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Nigerians hold vigil for victims of Police brutality

– Advertisement – Thousands of Nigerians on Sunday gathered across the country to hold a vigil to remember those who were killed by members of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The notorious police unit has been accused of brutality and human rights crimes, sparking protests. Members of the SARS unit were accused of committing extrajudicial killings and torture. Protests over recent killings carried out allegedly by some of the members of SARS have received support globally. The decision by the government to disband the unit did not even appease citizens but…

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Founder of Nigeria’s notorious police unit SARS ‘feels guilty’

– Advertisement – Fulani Kwajafa founded the recently disbanded and hated police unit the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 1984. But years later the unit has become a point of hate and agitations among the citizens its officers were supposed to protect. Members of the SARS unit were accused of committing extrajudicial killings and torture. Recent killings carried out allegedly by some of the members of SARS sparked protests in Nigeria, receiving support globally. Kwajafa told the BBC that he feels sad and guilty about the notorious image of the…

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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial halted over ‘unexplained illness’

– Advertisement – Another major drug producer, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial. The announcement on Monday night according to the company is due to one of the volunteers coming down with an “unexplained illness.” In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said that under its guidelines, the “participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated” by the study’s independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB), as well as internal clinical and safety physicians. It said “adverse events — illnesses, accidents, etc. — even those that…

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WHO says COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who gave the signal did not elaborate further though. He said “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.” Tedros made this comment in closing remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board meeting that examined the global response to the pandemic. He called for solidarity and political…

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Liberia’s Weah angry at ‘rude citizens’ asking him for money

– Advertisement – Liberia’s President George Weah has expressed anger at some of his citizens who continue to ask him for favours but refuse to show him respect. According to the Liberian leader, he receives on daily basis numerous text messages from many citizens especially young people. But the tone of the messages according to him is distasteful and full of insults from people claiming to be his supporters. In a sermon on Sunday, the FrontPage Africa newspaper quoted the President as saying that “1000 persons who text me, 999…

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Zambia: Young people drop out of school due to Covid-19

– Advertisement – Some young people in some underprivileged communities in Zambia may not return to school this year, despite all education institutions having re-opened, because a number have either been married off or/and fallen pregnant during the months that the schools were closed. Others are just staying home, because their parents are more comfortable with them being away from school, for fear that it may still not be safe for them to be in a school environment, while the country is still recording COVID-19 infections on a daily basis.…

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Covid-19: Africa’s young population, hot climate slowed infections

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization has said that it has identified some factors that potentially played a role in slowing down the Coronavirus infection rate in Africa. There have been over 1.4 million confirmed COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 1.1 million recoveries & 34,000 deaths cumulatively. In a publication by the WHO’s Africa region, it said “A mix of socio-ecological factors such as low population density and mobility, hot and humid climate, lower age group, interacting to accentuate their individual effects, are likely…

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Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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Africa World 

Fighting sexual harassment in African media houses

A multimedia campaign on sexual harassment in media houses across Africa dubbed #TimesUpAfriMedia has been launched by a group of media organizations. The campaign is meant to start series of activities to commemorate the UN’s 16 Days of Activism. African women journalists working in newsrooms, those within the media landscape as well as the associations that support them are backing the campaign. Groups behind the initiative said in a statement that the aim of the campaign “is to link arms and aims to call out the harassment and call in…

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Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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