Baggage Handlers At MMIA Protest Hazardous Conditions Of Service

Baggage handlers at the Muritala Muhammed International airport in Lagos last Thursday staged a protest against their hazardous conditions of service at the baggage hall.

A similar protest was staged six months ago when the workers complained about the heat. The Airport Manager, Mr. Autah, addressed them and promised that the airport management would address the situation but no improvement followed.

Some of the workers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told SaharaReporters many of them have developed severe health problems because of the intensive heat in the hall. One of them said that some of the men have become physically impotent, unable to perform their conjugal duties at home.

They described the conveyor belts and carrousels as the crudest in the world, with many of them saying they often rely on one carrousel or carry some of the luggage by themselves, often leading to delayed flights.

“The heat is too much,” they lamented.  “You won’t wish it for your worst enemy not to talk of yourself. We stay like five to six hours in the heat.”

The heat, our correspondent learnt, is caused by faulty condensers of air conditioners installed in the hall.

Thursday’s protest, which lasted for about two hours, affected a number of airlines, including Delta, British airways, Lufthansa, and South African.

An eyewitness said Mr. Autah, who was around during the protest, did not address the angry workers, necessitating airport authorities to call on some airline and other managers to persuade the handlers to return to work.

A senior airport official told our correspondent that many of the problems in the airport are attributable to arbitrary decisions by senior authorities who make installations at the airport without consulting with those who really know what is needed.

He cited an example of the tenure of Senator Stella Oduah as Minister of Aviation when air conditioner chillers were installed in the baggage hall but failed to work even once.

Another source offered yet another example concerning fake conveyor belts.

“Mrs. Oduah came with a belt and that belt was fake. They collected millions putting this new belt in, but it did not stand the test of time and it is not matching what is happening in technology.  Corruption has eaten into so many departments.”

The source declared that the massive corruption at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has also contributed to the awful state of the airport. He added that the airlines charge passengers for the installation and maintenance of the gadgets at the airport, and remit the money to FAAN, but that the money is never used for the purposes intended.”

“Most of the air conditioners at the terminal are not working. So [the] airlines had to buy their own air conditioners and the condensers of the airlines are fixed in the baggage hall.”

Another manager complained about what he described as “favoritism” towards British Airways by the FAAN, as the airline is allowed to screen the bags of their passengers, a duty that is supposed to be that of Nigerian Airport Security.

The protesters were promised again that their demands will be addressed but nobody could guarantee when the chillers will be installed.

#IstandWithNigeria: Nigerians take to the streets in protest against bad governance.

A protest to demand good governance and an urgent explanation for the country’s economic downturn kicks off today simultaneously in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and other major cities across the country.

 

The decision to stage the process has been met with stiff opposition by the police who, repeatedly, told the organisers to call off their planned action.

 

Popular musician, 2Face Idibia, who was billed to lead the protest in Lagos, opted out at the eleventh hour citing security concerns.

 

In Lagos, the protesters are expected to march from National Stadium in Surulere to the National Theatre, Iganmu, a distance of about four kilometres.

 

Outside the National Stadium, Lagos, there at least half a dozen police patrol vans and more than 20 armed police officers.

 

Inside the stadium, there are dozens of people carrying placards, as well as more armed police officers.

2face Gives Dress Code for #IstandWithNigeria protest

Music megastar Innocent Idibia,  aka 2Face, has continued to garner support for the #WeWillMarch protest, with detailed information about the planned march. On his Instagram handle, 2Face has stated the date, venue, time and dress code for the protest.

Since January, 2Face has been urging Nigerians to keep a date with him as he takes to Lagos streets to protest the harsh economy, among other things.

The planned protest has generated mixed among Nigerians from all walks of life.

In a statement on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, had said the Police would not allow the rally to hold because it could easily be hijacked by miscreants.

Meanwhile, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said that nothing, including the Police, would stop the planned peaceful rally being organised by the musician.

He urged the Police CP to study his copy of the Nigerian constitution before coming out to make such a statement.

Here’s a screenshot of 2Face’s Ig post:

official2baba #istandwithNigeria #OnevoiceNigeria !!!

Senator Akpabio denies sponsoring 2face’s planned protest.

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has disassociated himself from the plan by foremost Nigerian singer, 2Baba, also known as 2Face, to stage a protest on February 5 against the federal government.

The internet has been flooded with reports that Mr. Akpabio, who is a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, was sponsoring the planned protest.

The senator, through a statement issued by his spokesman, Anietie Ekong, said it was laughable that people could try to link him with the planned protest because of the Prado SUV he donated in 2013 as a wedding gift to the singer and his wife, Annie Macaulay who is from Akwa Ibom.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that Senator Akpabio knows nothing about the planned protest neither is he the sponsor,” said the statement which added that Mr. Akpabio “has had no contact whatsoever with 2Face for many years”.

The statement continued: “According to the information being circulated the organizers of the planned protest have stated clearly that their protest is: ‘a call for nationwide protests as we say no to the Executive, no to legislatures, no to judiciary.’ Is it not idiotic and senseless for anyone to imagine that Senator Akpabio will sponsor a protest against the same arm of government that he is serving as a leader?

“As the Minority Leader, Senator Akpabio has consistently maintained that Nigerians should put aside their differences and support every effort that will pull the country out of the present recession.

“Much as he believes in the right of every Nigerian to express himself, he does not think that mass protest is the solution.

“The mischievous attempt to drag the name of Senator Akpabio into the planned protest should be discountenanced as the handiwork of political jobbers,” the statement said.

 

Source: Premium Times

Delta residents storm streets with generators to protest power outage.

Some residents of Sapele area of Delta state, Thursday took to the streets to protest a total blackout in the area.

 

Power supply had been crippled in the area for weeks following the drop in the nation’s power generation capacity from 3,959 megawatts to 3,751.90 megawatts due to dearth of gas.

 

But the residents, who said they were tired of darkness, took to the streets with generating sets on their heads during the demonstration.

 

They questioned the Benin Electricity company, BEDC over the continuous power outage which they said had been dragging for months without an improvement

 

They displayed placards such as ‘No light, no bill payment. BEDC na thief’, ‘We don tire for darkness.’

 

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DAILY POST had reported that commercial activities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have been crippled following total blackout in most parts of the nation’s capital.

 

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Recession: TuFace Idibia plans to lead nationwide protest.

Foremost Nigerian singer, 2Baba, also known as 2Face, has called on Nigerians to join him in a nationwide protest against the Federal Government.

 

According to the artiste, the protest, which will hold on February 5, is a call for good governance and an urgent explanation for the economic downturn nationwide.

 

He shared the news with his 1.8 million followers on Instagram with the caption, “First Massive Nationwide Protests.”

 

No further details of the planned protest was announced by the singer.

 

Read his post below:

 

“A call for good governance.?A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide.?A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary… You have all failed us.?We the people are tired. We can no longer continue with all of you. All your excuses and mistakes are not funny. We do not wish to continue with a system and government that is not working but afflicting the people. We the people of this country not living under the privileges of government allowances and remuneration have now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policies and excuses of the government of the day.

Where are the recovered looted funds?

Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there’s no money to pay workers??Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before??Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, Fulani herdsmen and ipob without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keep aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects??Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant reawakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel??Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 naira per litre as against 50 naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government.

There’s need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail.

 

Source: Premium Times

BREAKING: Protesting workers shut down Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik

Staff of Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik, have shut down its operations in Lagos.

 

The staff are currently staging a protest at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed airport.

 

The protesters displayed placards containing messages communicating their grievances.

 

Others danced to anti-establishment songs by the late Afrobeat musician, Fela Kuti.

 

“We want them to pay us our salaries. They are owing us for seven months,” one of the protesters said.

 

Details later?…

Kafanchan: Curfew In 2 Kaduna LGs Following Protest Over Killings

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Jema’a and Kaura local government areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State.

This followed a protest in Kafanchan over killings and destruction of communities in the Southern Kaduna area.

Thousands of the protesters carried placards calling on the government to put a stop to the attacks.

Trouble broke out, however when the protesters were challenged by another group from the area.

Armed mobile policemen came to the place around 10 a.m. and started firing tear gas into the crowd.

The Interim Management Committee (IMC)  chairman of Kaura local government, Mr. Alex Musa Iya,  said he and his colleague in Jema’a LG, Dr. Humble Katuka, had to take steps to restrict movement for now due to the security situation.

He said: “It is true that IMC chairman of Jema’a LGA has declared a 24-hour curfew on the entire Jema’a LGA with emphasis on Kafanchan. After studying the situation, I thought it expedient to also restrict movement in Kaura for 24 hours due to the proximity of the two areas. I am happy to inform you that there is calm everywhere now. We shall study the situation and take all the necessary steps to ensure peace and security. The intention is not to hurt anyone. We call on our people to please co-operate in the interest of everyone.”

Earlier in a telephone interview said the Jema’a Local Government interim chairman, Bege Katuka, said, “As a responsible government, it was incumbent on the council to take proactive measures to guarantee the safety of lives and property.”

He urge the people to be calm and remain indoors until the situation improved.

Spokesperson of the youths who carried out the protest yesterday, Mr Nathan Chaweson, expressed regret over ‘the high level of impunity’ exhibited by the perpetuators of the various attacks in Southern Kaduna in recent times ‘even with the presence of security operatives’ at flashpoints.

“Throughout the period the attacks lasted, no single arrest had been recorded. We are pushed to the wall to question the innocence of the government in what has been happening,” Chaweson said.

He challenged the government to rise to the responsibility of protecting lives and property in all parts of the state to give everyone a sense of belonging.

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BREAKING: Unpaid footballers of Taraba teams shut down Government House

The players of Taraba State’s male and female football teams, Taraba FC and Taraba Queens, on Monday shut down activities at the government house in the state capital, Jalingo, to protest non-payment of backlogs of their salary arrears.

 

The players are demanding immediate payment of 21 months’ salary arrears from the Taraba State Government.

 

Security operatives were deployed to the government house to deny the players access into the building. The gate of the government house has since been shut.

 

Despite being tear gassed, the players vowed to spend nights there until they are paid.

 

Monday’s protest occurs barely a month after a similar one by the players.

 

More details soon.

BREAKING: Super Falcons Players Receive Bank Alerts As Falconets Threaten To Begin Protest Tuesday

Omojuwa.Com scooped from some of the players who revealed after receiving their bank alerts of 4.6 million naira that they are grateful to President Muhamadu Buhari for coming to their aid, but were disappointed for receiving far below what the NFF promised them before they left their Agura Hotel in Abuja last Friday.

 

“We were promised to be paid above five million naira by the NFF, but were surprised to receive an alert of just above four million naira this morning. We are grateful but still demand our full payment by the NFF,” one of the players told Omojuwa.Com

 

She continued: “We also want to thank Nigerians, the media and everyone that stood by the truth and supported us all through; we are more than grateful to them. We are also asking the NFF to pay up our bonuses for the qualification of the AWCON, some of the players that played the qualifiers didn’t make it to Cameroun because of injury and they also deserve to be paid allowances and bonuses for qualification.”

 

However, Falconets players who represented Nigeria at the lastest FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup held in Papua New Guinea have also decided to embark on their proposed protest in Abuja on Tuesday (tomorrow) if they don’t receive any bank alerts on Monday (today) as promised by the NFF.

 

According to the players, a board member of the NFF last Friday pleaded with them not to go on protest as he promised they will receive bank alerts the same day as the Falcons, but as of this morning, Omojuwa.Com learnt none of them have received alerts, which might necessitate the Falconets players to embark on their planned protest on Tuesday.

BREAKING: Super Falcons protest at the National Assembly

Super Falcons of Nigeria, champions of Africa for a record eighth time are currently protesting on the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory, against the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.

 

The aggrieved players, who have now laid siege on the national assembly, won the 8th edition of the African Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, and have vowed not to hand over the trophy to the Nigerian Football Federation NFF until they are paid.

 

The African champions have also refused to leave their Agura hotel?, Abuja.

