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UNITED STATES CONDEMNS EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE ON UNARMED PROTESTERS IN NIGERIA

The United States on Thursday condemned what it called excessive use of force by the Nigerian military for firing on unarmed demonstrators.

Amnesty International says at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a brutal crackdown on protesters Tuesday that drew international condemnation.”We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Nigeria’s army has dubbed as “fake news” reports that soldiers opened fire on demonstrators.
Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi told the BBC that troops were not ordered to open fire on protesters.

Pompeo said that those involved “should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.”
“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles,” Pompeo said.

BREAKING: Anonymous hacks DSTV, GOTV channels, all stations currently available for free

Anonymous has hacked the DSTV and GOTV channels in Nigeria.

Currently, both handles are showing all channels for free across the country.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited has confirmed this as editors have tested and found that its working for free.

More details to follow.

Ezu River Killings: Our Position-MASSOB

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) under Comrade Uchenna Madu have frowned at the calculated misinformation and falsehood orchestrated by enemies of truth to deceive Ndigbo and general public on the inhuman and callous killings of members of MASSOB , whose bodies were dumped at Ezu River.

It will be recalled that on the 9th of January, 2013, nine members of MASSOB, namely, Basil Ogbu, Michael Ogwa, Sunday Omogo, Philip Nwankpa, Eze Ndubisi, Ebuka Eze, Obinna Ofor, Joseph Udoh, and Uchechukwu Ejiofor and other arrested suspects detained at the Anambra State headquarters of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu under the bizarre command of ASP James Nwafo(Rtd), were murdered in cold blood, their bodies were dumped at Ezu River which later become afloat.

We remember the agony and pains which MASSOB and family relations of our slain members went through. Their families have not recovered from the psychological trauma Mr. James Nwafo and murderous gang of SARS inflicted on them.

MASSOB representatives led by our leader who was the then National Director of Information and other National officials represented MASSOB at Awka during the panel of inquiry conducted by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and National Security. MASSOB also attended another panel with the relations of our murdered members at the Senate Chambers, Abuja.

Both committees of Police Affairs and National Security of the Senate failed to uphold justice for our slain members.

MASSOB insists with evidence that Awkuzu SARS led by Mr. James Nwafor murdered our members and other arrested suspects. The killing has nothing to do with Mr Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State as alleged or the Government of Anambra State.

In fact the Government of Anambra State then was committed to unearthing the truth behind the dumped bodies, and supported the panel of inquiry through the office of Secretary to the State Government.

MASSOB urges the administration of Gov Willie Obiano to set up another Panel of Inquiry on the matter. MASSOB is willing to testify and even expose other atrocious acts of SARS and entire Nigeria Police Force against the innocent citizens.

Comrade Edeson Samuel.
National Director of Information.
MASSOB

List of international stars who have joined #EndSARS/#EndSWAT and what they said

A number of notable international musicians, footballers and preachers have given their voices to the ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria and the call for reforms in the force.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited monitored the social network and below is a number of tweets by some of these stars who have identified with the Nigerian youth community in the calls.

Canadian-American legendary musician, Celine Dion:

‘My heart is melting after reading what is going on in Nigeria…#EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality”

Kanye West: “I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality.”

Manchester United Midfielder, Paul Pogba:
“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria.”

American music producer and rapper, Sean “Diddy” Combs simply tweeted: 👊🇳🇬#ENDSARS.

Senegalese-American Rapper Akon also wrote on his Twitter handle “Nigeria is one of the country I love so much and I wanna join my little bro@wizkidayo to protest SARS. So I say together we will #EndSWAT and #SARSMUSTENDNOW

American rapper Jay-Z:
I’ve always had an ancestral connection with Nigeria. That’s why I’ve decided to put a crack on the ice by breaking my silent. My family and I lend our voices to support Nigerian youths on #SARSMUSTENDNOW and #EndSWAT

African-American preacher TD Jakes: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one indirectly affects all- Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
#EndSARS

American rapper Cardi B is among those who reacted to the #EndSARS protest in the country.

The music star’s reaction came after a Nigerian informed her about the situation in the country.

“Madam @iamcardib, Trump is not your only problem. Your beloved Nigeria is currently in a state of pandemonium. We are not safe!! If you’ve ever loved this country, please help use your platform to create more awareness for us. Enough is enough! #EndSarsProtests #EndSARSNow!!”

On Sunday, American singer Drake shared an #EndSARS post from Grace Ladoja, the Nigerian-British talent manager and socialist who is best known for being Skepta’s manager:

“Pls check this post from my family for the info @graceladoja,” Drake captioned the post along with a Nigerian flag emoji.

