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Security force officers hold shields in Nyaung-U, Myanmar, March 7, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media by Reuters.

Protests erupt across Myanmar; Suu Kyi party official dies in custody

An official from the party of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi died overnight in police custody, associates said, while protests were held in at least half a dozen cities in some of the most widespread action against the coup last month.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters set up a makeshift shield formation in preparation for potential clashes, in Yangon, Myanmar March 6, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters

Myanmar forces make night raids after breaking up protests

Myanmar security forces fired gunshots as they carried out overnight raids in the main city Yangon after breaking up the latest protests against last month’s coup with teargas and stun grenades.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters cover with makeshift shields during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as U.N. envoy calls for...

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar called on the U.N. Security Council to take action against the ruling junta after the killings of protesters who have continued to defy security forces at demonstrations against last month’s coup.
Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello said he had engaged with controversial Yoruba activist, Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the demands made by Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria to lift their food blockade

Food blockade: Yahaya Bello a peace maker, bridge builder – Southeast group

A leading sociocultural group in the Southeast known as Ikenga foundation, has affirmed the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, as a peacemaker and bridge builder following his intervention that led to the suspension of North-South food blockade.
Protesters set off smoke grenades to block the view from snipers in Sanchaung, Yangon, Myanmar March 3, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters. Video obtained by REUTERS

Myanmar police break up protests as ASEAN diplomatic effort stalls

Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway.
FILE PHOTO - Myanmar soldiers from the 77th light infantry division walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police fire stun grenades as Southeast Asian ministers aim for talks

Myanmar police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters in the city of Yangon on Tuesday, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due to hold talks with the military in an effort to quell deadly violence.
A protester sprays a fire extinguisher as demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said
FILE PHOTO: Workers in hazmat suits disinfect boxes of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after unloading them from a Chinese military aircraft at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines receives first batch of coronavirus vaccine doses donated by China

The Philippines received on Sunday its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses in a shipment donated by China, a day before it was due to roll out a national inoculation campaign.
FILE PHOTO - Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 5, 2019. Mark Schiefelbein-Pool via REUTERS

Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees – minister

Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen.
A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police crack down on protests after envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup

Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a Feb. 1 coup.
Riot police officers get on a police vehicle during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 26, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup as police break up protests

An envoy for Myanmar’s ousted government called on the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a military coup on Friday, as police cracked down on anti-junta protesters with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
Demonstrators shout slogans as they rally against the military coup at the University of Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar, February 25, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Opponents, supporters of Myanmar coup scuffle as more protests planned

Supporters and opponents of Myanmar’s military clashed on the streets of Yangon on Thursday as authorities blocked students from leaving their campus to march, a day after a first flurry of diplomacy aimed at resolving the crisis.
FILE PHOTO - A demonstrator takes part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar minister flies to Thailand for crisis talks

Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister travelled to Thailand on Wednesday, a Thai government source said, as Myanmar’s neighbours intensified efforts to resolve a crisis that began when its army seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.
FILE PHOTO - An armoured vehicle is seen on a street during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. Picture taken February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar junta chief urges economic action as Western pressure grows

The leader of Myanmar’s junta has called for energetic efforts to revive an ailing economy, state media reported on Tuesday, as Western countries considered more sanctions to press the generals to shun a violent crackdown on democracy protests
A flag is waved as demonstrators protest against military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Strike shuts Myanmar, anti-coup protesters defy junta warning

A general strike against military rule shut businesses in Myanmar on Monday and huge crowds gathered peacefully despite fears of violence after authorities warned that confrontation could be deadly.

Senator Anyanwu: Southeast turning into battleground

Senator Samuel Anyanwu who represented Imo East senatorial district, yesterday said that the Southeast zone has been gradually turned into a battleground.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze urges President President to decentralise power to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to restructure, renegotiate and decentralize power to solve Nigeria’s insecurity challenges.
Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar coup protesters mass to reject army claim of support

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Myanmar on Wednesday, rejecting the army’s assertion that the public supported its overthrow of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and vowing they would not be cowed in their bid to end military rule.
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Senator Bamidele: Allow governors take charge of security in their domains

The lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, on Wednesday declared that the only way the incessant security challenges in the country could be addressed is by allowing the Governors to take charge of security in their respective domains.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar coup opponents in big show of rejection of military claims

Opponents of Myanmar’s military coup, including celebrities, veteran activists and students, rejected on Wednesday an army assertion that there was public support for overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and said their campaign would not burn out.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Smaller protests in Myanmar as junta deploys more soldiers, armoured vehicles

Protesters in Myanmar kept up demands on Monday for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to military rule, undaunted by the junta’s deployment of armoured vehicles in several parts of the country and more soldiers on the streets.

2023: Group warns South East politicians not to make Igbo presidency sectional agenda

The Executive Secretary, National Council for Democratic Development (NCCD), Prince Nwaeze Onu, yesterday warned politicians from the Southeast region of the country not to make the calls for Igbo presidency a sectional agenda.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank says new scheme will ease diaspora remittances

The Central Bank of Nigeria has explained that its new “Naira 4 Dollar Scheme” seeks to make remittance through formal bank channels cheaper and more convenient for Nigerians in the diaspora.
Minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmoud, disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari urged to declare state of emergency in education sector

According to Clark who was Commissioner for Education, Midwestern Region (1968-71), it has become very imperative for the federal government to declare the state of emergency to save the Education sector from total collapse, adding that as a teacher, a former headmaster in local authority schools, he is today very sad that the standard of education is falling and if not checked, would further deteriorate.

Olisa Metuh tasks Igbo elders, political leaders on IPOB agitation

Former national publicity secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh has urged elders and elected leaders from the South East to work out ways and means of addressing the IPOB issue.
Security force officers hold shields in Nyaung-U, Myanmar, March 7, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media by Reuters.

Protests erupt across Myanmar; Suu Kyi party official dies in custody

An official from the party of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi died overnight in police custody, associates said, while protests were held in at least half a dozen cities in some of the most widespread action against the coup last month.
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Sri Lankan Catholics demand justice for Easter bombing victims

The leader of Sri Lanka’s Catholics has demanded the government find the perpetrators of the deadly 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, as worshippers held silent protests outside the capital’s churches on Sunday.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab suspects who abducted Imo lawyer

The operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command have arrested three out of a group of eight suspected kidnappers, who abducted an Owerri-based legal practitioner, Mr. Chima Eze.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor’s convoy involved in road accident

There was tension on Monday as a vehicle conveying ten members of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in the convoy of the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed was involved in a road accident.
Jamal Musiala of FC Bayern München celebrates after scoring during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04 at Allianz Arena on September 18, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst-Getty Images)

How Joachim Low convinced Jamal Musiala to ditch England for Germany

Germany head coach Joachim Low launched a huge charm offensive to convince teenage star Jamal Musiala to ditch England and represent Germany, according to reports.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army trains 65 wounded soldiers on computer, CCTV operation

The Nigerian Army on Friday graduated 67 soldiers wounded on the frontline in the North East, who were trained on computer and CCTV operation.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

Outrage greets blockade of food, cattle coming south

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.