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Review: People Like Lauretta Hardly Think Before They Talk! – Liborous Fumes At #OccupyLekkiTollGate Aftermath

How do you make a Police arrest on harmless civilians especially when there is no breakdown of law and order? It is obvious that the government has completely lost it!

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Constitutional Lawyer and public affairs analyst, Liborous Oshoma joined for a critical analysis of the aftermath of the ‘protest’ planned for Saturday, 13th February at Lekki toll gate, Lagos.

“In all my life as a Nigerian and as a young student activist, there has never been a protest in Nigeria without Police presence. There was even a time when the Police would tell you to get a permit before you protest. So I didn’t expect anything less from the government this time.

“It has become illegal to be law-abiding because Nigeria is a lawless society. When you try to be law-abiding, the government will clamp down heavily on you but the more violent you are, the more government will want to negotiate with you. That is why you see some government officials proposing amnesty for bandits, whereas the citizens protesting peacefully in compliance with their constitutional rights are harassed and arrested by fully geared Policemen.”

“Let us not forget that these same people in government today, claiming that protest is illegal, once benefitted from protests and criticism in time past but now they are taking us back to the days of the military regime.”

Reacting to the statement by Lauretta Onochie, the special adviser to the President who gave kudos to the Police, asserting that the Police officers conducted themselves professionally, Liborous retorted that people like Lauretta hardly engage their brain before opening their mouths.

“If the Police commissioner in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, could admit that some of his men did not behave professionally and even proposed setting up a committee to investigate the behavior of Policemen on that day, then a Presidential aide shouldn’t be found giving kudos to the Police.”

How do you make a Police arrest on harmless civilians especially when there is no breakdown of law and order? It is obvious that the government has completely lost it! The same Police brutality that led to the #EndSars protests is at play, again Nothing was done when thugs started fighting and shooting for over one hour right in front of Police headquarters at Obalende last week Friday. We didn’t see this amount of armored Policemen that day. This goes to show indeed that the more violent you are, the more legal you will be perceived to be by the authority.

The public affairs analyst further confirmed that the Police did not allow any gathering in certain areas of Anthony village and Gbagada, even young boys were not allowed to play football. “What that tells you is that a government that is not capable of protecting its citizens against rapists, kidnappers, killers, militants, and herdsmen but only proposes amnesty to them and hound innocent protesters in ‘black marias’; is communicating to the citizens that they do not need to be law-abiding. Now, that is frightening!”

The judicial panel of inquiry was a journey to nowhere, the government did not intend to achieve anything with it, they only gave them the panel they demanded (temporarily).

In conclusion, violence cannot keep protesters at home. Good governance is what we need!

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Africa’s Largest University Hospital Opens in Tangier

Africa’s largest university hospital, Tangier University Hospital with a capacity of 865 beds has opened in Morocco’s coastal city, Tangier.

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Africa’s largest university hospital, Tanger University Hospital – a 71,000 sqm healthcare facility with 865 beds capacity has opened in Morocco’s coastal city, Tangier.

The hospital, built by Morocco’s Health Ministry – Ministere de la Sante’ (MDS) at a cost of $130 million will help ease pressure on the northern regions’ hospitals.

Tangier is Morocco’s second-largest industrial hub, strategic port, and trade centre with a burgeoning population due to large-scale investments in industry, services, and transport.

The edifice shows two prominent semi-circular volumes linked by glazed pedestrian links and surrounded by planted green courts. Its facade features angled sun-shading fins and peculiar aesthetics that make the building respond to its climatic context.

The port is the largest on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity. connecting over 170 ports in 77 countries.

This is outstanding especially for Tangier, which has been one of the worst-hit Moroccan cities by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 865-bed university hospital covers 4 floors, and comprises 15 surgical rooms and a unit for victims of fire accidents.

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Egypt to Host Second Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development

The first edition of the forum held in December 2019. Against the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants will explore stimulating conversations on Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Development (PCRD), Forced Displacement, Sustainable Energy, Climate Change & Security, Resilience of State Institutions among others. It will deliberate on possible risks, new challenges, as well as associated opportunities for Africa.

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Egypt is set to host the second edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.  It is expected to bring together representatives of regional governments, experts, international organisations, financial institutions, the private sector, as well as members of civil society.

The virtual forum expected to hold from 1-5 March 2021 is titled “Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better”. It will be chaired by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Cross section of participants at the Aswan Forum 2019

 The first edition of the forum held in December 2019. Against the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants will explore stimulating conversations on Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Development (PCRD), Forced Displacement, Sustainable Energy, Climate Change & Security, Resilience of State Institutions among others. It will deliberate on possible risks, new challenges, as well as associated opportunities for Africa.

With a focus on Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, the forum will develop action-oriented recommendations for a strong post-COVID-19 recovery.

The forum is supported by the African Development Bank, international players and regional partners.  The meeting seeks to advance a comprehensive and ambitious agenda to address the peace, security and development challenges facing Africa.

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Nigerian Senate Confirms Abdulrasheed Bawa as Head of Antigraft Agency

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Bawa had earlier at plenary responded to questions from senators on his vision and mission if confirmed as chairman of the commission.

First to contribute was the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege who said that the nomination of Bawa was unique and an inspirational one.

“I am so impressed and in awe in this awesome presentation by Mr Bawa. Ordinarily there would have not been no need to ask the young man any question.

“I have been here; this is my sixth year in the Senate. And I have seen nominees come before us. I have not seen any as eloquent in his presentation.

“Ordinarily I would have said take a bow. Clearly he is a very brilliant young man. He is a good product.

“His nomination has generated hope for our young generation. It’s an inspirational nomination. It is a nomination that has generated hope for millions of our youths in this country.

“With this nomination, the youth of this country can now sit in offices and make those very crucial and fundamental decisions on how Nigeria should be governed. And there cannot be a better platform than the office of the chairman of EFCC.”

He said that the appointment of Bawa was the first time a nominee was appointed within the EFCC environment.

Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi drew the attention of Bawa to the pitfalls experienced in the institution over the years.

“For you as a young man, how are you going to straighten up your operations as Chairman of EFCC so that it works for Nigeria and that the controversies of the past are not repeated?”

Sen. Bala Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi) said Bawa had clearly demonstrated that he had the capacity and knowledge to run the office of EFCC as chairman.

“I call on my colleagues to approve his nomination.”

Sen. Ike Ekewremadu (PDP-Enugu) on his part advised the nominee to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors.

The approval of the appointment of Bawa was endorsed by the lawmakers after a Voice Vote by the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan.

Bawa, an indigene of Kebbi and a certified anti-money laundering specialist has a Bachelor.s Degree in Economics.

Former chairmen of the commission included Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde, Ibrahim Magu and Mohammed Umar.

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