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Lagos Deployed Armed Police Officers in Anticipation of Nigeria’s #OccupyLekkiTollGate Protests

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Ahead of Saturday’s #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest, the Lagos State Police Command deployed armed officers in what it tagged a “show of force” exercise.

Armed Police Officers were seen on ground at the Lekki Tollgate on Friday, uniforms strewn with teargas cannisters, surrounded by armoured vehicles. Their presence has sparked outrage on social media with Nigerians criticising the move as unnecessary and a means to stop people from exercising their constitutional rights.

The Lagos Police Command released a statement via its Twitter account to say that it is going to hold the exercise, usually used by security agencies to intimidate opponents.

Origin of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate Protest II

Miffed by the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel to order the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate for operations, Nigerian youths organised a protest to stop the government from going ahead with its plans.

On October 20, 2020, officers of the Nigerian Army allegedly shot innocent #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate and are believed to have killed some and injured many others in the process. The day is considered a low point in Nigeria’s history.

A judicial panel set up by the state government to investigate some of the allegations against the Nigerian Army ruled for the reopening of the tollgate after a 5-4 decision by its members.

The youth representatives on the panel, Rinu Oduala and Tope Majekodunmi voted against the reopening of the tollgate.

Also voting in favour of the continuous closure of the tollgate were Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and Patience Udoh, representative of Civil Society Organisations. All four individuals opposed the ruling delivered by the panel.

Oduala chose to honour the invitation to represent her peers and stand as an example that any Nigerian has the right to demand accountability of elected government officials and that our institutions, however flawed, can still deliver justice.

In the last one week, #DefendLagos hashtag has trended at the same wavelength as the #OccupyLekkiTollGate with proponents of the former also expected to hold counter-protests on Saturday.

It is yet unclear if the show of force planned by the Police is to stop peaceful protesters or prevent a clash between #DefendLagos protesters and #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters.

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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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