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Nigeria has disbanded the police unit, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, following days of protests across the West African nation.

The country’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, announced on Sunday afternoon the disolution of SARS units of the Nigeria Police Force across all formations in Nigeria.

He said the operatives will be redeployed to other police formations and commands.

News Central reports that Nigerians had taken to the street since last week to protest against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.

While several demonstrations against SARS were being held in cities across Nigeria, the protests got backings from celebrities, organisations, rights groups – including Amnesty International – globally.

At Sunday briefing, the IGP said, “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.”


Weah Won’t Seek 3rd Term – Liberia’s Chief Of Staff



A representative of Liberian President, George Weah, has dismissed as untrue rumours that the former footballer plans to cling to power for another 12 years.

Former Liberian warlord turned pastor, Prince Y. Johnson, who is also the current Senior Senator representing Nimba County, had on Sunday alleged that Weah is prepared to remain in power for an additional twelve years after his first six years, which ends in 2023.

Liberians are poised to go for a referendum on December 8, 2020, and Johnson noted that when the referendum passes, the current six years of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) regime is zero years for them, adding that Weah will be going for two more terms, equating his reign to three terms.

The referendum seeks to reduce the years of presidential and parliamentary terms, allow dual citizenship, as well as change the date of presidential and general elections.

Johnson’s statement comes on the heels of protests in neighbouring Ivory Coast and Guinea over their presidents’ bids for a third term. The two country’s had also done a referedum with supporters of Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Alpha Conde claiming the constitutional reforms in their countries – Ivory Coast and Guinea respectively – reset the their term limits.

However, president’s chief of staff, Nathaniel McGill, told journalists in the capital, Monrovia, that the president had not yet even finished his first term.

He added that Weah will not seek a third term in office, noting that he has no

“It is not good for one man to be president for a long time… The president is not thinking about a third term,” he said.

President Weah was elected to office in 2018.

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Tanzania Elections: Chadema Says Won’t Accept Results As Locked Out Observers Preach Transparency



Tundu Lissu, the presidential candidate of the Party for Democracy and Progress, otherwise known as Chadema, has said he will not accept the results of Wednesday’s general election due to voting irregularities.

Lissu alleges that there were widespread irregularities and his agents were prevented from accessing polling stations.

Chadema, the main opposition party in Tanzania, also said there were irregularities in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, where unrest marred early voting on 27 October.

The main opposition candidate in Zanzibar, Maalim Seif Sharif, has been arrested.

Meanwhile, a panel of election observers who were not allowed into Tanzania has urged electoral bodies there to ensure transparency when announcing the winning candidates.

This follows complaints that Tanzanian opposition parties were denied from observing voting in some polling stations.

Tanzania Elections Watch, which is composed of representatives from civil rights groups, has also expressed concern at the deployment of the military in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar.

“We are concerned that the incidents reported so far in the process bear questions on the credibility of the electoral process,” it said in a statement.

The authorities in Tanzania only allowed delegations from the East Africa Community, the African Union and Southern African Development Community to monitor the elections.

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Tanzania Elections: Chadema’s Party Chairman Loses Parliamentary Seat



Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of the Party for Democracy and Progress, commonly known as Chadema, has lost his parliamentary seat in the Hai constituency of the Kilimanjaro region as results from the Tanzania general elections trickle in.

Saasisha Mafuwe, the candidate of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) translated as Party of the Revolution, won 89,786 votes while Mbowe won 27,684.

There have been concerns over the credibility of the election results – voiced first by Chadema who’ve alleged irregularities, and now by Tanzania Elections Watch which was barred from observing.

Other constituencies where results have been announced include Moshi mjini (urban) where CCM’s Raymond Mboya has 31,169 while Chadema’s Priscus Tarimo won 22,555 votes.

Mbeya constituency results show CCM’s Tulia Akson leading with 75,225 votes while Chadema’s Joseph Mbilinyi has 37, 591.

In Jombe mjini, CCM’s Deodatus Mwanyika has 29,553 votes while Chadema’s Emmanuel Masonga has 5,940.

In Mtwara vijijini (rural) constituency Shamsia Mtamba of CUF party got 26,262 while CCM’s Hawa Ghasia has 18,505 votes.

CCM’s Ramadhan Sima won 23,220 votes while Chadema’s Rehema Nkoha won 15,467 in Singida mjini constituency.

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