Kranium, Chance the Rapper, Lil Baby, and City Girls joined in the campaign too.

See their tweets:
Kranium: We are humans and we all share earth together ! Do not be silent do not be afraid the Internet is here for us to get news faster than ever please pay attention and bring awareness to what you believe and stand for with that said I STAND WITH THE PEOPLE IN NIGERIA 🇳🇬 #EndSARS

— Kranium (@therealkranium) October 9, 2020

Lil Baby: #EndSarsNow Word To 🇳🇬

— Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) October 9, 2020

Chance the Rapper: #EndSARS NOW #ENDSARSNOW
I just started reading up on this travesty taking place in Nigeria. If you have more info to dispense in the replies I’m all ears https://t.co/SKZIizxHE8

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 9, 2020

City Girls:#EndSARS period. 🇳🇬🙏🏾

— City Girls (@citygirls) October 9, 2020.

American singer-songwriter Trey Songz tweeted that after doing some research he would like to “speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL. I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear whats happening.”

Songz added: “Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS.” He also quoted a tweet by Davido on the matter and said: “I stand with you”

American rapper Big Sean on his Twitter page said: “Love to Nigeria, Nigerian roots!!! #EndSarsNow “

Ensuring the Rights and Powers of the Girl Child, by Hon Chima Obieze

The National Child Welfare Policy of 1989 defines a child as anybody who is 12 years or below. However, a draft decree put into law has now set the age of the child in Nigeria as 18 years or below. It is pertinent to note that this age definition of the Convention is already in practice under municipal laws.

The International Day of the Girl Child is here again (every 11th October with this year’s theme- Our Voice, Our Equal Future) as it focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote Girls’ Empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This article is committed to celebrating this day by amplifying the voices and rights of girls everywhere; that all girls have access to quality education and a dignified life. This is also a day to highlight girls’ needs and the particular problems they can face, and drive efforts that meet these needs and fulfill their rights – not benevolently for them, but in partnership with them. This is because the Girl Child is not a stranger or someone far away. The Girl Child is your Daughter, your Sister and your Mother who gave birth to you and your Wife was once a girl child. As a result, there is no gain saying that if the Girl Child is effectively supported during the adolescent years, they have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household partners and political leaders.

The Children’s Rights Act of 2003 expands the human rights bestowed to citizens in Nigeria’s 1999 constitution as amended to children. To this end, this article examines the application of girl-child rights in Nigeria. Let me clearly state that the rights of the girl-child in Nigeria continues to be violated despite the very many provisions of the law guaranteeing such rights in domestic and international instruments. In my opinion, these violations persist because of various factors such as the patriarchal social system adopted in Nigeria, the very high illiteracy rate of the Nigerian public especially in the rural area, our ever present customary laws which treat the girl-child and in fact women generally as subservient to the man and with limited opportunities under custom to maximize potentials, the various religious beliefs that insist that a woman’s individuality should be subject to the man who is superior and so on. Going further however, probing the application of girl-child rights in Nigeria; you find that despite the copious provision of rights in various Statute books, these laws remain very remote to the average Nigerian especially in the rural areas where customary law still holds sway. You will also discover that the pervasive culture of silence in the face of violations borne out of fear of possible stigma coupled with great poverty resulting from customarily conspired rules which deny the girl-child the right to engage in some economic activities or even to enjoy the proceeds of efforts in the presence of the men-folk have continually guaranteed the continued violations of the rights of the girl-child.

Furthermore; according to verified data, Nigeria has a population of about 200million people with 46% currently under the age of 15. The current total for children under the age of 5 stands at nearly 31 million while each year at least 7 million babies are born.
According to UNICEF, 44% of girls in Nigeria are married before their 18th birthday and 18% are married before the age of 15. The UNICEF report also states that Nigeria has the third highest absolute number of child brides in the world – 3,538,000 – and the 11th highest prevalence rate of child marriage globally. Child marriage is most common in the North West and North East of Nigeria, where 68% of women aged 20-49 were married before their 18th birthday. Child marriage is particularly common among Nigeria’s poorest and rural households. Now, do you know that a 2017 World Bank study estimates that child marriage costs Nigeria USD7.6 billion in lost earnings and productivity every year? In addition, succinctness would fail me to give details of other challenges the Girl Child faces today in Nigeria and globally such as:

i) Access to Education (most times caused by giving the male-child education priority, early marriage/ early pregnancy / early child birth).

ii) Employment Opportunities (some folks may even say- “a woman can’t do this job”).

iii) Gender Based Violence ( 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to WHO. Ranging from domestic abuse to rape, or sexual trafficking).

iv) Reproductive Health and Rights ( helping women take charge of their body reduces unsafe abortion and reduces Maternal death by over 70%).

v) Female Genital Mutilation/ Circumcision (this cultural / religious practise, is non-medical, it can expose the lady to medical issues such as VVF(Vesico Vaginal Fistula). It should be stopped! )

vi) Poor Sanitation (as girls in school needs proper convenience for hygiene reasons and especially during their period).

