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A police officer checks a vehicle ahead of planned anti-government protests during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2020. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

Streets were deserted and businesses shut in Zimbabwe’s two main cities on Friday after security forces were deployed to prevent anti-government marches called by activists over corruption and economic hardship.
Sudan's former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir sits inside a cage at the courthouse where he is facing corruption charges, in Khartoum, Sudan September 28, 2019. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-File Photo

Families seek justice for Sudan’s slain anti-Bashir plotters

After decades of searching for their loved ones' remains, the families of slain Sudanese officers who attempted a coup against strongman Omar al-Bashir are demanding the killers held accountable.
On Friday evening, chief executive Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, announced that September elections for the city's legislature would need to be delayed.

Hong Kong postpones elections over virus as China crackdown deepens

Hong Kong's democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday as authorities postponed local elections because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

Ebonyi governor threatens to attack journalists with ‘koboko’

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, barred the correspondents of Vanguard and The Sun newspapers, Peter Okutu and Chijioke Agwu, respectively from entering Government House and government facilities in the state for life.
The head of the agency, Ja’afaru Ahmed, 51,983 inmates are awaiting trial out of the prison’s total population of 73, 726 inmates. That is about 70 per cent of the total.

70% of Nigerian prisoners held without trial – Correctional chief

At least three-quarters of Nigeria’s total prison population are inmates serving time without being sentenced, the Nigerian Correctional Service said this on Thursday.
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Coronavirus: UN warns against misuse of powers against vulnerable groups

The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned against the misuse and abuse of emergency powers by governments to target marginalised and vulnerable populations.
Protesters smashed windows in a subway station and a shopping mall Sunday and police made arrests in areas across Hong Kong amid anger over a demonstrator's death and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers.

Hong Kong protesters vandalize subway station, storm mall

Protesters smashed windows in a subway station and a shopping mall Sunday and police made arrests in areas across Hong Kong amid anger over a demonstrator's death and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP: Poverty, insecurity escalated under President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to pick fight with United Nation (UN) Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, but should accept the bitter truth that poverty, internal conflicts, bloodletting, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, abuse of human rights and general national insecurity have escalated under his administration.

Presidency faults UN rapporteur’s report on violence

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, says the report of violence released by Agnes Callamard, the United Nations’ rapporteur after her visit to Nigeria left out important details.

Troops parade bandits, armourer, weapons

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) operating in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States, have paraded 19 suspects arrested in different parts of the states for various offences bordering on armed banditry, kidnapping and weapons supply.

Tension IPOB dares security agencies in Anambra

All seems tense in Anambra State – no thanks to threat issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to security agencies over the enforcement of its May 30 sit-at-home order.
NSCDC

Ondo NSCDC records 1,953 cases in 2018

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command says it has recorded no fewer than 1,953 of various cases between Jan. 1 and Dec. 24,2018.

Strike call, protests in DR Congo after new election delay

A DR Congo opposition bloc called Thursday for a nationwide stoppage and police clashed with demonstrators in two eastern cities after upcoming elections were placed on hold in their region.
President Buhari participates at the 58th Independence Day Celebration at Eagle's Square Abuja on 1st Oct 2018 6

Muhammadu Buhari sets out pitch for re-election in keynote speech

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari on Monday made his final independence day address to the nation before elections next year, effectively setting out his government's manifesto as he seeks a second term.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN decries ‘shameful’ reprisals on rights activists in 38 countries

The UN listed 38 “shameful” countries including China and Russia on Wednesday which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP vows to match APC’s rigging machinery in Osun

Beginning with the Osun governorship election next month, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it would not allow itself to be outsmarted by the rigging machinery of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

IPOB: Arrests, killings, sabotage won’t deter Biafra agitation

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that no amount of arrests, killings, detentions, harassment, torture, judicial extortion and sabotage would stop IPOB from achieving the state for Biafra.

PDP urges Ekiti people to protect votes

The Peoples Democratic Party has advised the people of Ekiti to vote for its gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, and protect votes in the election scheduled for Saturday.

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Facebook opens office in Lagos

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NBC: VP Osinbajo calls for review of amended broadcasting code

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government needs to revisit the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment of the broadcasting code.
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Edo election: No face masks, no voting – POs

Presiding Officers in the Edo governorship election have said that no electorate will be allowed to vote without wearing a face mask in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Eberechi Eze shone on his Crystal Palace debut as the Eagles cruised to a 3-0 win over Charlton in a pre-season clash with their south London rivals.

Amaju Pinnick: NFF won’t beg Eberechi Eze to play for Nigeria

NFF President Amaju Pinnick said he is in contact with the Eberechi Eze over the possibility of switching allegiance to Nigeria.
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UN marks 75th anniversary facing world split by pandemic

The United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary Monday, celebrating the mantra that “multilateralism is not an option but a necessity,” even as the coronavirus underscores the fragility of international cooperation.