The governor of Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State, has proclaimed the disbandment of the West African country’s rogue police unit as a victory for the youth.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Sunday announced the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) after days of protests across Nigeria.
The protesters had accused SARS of brutality, corruption and extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians.
Speaking on the dissolution, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the protests, held across the world, showed the beauty of democracy and that people had the right to express their views.
The governor commended the youths for being very peaceful during the protests, and promised that the government meant business about the disbandment of SARS.
”The beauty of democracy is that people have the right to protest, to air their views, to speak out when things are not going right and I have identified with them.
”This is real democracy being played out. They have the right as our youths, as our citizens to correct and say we do not want this.
”Let me commend all of our youths that have come out in Lagos. I have been monitoring on a daily basis and it has been very peaceful. That is what we want, you can actually make your point in a peaceful and orderly manner,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He urged the youths not to doubt the government’s sincerity, as it was the first time government would be disolving the group.
Sanwo-Olu said that the youths had his full support on their demand, as he would not sit back and allow any residents be maltreated.
He said the statement of government was very clear on the disbandment and there would be measures that would be taken afterward.
The governor said he had spoken with the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on the way forward.
”We thank the FG for listening to the voice of the people via peaceful but powerful protests showing the people’s commitment to protecting each other irrespective of gender or tribe,” he said.
Botswana Approaches World Bank For Budgetary Support
Botswana’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Thapelo Matsheka, says the Southern African country has approached the World Bank for budgetary support after the coronavirus crisis hurt revenue.
Botswana has registered relatively few cases, but lockdown restrictions have disrupted economic activities and caused loss of income in key sectors such as diamond mining and sales.
“We have set up a team and the World Bank has also set up a team to assist us,” Matsheka said.
“No quantum is in place yet but ideally if we can get about 50% of the expected 13.6 billion pula ($1.19 billion) deficit for the remainder of the development plan which ends in 2023, that should give us a smoother landing into the next development plan.”
The World Bank’s Botswana representative Guido Rurangwa said talks on the request for budgetary support were ongoing.
“The government and the World Bank are currently discussing details of the support, including the amount,” Rurangwa said in an emailed response.
Botswana’s parliament in September approved a 14.5 billion pula economic recovery plan, which Matsheka said will be funded through a combination of local borrowing and external sources.
Parliament had also approved a government request to double its domestic borrowing programme to 30 billion pula to fund its budget deficit and economic stimulus.
Deposed Keita Returns To Mali After Medical Treatment In UAE
Former Malian President Ibrahim Keita has arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali, from the United Arab Emirates after receiving medical assistance, local media reported on Thursday.
Keita might possibly go back again if health issues persist, media added.
Keita was flown to the UAE in early September after suffering a stroke.
Shortly before that, his government was toppled by a military uprising.
A Malian military source said that the ex-president received a permit from the new authorities to leave the country and seek medical assistance abroad.
“Keita has undergone medical examinations in the United Arab Emirates. Today one can say that he is doing well.
“But it is possible that he will return there for further checks,” L’Essor, a Bamako state-run newspaper, reported, citing a source with knowledge of the matter.
Keita was initially hospitalised in a private clinic in Bamako on Sept. 2. Prior to that, the ex-Malian president spent some time in custody of the military, who had seized the power in mid-August and forced him to resign.
The mutiny was preceded by months of mass protests against the former president, in particular, over his inability to curb the insurgency which has disrupted life in Mali’s North and other parts of the Sahel region since 2011.
The military came to power and established the National Committee for the Salvation of the People to carry out the sought-for changes and political reforms.
A transitional government was formed, led by former defence minister Bah N’Daou as president, while mutiny leader Assimi Goita was appointed the vice president and former foreign minister Moctar Ouane the new prime minister.
The transitional government will be in power for 18 months until new elections are held.
Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party, ZANU-PF, Postpones Annual Conference Indefinitely
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party to postpone its annual conference indefinitely.
Party acting spokesperson, Patrick Chinamasa, was qouted by local media on Thursday as revealing this after the party’s Politburo meeting.
Chinamasa said that the conference, which has been scheduled for Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, in December, would no longer go ahead as a precaution against COVID-19.
He said the conference had been postponed indefinitely to allow the government, the party and people to contain the pandemic.
The party holds annual conferences for four years ahead of an elective congress every fifth year, according to its constitution.
Chinamasa said the Politburo had received a report from the Conference Coordinating Committee on the state of preparedness of the party to hold the National People’s Conference but had decided not to go ahead with the conference for the time being.
“However, in line with COVID-19 Level II restrictions currently obtaining, the Politburo resolved that having done well to contain the COVID-19 disaster as compared to other countries, the party must not get carried away,” he said.
“In times of national emergencies such as COVID-19, the priority of the party should be to protect the lives of our people and the security of our nation,” said Chinamasa.
He said the Politburo deliberated on various options available on holding the conference with suggestions on either, holding it virtually or postponing it indefinitely and holding it when the situation normalised.
“After lively, honest and frank deliberations, the Politburo took the decision to postpone the Annual People’s Conference indefinitely, to allow the government, party and the people to contain the COVID-19 pandemic without undue disturbances,” he said.
The government has since banned the holding of elections to fill casual vacancies in Parliament and local authorities, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
As at Oct. 21, the country recorded 8,215 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 236 related deaths.
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