 

More details to follow…

Lagos Midwives Protest Non-payment Of 11-month Salaries

Many medical workers in Lagos are angry. The aggrieved workers, who claimed they were engaged by the state government under the auspices of the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), Lagos State chapter, recently held a peaceful demonstration at the Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja, to protest the non-payment of 11-month salary arrears by the authorities.
The midwives, who marched around the Governor’s Office and the House of Assembly complex, sang songs and pleaded with the authorities to quickly come to their aid.
They expressed displeasure over the manner in which they were being treated after they had wholeheartedly rendered services to patients, especially in remote areas of the state. According to the protesters, the state government’s refusal to pay them in the past 11 months had brought them untold hardship. They lamented that it was now difficult for them to feed their families, even as meeting other pressing needs had become impossible.
Even though they had not been paid a kobo since the beginning of the year, the midwives told the reporter that not for one day were they found wanting at their duty posts. The passion to save lives, they asserted, was the sole reason they had always remained on duty, and they wanted to always play their part in seeing to the development of Lagos.
The protesters expressed the fear that, if their salaries continued to accumulate, they and their families would be unable to participate in the coming Christmas and New Year celebrations. They said many of their children were out of school, having been sent back from school for not paying tuition.
Their placards had different inscriptions, including “Akinwunmi Ambode, please help pay MSS midwives salaries;” “Midwives are dying but patients are living;” “We reduce maternal and child mortality;” “Ambode, please hear us and intervene now;” “What have we done to deserve this punishment?” “We deserve to be paid promptly,” and many others.
Spokesperson for MSS, Mrs. Beatrice Adunola Ajayi, told Daily Sun that her colleagues could no longer endure the suffering, which was why the midwives decided to picket the Governor’s Office to express their grievances. She said several appeals had been made to the state government before the protest, but that none yielded the desired fruits. She said the situation had become worrisome and embarrassing. She recalled that the last time government paid them outstanding salaries was after a similar protest in 2015.
“We have been pleading with government to pay our salaries, but our demands have not been met. So, that is the reason we came out today to let Governor Ambode know what we have been passing through since January. We are not supposed to be begging the state government to pay us the money we actually worked for, but government has turned us to beggars,” said.
Ajayi told the reporter that the midwives were employed by the Federal Government and seconded to state governments in 2010, to help in reducing maternal mortality rate in the country, especially in the rural areas.
“Lagos then posted us to the various local government areas. We are the ones taking care of pregnant women, nursing mothers and babies there because there are not enough staff at the state primary health care centres. Some of the areas are so rural that some of the state staff avoid going there. That is why people were dying in such areas before we came on board,” she said.

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Senators Protest Removal Of Kano, Plateau From North-East Development Commission

National Assembly has removed Kano and Plateau states from the proposed North-East Development Commission, triggering protest from senators from North-West and North Central zones.
It will be recalled that the Senate, while passing the Bill for an Act to establish North-East Development Commission and other related matters, had included the two states as beneficiaries of the commission because they had also been negatively affected by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents. The removal of the two states was contained in the Conference Report presented by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume.

Protesting the removal of Kano and Plateau states, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) contended that the Senate had earlier agreed to include the states, and asked why they should be dropped.

Also, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC Zamfara), insisted that the recommendation be thrown away, arguing that the two states were affected by the activities of Boko Haram and should be included in the commission.

Senate Leader, Ndume, who explained why the two states were removed, said the commission was to coordinate the development and reconstruction of the area.

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who appealed to his colleagues to accept the report, said the important thing was commitment to the development of the area.

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El-Zakzaky: Protest In Abuja Over Court Judgement

A group of protesters stormed the Abuja division of the Federal High Court  against the judgement  of Justice Gabriel Kolawole that the detained leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky be released unconditionally.
Operating under the umbrella of the Coalition on Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI), they aggrieved protesters condemned the judgement describing as  “a dangerous precedence would have on law enforcement, security, anti-terror fight, terrorism, extremism and secessionist movements in Nigeria.”
 National Chairman of the group, Okpokwu Ogenyi, said the judiciary has dealt a fresh blow to the future of Nigeria by legalizing terrorism while leaving the rest of the people at risk of losing our lives.
Ogenyi who described  the judgement as ridiculous, wondered how the judge could order the release of a person believed to be a security risk to the society through his extreme brand of foreign-backed Islamic radicalization programme.
“Nigerians are ever ready to do the needful in safeguarding the future of our dear nation and hence would demand that Justice Kolawole be investigated by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
This could have only been in keeping with fulfilling obligations entered into for less than honourable considerations even as we cannot rule out a judiciary that is taking its pound of flesh from an executive arm that has exposed the sleaze on its soiled bench.
“If the entire judiciary has activated its vendetta against the security agencies that they see as the executive arm, the precedence set by Justice Gabriel Kolawole took things to the ridiculous by awarding N50 million of tax payers’money to finance IMN’s radicalisation programme while also asking that the police further deploy its personnel to protect a man whose sect members would invariably kill like they had killed soldiers and policemen in recent past.
This judge also failed to realize the weight of his utterance that has basically ordered the government to build a new headquarters for a proscribed group – we do hope he will keep himself on the bench for when other terror groups approach to demand for the government to build them headquarters.
“The house demolished in Gyellesu, on which the directive to build a new one for this demagogue, originally belonged to Alhaji Ismail Gwarzo the DG NSO under late General Sani Abacha. El-Zakyzaky was given the seized house by Gen Abdulsalam because people of Babban Dodo had at time also rebelled against IMN occupation which made them to burn his initial hub after he was released from another arrest for insurrection.”
The group said Justice Kolawole had murdered sleep with his ruling adding that he did this confidently because security agencies under obligation use taxpayers’ money to protect him and other judges who do not know the magnitude of the threat that terrorism poses to citizens.

China Lodges Protest After Trump Call With Taiwan President

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move.

The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China”.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with what it called the “relevant U.S. side”, urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances in ties.

“The one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship,” it said.

The wording implied the protest had gone to the Trump camp, but the ministry provided no explanation.

Speaking earlier, hours after Friday’s telephone call, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly blamed Taiwan for the exchange, rather than Trump, a billionaire businessman with little foreign policy experience.

“This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the ‘one China’ structure already formed by the international community,” Wang said at an academic forum in Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry quoted him as saying.

“I believe that it won’t change the longstanding ‘one China’ policy of the United States government.”

In comments at the same forum, Wang noted how quickly President Xi Jinping and Trump had spoken by telephone after Trump’s victory, and that Trump had praised China as a great country.

Wang said that exchange had sent “a very positive signal about the future development of Sino-U.S. relations”, according to the ministry’s website. Taiwan was not mentioned in that call, according to an official Chinese transcript.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also called the conversation a “petty” move by Taiwan that does not change the island’s status as part of China. Beijing is resolute in opposing independence for Taiwan, it added.

Trump said on Twitter that Tsai had initiated the call he had with the Taiwan president. “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!” he said.

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Shiite Members Protest Detention Of El-Zakzaky At National Assembly

Members of the Shiite sect also known as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) on Thursday barricaded ?the National Assembly’s entrance protesting the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Leader of the protesters and Secretary of the group’s Academic Forum in Nigeria, Mr Abdullahi Musa, told journalists that they came to the National Assembly to find out what the lawmakers were doing about the continued detention of El-Zakzaky.

He alleged that many of their members were recently killed in Kano but that government seemed to be indifferent, and would want to hear from the lawmakers what they intended to do.

According to him, the group is worried that, in spite of submitting several letters to the National Assembly, it is yet to get any reply, while their leader continues to be kept in detention.

“This is the third time we are coming here. We submitted a lot of documents to the National Assembly but we are yet to get any response.

“We submitted the third batch of documents yesterday and we came here today to hear from them,” he said.

He also said that members of the group were concerned about the safety of their leader and wanted to know the state of his health.

“We do not believe in the so-called protective custody. We want him freed so that he can go for his treatment. What we ask for is that justice prevails.

However, no lawmaker was available to listen to the Shiites protesters; instead, the divisional crime officer-in-charge of the National Assembly, Mr Francis Anebi, addressed them appealing to them to be orderly.

El-Zakzaky was arrested after the Shiite group was involved in a bloody clash with the Army in Zaria.

The group was accused of attacking the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai while they were on procession in Zaria.

Shiites Abandon Borno Protest After Police Threat

A planned protest by Shiites in Borno State was shelved following a threat by the police.

Due to the relatively low popularity of the Shiite IMN in Borno State, the news of their proposed procession came as a surprise to most of the residents in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Borno State police command later warned the Shiite group to “drop the idea of the planned procession.”

The police commissioner, Damian Chukwu, also said that embarking on the procession was illegal because the Borno State government had issued a statement banning all kinds of procession in the state.

Officials of the Borno State government, who preferred to be anonymous in this report, said they were not aware of the ban on religious processions in the Boko Haram troubled state.

The police chief warned the Shiites to adopt “lawful means of championing their cause”, and not through road processions.

“We just got information that the Shiite group is trying to embark on public procession in Maiduguri and the state government had already issued a statement banning that procession,” he said.

“I want to say that we are in support of the ban because the law banning public procession without permission is still in force.

“We know the group will always want to carry on with the procession without even trying to seek permission. We hereby advise them to please shelve the procession in the interest of peace,” he added.

Mr. Chukwu warned that the police would do everything within its constitutional powers to maintain peace in the state.

On Friday, the atmosphere was somewhat tense as police deployed its officers to all the strategic locations within Maiduguri. Anti-riot vehicles and armoured personnel carriers were moved to locations where it was suspected that the planned Shiite procession would take place.

Heavy security presence was seen at the MaiSaje Mosque, where the police intelligence indicated the IMN might kick start their protest. The same situation was noticed at the Fodiya Centre, near a spot called Yan Nono in Bulumkutu along the Kano-Maiduguri highway.

After the Jumat prayers at the MaiSaje Friday mosque, some group of young men waited to see if the protest by the Shia group would take place.

One of them, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said “we just want to see if truly they would begin the procession; we would have dispersed them by tagging them as Boko Haram members”.

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South Africans protest against racism in coffin assault case.

Demonstrators have protested against racism outside a South African courthouse where two white men face assault charges for allegedly forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire.

 

Members of the ruling African National Congress party and opposition groups gathered outside the court in Middelburg, where the two suspects appeared on Wednesday. The case was postponed until Jan. 25.

A video showing the racially charged incident has circulated on social media, intensifying debate about South Africa’s legacy of white-minority rule, which ended in 1994.

 

The video shows a man cowering and moaning in a coffin as a tormentor pushes part of the lid over his head and upper body. A man is also heard threatening to pour gasoline in the coffin.

#OccupyNASS: Protest against corrupt legislators enter second day

The main entrance of the National Assembly on Wednesday remained shut as youth protest against corrupt politicians enters day two.

This has affected movement of vehicles through the main gate as lawmakers and staff can only access the complex through alternative routes.

The protest, led by a socialite and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, is seeking a downward review of salaries and benefits of politicians in the country by about 70 per cent.

The protesters are also clamouring for the sentencing to death of public officials found guilty of stealing public funds.

They are also seeking a cessation of state and local government joint accounts.

One of the protesters, Miss Joy Amadi, said that the protest is a welcome development.

Amadi said the need for accountability in governance prompted her to join the protest.

She said, “Occupy NASS is a protest against corruption, political criminality, and a long period of bad leadership.

“However, just as the current government stands out to fight corruption, we also want to join hands to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation.”

According to her, politicians have for a long time continued to extort from Nigerians through fat salaries and frivolous allowances.

Another protester, Mr. Ignatius Adeleke, stated that the campaigners are committed to the protest until the leadership of the National Assembly considers their demands.

He said, “We will not leave this place until our demands are met; we have suffered for too long while our politicians are living in affluence.

“We will not take it anymore; there has to be a change in our attitude.”

Similarly, a staffer of the National Assembly, who prefers to remain anonymous, commended the conveners of the protest and urged more Nigerians to join the campaign.

He said, “I wish the conveners well and I am hopeful that we will have more Nigerians, who will walk the talk and not just grumble on the streets.”

Protest Turns Violent During Obama’s Visit To Greece

Six people have been arrested in the Greek capital after a group of anarchists started throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails following an anti-capitalism protest, Athens police told CNN.

The trouble came as Barack Obama visits Athens on his final state tour as President of the United States. He gave a speech Wednesday after touring the Acropolis, the complex of monuments known as the “cradle of democracy,” in which he said democracy was “complicated” and “messy” but designed to correct mistakes.
The arrests occurred Tuesday after a peaceful demonstration, organized by the Communist Party and permitted by police, in Omonia Square near central Athens.
About 5,000 people attended the anti-establishment protest, police said. After it was over, a group of some 100 to 150 anarchists became violent, police said.
Unrest broke out as the group tried to break through a police cordon to march to the US Embassy and Presidential Mansion, where Obama was attending an official state dinner.
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails, and police responded with stun grenades and tear gas, dispersing the crowds who eventually retreated into the side streets.
Three officers suffered minor injuries, police said.

Protest as police fail to arraign alleged land grabbers.

About 120 residents of Oko-Olomi community in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State on Wednesday protested the failure of the police to arraign land grabbing suspects, Alhaji Mutairu Owoeye and Ganiyu ‘Garba’ Owoeye, at the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The men and women from 15 villages in the community said they had been summoned to the court by the police to testify of the invasion and destruction of their homes on April 17 by thugs allegedly hired by the suspects.

Speaking through their counsel, Shem Popoola, they displayed a warrant for the arrest of Owoeye and one Ganiyu ‘Garba’ Owoeye issued on October 19 by a Wuse Magistrates’ Court, Abuja in suit No: IBK/FIB/FCIID/FHQ/ABJ/171/ 2016.

The warrant, Popoola said, was issued following an October 5 petition to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abuja.

Popoola said: “They were arrested on Monday by a team from the Force Investigation and Intelligence Bureau, Abuja and the head of the FIIB, Assistant Inspector General of Police Shehu Umar, ordered on Tuesday that they should be arraigned in Igbosere this morning (yesterday).

“We got to the court this morning and there was no suspect, no Investigative Police Officer and no prosecutor. I called the Commissioner of Police Legal Department, Abuja and the prosecutor handling the case, Superintendent A. Oluwole, said his office had prepared the charge but had not seen the suspects.