And many other challenges that results just because they are girl.

To this end, we need clear pathway to societal adherence to the Rights and Empowerment of the Girl Child. Nigeria has been showing pockets of commitments to this cause. In 2001 Nigeria ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, including Article 21 regarding the prohibition of child marriage. Nigeria has also ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). But more work has to be done. The Children’s Rights Act of 2003 was passed into law at the Federal level, but it would only be effective if State Assemblies also codify the law. This is one of the reasons I, Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze, working with The Enugu State House of Assembly and the Executive Governor- Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; would take it up to review the extent of the law in Enugu State and move for possible adjustments and domestication.

Friends, to promote and ensure the right of the Girl Child as well as Empowerment is a collective effort of every citizen in this country and the Government can intervene in the following ways:

1) Strengthened legislative and institutional frameworks to protect children vulnerable and exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation.

2) Strengthened capacities of government and key stakeholders, including social welfare and justice services that prevent and respond to violence against children (especially the Girl Child)

3) Supporting the development, coordination and implementation of an inter-sectoral national social norms change strategy to end violence against children including child marriage, FGM/C(Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcission) and other harmful traditional practices.

4) Strengthening the birth registration system to scale up the registration of children under age five years, with focus on children under one.

5) Ensuring children in humanitarian situations (like the IDPs) have timely and sustained access to quality preventive and responsive child protection services.

6) A National Children’s Commission should be set up for defending the rights of the girl child in an educational, social, cultural, political, and economic context.

In all, as we commemorate the International Girl Child day today, We owe our daughters, sisters, wives and mothers to be; a duty to ensure they grow into an uninitimidated, unbroken and whole woman, an ideal Nigerian woman. We all should consistently advocate for the Empowerment and Rights of the Girl Child, the Nigerian Girl Child and we must reiterate the reality that a psychologically whole Nigerian Girl Child is a psychologically whole Nigerian Woman’s tomorrow.

Happy International Girl Child Day!

Yours in Service;

Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze;

Member, representing Ezeagu Constituency at the Enugu State House of Assembly.

Queen Of England Congratulates Nigeria On 60th Independence Anniversary

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, has sent a message of felicitation to President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, October 1, 2020.

The message, conveyed by the British High Commission in Nigeria, goes thus:

“It gives me great pleasure to offer my warmest congratulations on the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, together with my best wishes for your country’s continued happiness and prosperity.

“The United Kingdom and Nigeria benefit from strong and enduring ties as Commonwealth partners through shared history and most importantly, our people. These are bonds that I hope and believe will flourish long into the future.”

Nigeria got her independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1960.

Nigeria: We Will Soon Reopen Land Borders – Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the federal government will soon reopen Nigeria’s land borders.

Speaking during a webinar organised by The Africa Report, Osinbajo said the federal government is working towards reopening the borders.

The webinar, which was themed “Bouncing back: Nigeria’s post-pandemic recovery plan”, focused on issues regarding government frameworks to be adopted towards economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic which affected countries globally.

Reacting to a question on the continued closure of the land borders despite preparations for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the vice president said the government is working with neighbouring countries on the terms of reopening the border.

“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened,” he said.

“We are committed to the AfCFTA but we are concerned about threats to security and the economy and we had to take certain actions that would satisfy the immediate needs of our country. It (border closure) certainly wasn’t meant to be permanent and we are looking forward to reopening as quickly as possible.”

Recall that the federal government had In October last year closed land borders to check the smuggling of goods and arms into the country.

BREAKING NEWS! Biafra & Ambazonia groups hold talks for freedom from Nigeria and Cameroon

By Dennis Agbo (Vanguard)

THE Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has formed an alliance with Southern Cameroon’s separatist group, Ambazonia, in pursuant to secession from their respective countries to become independent nations.

Arising from BNYL’s convention in Enugu, during the weekend, attended by representatives of Cameroon’s Ambazonia, BNYL leader, Princewill Chimezie said that the collaboration of the two agitating groups had been on for a long time but was being re-engineered to give stronger voice for their self-determination pursuits.

