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Guinea Bissau Names Road After Nigeria’s President2 minutes read



Guinea Bissau has named a road road in honour of Muhammadu Buhari, the President of West African neighbours, Nigeria.

Buhari will on Thursday depart Abuja for Bissau to attend the National Day of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, September 24.

The President’s Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the presidential aide, Buhari will join the Heads of State and Government of Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, Rwanda, Mauritania, Togo and Liberia to mark the 47th independence anniversary of Guinea Bissau.

He revealed that while in Bissau, Buhari would also inaugurate a road named in his honour by the host government.

“The Nigerian leader and other invited Heads of State will attend an official lunch hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau,’’ he added.

Nigeria and Guinea Bissau established diplomatic relations in 1974.

Following a military coup in that country, Nigeria in 2012 deployed troops under the auspices of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) to maintain peace.

Buhari had in response to a request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau during its last legislative elections, donated 500,000 dollars, 17 vehicles and 350 electoral kits to support the country’s electoral process.

In May this year, the president received President Embalo in Abuja, during which the Nigerian leader congratulated his counterpart on his confirmation as President and assured him of Nigeria’s support to the new government in Guinea Bissau.

Nigerian troops were only withdrawn on Sept. 10, 2020 after the return of stability to the West African country.

Adesina said the president would be accompanied by top government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi.

Others on the president’s entourage include the National Security Adviser, Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The president will return to Abuja at the end of the ceremonies on Thursday.


Guinea’s Election: Questions Remain As To Credibility Of Result, Says EU



Following the release of the provisional results that announced President Alpha Conde winner of the Guinea Presidential Election, the EU has said it doubts the “credibility of the result.”

The European Union said that although voting in Guinea was calm, “questions remain as to the credibility of the result”.

It said it had taken note of the provisional results that announced President Alpha Conde winner, a victory which ensured he secured his third term in office.

The EU said it supported the diplomacy efforts by the Economic of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to restore confidence.

A delegation of mediators is in the country and has met various political actors, including opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo who has been prevented from leaving his house.

“To this end, all actors involved in this process must be able to fully enjoy their freedom of movement and expression.

“It is also important that the means of communication, in particular access to the internet, are guaranteed in all circumstances,” the statement added.

There have been clashes between opposition supporters and security forces across the nation since the opposition leader declared himself the winner.

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Lawyer Sues Nigeria’s President, Buratai, Others Over Lekki Shooting



Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has been sued over the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate Roundabout in Lagos State.

Lawyer Olukoya Ogungbeje included the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and 10 others as respondents in the N10bn fundamental rights suit.

In the suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, Ogungbeje is urging the court to declare that “the brutal shooting and killing and use of brute force against unarmed, defenceless and peaceful protesters/Nigerian citizens engaging in the #ENDSARS peaceful protest on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki tollgate was illegal, unlawful, undemocratic, oppressive, wicked and unconstitutional.”

Ogungbeje wants the court to compel the defendants to “immediately pay N10bn compensation to all the victims of the mindless shooting and brutal killing at Lekki tollgate.”

According to him, the unleashing of brutal force and shooting at the peaceful protesters were a violation of the protesters’ constitutional “right to life, fair hearing, right to peaceful assembly and association guaranteed under sections 33, 36, 38, 39 and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”

Ogungbeje is urging the court to make an order “compelling the immediate prosecution of all the culpable security agents, soldiers and persons directly or indirectly or remotely involved in the dastardly shooting and killing of unarmed, defenceless and peaceful protesters/victims of the #ENDSARS peaceful protests at the Lekki Tollgate on the 20th of October 2020.”

Apart from Buhari and Buratai, also joined as defendants in the suit are the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, Chief of Defence Staff, Inspector-General of Police; Nigeria Police Force; State Security Service; Director-General, SSS; Lagos State Government; Attorney General of Lagos State; and the Attorney General of the Federation.

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Nigerian Governors Deny Hoarding COVID-19 Palliatives



Nigerian governors have denied allegations that they hoarded coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives meant for distribution to vulnerable Nigerians to help during the first wave of the pandemic.

The denial comes after reports of warehouses around the country being looted of food and medication.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in a statement, posted on it website, said: “The erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous, to say the least.

“Some other states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19. As of a couple of weeks ago, some states were still receiving palliatives from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.”

News Central reports that a peaceful protest to demand an end to police brutality and reforms of the Nigeria Police Force had turned violent after it was hijacked by suspected hoodlums. After the hijack, the hoodlums went on a looting spree, creating chaos and anarchy.

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