Amnesty International Blasts Trump Over Capitol Riot

A global rights group, Amnesty International, has lampooned US President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riots in Washington on Wednesday. According to the group, Trump failed to act as a leader yesterday but instead chose to act as an ‘instigator’. Supporters of Trump had invaded Capitol during a joint session of Congress to certify... Continue Reading →

Nigerian Soldiers Assault, Arrest Voice Of America Journalist For Interviewing Residents Of Oyigbo In Rivers State

Grace Abdu, a journalist with Voice Of America, was on Saturday assaulted and arrested by Nigerian soldiers for ‘interviewing residents of Oyigbo in Rivers State’. It was gathered that Abdu was illegally detained by the soldiers for several hours. “She went there around 11, so around 12pm, the soldiers saw her and arrested her. They... Continue Reading →

Nigeria Probes Protesters Under Terror-Financing Law

Nigeria is investigating prominent participants in recent protests against police brutality for possible violations of a law against financing terrorism. A filing by the Central Bank of Nigeria in a federal court in Abuja asking to freeze 20 bank accounts for 180 days was backed by allegations the account owners may have broken the counter-terrorism... Continue Reading →

Nigerian protests: A once-in-a-generation moment for change

Last month, the protests that gripped Nigeria for weeks reached a bloody peak. On October 20, security forces opened fire on unarmed demonstrators at a toll gate in Lekki, outside Lagos, which, according to Amnesty International, killed 12 people. Witnesses described how CCTV cameras and lights were shut off before the shooting started, apparently in... Continue Reading →

Is This Nigeria’s Arab Spring Moment?

The protests that began as a movement against police brutality have much bigger goals—including regime change. LAGOS, Nigeria On the afternoon of Oct. 20, technicians from the Lekki Concession Co.—the company operating the Lekki toll gate that became home to Lagos residents protesting police brutality in the Nigerian state for over two weeks—showed up to... Continue Reading →

12 people die as riot police open fire on protesters

Plumes of smoke rose above the Nigerian capital yesterday as authorities struggled to contain a wave of anger at the alleged police shooting of dozens of peaceful protesters. While most of Lagos's 20 million citizens stayed in their homes in obedience of a 24-hour curfew, violence broke out in the city's poorer areas and a... Continue Reading →

Nigeria protesters tell of ‘terrible’ shooting

Nothing is left of the party atmosphere that filled the protest ground in the centre of Nigeria's biggest city Lagos -- except for broken glass and graffiti denouncing police violence. The day after security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters gathered to push for better governance around 20 soldiers and police were now in control,... Continue Reading →

Africa must condemn Nigeria bloodshed – Rawlings

Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings has enjoined "All conscientious citizens of Africa" to condemn the bloodshed in Nigeria. He is also urging parties in the ongoing protests against police brutalities "to move towards non-violent engagement" to resolve the umpasse. Several thousands of Nigeria's youths have been protesting what they say are brutalities perpetrated by the... Continue Reading →

#EndSARS: As Nigeria burns, Buhari refuses to address the nation

President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to stay mute amid the chaos in several parts of Nigeria and widespread criticisms as protests against police brutality turned violent after state security forces used lethal force against demonstrators and hoodlums exploited the situation. Although the president’s aides have released statements on his behalf and other officials including Vice... Continue Reading →

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