Chimezie disclosed that the Enugu convention was predicated on how to re-strategize and encourage self-defense mechanisms for Biafrans and Ambazonians in the escalating security challenges facing the people of Eastern Nigeria and Southern Cameroon.

He noted that BNYL was a multi-national pro-Biafra group whose membership were drawn from all the ethnic nationalities in the former Eastern Nigeria that were parts of the defunct Republic of Biafra led by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu between 1967 and 1970.

Chimezie said: “We resolved to defend ourselves by any means possible and we are not afraid to say that because we can’t continue to sit down and watch enemies massacre our people. I am afraid we may resort to guerilla movement.

We have been most prominent in the Bakassi areas where we developed partnership with Ambazonia because we found out that Biafra has a similar problem with southern Cameroon.

“Ambazonia needs our help just as we need theirs. We have both had affinity to achieve independence in different ways and the collaboration is meant to hear one another’s cry.”

One of the Ambazonia’s representatives and President of Universal Negro Improvement Association, UNIA in Calabar Cross River state, Comrade Enow Arrey said he was a refugee in Nigeria because of the horrible killings of Ambazonians in Southern Cameroon.

Arrey said: “I found out that my brothers in Nigeria have the same problem with Southern Cameroon people.

My mission is to speak that Africa has the right to decolonize their place. We’ve decided that our people must be one as they were before colonization.

“UNIA will support the Biafra movement before we can deserve respect. We are fighting for peace in Cameroon and if that peace needs a separate state, we will do that.

The peace is either for federalism or separation, just like we are in support of self-defense.”

Goodluck Jonathan supervises swearing in ceremony for Mali’s transitional president and VP

By BABA AHMED and CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press

Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation.

The induction ceremony in the capital, Bamako, took place as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period.

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw is the new transitional president while Col. Assimi Goita, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup, is Mali’s new vice president. The two, along with a prime minister who will be chosen in the coming days, are to lead the transitional government to elections in 18 months.

“I am ready to make the ultimate sacrifice so that Mali becomes the country of our dreams, and to return the country to a properly elected president,” N’Daw said in his first speech to the nation. He promised to abide by the agreed conditions and timeframe for the transition.

He also said that the transition government will uphold its international commitments.
Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan attended the ceremony as representative of ECOWAS, which had pressed for a quick return to a civilian government. The regional group held days of talks with the junta and other political and civil groups in Mali to encourage a return to democacy. ECOWAS has closed borders to Mali and stopped financial flows and has said it will only lift those sanctions once it approves of the transitional plan.

Jonathan has been positive about the junta’s proposals.
On Friday, he congratulated the junta “and the way they interacted with ECOWAS.”

Facebook to open 2nd African office in Lagos, Nigeria

Global tech giant, Facebook has announced plans for a Nigeria office which is to be located in the country’s commercial and tech hub, Lagos. This is coming four years after the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg visited the country.

The office location is expected to be secured and become operational between now and the second half of 2021.

During the said period, although not confirmed, the company will probably begin the recruitment of a team of engineers, sales, partnership, policy, and communication.
As revealed by Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation, this attraction is from the pool of tech talents within the country. Indeed, this points to an extensive intake of more local talents in the coming months.

Operations from the new Lagos office is anticipated to boost growth in sub-Saharan African nations. The team will be responsible for building African-focused products while contributing to the growth of the African tech ecosystem.

Notably, Facebook has been running its Africa operations from its South African headquarters, the first on the continent, for the past five years. Headed by Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke, the activities were planned with an initial focus on Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria.

Interestingly, between 2015 and now, Internet penetration in these countries has greatly improved. In retrospect, Internet penetration in sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 to 2020 increased from 16% to 33.2%.

Facebook believes its next billion users are coming from Europe and MENA nations and has thus targetted Internet infrastructural development at these locations. Over the past five years, Facebook has invested in assets committed towards Internet connectivity in Africa.

The latest of this is the 2Africa project — Facebook’s collaboration with a consortium of telecom companies to connect 16 African countries to the world within four years by laying subsea Internet cables.

Meanwhile, the company has been actively involved in laying cables since 2016 and has partnered with telcos like MainOne and MTN. It has also been associated with the installation of servers in most African countries.

Asides from infrastructural development, Facebook has been involved in African talent building. In 2018, it launched NG_Hub in partnership with CcHub.

While this announcement further portrays Facebook’s interest in Africa, it’s a no-brainer that the social media giant has seen Africa has a market it will profit from in the very near future.