“We later found out that the suspects were released at 4pm on Tuesday, just after we left the AIG’s office and that no one knew where they were.

“We are shocked that people who were arrested on a warrant issued by a court could be released just like that.”

Popoola added that their homes were destroyed despite an injunction by Justice Abisoye Bashua of Lagos High Court, Epe in suit No: EPD/047/2016 ordering Mutairu Owoeye “to remove all thugs and hoodlums” in Oko-Olomi.

He added: “The villagers were violently attacked by the hoodlums and are all on exile. We complained to the police at Zone II, Onikan, to no avail. That’s why we went to Abuja. Our lives are in danger. We have been receiving threat messages from two phone numbers. We are crying for justice.”

Students Of Collage Campuses Protest Trump’s Win (WATCH)

Following the announcement of Donald Trump as President Elect of the United States of America, Young students of different college campuses are protesting Trump’s win.

However, most people are of the opinion that most collage students and millennials did not vote and hence their protest is more of a baseless reaction.

See short clip as posted by the shade room on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMlU3QBBTRZ/?taken-by=theshaderoom

Tens Of Thousands Of Indonesian Muslims Protest Against Christian Governor

Tens of thousands of hardline Muslim protesters in Indonesia rallied outside the presidential palace on Friday to demand the resignation of the governor of the capital, Jakarta, who they said had insulted the Koran.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, where many people follow a moderate form of Islam. While hardliners have launched occasional agitation in the past, protests on such a large scale have been rare.

The atmosphere in Jakarta was tense and some companies asked employees to work from home, access to business districts was restricted and embassies urged caution.

Truck loads of soldiers and police, some equipped with rifles, were on patrol and others secured shopping malls. A total of about 18,000 security personnel are expected to be deployed in the sprawling city of 10 million, police said.

The protesters, led by a group called the Islamic Defenders Front, are calling for Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama, a Christian and the first ethnic Chinese in the job, to be jailed for blasphemy.

They say he insulted the Koran by dismissing a political attack by his opponents who urged Muslims not to vote for Purnama, who is popularly known as Ahok, by citing a verse from the Koran.

“He is not Muslim but he humiliated the Koran,” protester Muhammad Said told Reuters.

“Don’t refer to anything in the Koran, especially interpreting it incorrectly … I call on God to jail him.”

Protesters chanted “Hang Ahok!” and “God is greatest”, waved placards and sang the national anthem.

Some threw water bottles at police guarding the palace but apart from that there was no violence.

Purnama was not available for comment. His spokeswoman said he went to check construction of a sidewalk in north Jakarta.

Purnama served as deputy to President Joko Widodo when Widodo was city governor from 2012 to 2014, and has long been seen as an ally of the president.

On Friday, Widodo visited a rail construction project at the capital’s airport, the presidential palace said in a statement.

Read More: reuters

NYSC: Corps members protest non-payment of 4 months state allowances in Sokoto

The 2015 Batch `B’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Sokoto State have protested the non-payment of their four months state allowances amounting to N49.04 million.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesting Corps members were being owed state allowances between July and October 2016.

The Corps members, who concluded their service year on Thursday, marched from the NYSC Secretariat at Kalambaina, Sokoto, to Government House.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, who received them on behalf of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, pleaded with corps members to be patient.

Garba assured the protesting Corps members that the money would be paid latest Oct. 7.

The Chairman of NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Ladan, confirmed the story.

Ladan told NAN in Sokoto on Friday that “as we speak now, the payment for the months of July to September, 2016 is ongoing, adding that the amount involved was N36.78 million.

”The money for the month of October, 2016 amounting to N12. 26 million will drop into NYSC account from the Ministry of Finance anytime from now.”

The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr Thomas Yamma, also confirmed the story when he addressed newsmen in Sokoto on Friday.

NAN reports that, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal recently jerked up the monthly allowances being paid to the corps members.

The corps members were being paid minimum of N5,000 to maximum of N50,000 monthly depending on their disciplines. (NAN)

Protest Erupts After Police Kill Black Man In North Carolina

Protesters blocked a highway and clashed with police in Charlotte, North Carolina, early on Wednesday morning after officers fatally shot a black man they said had a gun when they approached him in a parking lot.

About a dozen officers and several protesters suffered non-life threatening injuries during an hours-long demonstration near where Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by a policeman on Tuesday afternoon, police and local media said on social media.

Early Wednesday morning, protesters blocked Interstate 85, where they stole boxes from trucks and started fires before police used flash grenades in an attempt to disperse the angry crowd, an ABC affiliate in Charlotte reported.

A group of protesters then tried to break into a Walmart store before police arrived and began guarding its front entryway, video footage by local media showed.

Earlier in the evening, police in riot gear reportedly used tear gas on protesters who threw rocks and water bottles at them as they wielded large sticks and blocked traffic. One officer was sent to the hospital after being struck in the head by a rock, police said.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged for calm.

“The community deserves answers and (a) full investigation will ensue,” she said on Twitter, adding in a subsequent post, “I want answers too.”

Read More: reuters

IGP’s ban on public protest illegal – Falana

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has described the ban by Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as illegal.

Ibrahim gave the directive on Wednesday following a “clash” between the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners and a pro- President Muhammadu Buhari group in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Falana lamented that through the ban, the IGP had “exposed the federal government to avoidable embarrassment.”

He said: “Sequel to the purported clash, the Inspector-General of Police had called the BBOG members and announced an illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Since the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people (including former members of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) who are now in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government) to assemble peacefully and demonstrate without any official harassment have been upheld by Nigerian courts, the illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory by the Inspector-General of Police will not be allowed to stand.

“More so, that it is principally aimed at stopping the demand for the unconditionally release of the Chibok girls from the illegal incarceration of the Boko Haram sect.”

Falana said instead of “demonizing” the BBOG campaigners, the country owed them a duty “for upholding our collective humanity.”

He continued: “By accusing the BBOG campaigners of engaging in subversion by legitimately demanding for the abducted Chibok girls, the Inspector-General of Police has exposed the federal government to avoidable embarrassment.

“Since the BBOG members  have demonstrated unprecedented courage and determination to continue to protest until Chibok girls are brought back home, the police and the security forces should be directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from harassing them in any manner whatsoever and howsoever.”

Falana added that through “selfless sacrifice and uncommon commitment,” the BBOG campaigners mounted a global campaign “which drew the attention of all men and women of goodwill to the plight of the innocent girls and the mental and the psychological agony to which their parents have been subjected.”

“In particular, the BBOG members have successfully mobilised the United Nations (UN), world leaders and the global human rights community to demand for the unconditional release of the abducted girls.

“But for the effective campaign which has been relentlessly waged by the BBOG members through peaceful protests which are held on a daily basis at Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Federal Government and the Nigerian people would have forgotten about the Chibok girls.”

Leader of the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) advocacy Oby Ezekwesili said yesterday that nobody could threaten them since they were bonafide citizens of the country.

Ezekwesili, who added that their rights are guaranteed by the constitution, advised the Inspector General of Police  to educate himself properly about democracy and citizens’ right to peaceful assembly.

She also said the previous administration administration used similar tactics to try to violate their rights but their rights was upheld by the constitution and court.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, at the usual sitout of the group, Ezekwesili said,

“Our response is he should ask for the file that recorded our advocacy between 2014 and 2015 when the previous administration used all kinds of tactics similar to this one to try to violate our constitutional liberty, not only did the constitution uphold that right, the court also upheld our rights, he should just read this files, he should be able to find what he needs in order to educate himself properly about democracy and citizens right to peaceful assembly.

“We are a peaceful movement as everyone knows, so we are not changing anything, no retreat, no surrender, are our girls back? If the government says that we are unreasonable in demanding for our Chibok girls in the way that we have been demanding for them since 2014, they need to show the evidence that counters our stance.

“For us as a movement, we plead for the rescue video of August 14th which is an incredible opportunity for our government, which really conveyed a message to the world.”

The unity fountain was devoid of police presence by the time of the sitout.

The policemen who took positions at the Abuja Fountain earlier in the day left before the sitout started.

We’re Worried About Violence Shown By Some Zimbabwean Police – EU

Ahead of a planned national stay-away in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, the EU has expressed its concern at rising cases of police violence towards protesters.

“Use of force should only be considered as a last resort,” the EU delegation to Zimbabwe said on Tuesday in a statement likely to anger officials close to longtime president Robert Mugabe, which says Western embassies are behind the wave of protests currently rocking this southern African nation.

In power in Zimbabwe for the last 36 years, Mugabe is taking an increasingly hard line on protesters, with police using tear-gas, batons and water cannon to beat back not just those taking to the streets but also bystanders unlucky enough to be caught up in the chaos.

The #Tajamuka pressure group behind Wednesday’s stay-away has urged Zimbabweans to avoid the streets and any confrontation with police – but it’s still not clear how widely this protest will be followed.

Anti-Mugabe campaigners held two stay-aways in July but only the first was widely followed.

No single leader of the protests

Analysts say many in Zimbabwe’s struggling economy simply cannot afford to take time off while others – including schools – were ticked off by the authorities for responding to the strike calls. Schools are on holiday in Zimbabwe this month.

On social media there are complaints that few are aware of the strike call (though it has received the backing of the Combined Harare Residents Association, which has members in the capital’s townships). Since the leader of the #ThisFlag protest movement, churchman Evan Mawarire, was forced into exile last month, protests have been staged on a near-daily basis by a variety of groups.

There is no single leader of the protests.

Clearly worried by footage and pictures of police turning on protesters in Harare recently, the EU said: “Police have a duty to facilitate the conduct of undisturbed peaceful demonstrations and petitions.”

Earlier on Tuesday the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he’d visited a 62-year old woman seen being kicked by police outside a court in Harare on Friday.

Lillian Chinyerere “sustained shoulder injuries and is now hard of hearing” but still wants to take part in the next protest, Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party said.

Two Polytechnic Students Allegedly Killed By Police Today During Protest

FIDEI Polytechnic Gboko in Benue State was today shut down indefinitely following alleged killing of two students and two police officers by suspected group of thugs known as ‘SHAWA.’

The two students were killed and another hospitalized, while property belonging to the institution were also destroyed during the crisis that broke out early Tuesday and Wednesday Evening at the polytechnic.

An eye witness, Terfa Guum, told a Punch correspondent on the phone that the affected property includes the bakery, bursary, the ranch and pen house.

SHAWA thugs allegedly invaded the institution to dislodge some students who were protesting peacefully over their exclusion from the ongoing second semester examinations.

Guum said trouble started when final year students who were owing tuition were barred from writing the examination.

“This made the students to stage a peaceful protest,” he added.

He said that immediately the protest commenced, policemen stormed the school premises, shooting tear gas and shooting sporadically.

“In the process, a student was hit on the chest and died instantly, while another died in the hospital.”

The institution’s authority subsequently cancelled the examination.

Angered by this, the students allegedly regrouped and embarked on massive destruction of the school’s property.



Aviation Workers Protest Privatisation Of MMIA, Others

Vehicular movements into the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, was difficult yesterday as airport workers staged a protest against the planned privatisation of four of the nation’s airports.
There was a severe gridlock on the road as vehicles coming into the airport from the Ikeja axis and the NAHCo end of the road were obstructed by the protesting workers even though there were  policemen from the Lagos Domestic Airport Police Station on ground to ensure free flow of traffic.
The protesting aviation unions include Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Union of Pensioners (NUP).
Acting General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, and General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Francis Akinjolen, who addressed the protesting workers, said that the unions will resist any attempt by the Federal Government to concession the four major airports, disclosing that the unions were aware of the presence of some influential interests that had already been positioned to buy Nigerian four most economically viable airports.
They argued that the unions cannot fold their arms and watch the retrenchment of over 6,000 workers of FAAN by a few selfish businessmen and women in the name of concession of four airports.
They further contended that the uncontrolled employment and improper placement of certain category of staff without recourse to Federal Character and Public Service Rules in recent months was a ploy to render FAAN insolvent for them to acquire.
Meanwhile, in Lagos, all gates leading to FAAN offices were shut down to ensure that all workers complied  with the directive to join the protest organised by the unions.
Some of the workers who would not have participated in the protest were seen trekking along with the union members, a situation that further confirmed that the gates to their offices were locked by the unions.
The protest came few days after the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, assured Nigerians that their interest would not be jeopardised in the resolve to concession some of the nation’s airports.

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http://sunnewsonline.com/aviation-workers-protest-privatisation-of-mmia-others/

Adamawa Workers Protest, Demand Removal Of Some Govt. Officials

Civil servants in Adamawa on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Government House Yola calling for the removal of three government officials from office. The protesters, led by the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Dauda Maina, shut the entrance to government house for several hours.

They were demanding for the sacking of the Chairman of the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Abdullahi Belel. They also demanded for the sacking of the Executive Secretary Adamawa State Post Primary School Board, Mallam Abdullahi Jingi and the General Manager of Adamawa State Transport Company, Mr Ahmed Nyako.

Maina said that the call for the sack of the affected persons was based on their anti workers stance. He said that the affected person where responsible for causing friction between workers and the government. He alleged that the on-going health workers strike in the state was caused by the executive chairman of the state primary healthcare agency, Dr Abdullahi Belel.

