Nigerian High Commission in Accra. They are demanding an end to what they call police brutalities against civilians in Nigeria. The Nigerians carried placards asking the Nigerian government to sit up and end the brutalities. It took the intervention of Ghanaian security officers to end the protest. – Advertisement – Tuesday’s protest coincides with the sixth day of demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutalities which have so far claimed ten lives. The protests have been sparked by a…

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Namibians demonstrate against gender-based violence

– Advertisement – Hundreds of Namibians on Thursday hit the streets of the country’s capital Windhoek to demonstrate against recent cases of gender-based violence. They have demanded investigations and prosecution of persons who perpetuated the violence. It follows the discovery of the body of a woman in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay, south-west of the country. Hundreds of citizens have taken to the Windhoek streets this morning demanding an end to violence against women and children as well as calls for justice for Shannon Wasserfall whose suspected remains were…

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Guinea: ICC prosecutor warns of trials over clashes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned the government and the opposition in Guinea that they could face possible trials over ongoing protests and deadly clashes. At least 16 civilians have been killed since last month during demonstrations sparked by believes that President Alpha Condé intends running for office again. The protesters led by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists are opposing a possible constitutional change that could let Conde seek a third term. But the ICC‘s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou…

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At least 78 people killed in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopian officials say at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of a prominent activist. The prime minister’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told reporters on Thursday that 409 people had been detained over the unrest. She also revealed that investigations are ongoing and the death toll and number detained could rise. Activist Jawar Mohammed said that police surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail. That got his supporters to pour unto the streets last week to protest against his…

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