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Clampdown on #EndSARS: Police Arrest Musician Eromosele Adene for Organising Protest



The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have arrested a musician and campaigner of the #EndSARS protests, Eromosele Adene, for planning a demonstration in the country’s commercial city, Lagos State, at the weekend.

Local reports said about 15 policemen stormed his house on Adeleke Street in the Allen area of Ikeja, the Lagos capital, to arrest him.

It would be recalled that youths across the West African nation had last month taken to the streets in protests against a rogue police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The SARS – now disbanded – was accused of gross brutality, extortion, extrajudicial killing, rape, among others.

Two weeks into the protests soldiers allegedly fired on peaceful protesters, who were waving the country’s green, white, green flag and singing the nation’s anthem, at the Lekki Roundabout in Lagos State.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had told all police formations across the country to ensure that there were no more protests across the nation, a move which activists say is at variance with the constitution.

However, Adene and others had planned to hold a protest on Saturday and had distributed fliers to the effect which contained his phone number. Local reports said his number was tracked by the policemen and he was subsequently arrested.

Following his arrest Adene was reportedly taken before the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and then transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti before being taken to Area F, Ikeja.

On Monday, his sister – Onomene – was also reported to have said the musician-cum-activist had been transferred from Lagos to Abuja by the police.

The Nigerian government had last week begun a clampdown on persons involved in the #EndSARS protest. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) froze 20 bank accounts belonging to persons involved in the protest while the Nigeria Immigration Service stopped one of such protesters, Modupe Odele, from leaving the country and seized her passport.


Seven Killed, Houses Razed in Attack on Jemaa Community in Kaduna, Nigeria



At least seven people have been killed in fresh attacks in the early hours of Sunday at a community of Jemaa Local Government Area, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

The attacks and reprisals, according to local authorities were caused by the killing of a herdsman, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah village

In reprisal attacks, at least four houses have been burnt down while two children have been declared missing.

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks and destruction of properties and has called on security agencies in the state to get to the depth of the issue and arrest those found culpable.

He charged traditional leaders in the state to cooperate with the state government in ensuring the security of lives and properties by being a bridge between the leaders and residents of the state.

He ordered the state’s emergency management agency to provide relief materials for the residents whose houses were razed and also those who were attacked in the incident.

Read also: Bandits Kill 16 In Nigeria’s Kaduna

Sunday’s incident in Kaduna follows the wicked savaging of more than 40 farmers in a community in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Nigerians have been calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to take frantic steps to mitigate the security crisis being experienced in Africa’s most populous nation and its biggest economy.

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Three-Year-Drought Pushes 1.5 Million People Into Hunger In Southern Madagascar



UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) says a three-year drought in southern Madagascar has pushed 1.5 million people – over half of the population – into crisis and in need of emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Those affected include 75,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women. Also, 100,000 children aged under 5 are in danger of acute malnutrition with about 19,000 appearing to be in a ‘severe’ situation.

The WFP said the number of people in need of assistance had tripled in the past few months.

In the worst-hit area of Amboasary, three-quarters of children have dropped out of school to help their parents look for food.

Some people are exchanging essential household items, such as cooking utensils, for food.

The WFP said about $35m is needed to avert catastrophe in the area in the coming months

WFP’s Aina Andrianalizaha, who is visiting affected areas, said people are digging into the sand to find water “but rarely find any”, adding that “they have to walk several kilometres from their villages or hamlets to fetch water”

She added: “They can no longer plant and have, as a result, come to offer to exchange their scarce cooking utensils for a piece of cassava.”

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Ethiopian Forces Capture Tigray’s Capital In Final Offensive



Ethiopian forces have captured Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced this in tweets on Saturday, as he said the “Tigrayan criminals” will now be hunted by the Federal Police.

Ahmed on Friday met African envoys in Addis Ababa and reiterated that civilians in the region will not be harmed in the final offensive.

“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the #Tigray region.

“Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while Federal Police apprehend the TPLF clique.”

He said the town is now under the control of National Defence Forces, as humanitarian assistance will be provided to inhabitants of the region.

Recall that Ethiopia earlier announced that a Tigrayan town, Wikro, 50km north of Mekelle has been captured.

Tigray officials are yet to react to the Prime Minister’s claims as the region has been cut off from internet and phone access.

Both forces have been at daggers drawn since the 4th of November when Ethiopia accused Tigrayan forces of attacking state properties.

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