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http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/08/adamawa-workers-shut-govt-house-demand-removal-officials/

Militants Blow Up Nigeria’s Pipeline, Chevron Protest Goes On

Militants blew up another crude pipeline in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, a youth and protest leader said on Thursday.

Protesters also continued to block the entrance to a Chevron oil depot in the restive southern region for a third day.

On Wednesday, a previously unknown group called Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said it had attacked a crude pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC and local firm Shoreline Natural Resources in Urhobo in Delta state.

“It is true but I don’t have details yet,” said Collins Edema, a youth leader. He said the pipeline was on fire, but Reuters was unable to confirm this and it was not immediately possible to get more details.

He also said protesters, mostly unemployed youths, were continuing a demonstration started on Tuesday at the gate of a Chevron oil depot to demand jobs and housing, claiming the facility had destroyed their settlement.

“Our protest is going on peacefully today on Thursday. Our community workers inside the tank farm have joined the protest as we speak,” Edema said.

“Nobody is going in and out of the facility since we’ve started but Chevron has airlifted their senior staff from there,” he said, a claim Reuters could not verify.

Chevron confirmed a protest had taken place but did not say whether oil production had been affected.

Read More: dailytrust

 

Turkish Citizens Protest In Nigeria As Erdogan Widens Coup Clampdown

Citizens of Turkey resident in Nigeria on Thursday protested in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, calling for support for President Tayyip Erdogan who survived a coup attempt on July 15.

The protest was organised by by two groups – Musiyad and Little Turkey Nigeria.

The protesters, about a hundred, embarked on a peaceful procession from the popular Abuja parade ground, near the magnificent International Conference Centre to the Turkish embassy located on Diplomatic Drive, near the Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence.

As they marched, the protesters waved Turkish flags and sang songs of solidarity in praise of President Erdogan.

As they arrived the embassy building, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, was already waiting outside to receive them.

Mr. Cakil had on July 28 called on the Nigerian Government to close 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for their alleged links with a movement his government says was involved in the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey.

According to the ambassador, investigations by the Turkish government showed that a movement led by US-based Fethullah Gulen was responsible for the failed coup attempt, which claimed over 200 lives. was in support of the Turkish president.

President Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions after the failed military coup.

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http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/208434-turkish-citizens-protest-in-nigeria-as-president-erdogan-widens-coup-clampdown.html

20 Women Traders Injured As 5,000 Protest Over Ejection

At least 5,000 ejected traders, mostly women who deal in perishables, yesterday, protested their ejection along St. Jude/Silas Works Axis Fegge, Onitsha, and in the process, about  20 of them sustained injuries.
The protesting women alleged ejection from their market places by agents of the Anambra State government.
They said that they would not continue to be pushed around  and threatened to relocate to Delta state.
Reacting, the patron of the traders, Chief Linus Odiogbu expressed surprise that security operatives could eject them from the market at Fegge after being ejected earlier from Coca-Cola axis along the Onitsha/Asaba Expressway.
He said; “In the early morning of today (yesterday) at about 3.00am, the police, Ocha Brigade and other security outfits stormed our market and when we came, they started shooting guns at us and we started running away; and, on the process, about 20 of the women sustained injuries”
“We are protesting the attack on us and, as it is, we have relocated now to Oko, Delta State, since Anambra State does not want us. Delta State people want us and we say bye to Anambra State,” he stated.
Mrs. Ifeoma Ochonma, woman leader in the market, said; “I was injured by the security operatives  who were shooting sporadically. The agents of the state government have continued to eject us from Coca Cola axis to St. Jude/Silas, telling us that, this time, we have to relocate to Power Mike axis along Atani road.
“Since they do not want us in Anambra State, we have relocated to Delta State to sell our perishables that include; onions, plantain, cucumber, water melon, oranges, corns amongst others”.

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http://sunnewsonline.com/anambra-20-women-traders-injured-as-5000-protest-over-ejection/

Nigerians Protest Food Shortage At Town Hall Meeting

The atmosphere was charged, yesterday, as participants at the special Town Hall meeting organized by Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, AANI, in Abuja, confronted nine ministers, demanding for quick remedy to the current economic hardship in the country.

Some of the aggrieved participants told the ministers that Nigerians were tired of the talkshops and that government should do more to put food on their tables. Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said 2017 Budget would be submitted to the National Assembly by October this year.

According to the minister, necessary consultations on preparing the 2017 budget are ongoing. He revealed that government had already released N331.5 billion to date, as part of capital allocation of the 2016 budget, to key ministries covering sectors that will turn around the economy. He said the ministries that received the capital released were power, works and housing, defence and security, water resources, transportation, agriculture and Niger Delta.

Read More:

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/08/nigerians-protest-food-shortage-town-hall-meeting/

PS: An eye witness at the session reached out to us to state that this was indeed never the case as in her own words, this proved to be the most peaceful town hall meeting to date.

Two Retirees Slump During Pension Arrears Protest In Benue

Two pensioners of the Benue State Civil Service slumped on Wednesday during a protest staged by retirees under the umbrella of Concerned Benue Pensioners in Makurdi, the state capital.

The retirees staged the protest against the Benue State government over alleged unpaid entitlements and gratuity which spanned 11 months.

The protesting pensioners took to the streets of Makurdi carrying placards with various inscriptions demanding for the immediate payment of their pension arrears.

 It was during the protest that two of them allegedly slumped and became unconscious. All efforts to revive the affected retirees proved unsuccessful. They were taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

Some of the inscriptions on the protesters’ placards read: ‘’Gov Ortom fulfill your campaign promises’’, ‘’Do not starve us to death,’’ ‘’Pay us our pension’’, ‘’We are more than 30,000 pensioners and we are dying like chickens everyday’’, “We are unable to buy our drugs’’, “Our children have stopped going to schools” and so on.

The protesters barricaded the popular CBN- Government House Roundabout causing gridlock for several hours while all efforts by security operatives to calm them down and allow free passage of vehicles failed until they finally decided to move themselves to the main Government House.

The protesters were received at the Government House by the Acting Secretary to the Benue State Government, Dr. Bem Meladu, commissioners of finance, education and the Head of Service.

Presenting their protest letter to the SSG for onward delivery to the governor who was said to be out of the state, the Chairman of the Concerned Benue Pensioners, Mr. Peter Ikyado, said the protest would not end if the state government failed to attend to their plight.

He added that his members were tired of “continued failed promises” by the state government on the payment of their pension arrears.

Credit: Punch

Half-naked Women Protest Against Killings In Kaduna

Half-naked women on Tuesday protested over alleged night attacks by herdsmen on Ninte village in Godogodo Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State.

The women from Ninte and surrounding villages staged the protest at the palace of the Chief of Godogodo.

The women demanded government intervention to stop the alleged increasing cases of night killings, rape, burning of houses by some assailants in the area.

Spokesperson of the protesters, Mrs. Deborah Reuben, accused the government of insensitivity to their plight since the incident started in May.

“The situation is unhealthy as it is no longer safe.

“The government we voted into power has left us at the mercy of armed herdsmen, farms cannot be cultivated in the face of high level of impunity,” she lamented.

Responding, the Chief of Godogodo, Malam Iliya Ajiya appealed to the protesting women to remain calm as everything possible was being done to bring the situation under control.

When contacted, the Interim Chairman of Jema’a local council, Dr. Bege Katukah confirmed to NAN in a telephone interview that security men had been mobilised to the affected community.

NAN learnt that residents of the affected villages have been relocating to Godogodo, Antang and Gidan Waya, for their safety.

Credit: NAN

Tinubu Doles Out N75m For Protest Against Me- Melaye

Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Sen. Dino Melaye has posted on his Facebook page, an allegation accusing Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District, of doling out N75 million to women activists to protest against him tomorrow (Wednesday), in Abuja.

Recall that Senator Tinubu, yesterday, wrote to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, seeking protection from attack by Melaye, following a raging war of words between both Senators, since last week.

In the Facebook post titled: ‘Tinubu plans anti-Melaye protests in Abuja, splashes N75m on Kemi Nelson, others,’ Melaye quoted one Professor Taibat Majekodunmi, National President of the Committee for the Defence of Women’s Rights (CDWR) as saying:

“We have it on good authority that N75 million has been released by Senator Oluremi Tinubu to Kemi Nelson through Tinubu’s sister called Funlola. The money is to organise a protest in Abuja on Wednesday against the chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye, with 1,000 protesters from Lagos.

“The protesters have booked for 300 rooms in some in hotels in Abuja. Why did she not organise a protest against the hardship of Nigerian women and widows. As we speak, Alade market in Ogba area of Lagos has been destroyed and all the women rendered shopless. Oluremi Tinubu did not organise protest about that.

“Against the provisions of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kemi Nelson doubles at the State APC Women leader in Lagos and also the zonal women leader of APC in the South West. This will show her greediness and why the Tinubu dynasty has taken over Lagos.

“Women were killed in Kano and Abuja and Mrs. Tinubu is the chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs. She did not organise protest over these killings. Mrs. Tinubu has not protested against the skyrocketed price of tomatoes in the market. In the same vein, kerosene is now over N200 per litre and she didn’t organised any protest to that effect.

“Instead, she has taken advantage of the prevailing poverty in the land to hire hungry women in the land to partake in an unproductive protest against Dino Melaye. Women like Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Hajiya Gambosa Sawaba, Sarah Jubril, fought for woman race without attacking any man. Oluremi Tinubu should emulate the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandhi, Benazir Bhutto and our own dear Dora Akunyili.

“You can imagine what N75 million will do in the lives of widows and hungry Nigerian women. We dare Mrs. Tinubu to go ahead with her planned N75 million protest in Abuja. We will also mobilise Nigerian women against this ostentatious display of wealth while the average Nigerian women wallow in abject poverty.”

“The protesters have already stormed Abuja and have booked for 300 rooms in many hotels,” alleges the statement.

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Workers Lock Out Minister of Finance, Protest N1.2bn Unpaid Allowances

Staff of the Ministry of Finance, yesterday, prevented  the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, from entering her office following  a protest to  demand the payment of N1.2 billion unpaid  allowance.

As  early as 7am,  the staff had barricaded the gate and chanting  “Adeosun must go. Adeosun must go”. Their placards read: “Staff welfare means nothing to Kemi Adeosun”;  “Adeosun Kemi must stop treating us like foreigners in our country”;  “Mr. President remove Adeosun before she destroys the economy.”

The workers who spoke on condition of anonymity,  said that since the Minister assumed office she has not met with either the workers or the union executives. They alleged that the Minister told them that she was appointed by the President for a specific assignment and not for the staff.

The workers who defied the rains and the presence of armed policemen, vowed to continue the protest until the President removes the Minister.

However, the Director,  Information, in the Ministry of Finance, Salisu Na’nna Dambatta, said the payment known as  a Special Overtime (SOT), was stopped by the last administration in 2014 on the grounds that it was not listed in any extant government Circular, Financial Regulations or the Public Service Rules and the sum of N1.2 billion computed by the staff union for payment could not have been budgeted for in 2016 in the first place, not only because of the paucity of funds but also due to the fact that the SOT allowance was not part of the remuneration in the Federal Public Service. 

The Director also noted that the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Budget Office of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning do not individually or collectively owe any of their personnel their salaries.

“In view of the foregone, the management of the Federal Ministry of Finance wishes to categorically state that the protests have no justifiable grounds,” he said.

Credit: Sun

University Of Ibadan Shut Down Over Student’s Protest

The University of Ibadan has been shut down indefinitely following a two-day protest by students who have now been asked to leave the campus. The students were expressing displeasure over “the suspension of a union leader by the students’ disciplinary committee” and “non-availability of some amenities needed on the campus”.

In what is becoming a norm in Federal Universities, the students complained about lack of power and water which they said made learning difficult for them.

They took their protests to Lectures halls & disrupted ongoing classes by using canes to chase
colleagues who didn’t join the protests.

They also shut down all entrances to the institution, a move which has been declared illegal by other institutions including UNILAG.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abel Olayinka said the decision to shut the institution was occasioned by violent protests which, he added, had led to “life-threatening acts and text messages” being sent and received around the campus.

Protest Rocks Asaba Over Herdsmen Killings

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UNIPORT Protest: Police Begin Investigation Of Student’s Death, VC Sympathises With Family

The Rivers Police Command said on Tuesday that it had commenced investigation on the death of a student of the university of Port Harcourt during Monday’s students’ protest.
Mr Mobalaji Adesanya, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, disclosed this to newsmen after inspecting the scene of the protest at the university.
He said the police did not kill any student, neither did it use fire arms on the students during the protest.
“On the issue of fatality, for now, last night, there was a case of a body that was recovered but very far away from this area.  The corpse is currently at the mortuary ready for autopsy.

The police did not use fire arms on the students and we did not shoot any student,” he said.
Adesanya said policemen sent to the protest scene were given specific directives and did not enter the campus until 10.00p.m. at the invitation of the vice chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ndowa Lale, expressed regret at the death of the student.
“On behalf of the Council, Senate and entire university community, we regret the loss of life and we sympathise with the family. We regret what has happened and for the injured too,” he said.
Lale said the protesting students damaged property of the institution and looted some school and staff belongings.
“In the circumstance we found ourselves, we had to shut down the school to maintain a certain degree of peace on campus. We will continue to assess the situation and when we think that we have sufficient peace on campus, we will reopen the school,” he said.

