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Nigeria’s President Buhari orders lifting of ban on Twitter

– – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the ban on social media giant Twitter can now be lifted. In a speech on Friday to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence day celebration, President Buhari said he had directed that the ban on the operations of Twitter, in Nigeria be lifted conditionally. That condition includes meeting demands from the Nigerian government related to National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content. He said “Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out…

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Nigeria’s President Buhari travels to UK for ‘medical check-up’

– – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to the UK on Tuesday for a “routine medical check-up”, according to his office. His spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement that Mr. Buhari “proceeds to London, the United Kingdom, Tuesday March 30, 2021, for a routine medical check-up.” “The president meets with security chiefs first in the morning, after which he embarks on the journey,” Mr Adesina added. Mr. Buhari will return home in the second week of April, the statement further noted. Traveling to the UK for medical check-up…

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Nigeria: Hundreds of pupils missing after gun attack

– – Hundreds of Nigerian students are reported missing after gunmen attacked the Government Science Secondary School. Over 800 students were in the school when the gunmen arrived on motorbikes and started shooting indiscriminately in the north western part of Nigeria. The Nigerian military has announced that it had exchanged fire with the gunmen after locating their hideout in a forest. There are however no reports of students being injured. Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who condemned the attack has ordered the school to carry out a full audit of students to find…

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Nigeria: Lawmakers summon Buhari over rice farm massacre

– – Nigerian lawmakers have summoned the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killing of some farmers in north-east Borno State. At least 43 people were believed to have been killed with their bodies recovered on a rice farm, an attack reportedly carried out by Boko Haram. Lawmakers have been debating the issue and described is as urgent national importance. Local media reports of many more farmers still missing with the army faulted for not stopping such killings. President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying that “the entire country…

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

– – 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 had…

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

– – 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 said…

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EndSARS: Nigerians not impressed with President Buhari’s speech

– – 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 the…

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AU, Ecowas condemned for keeping mute on crisis in Nigeria

– – 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 satisfied…

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Nigeria disbands notorious police unit after protests from citizens

– – 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

– – 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 loss…

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