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The Human Rights Commission in Ethiopia has expressed worries over violence in the western part of the country.

The group said on Thursday it was “deeply concerned” about two recent waves of ethnic violence in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in the west of the country.

It’s called on the government to set up an independent investigation.

The group, in a statement on Twitter on Thursday, said: “The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by security events unfolding in Benishangul-Gumuz Region.

“The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has received disturbing reports from Benishangul-Gumuz’s Metekel Zone, Bulen Woreda, Apar Kebele, and Wonbera Woreda, Melkan Kebele. The regional govt has confirmed that at least two instances of violence occurred on 6 Sept 2020 and between 7 – 13 Sept 2020.

“An official source on the ground has informed us that there have been at least two rounds of killings of civilians, and hundreds of civilians have also been displaced.

“Ethiopian Human Rights Commission categorically condemns killings, & displacement of civilians, & urges regional authorities to carry out impartial, prompt, effective investigations into circumstances that led to killings.”

An official in charge of security in the region denied local media reports that more than 80 people had died in the attacks, but did not give casualty figures.

He blamed opposition parties for the violence.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a tweet that trouble in different parts of the country was being “perpetrated by groups aimed at overturning the reforms journey”.

The UN says there are now more than 1.2 million internally displaced people who have fled their homes as a result of conflict in Ethiopia.

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Statue Of Nigeria’s First President, Azikiwe, Set On Fire By Hoodlums

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Hoodlums in Onitsha, Anambra, have destroyed the statue of Nigeria’s first president Dr. Nnami Azikiwe, erected in the city.

The hoodlums are suspected to be some of those who hijacked the #EndSARS protest to wreak havoc.

The statute, located at Denis Memorial Grammar School roundabout in Onitsha, was erected months ago by Gov. Willie Obiano to further beautify the city.

While vandalising the statue, the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons including machetes, were heard venting their anger against the late Nigerian statesman.

“You are the cause of our trouble,’’ was one of the uncomplimentary remarks the hoodlums chanted.

One of Azikiwe’s kinsmen, Mr Victor Ononye, described the incident as “heresy and sacrilegious’’.

He said Dr Azikiwe must be expressing regrets at the action as the deceased statesman was one of the architects of independent Nigeria.

“What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes, evoked tears,’’ he said.

He called the hoodlums, who hung a disused tyre on statue before dousing it with petrol and torching it, many unprintable names.

“They decapitated the hand and went away with his title staff. That is the height of ingratitude by ignorant people who know nothing about history,’’ he said.

Ononye said the hoodlums destroyed all the ornaments used in beautifying the site of the statue.

“They were few in number. Why the police, a stone throw away to the roundabout, could not intervene, was a mystery.

“All the iron bars erected round the site were removed. All the decorative lights and materials around the site were vandalised.

“I saw two vigilante men brandishing rifles and riding on a motorcycle. They stopped and the boys hailed them and they rode off.

“It is a pity! Zik of Africa; the sage, who facilitated the end of the Nigeria civil war; Zik who built Nigeria’s foremost University for excellence in the education, doesn’t deserve this,’’ he lamented.

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#EndSARS Protest Hijacked, Misdirected – President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected. President Buhari further described the whole incident as unfortunate during the virtual meeting with former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina disclosured details of the meeting in statement.
President Buhari reiterated that the Government will not fold its arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.


At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: General Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, General Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The President recounted the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including:

”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President declared: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives have been lost, a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.

Reiterating his pledge to Nigerians from the nationwide broadcast Thursday, the President reaffirmed:

”We will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

”We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

The President thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and advice, adding that ”Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”

Each of the former leaders commended President Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country and also applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the country.

”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you,” former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, said.

The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, including for peaceful protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

The former Heads of State also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

Equally, the former Leaders commended the actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the ENDSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.

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Kwesi Arthur Reps Ghana On 2020 BET HipHop Awards Cypher

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Tema-based rapper Kwesi Arthur has flown high the flag of Ghana once again on the international front.
The artiste is representing Ghana on the 2020 BET Hip-hop Awards Cypher.
Kwesi continues his wing ways as he is the second Ghanaian to be featured on the international cypher after Sarkodie did in 2019. He emerged victorious in the Best International Flow category and delivered an iconic speech upon receipt of the plaque on stage.



The year cypher of hip hop artistes have launched the career of many musicians or the first to give them the mainstream limelight. Case in point is Nicki Minaj’s feature in the 2009 cypher.

This year, Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur is going to be featured in the cypher.

He will be representing the country in the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.

The performance has already been recorded and it will be streamed during the award show this Wednesday.

Since the news hit online, Ghanaians have been pretty excited.

Kwesi Arthur won the 2020 VGMA Best Rapper of the Year award in August. Therefore, being the only Ghanaian to be featured in the cypher gives proof to the international appeal of his rap style.


This is not the first time the Tema-based rapper has graced the BET stage. In 2018, he gained his first BET nomination and has gone ahead to gain other nominations from international award schemes.


The BET Hip-Hop Cypher however, is done as a precursor to the award ceremony where rappers are brought together to prove their mettle and battle it out for supremacy.

Although no Ghanaian act was nominated for this year’s 2020 BET Hip-Hop awards, many Ghanaians are expressing satisfaction at seeing Kwesi Arthur being featured on the cypher.

Kwesi was featured alongside other African artistes including Angola’s Cage One, Ginger Trill (South Africa), Rosa Ree (Tanzania), King Kaka (Kenya), Suspect 95 (Ivory Coast), Elizabeth Ventura (Angola) and Omg Oumy Gueye (Senegal).
The cypher will be released on October 20 ahead of the BET Hip-Hop Awards which is slated for October 28.

Born Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior, Kwesi Arthur is currently considered one of the best young artistes in Ghana and in Africa.
He became the second Ghanaian rapper to be nominated for BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher after Sarkodie’s nomination in 2019.


A product of Tema Secondary School, Kwesi Arthur began to pursue a career in music after listening to Drake‘s debut album, Thank Me Later.
In 2015 he released the lead single, Grind Day, from his debut EP, Live from Nkrumah Krom.


The record was released under his independent outfit and supported by a social movement called GroundUp Chale.


He later released the remix for Grind Day, featuring Sarkodie and Medikal.
Kwesi Arthur has collaborated with numerous Ghanaian acts which include Sarkodie, Medikal, KiDi, Jason E LA, R2Bees, B4bonah, M3dal, M.anifest, EL, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and South African rapper Nasty C .

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