 

(NAN)

Two Feared Killed As UNIPORT Students Protest Over Tuition

Two students of the University of Port Harcourt were on Monday feared killed during a protest over an alleged policy by the management of the institution that tuition must be paid before they would be allowed to take their first semester examinations.

One of the students identified as Peter Ofurun, who was said to have been hit by a bullet from a policeman, had died instantly.

Another student also hit by a bullet was rushed to the hospital, even as sources claimed that she died on the way to the hospital for treatment.

The UNIPORT students’ protest had halted all academic activities in the institution as they demanded that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunday Lale, should address them and also reverse the policy

Ofurun was a student in the Faculty of Management Science before he met his untimely death.

Sources disclosed that the two students were hit by the bullets when policemen opened fire to disperse the protesting students and stop them from occupying the busy East-West road for a long time.

The students’ presence on the East-West had caused a heavy traffic as travellers waited in vain for the students to disperse for them to continue with their journey.

It was gathered that the students had come out from their various hostels at about 4.30am to express their grievances over the stance of the UNIPORT management to stop them from taking their first semester examination over their non-payment of the fees.

An armoured personnel carrier that was moving close to the institution to ensure that calm returned was also trapped in the traffic.

It was gathered that the UNIPORT management has embraced a policy that stopped students, who had yet to pay their school fees, from taking their exams.

Affected students, according to a source, will also be made to carry over the courses.

But the protesting students described the policy as a form of victimisation, adding that the dwindling economy of the nation was affecting them as they were unable to pay their fees immediately.

One of the placards of the protesting students reads, ‘Say No to No School Fees, No Examinations’.

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Anambra PDP Reps Candidates Protest At INEC

Aggrieved House of Representatives candidates of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party have stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja to protest the continued delay to act on the Supreme Court judgment in respect of the rightful winners of the National Assembly seats in Anambra state in the 2015 general elections.

The protesters arrived INEC as early as 8am and took up positions at the entrance to the commission, chanting solidarity songs. Most of them displayed placards demanding that INEC issues their representatives certificates of return to resume at the National Assembly.

Speaking on behalf of other aggrieved candidates, Hon. Tony Office expressed dismay at the action of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in declining to grant them audience despite several letters seeking to meet with him. While alleging INEC bias, Office accused the former Acting Chairman of INEC, Amina Zakari, of being responsible for their plight.

He said the woman who is now a national commissioner led the affairs of INEC during the time when their names were struck out from the election list.

The protesters were prevented from gaining access to INEC premises and after about an hour, the leader of INEC security team asked their representative to come in and deliver their letter.

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Gbagyi Residents In Kaduna Protest Planned Houses’ Demolition

Gbagyi Villa building demolition Residents of Gbagyi Villa Community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State are protesting against a plan by the State government to demolish their buildings.

The government claims the buildings were illegally erected on a parcel of land belonging to Kaduna polytechnic.

The residents, comprising of men, women and even children embarked on a peaceful demonstration on Thursday morning, demanding that the planned demolition should be suspended.

With placards they sang anti-government songs, as they marched along the roads to show their anger.

They claimed to be in possession of all relevant documents that gave them the right to occupy the land, insisting that the planned demolition was illegal and inhuman.

According to them, the land in question had been a source of dispute between them and the polytechnic due to the fact that the native owners were not duly settled to enable them transfer complete ownership to the institution.

The Chairman Gbagyi Community, Chris Obodumu, claimed that late Governor Patrick Yahowa in 2011 resolved the dispute and amicably demarcated the boundary between the two parties.

Reacting to the protest, spokesman for the state governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, explained that the planned demolition was “to restore the land back to the rightful owner – the Kaduna Polytechnic”.

He stated that some people deliberately encroached into the portion of land belonging to the polytechnic even when they knew where the boundary was.

According to him, as the municipal authority in which all land in the state is vested upon, the government was again approached in 2015 by the Kaduna Polytechnic requesting action to preserve their title.

Although none of the residents have presented their land titles to the relevant government agency, Aruwan said the government was ready to recognise and protect every proven title to land.

Gbagyi Villa Community shares boundaries with Kaduna Polytechnic and Ungwar Romi, along the eastern bye-pass.

Both the Gbagyi Villa land and that of the polytechnic were formally one piece of land before a part of it was acquired by the latter many years ago.

In recent time, some people were said to have encroached into the land and erected their structures there without approval from either the state government or the polytechnic management.

The owners of the houses have been served a notice of eviction through KASUPDA, after which they will be demolished.

In the copy of the eviction notice, dated August 5, 2015, the council based its action on the state’s 1958 Township Building Rules and Environmental Protection Law of 2010.

Pending when the bulldozers will move in, the residents demand that a committee be set up by the state governor to investigate all issues and transactions relating to the land.

They also called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to consider the recommendation of the white paper of the Yakowa’s administration not to demolish lands belonging to the Gbayi people.

They said that the polytechnic community was not laying claim to the same land and wondered what the interest of the Kaduna State government on the matter was.

According to them, the plan to demolish their buildings rubbishes all efforts and procedures that had sustained the peace and unity in their community over the years.

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Party Supporters Protest At Kogi Governorship Election Tribunal

Many political party supporters on Monday in Abuja staged a protest at the premises of the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jabi area.

 

The protesters carried handbills and placards with different inscriptions.

 

The swift intervention of security personnel, including the police, prevented the situation from degenerating into violence.

 

Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Audu/Faleke Political Organisation, Mr Duro Meseko, condemned the protest.

 

It called on the Inspector General of Police to deploy more policemen to cover the tribunal’s proceedings, to forestall breakdown of law and order.

 

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Protest At National Assembly Over Agatu Killings

Aggrieved youths from Agatu local government area of Benue State on Wednesday embarked on a peaceful protest to the National Assembly to express their displeasure over the continued killing of their people by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

 

One of the aggrieved community members identified as Aliyu Okpani said, “The essence of the protest is to draw the attention of the federal government to our plight in Agatu.”

“The Fulani people have continued to kill our people even up till this morning. They have rendered over 400 people homeless and the government is silent.”

“Just two days ago, during the burial of some of the people killed by these marauders, the Fulani people invaded again, killing scores and leaving many wounded.”

The placard-wielding protesters converged at the Unity fountain from where they marched to the Police Force Headquarters, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, before getting to the National Assembly in a bid to register their plight in the hands of Fulani herdsmen.

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The messages on some of the placards read, Agatu Massacre; “We want Commission of Inquiry,” “Save Agatu, preserve Idomas,” “Our Women and children are dying.”

 

Coordinator of the protest , Paul Edeh while speaking at the National Assembly said, “We the Agatu people are calling for a commission of inquiry into the continued killings in our community which should be headed by the Chief Justice of the Federation.”

 

Ede also called on the Federal Government to deploy security operatives to the borders of Agatu so as to shield the community from incessant invasion.

 

Addressing the crowd who were donned on red and black attire in in protest against the killings in Agatu, the Deputy Majority Leader, Sen. Bala Ibn Na-Allah said, “As far as the Senate is concerned injury to one Idoma man is injury to all.”

 

“We have a responsibility to ensure that everybody lives free and not in fear under democracy.”

 

“What touches me most is that the protest has the involvement of the clergy, like we all know when this group of people cry only those with fear hears.”

 

It was gathered that the military officials sent to secure the community had to back out as they were overpowered by the superior firepower of the suspected Fulani invaders.

 

Over 200 people are believed to have so far been killed.

 

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100 Soldiers Protest Unlawful Dismissal From Army

About 100 soldiers who were allegedly dismissed by the Nigerian Army last year for losing their weapons and operational base to Boko Haram insurgents in the North East on Wednesday protested their dismissal from the army.

The soldiers are demanding that the Nigerian Army obey the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for their reinstatement since August 2015.

They also complained of not receiving their salaries since July last year, a situation they say has brought untold hardship to them and their families.

Some of them told journalists that their travails started after they were thoroughly scrutinized in September 2015 by an army investigative board led by the General Officer Commanding One Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, and thereafter transferred to the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC) in Kontagora, Niger state for a pre-reposting training.

After the training, the soldiers said their names were omitted in the list of the over 3,000 that were re-instated, adding that nobody has been able to explain to them the reason for the omission.

Presently, they alleged that their families as well as personal property have been thrown out of the barrack following their dismissal.

The aggrieved soldiers, who said they were unjustly dismissed without any known offence and without the benefit of fair hearing are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukut Buratai, to intervene in the matter with a view to reinstating them.

The soldiers say they are willing and ready to serve the Nigerian Army and the country again if they are re-instated.

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NLC Stage Protest In Imo State

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from the 36 states of the federation led by the National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba on Wednesday converged in Owerri the Imo State capital.

The protest is to express their displeasure over the lingering issue of the concession policy by the state government as well as the suspension of workers from 19 parastatals in the state.

The Labour shut down all activities at the Sam Mbakwe airport, Owerri and other government offices under the NLC to effect the compliance of the protest.

However, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Oyegun is presently at the Government House in Owerri to brief newsmen about the issues.

Meanwhile a meeting between State Government and the State Executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress is  at the moment ongoing at the office of the Secretary to the Government of Imo State as they are trying to see how to resolve the issue at hand.

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Electricity Tariff Hike: Workers Begin Nationwide Protest

Workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have started a nationwide protest against the recent increase in electricity tariffs in the country. The NLC had called for the protest after repeatedly calling on the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to suspend the recent increase in tariffs.

 

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who described the tariff hike as outrageous, said it was the fifth in a row since 2012 and unacceptable.

 

In a statement calling for the protest Wabba said, “It is a nationwide protest, meaning that the 36 states of the Federation including Abuja will be involved in this action. Our members have been sufficiently mobilised and are ready to go. If you are an electricity consumer and you are not happy with the bills electricity companies serve you every month, you are invited to join this protest rally.”

 

Civil society groups and activists also expressed support for the protest and mobilised their members for it.

 

In Abuja, protesters could be seen carrying placards expressing their disdain for the tariff increase with some bearing such inscriptions as “We won’t pay more for darkness”.

 

Some of the workers came out as early as 7am for the protest, which started at the Labour House in the Central Business District Abuja. The workers are expected to protest at NERC offices and in the case of Abuja, the protest will extend to the National Assembly.

The NERC had introduced the new power tariff regime in December, outlining the various rates of increase in energy charges for consumers across the country. 

It also announced the removal fixed electricity charges for all classes of electricity consumers and noted that power users would only pay for what they consume.

The new tariffs became effective February 1.

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Robbery: DPO Stripped Naked As Ekiti Drivers Protest Colleague’s Killing

Angry drivers stripped a Divisional Police Officer naked on Wednesday in Aramoko Ekiti following the death of their colleague.

 
The drivers, angry that their colleague had been killed during a robbery operation a few metres from the police station, descended on the Amaroko Ekiti division to make their anger felt.

 

The group proceeded to strip DPO Anthony Okpaleye, as well as destroy two police vans in the process.

 

The State Government later summoned a meeting, chaired by Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola into cicrumstances surrounding the incident.

 

 

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Auto crash: Youths In Ebonyi Protest Death Of Colleagues

Youths in Ebonyi, weekend, staged a peaceful protest over the death of 10 youths in an auto-crash, while on their way to witness the Appeal Court judgment on Ebonyi State governorship election.
The youths, who carried placards with various inscriptions, stormed the Government House, Abakaliki to register their protest.
In his speech, leader of the youths and Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Elder Samuel Igwe said: “No doubt, every mortal will die definitely one day, but a situation where these youths had to be sacrificed on the altar of political desperation is unacceptable to Ebonyians.
“Anybody can go to the court to challenge whatever he feels aggrieved about but that has to be done following due process with evidences for justification, and not to sacrifice our youths.
“We suspect that some political desperados know what or who is behind these sad deaths of our youths who are future leaders of our dear state.
“We suspect foul-play in this matter as it concerns the enemies of the incumbent administration.”
He called on Governor David Umahi to set up a panel of inquiry to unravel the causes of the untimely death of the youths.
Addressing the youths, the Chief of Staff Government House, Chief Emmanuel Offor said, the state government was unhappy over the death of the youths.

 

He alleged that some misguided and desperate politicians in the state were using the youths as sacrifice to actualize their ambition.

 

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Iran Summons Nigerian Ambassador To Protest Shi’ite Clashes In The North

Iran has summoned the Nigerian Charge d’Affaires in Tehran to protest against deadly clashes between Shia Muslims in the country’s north and the army.

Iran’s foreign ministry called the violence between the military and followers of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) “unacceptable”, the official ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif had earlier contacted his Nigerian counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama to express his “deep concern” about Saturday’s events in the city of Zaria.

ISNA said at least 12 people were killed, with both sides blaming each other.

The Nigerian military said one of its convoys was attacked by followers of Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the IMN.

“The sect numbering hundreds carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres,” an army statement said.

“The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff, on hearing explosions and firing, were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost.”

