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#EndSARS: Two Die as Youths Defy Curfew, Loot Taraba Radio

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No fewer than two people died after hundreds of irate youths on Monday defied the 24-hour curfew imposed on Jalingo in Nigeria’s Taraba State invaded and vandalised the State Radio station.

The state Commissioner of information and reorientation, Mr Danjuma Adamu, who visited the Taraba State Broadcasting Corporation (TSBS) premises to inspect the damage done to the station, condemned the action of the youths, saying the destruction had gone beyond #EndSARS protest.

All movable equipment in all the departments were carted away by the hoodlums, who also destroyed what was left of the facilities.

Speaking to journalists after the inspection, Adamu said the dimension the protests took in the last two days was criminal.

“The looting of COVID-19 warehouses turned into invasion and looting of private warehouses, shops and private schools,”he said.

He described the incident as worrisome, adding that it had taken the radio station to square one because all documents, equipment and electrical appliances of the station had been stolen.

The commissioner stated that apart from the radio station, other organisations being accommodated within the premises of the Radio Station were also destroyed.

He listed them to include the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Cooperatives, Port Health Services (Yellow Card Center) and ministry of environment among others.

He said that the government was quantifying the level of destruction to both public and private property perpetrated by the youths with a view to ascertaining the next line of action.

The rampaging youths embarked on massive looting on Saturday evening beginning from warehouses of COVID-19 Palliatives.

The action of the youths continued unabated on Sunday with massive looting and destruction of private warehouses and on Monday with attack and destruction of the NYSC Camp, National Center for Disease Control Isolation Centre, a private school belonging to a Jalingo based businessman, and the radio station.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman in the state, DSP David Misal, has confirmed the death of two people and the arrest of 23 others following the incident.

Some tricycles and looted bags of rice and fertilizer had been recovered from the hoodlums, he said.

Misal said that the situation has now been brought under control but that the indefinite dusk to down curfew imposed by the state government will remain in force.

He warned parents and guardians to ensure that their children and or wards were properly guided as the police would apply the full wrath of the law if they were caught committing any crime.

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Kampala to Host 2021 MAMA Awards

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MTV Africa has announced that its music awards in 2021 will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

The music television station made the announcement on Wednesday in a conference held simultaneously in South Africa and Uganda.

MAMA Awards 2021 is to be hosted in partnership with Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”.

The announcement of venue of the award was disclosed in a virtual press conference broadcast from Johannesburg and Kampala by Monde Twala and Craig Paterson, Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA), The State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda at Ugandan Ministry of Tourism and CEO of the Ugandan Tourism Board, Lilly Ajarova.

The Question and Answer session featured Ugandan music stars, Sheebah Karungi, Bebe Cool and South African rapper, Nasty C.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President of VCNA said: “We are excited to bring this amazing showcase to audiences across the continent and globally with an innovatively re-imagined awards show and celebration.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, content production has embraced innovation as the new gold and we are excited to take Africa to the World and showcase its immense talent and culture as we stage the biggest music awards show on the continent.”

See Categories in MAMA awards;

  1. Best Female
  2. Best Male
  3. Best Group
  4. Best Breakthrough Act
  5. Best Collaboration
  6. Best Hip Hop
  7. Best Alternative
  8. Best Ugandan Act
  9. Best Lusophone Act
  10. Best Francophone Act
  11. Best International Act
  12. Video of the Year
  13. Song of The Year
  14. Artist of the Year
  15. Alone Together Lockdown Performance
  16. Listeners Choice
  17. Best Fan-Base Award
  18. Personality of the Year
  19. MAMA Legend Award
  20. MAMA Generation Change Award

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Tigray Crisis: Ethiopian PM Warns Against International Interference

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has warned the international community against interfering in its battle with Tigray.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian forces have been locked in a battle since the 4th of November.

Ahmed’s warning to the international community is coming on the back of the planned visit by Aftican Union Envoys. The AU has since called for a peaceful resolution as it tries to mediate in the running battle.

The Tigrayan crisis has seen TPLF forces and the Ethiopian Army exchange hostilities. At least, 41,000 Ethiopians have been forces to leave for Sudan. The UN says that number will rise to 1million should the war last long for 6 months.

Ethiopian and Tigrayan forces have laid claims to taking pounds of flesh from each other, as civilians continue to live in fear.

The UN has warned the Ethiopian government against hurting civilians in Mekelle, Tigray capital with over 500,000 residents. Ahmed has insisted that there will be no dialogues between Ethiopia and the TPLF.

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa and the most populous in the Horn of Africa.

The international community has warned the warring parties about the economic dangers of a war in the country.

Tigray, the northern part of Ethiopia with aboutn5 million residents, is the politically strongest region in the world.

The TPLF accused Ethiopia of bias when it postponed the Presidential election in August over COVID-19.

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Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill Pass second Reading in Lower House

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The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has passed the second reading in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. The lawmakers passed the widely anticipated bill on Tuesday upon their resumption of plenary.

The revised legislation, which is an executive bill, amongst other things seeks to scrap the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

The PIB was sponsored by the House Leader, Alhassan Doguwa. Controversies had trailed the bill for years following unsuccessful attempts to pass them into law. Moving the motion for the second reading of the PIB, Doguwa said that the bill, when passed, would create jobs and also address security challenges in the country. He said it would tackle kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism.

Lending his voice to the debate, the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, said the passage of the bill was long overdue.

He said the house would give it speedy consideration because green energy has made oil almost useless.

Also, the chairman of the PIB ad-hoc committee, Tahir Monguno, said the present composition of NNPC makes it difficult for the oil sector to thrive.

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