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See Indian Women’s Shocking Protest Against Temple That Restricts Women Entry During Their Period

Women of menstruating age have never been allowed inside the Sabarimala temple, one of the largest and oldest Hindu pilgrimage centers in India.

Report says the recently appointed board president made it clear that he’s not changing the law any time soon. That is, until the temple has a scanner that literally detects whether or not women are bleeding from their vagina.

” There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the ‘right time’ (not menstruating) for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside,”   Prayar Gopalakrishnan , the new board president, said at a press meeting.

 Indian women are understandably outraged at this ridiculous law, so 20-year-old Nikita Azad started a Facebook campaign using #HappyToBleed to protest the temple’s decision.
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#Pausibility: It Is So Easy To Start A War by Adebayo Coker

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Long before now, I have been carrying the inclination that I am going to write this piece but now I have the conviction of time to do it expressly. This is not an indictment on any religion or a section of the country. In fact, it is a pointer to all of us— globally—that everything is about to go down, if nothing is done in the quickest time possible.

I used to patronize one Brother Adamu. He was introduced into the compound by my landlord. He does some chores for us in the compound but for me I only allow him clean my jalopy. Many times I had to settle him even beyond what a typical industrial car wash would charge and sometimes I defray the bill of his primary principal when I see him lurking around for too long, calling out when he’s done cleaning Alhaji’s cars in order to be settled. This guy deserves that daily pittance however you view it, especially when he works to earn it; I thought each time I saw him hanging there. Adamu is an industrious young man. He had sold me his shoe shining business though I never patronized him but I appreciate the adroit with which he carries the small case beating it to call the attention of any possible client. Adamu is striving, even when he tells you Ba Turenci ,  he puts his best to understanding whatever instruction you pass to him and he will deliver optimally.

Along the line I had a serious disagreement with Alhaji (on principle) that I was prepared to enforce my right in the Court of Law but somehow due to interventions here and there, we were able to reach a compromise. Then I called Adamu to come over to help get the car prepared as usual. Adamu jumped at it, rushed down to my compound, took all the needful from the muster point and got prepared to wash the car: then he was summoned by Alhaja, the wife of the landlord. Adamu was gone longer than normal and when he returned he just stood right there; he couldn’t utter a word, neither did he go back to the bucketful of soapy water to get done with what I invited him for. He just stood there and I got the message. I pressed: you wan wash or not? Adamu couldn’t respond. After a while he just walked out on me and I smiled. I took care of the car myself, in the first place I have always done the chore myself but I have to patronize Adamu for his own sustenance. After I finished washing the car and I realized that Adamu was still in the compound, I walked to where he was standing with Alhaja whom I suspected deliberately kept him company for the period I was washing the car, so he may not return to me. I offered half of what I had planned to give him if he had done the washing. Not that I had so much fund to play with, but I know Adamu needs help. His mind was just being exploited. Even though he may not have liked it, he couldn’t resist. It is possible he may have been told I am a Kaferi. The next morning I saw Adamu grumbling and when I asked what the problem is, he managed to explain to me that Alhaji hasn’t paid him for a very long time now. I pitied the young man who could have earned his full pay yesterday and possibly got a top-up, and also retain this customer. I could only wish him well and I drove off.

My mind went to those cheap recruits lurking around at the foot of the streets; young minds and energies that are left uncharted or underexplored. That’s why someone would see life as undeserving of them and would leave his or her supposed good life wherever in the world to join agents of destruction: ISIL, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabbab, Boko Haram, etc.

The ongoing agitation by some youths in the South-East with a tag of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) calling for secession, threatening war and spotting some people as the enemies of their realization, led by one Mr Kanu who had been legally arrested at his arrival on the soil of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, precisely at the airport but, (truth be told) unconstitutionally kept in detention till now. Mr Kanu is a young man himself who had been exposed to sound education and quality life. He instigates untold hate from his base in the UK through one of his machinery of doom, RadioBiafra and he had doubled his effrontery to fly into the land he so much professed hate for and expected to be treated like a royal. At that point he can be taken to be a spy and rightly to be treated as one. The devil doesn’t get a fair trial when he touches God’s anointed.

I didn’t witness the Civil War just as so many of us but we have heard stories and follow histories; most recently, There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe. In some quarters Achebe was said to be fragmentally segmented in his depiction of the events in his piece but whatever he captured were actions I wouldn’t want to experience so I wonder if Mr Kanu truly loves the people he was trying to take with him to his ‘republic’.

The street protests I see have no elderly person joining the march, even though some of us may want to believe the ‘supporting’ elders are only taking the back seat for now and would come out to reap the usefulness of the roundtable after these young men and women have been used to test the venom of whatever clampdown may be necessary in dealing with such unruliness; I still wonder at the raw energies of these unchecked herd-followers.

A reasonable Nnamdi would not see a reason to burn down his own store even if he will agitate for a better space; he won’t stop taking customers to his small shed till he is able to turn it into a chain of stores, then work on becoming a hybrid of importer and exporter group of companies. Look everywhere, you will see my Biafran brothers and sisters doing well. They usually pursue their businesses peacefully so we need to start asking why the majority of them would allow the few fallow-minded ones amongst them to put all of them in a bad light. Despite many expositions that this Kanu guy is a fraud, many young men and women offer themselves as pliable tools for his acts of self-perpetuation disguised as a clarion call for a Biafran dream and actualization. Let no clannish Kanu mess you up.

No doubt the current political hegemony may be lopsided, but don’t be another foolish sect sporting for war when you can get things done within the purview of simple human reasoning. Don’t die for what you can’t even explain if you were asked at the gate of hell: what killed you?

No Victor No Vanquished is a bad memory.

Police Warn Biafran Group Against Planned Protest

The Nigeria Police Force has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against carrying out its planned protest across some South Eastern states.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Force spokesperson, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, on Friday in Abuja.

” Information available to the Nigeria Police indicates plans by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to embark on ill-advised protest using dangerous weapons across some South Eastern States,”it said.

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South African Women Protest Against Sexualized Painting Of Zuma, See Painting 18+

Female supporters of South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday marched through the capital Pretoria to defend him against attacks including a satirical painting depicting him engaged in a sex act.

Several hundred members of African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) rallied outside the Union Buildings, the official seat of the government, where huge student protests were held last week.

The emergence of a nationwide student protest movement has shaken Zuma’s government amid dire economic data, high unemployment and growing mistrust of the ANC two decades after the end of apartheid.

The ANC Women’s League held its march to demonstrate its loyalty to Zuma, 73, who was recently depicted in the graphic painting by a local artist Ayanda Mabulu.

“The painting denigrates the president, not just him, but women as well, given how a woman is portrayed,” Toko Xasa, ANCWL spokeswoman, told AFP.

“We can’t allow that to happen.”

An ANCWL statement before the march attacked “the portrayal of the President’s genitals in the mouth of a woman,” and said the event would celebrate Zuma’s role in transforming the country since apartheid.

“We, therefore, stand firm in saying ‘hands off President Zuma’ as the leader of the (ANC) organisation and father of the nation,” it said.

Entitled “The Pornography of Power”, the brightly coloured painting depicts Zuma in a sex act surrounded by symbols and characters that the artist said represent rape, colonialism, slavery and exploitation.

Mabulu, the artist, defended his work and said that the protest was misguided. See painting below:

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Supporters Of Biafra Protest Kanu’s Arrest

Supporters of the Radio Biafra broadcaster, under the umbrella the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, resident in Rivers State have stormed the city of Port Harcourt with a heavy protest demanding the unconditional release of their leader and presenter, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

The protesters numbering over 5000 who were split into seven groups appeared peaceful, although, chanting war songs also called for the creation of the sovereign state of Biafra.

The agitators, mainly business men and women of Igbo extraction, said it was an act of impunity for the federal government to apprehend a man who is championing the cause of his people.

The IPOB supporters claimed that they were not part of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, adding that the IPOB is fighting true course for the emancipation of the Biafrans.

Speaking, one of the coordinators of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebre Aguodu said, “The reason for this protest is that our able chairman, the father and founder of IPOB worldwide has been held by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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UNICAL Students Protest Water Scarcity, Power Outage

Students of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) on Monday carried placards protesting against neglect of their welfare by the authorities of the university.

The protest, which began at about 5.30 a.m., created panic as workers and traders got stranded at roads linking the university, including Etta Agbor, IBB Way and Mary Slessor Road.

The placards read: “VC, give us water and light, students cannot study without light and water, electricity and water is our right,’’ among others.

One of the students, Mr Emeka Ebere, of the Physics Department, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the students had been staying without light and water in hostels for more than three weeks.

Ebere added that the school authorities were doing nothing about the plight of students.

“Rats come to eat our legs when we sleep because everywhere is bushy and there is no light for more than three weeks now.

“Again, we have not had water for months now and students have to go long distances into the town to fetch water.”

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Workers, Students, Others Protest In Ekiti, Ondo, Osun

Protesters deplored the plight of students, workers and other suffering people in Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states yesterday.

At the federal level, reactions, mostly critical, have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence anniversary speech with Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) frowning at his silence on agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

The group, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, particularly criticised the President’s failure to use the occasion to unveil his government’s programme on comprehensive police reform.

HURIWA said an occasion such as the 55th Independence anniversary should have provided the opportunity for the Nigerian government under the new dispensation to provide clear guidelines and evidence-based programme of police reform given that armed kidnapping has proven to be one of the greatest national security threats after terrorism.

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‘Gov Wada must go’ protesters block Abuja-Lokoja Highway

Workers of Kogi Local Government protesting 21 months of salary arrears and two years of unpaid leave bonuses blocked the Abuja-Lokoja Highway at Kotonkarife area Thursday morning.

Protesters block Abuja-Lokoja road in protest of their salary arrears Photo: Taiwo Adelu/PM News

Protesters block Abuja-Lokoja road in protest of their salary arrears Photo: Taiwo Adelu/PM News

 

 

The workers carried placards with inscriptions “Wada must go”, “Pay us our 21 months salary”, “Wada has used our money for PDP primaries”, ” Buhari must save Kogi from Wada”, “Wada is a thief” and others were displayed as they chanted.

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Protesters block Abuja-Lokoja road in protest of their salary arrears Photo: Taiwo Adelu/PM News

 

 

The protesting workers vowed to keep the highway blocked, telling travellers to hold Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state responsible.

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UNILAG Was Apparently Never Shut Down, Lectures Continue After Protest

he reported protest carried out by UNILAG students over the death of 300 level Accounting female student, Oluchi Anekwe, by electrocution apparently did not shut down UNILAG as reported…well, this new development is what The Sun claims.

According to The Sun’s report, normalcy has returned to the University of Lagos.

Speaking on the matter, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof Duro Oni, said:

Unilag is not shut. We are in our offices and have attended various meetings. Lectures are ongoing and the campus is peaceful.

A lecturer at the Political Science Department who decided to remain anonymous confirmed to The Sun that students did protest but reiterated saying: “The university was never shut and that calm has returned to the institution.”

Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Laja Odukoya, also said the information that the university was shut because of the protest was false and that his members have been lecturing the students.

Legislative Aides Protest N7 bn Unpaid Allowances

Legislative aides of Senators and members of the House of Representatives, who served in the 7th Assembly, yesterday protested the non-payment of their severance gratuities and Duty Tour Allowances, DTA, totaling N7billion at the central lobby of the National Assembly, NASS.

The aides, numbering over 2,500, had after about two hours meeting at the Hearing Room 1 of the House of Representatives, stormed the central lobby of the complex to express their annoyance over the refusal of the management to pay them their entitlements. They threatened to shut down the NASS Complex to administrative and legislative businesses in the nearest future if their demand of urgent payment of the allowances is not met on time.

A detachment of policemen from NASS Division, however, took over the whole arena, immediately they got wind of the protest and prevented leaders of the legislative aides from briefing the press on the detailed outcome of their meeting.

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Information Ministry Workers Protest Against Staff Negligence, Fund Misappropriation

Workers of the Ministry of Information have staged a protest against what they described as the ministry’s negligence of staff welfare and gross misappropriation of public funds.

The protesters who gathered at the Radio House in Abuja, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe activities of the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, who they accused of mismanagement of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds, non-payment of allowances, refusal to train staff, among others.

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Oil Workers’ Protest Paralyzed Activities At AMCON

Business activities were on Monday paralyzed at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by oil workers under the aegis of SeaWolf Oil Field.

The disengaged oil workers, who barricaded the entrance of the office were protesting over the failure of AMCON to pay their entitlements which they claimed was in the range of N5bn to N7bn.

The workers lamented that despite assurance that the corporation would pay their entitlements after taking over their company-Offshore Management Services, such promises had yet to be fulfilled.

Spokesman for the protesters, Mr. Victor Ekundayo said that the agreement reached with the corporation was that their salaries would be paid by AMCON following the takeover of the company two years ago.

He said,” We have had several meetings with the Ministry of Petroleum, Labour and Productivity. Ministry of Finance had to intervene, insisting that AMCON pay the claims. AMCON even called us to say they will pay, yet nothing has been done.

“AMCON took over our facility in 2013 because SeaWolf was indebted to a lot of commercial banks. They did so without settling the workers.

“The standard in the oil and gas is that for whatever reason a company is taken, workers must be paid their terminal benefits, which AMCON has refused to do…”

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Controversial Cut-Off Mark: What Candidates Should Do – JAMB

Against the backdrop of controversy trailing move by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to post students rejected by
some universities to other schools, on the account of increased cut-off mark, the apex examination body has stated affected candidates
should check its website on Friday, August 5, 2015 to know the schools they are posted to.

Reacting to Wednesday’s protest by candidates billed to participate in UNILAG’s 2015/2016 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(post-UTME), JAMB spokesman, Mr. Fabian Benjamin told Vanguard that the Board has entered into an agreement with the school to post the rejected students to other schools in Lagos environs.

According to Benjamin, “Admission is not the way people think. We have Merit, Catchment and closeness to a state. Those are the criteria we
are following to arrive at that list we sent to UNILAG. It’s not about the cut off point, there other considerations.

“UNILAG has only 9000 capacity in this year’s admission exercise and that is why we are trying to push the others to other universities.
They will not understand we are trying to send them to schools that will admit them because UNILAG can only take 9000 candidates. But the
students are not being patient with us to get this information across to them.”

He added that “We sympathise with them but wish to state categorically that the national cut-off point is just the minimum expectation that
each candidate desirous of university admission should have. However, universities are at liberty to go higher than 180, depending on their
peculiarities and the performance of candidates who chose them.

“For instance, if over 10,000 candidates who made UNILAG their first choice scored 250 and above, it will be difficult for them to go lower than 250 when they are to admit only about 9000. I wish to state that a time will come when some universities will go up to 300 as their
cut-off mark, depending on the performance.”

JAMB’s image-maker further explained that because of the development, the board decided that some of the candidates who chose such
institutions but fall below their cut-off marks should not miss out, hence the need to send them to other schools

Journalists Protest Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday picketed the premises of ThisDay newspapers in Apapa, Lagos to protest the non-payment of nine months arrears of salaries owed its members.

The newspaper has also failed to remit personal income tax, pension cooperative deductions and check-off dues from paid salaries in the last four years.

The union, led by the NUJ Lagos State Chairman, Deji Elumoye, carried placards and barricaded the entrances of the media organisation, owned by the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Nduka Obaigbena.

Mr. Elumoye, who is also a staff of ThisDay, said he decided to lead the protest against his organisation to show that charity begins at home.

He said the protesting journalists were condemning the continuous refusal of the management of ThisDay and 12 other media houses to settle the several months arrears of salaries to their workers, especially journalists.

”I am an associate editor in Thisday,” he said. “But, I chose to picket Thisday first. There are other media organisations owing over two years, and we will go to all of them. It is time to put a stop to non-payment of salaries in media organisations. Many families cannot pay their house rents or their children’s school fees. The journalists are paid peanuts. Yet, they do not get the salaries. It is sad.”

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Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government.

The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places.

Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have been reportedly shot by the police,but it is not certain whether they are alive or dead. The area is temporarily cleared now by the police, but no one can tell the next line of action of the protesting youths.

Meanwhile, the Interim Management Committees (IMC) are expected to be sworn in today by the Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

It would be recalled that prior to the screening and confirmation of the said chairman on Friday last week, the youth had on Thursday protested to the state House of Assembly against her appointment and requested that their own be appointed instead.

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Burundian Protesters Back On The Streets After Failed Coup

About a hundred protesters took to the streets of Bujumbura on Saturday against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, a day after he returned to the capital following a failed coup. Reuters was there:

The east African nation was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced he was running for another five-year term, with clashes between police an protesters stirring memories of an ethnically driven civil war that ended just a decade ago. “A lot of us citizens do not want the constitution to be violated as he is not allowed to lead for the third term…. We will demonstrate until he steps down,” said Nduwimana Belamie, one of the protesters.

Opponents say Nkurunziza’s decision violates the constitution and the Arusha deal to end the war that pitted rebel groups of the majority Hutu population, including one led by Nkurunziza, against the army which was then commanded by minority Tutsis. The army is now mixed and has absorbed rival factions, but the coup attempt exposed divisions.

The fate of General Godefroid Niyombare, who had announced the president’s ouster on Wednesday, was still not clear on Saturday, after loyalist troops calmed the streets of the capital on Friday following clashes between the two factions on Thursday. A Reuters photographer saw the army clearing barricades set up by protesters in some areas of the capital.

Abuja Bomb Blast Victims Protest, Urge FG To Fulfil Promises

The Abuja bomb blast victims on Wednesday carried out a peaceful protest at the National Assembly to urge the Federal Government to fulfil its promises to them.

NAN recalls that government had promised to foot the medical bills of the blasts which killed more than 100 people in Abuja.

The victims, who converged on the premises of the National Assembly, carried placards with different inscriptions expressing their anger, some of which read:

“It has been 10 months and nothing has been done for us; most of us still have medical challenges’’ and “We are dying slowly, we need government support.”

Some of the victims that they could not do follow up treatments in the hospitals.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Arthur Vav, told NAN that they wanted the Federal Government to reopen their medical files in the hospitals for follow-up treatments.

Vav said most of the victims had undergone series of surgical operations, while some still had sharp objects lodged in their bodies that needed to be removed but could not afford the cost of treatment.

“The last bomb blast was June 25 which would be one year next month, while Nyanya already was one year April 14, since then we have been paying most of our medical bills.

“The government paid some bills for us but I strongly believe there are supposed to be a follow-ups after you have been discharged from the hospital.

“This is because when you get back to your house, you find out some sharp objects in the body and you discover you still need some medical treatment,” he said.

Vav said the group had written to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), the President of the Senate and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation but received no response.

He said the peaceful demonstration was to express their grievances.

“We have been neglected by the government because for one year now nothing has been done,” he said.

Mr Thomas Aduche, another member of the group, said they were left to fate without any support from the government.

Aduche said he paid for the last operation carried out on his neck and pleaded with the government to empower them as most of them had lost their jobs.

Two women who lost their husbands, Mrs Favour Ndubisi and Mrs Sarah Andy called on government to empower them to enable them to take care of their children.

“I am a qualified teacher but due to the lack of job I teach in private school where the salary is very small; if government will employ me, I will be happy,” Ndubisi said.

Mr Victor Dike, representing the Sergeant-At-Arms for the Senate, who addressed the group promised to look into their case.
Dike told NAN that the group wrote a letter to the Senate last two weeks and did not follow up to know the outcome.

“I promise to look for the solution to their problem through the letter they submitted and once we get the letter I will tell them the action they have taken on the letter and that is the normal procedure.

“They just submitted their letter two or three weeks ago and have not followed up the letter only to come for demonstration, it is not okay,” he said

Group Accuses First Lady Of Hiring Thugs To Protest Against Dickson

A socio-cultural group, Niger Delta Solidarity Forum, NDSF, has alleged that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and her godson and presidential aide, Mr. Waripomowei Dudufa, are planning to destabilise the peace and prevailing stable political atmosphere in Bayelsa State by engaging about 1,000 political thugs to protest against the state governor, Seriake Dickson on the streets of Yenogoa.

The NDSF however said it would “mobilize its members across the entire region and resist any planned street protests in Bayelsa State.”

In a statement issued on Thursday by its General Secretary, Nelson Ebebi, the group alleged that Mrs. Jonathan, along with Dudafa and two incumbent senators from the state intend to cause chaos and confusion by sponsoring street protests in Yenagoa, the state capital.

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Workers Protest Against Chinese Construction Firm In Lagos

Workers of the Chinese Construction giant, Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation, CCECC,  who handled the reconstruction of the Mile 12-Ikorodu road are protesting  what they called the unlawful sack by the company.

Over 300 staff of the construction firm besieged its Majidun-Ikorodu office displaying placards and calling for reinstatement of their sacked colleagues.

Reconstruction work on the over 50-year-old road  which began in 2012 has reached completion stages as workers were laid off. The aggrieved workers however bemoaned the alleged arbitrary disengagement without compensation.

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Protest In Enugu Over Planned Impeachment Of Gov. Chime

Hundreds of protesters have flooded the Enugu government house, kicking against the planned impeachment of Governor Sullivan Chime by members of the State’s House of Assembly.

Fifteen members of the House of Assembly, led by the speaker, Hon. Eugene Odo, had on Monday directed the clerk to serve Chime the impeachment notice.

However, reports gather that hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party, especially women and youths, have taken over the Government House, calling on the lawmakers to drop the plan.

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Indian Farmer Hangs Himself At Protest Over Land Reform

Man hanged himself from tree in front of hundreds of people who had gathered in capital to protest against land reforms. A farmer has hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered in India’s capital to rally against the government’s reform of land purchasing laws.

Television footage of Wednesday’s protest in New Delhi showed the father of three sitting in the branches of a tree before taking a scarf and hanging himself as police, protesters and media crews looked on.

He was rushed to hospital, but declared dead on arrival. Local media said a suicide note had been recovered from the farmer’s body, which said he had recently suffered crop losses because of unseasonal rains in Rajasthan.

Narendra Modi, the country’s prime minister, said the nation was “deeply shattered and disappointed” over the death. “At no point must the hardworking farmer think he is alone. We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India,” Modi said on Twitter.

Anger was mounting over whether police and rally organisers did enough to save the man, as a political row erupted over who was to blame for the suicide.

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Taraba Women Blast Abuja Based Women For Nude Protest Threats, Call Them Jobless

Groups of women in Taraba State have slammed some women in Abuja for threatening to strip naked if All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator, Aisha Hassaan, lost the re-run slated for the coming weekend.

Taraba Coalition of Women Groups (TCWG) Coordinator, Mairo Abdullahi, said the Abuja base women are citizens of Taraba state and do not represent their views.

“We read with a hint of derision and dismay a threat issued by some Abuja based jobless women that they would go naked if the APC candidate, Hajiya loses the re-run slated for April 25th. These women, if they really exist, cannot be citizens of Taraba state and do not represent the views of women here. We women of Taraba have unanimously endorsed the PDP candidate and have voted him in an election the same Aisha is plotting to cancel. We must resist her,” said Abdullahi.

The Taraba-based women group enjoined the Abuja base women group to seek the truth by interviewing women in the stated to know their stand.

“They would be shocked what many of them think of Aisha. Fact is that Aisha is not the heroine her media handlers are trying to make her appear. And as a coalition of serious minded women, Aisha, in our view is actually a disgrace to the womenfolk of Taraba. Here is a woman whom we can’t say has inspired anyone in terms of matrimony or monetary deals. A serial divorcee, we wonder what she would be teaching our daughters. If she ever gets to Government House, Jalingo, clearly Nigeria would have gotten its first executive Red Light district! We know what we are talking about.”

Abdullahi said the women condemned the indecent use of feminism in this election by the APC candidate.

“It is an effective weapon for sympathy generation, especially outside the shores of Taraba. But we dare say that elections are not won on the basis of gender. They are won on the basis of raw votes from an election. Aisha is behaving as if she wants Taraban and indeed Nigerians to appoint rather than elect her a female governor.”

She also accused the governorship candidate of intimidation.

“Aisha is actually the one doing all the intimidation now. She is holding press conferences and practically blackmailing the PDP. She lied that the party rigged. She lied that the Acting Governor, Sani Abubakar Danladi, is fighting her. She lied that she has the majority of votes in the Southern zone. That is certainly not possible,” said Abdullahi.

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Election Re-Run: We Will Protest Nude If Our Candidate Is Intimidated, Says NGO

Two Non-governmental Organisations, Ladies of Grace and Agape Sisters, have threatened to protest nude on April 25 the woman governorship candidate in the Taraba governorship race is intimidated.

Jean Onuh, Coordinator of Agape Sisters, issued the threat in Abuja on Friday when she  briefed newsmen on the Taraba run-off election.

Onuh said Sen. Aisha Alhassan represented the interest of Nigerian women in the Taraba governorship poll holding on April 25.

She alleged that Alhassan was being intimidated by her opponents and officials of the Independent Electoral commission (INEC). “We would have remained quiet and very neutral but for our disadvantaged background and the clamour to sustain the goals set for Nigerian women in the post Beijing Conference.”

“We dare warn of adverse consequences should the establishment known as the Taraba cabal insist on intimidating a female contestant in the race.”

“We will mobilise hundreds of thousands of Nigerian women to protest nude on April 25, if any official behaves funny,’’ Onuh said.

She called on all involved in the Taraba poll to remain neutral and urged registered voters, especially women, to ignore all kinds of intimidation to come out and vote for Alhassan.

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New York Protesters Demand $15 Minimum Wage

Thousands of demonstrators, including many fast-food workers, protested in New York on Wednesday demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour to escape poverty in America’s largest city.

Fast-food workers held strikes in more than 230 American cities, joined by airport, construction and child care staff, as well as people working in education, organizers said, calling it the largest mobilization of underpaid workers in the US.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 took part in the New York protest, they said.

Pedro Gamboa, 58, is a baggage handler at JFK airport who works 40 hours a week and wakes up at 3:00 am to do it — earning $10.10 an hour.

“It’s not enough. You have to be a magician to survive on that,” said the Guatemalan-born family man. “Once you pay your bills, there is nothing left in your pockets.”

In New York, a first protest began at around 6:00 am outside a McDonald’s outlet in Brooklyn.

In Manhattan, fast-food workers were joined by students and activists, spreading out on the sidewalk outside another McDonald’s to demand better salaries, an AFP photographer said.

They held up placards proclaiming: “Why poverty,” “Fight for 15? and “Because the rent won’t wait.”

Workers say they are fed up with pay that does not come close to keeping them out of poverty and the threat of retaliation from employers hostile to them joining or forming unions.

On April 1, McDonald’s said that it was raising hourly pay to $1 above the local official minimum wage for 90,000 employees in company-owned restaurants, and would offer them paid time off.

The increase, however, does not apply to 660,000 employees working for restaurants owned by franchises, which comprise 90 percent of the 14,000 McDonald’s outlets across the United States.

“Rather than mollifying employees, the paltry pay move is attracting ridicule and inspiring even more workers to join the walkout,” strike organizers said.

The minimum wage in New York state is $8.75 an hour and due to rise to $9 in 2016.

There is a federal minimum wage of $7.25 but many US states have their own minimum wage.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a report on Tuesday that even when adjusted for cost of living, New York’s minimum wage is the lowest of any major US city.

Pay of $15 an hour would save taxpayers $200-$500 million a year in food stamps and Medicaid spending, his report said.

San Francisco and Seattle have both adopted minimum wages of $15.

In August 2013, fast-food workers launched their first national day-long labor strike, in 60 cities, and their outcry has increasingly resonated in national politics.

President Barack Obama has faced stiff Republican opposition in his push for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 to lift hundreds of thousands of people above the poverty line.

PDP Denies Jonathan Link To OPC Protest

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from Monday’s protest by members of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC). It berated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for linking its leader to the protest held in Lagos.

The ruling party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, described the allegation as cheap blackmail and part of the mind game being played by the APC in its spirited effort to discredit and scuttle the electoral process.

“It is absurd for anybody to attempt to link President Jonathan to a protest and disagreements involving rival factions of an organization such as the OPC,” he said.

He said the party added that the President has proven himself to be a peaceful, humble and forthright leader with unparalleled inclination for political accommodation.

Earlier this week, OPC engaged in a violent protest to force the resignation of Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega. Metuh said the party was against violence ahead of elections.

“The party restates its call to all stakeholders in the electoral process and security agencies to ensure that all activities regarding the general elections are conducted in an orderly manner.”

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Police Clash with Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protesters in Pakistan

One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi on Friday, an AFP correspondent at the city’s main hospital said.

 Police fired water cannon and tear gas into the air as they clashed with protesters from the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party, which is holding nationwide rallies against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed by the French satirical weekly. An AFP correspondent at the port city’s Jinnah Hospital said at least two people were injured.

The rallies come a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led parliament in condemning the cartoons, regarded by many Muslims as offensive, in Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked last week leaving 12 people dead. Thousands of religious party activists are expected to turn out nationwide, including followers of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charitable wing of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group which masterminded attacks on Mumbai in 2008.

The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban meanwhile issued a statement lauding the two brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo assault, saying “they freed the earth from the existence of filthy blasphemers”. “O enemies of Islam beware! Every youth of this Ummah (Muslim community) is willing to sacrifice himself on the honour of (the) Prophet,” said the statement, which was sent via email by spokesman Ehsanullan Ehsan. Protesters in the northwest city of Peshawar and central Multan have burnt French flags on the streets. Rallies are also being carried out in the capital Islamabad and the eastern city of Lahore.

In addition to rallies held by religious parties, lawyers have vowed to boycott court proceedings to show their displeasure over the sketches. Insulting the Prophet carries the death penalty under Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws, with 14 people currently languishing on death row. Rights groups say they are used to persecute minorities and wage personal vendettas.Mobs often take matters into their own hands and lynch those accused of blasphemy, and such killers are widely feted.

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On the Killing of Students in University of Jos: The Military has One week to Take Action

It is with a deep heart and sorrow over the reports that Nigerian military shot dead two students protesting in UniJos on 25 of November. The students who were involved in a relatively peaceful protest, were sent to their graves by the forces who swore to defend our dear country.

The protest which was triggered over a sudden 100 percent increase of tuition fees from 10 thousand, to 20 thousand Naira. That development made the students to protest in order to call the attention of the university management to stop the proposed increment.

A full scale investigation must be carried out to in order to find the truth and take appropriate measures. Nigerian students who are by large part of the Nigerian youths will not fold their arms and watch the future of this country to be ruined by Nigerian security agencies.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, National Youth Council, and Arewa Students Forum should give two weeks ultimatum to the Military to investigate and prosecute the errant officers that killed those students. Live bullets shouldn’t have been used in a mere demonstration of students. Even if live bullets are to be used, the military officers should have shoot in the air not on the chest of the protesting students.
May the soul of those martyrs rest in perfect peace.
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Ferguson Ruling: Protests Enter Day 2

People protesting against the Ferguson jury decision took to the streets in some US cities for a second day, even as others were still cleaning up vandalism from the night before.

Protesters on Tuesday disrupted traffic for several hours in central St Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.

Riot police arrested several demonstrators who sat in the middle of an interstate highway. They used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

People are calling for justice after the grand jury ruled not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

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Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak, reporting from Ferguson, said that National Guard soldiers stepped in to assist police with controlling the crowd.

“Some protesters were arrested outside the Ferguson Police Department after someone in the crowd threw what appeared to be a water bottle at the lines of police and National Guard soldiers,” our correspondent said.

“Three armoured vehicles moved in and soldiers joined the police for the first time tonight, shouting at people to move back. National Guard troops pinned protestors on the ground and a number were put in the back of a police armoured vehicle.”

More than a thousand people took to the streets in the nation’s capital. Rallies were also held on Tuesday in Newark, New Jersey, Portland, Maine, Baltimore and elsewhere.

“Mike Brown is an emblem (of a movement). This country is at its boiling point,” said Ethan Jury, a protester in Philadelphia, where hundreds marched. “How many people need to die? How many black people need to die?” Jury added.

Earlier in the day, Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, ordered more than 2,200 National Guardsmen troops to the region near Ferguson rocked by rioting.

Meanwhile, in his first public statements during an interview with ABC News, white police officer Darren Wilson said he has a clean conscience because “I know I did my job right”.

President Barack Obama condemned the violence, saying they are criminal and those responsible should be prosecuted.

But America’s first black president said he understands that many people are upset by the grand jury decision. He said that their frustration is rooted in a sense that laws are not always being enforced “uniformly and fairly” in communities of colour.

“Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk … there’s no excuse for it,” Obama said.Obama urged parties aggrieved by events in Ferguson to work peacefully to achieve change, saying the case had exposed “an American problem”.

Lawyers for Michael Brown’s family said the process that led to the white officer not being indicted was “unfair and broken”.

Benjamin Crump said on Tuesday that the family’s legal team objected to St Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough’s decision to call a grand jury in the case and not appoint a special prosecutor.

Speaking at a news conference in Ferguson, where Brown was shot on August 9, Crump also called for protests to remain peaceful.

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Burkina Faso Minister Resigns Over Protest on Appointment

A minister in Burkina Faso’s transitional government seen as close to former President Blaise Compaore’s administration resigned on Tuesday following two days of protests over his appointment, the prime minister’s office said.

The resignation is an early test for the West African country’s new leaders President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida who will lead until elections planned in 2015.

Culture and Tourism Minister Adama Sagnon, appointed to the 26-member interim government at the weekend, submitted his resignation on Tuesday and it was accepted.

Earlier in the day, hundreds marched in front of his ministry and accused him of not doing enough to investigate the mysterious murder of prominent investigative journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998.

Sagnon, who denies any wrongdoing in the Zongo case, was a prosecutor at the time when the case was dismissed in 2006.

“We wanted to show our refusal to endorse the appointment of Judge Adama Sagnon who is implicated in the Norbert Zongo case,” said Rasmane Ouedraogo, a Burkinabe musician who participated in the latest protests.

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#PhotoNews: Ferguson…

Americans, mostly African Americans have called for the need to charge officer Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown with murder.

The grand jury’s decision however, provides that the police officer will not face state criminal charges over the shooting.

Eleven US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Burkina Faso opposition rejects referendum plan, calls for protests

Opposition parties in Burkina Faso accused President Blaise Compaore on Wednesday of preparing a “constitutional coup d’etat” and called for nationwide protests against moves to remove a two-term limit for the presidency.

 In power for over 27 years, Compaore has positioned himself as a senior regional mediator and his country is an important base for Western counter-terrorism operations in West Africa. However, the referendum plan has split his landlocked nation.

Opposition leader Zephirin Diabre urged people across Burkina Faso to close market stalls and walk out of private and public sector jobs on Oct. 28 to mark the beginning of a civil disobedience campaign to prevent a referendum being organized.

There were pockets of unrest in the capital Ouagadougou late on Tuesday after the government said it would submit a bill for parliament to call a referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stand for re-election next year.

The streets were calm on Wednesday.

There is concern that other leaders in West and Central Africa may be tempted to seek constitutional changes to prolong their mandates in the coming years, and events in Burkina Faso are being closely watched abroad.

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Hong Kong Protest Continues After Fruitless Talks with Government

About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijing loyalists.

A wide chasm separates the protesters and the government, which has labelled their actions illegal and repeatedly said their demand for open nominations is impossible under the laws of the former British colony.

“I’m here hoping the government will listen. If they don’t listen we will come out again and again to fight for our basic, grassroots nomination right,” said protester Wing Chan, who took part in the march.

Expectations had been low for a breakthrough in Tuesday’s cordial, televised talks which pitted five of the city’s most senior officials against five tenacious but poised student leaders wearing black T-shirts.

Protesters were unhappy about what they felt was a lack of substantive concessions. Andy Lau, a 19-year-old college student, said now was the time to step things up.

“I think it is time to seriously consider escalating the movement, such as expanding our occupation to many more places to pressure the government to really face and answer our demands,” he said.

Demonstrators marching to the home the city’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, repeated calls for him to step down. Many were angry at remarks he made this week that more representative democracy was unacceptable in part because it would result in poorer people having more say in politics.

 

Hong Kong Protest Declines as Workers Resume

Hong Kong started to return to work on Monday after more than a week of pro-democracy protests disrupted the Chinese-controlled city, with the protest movement facing a test of its stamina after more clashes with police and pro-Beijing opponents.

Civil servants began arriving for work at the main government offices of Hong Kong’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, which have been the focal point of protests that initially drew tens of thousands onto the streets. The bureaucrats were allowed to pass through protesters’ barricades unimpeded.

Numbers of protesters fell sharply overnight into the hundreds. The protesters remained at a stalemate with Leung’s pro-Beijing government and there was no sign of movement on talks that were proposed to end the stand-off.

The protests have ebbed and flowed over the past week, with people leaving the streets overnight to return later. The test on Monday will be whether that pattern continues in the face of the government’s determination to get Hong Kong back to work.

Fearing a crackdown after city leaders called for the streets to be cleared so businesses, schools and the civil service could resume on Monday, protesters who have paralyzed parts of the former British colony with mass sit-ins pulled back from outside Leung’s office.

Over the past week, tens of thousands of protesters have demanded that Leung quit and that China allow them the right to vote for a leader of their choice in 2017 elections.

Facing separatist unrest in far-flung Tibet and Xinjiang, Beijing is fearful that calls for democracy in Hong Kong could spread to the mainland. The Communist Party leadership has dismissed the Hong Kong protests as illegal but has so far left Leung’s government to find a solution.

The protest groups bowed to pressure from the government, businesses, shop owners and taxi drivers and said they would dismantle barricades barring the way to key government buildings and allow civil servants to get to work on Monday.

Hong Kong Leader says he will not Step Down

Authorities in Hong Kong have offered to hold talks with pro-democracy protesters who are continuing to occupy central areas of the southern Chinese city, pressing for political reforms. Minutes before a midnight deadline set by the protesters for Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying to resign passed, Leung said he would send his chief secretary to meet the demonstrators. He said he had no intention of stepping down. The students had earlier on Thursday threatened to escalate their protests – including occupation of government buildings – unless Leung stepped down.

He warned the protesters of serious consequences if they chose to storm government buildings. She said that Leung’s statement was played on loudspeakers to the protesters outside and was received with a lot of booing. She noted that the crowd had become noisier since the speech. but there had been no attempts made so far to cross the barrier.

With the protests showing no signs of waning, Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, issued the warning to the US and other foreign countries not to interfere.

Reuters news agency, citing an official source, reported that Leung was willing to let the demonstrations go on for weeks if necessary. Speaking in Washington, Wang said China would not tolerate “illegal acts that violate public order”.

The People’s Daily newspaper, the government’s official newspaper, said in a commentary on Thursday that Beijing “fully trusts” Hong Kong’s Leung, and that it is “very satisfied with his work”.

Egyptians on Hunger Strike

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 A growing movement of hunger strikers calling for the release of detainees jailed under a controversial Protest Law, is gaining grounds in Egypt.

Several political parties and journalists began the symbolic nationwide hunger strike on Saturday to demand the release of detainees held for violating a law enacted last year that has been criticized by both domestic and international human rights groups, as well as prominent political figures, as curtailing peoples’ right to protest.