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Seven Killed, Houses Razed in Attack on Jemaa Community in Kaduna, Nigeria

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At least seven people have been killed in fresh attacks in the early hours of Sunday at a community of Jemaa Local Government Area, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

The attacks and reprisals, according to local authorities were caused by the killing of a herdsman, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah village

In reprisal attacks, at least four houses have been burnt down while two children have been declared missing.

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks and destruction of properties and has called on security agencies in the state to get to the depth of the issue and arrest those found culpable.

He charged traditional leaders in the state to cooperate with the state government in ensuring the security of lives and properties by being a bridge between the leaders and residents of the state.

He ordered the state’s emergency management agency to provide relief materials for the residents whose houses were razed and also those who were attacked in the incident.

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Sunday’s incident in Kaduna follows the wicked savaging of more than 40 farmers in a community in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Nigerians have been calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to take frantic steps to mitigate the security crisis being experienced in Africa’s most populous nation and its biggest economy.

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Kenyan Banks Restructure 54.2% of the Banking Sector Loan Book

By the end of 2020, personal and household loans amounting to KSh 333 billion had their repayment period extended. Banks also restructured loans amounting to KSh 1.29 trillion issued to sectors like trade, manufacturing, agriculture, and real estate.

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The Central Bank of Kenya have announced that Kenyan banks have restructured loans amounting to KSh1.63 trillion, equivalent to 54.2% of the total banking sector loan book by the end of December 2020.

In March last year, the Central Bank introduced emergency measures in the banking system in order to offer relief to borrowers affected by the pandemic.

By the end of 2020, personal and household loans amounting to KSh 333 billion had their repayment period extended. Banks also restructured loans amounting to KSh 1.29 trillion issued to sectors like trade, manufacturing, agriculture, and real estate.

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The percent of gross non-performing loans to gross loans increased to 14.1% in December 2020 from 12% in December 2019. The percent of gross non-performing loans to gross loans measures the health of the banking system and a high percent shows that banks are struggling to recover issued loans and interest on the loans.

The pandemic adversely affected businesses in Kenya and limited their ability to repay loans. According to the Central Bank, Kenyan banks registered an increase in non-performing loans in the transport and communication sector, agriculture sector, and the real estate sector in 2020.

Despite the sharp increase in non-performing loans in the past year, the Central Bank of Kenya says Kenya’s banking sector “remains stable and resilient, with strong liquidity and capital adequacy ratios.”

 

 

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Amnesty Calls for Probe into Death of Teen Hit by Tear Gas in Tunisia

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Amnesty International has demanded an investigation into the death of a young man who was hit by a tear gas canister during protests that rocked Tunisia on the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Jasmine Revolution.

Amnesty International, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Amna Guellali, said two young men – Haykal Rachdi and Aymen Mahmoudi – were injured under similar circumstances in the western town of Subaytilah late on January 18.

The relatives of the 21-year-olds were told that they were hit by tear gas canisters fired by riot police.

Rachdi died from his wounds several days later while Mahmoudi underwent serious surgery to repair bone wounds.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Director, Amna Guellali says “the tragic death of Haykal Rachdi, a young man who was seeking a better future, must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated.

She recommends that the investigation should include interviews with witnesses and an independent forensic medical examination, and those responsible for his killing must face justice.

“Security forces must respond to demonstrations that are a genuine expression of social hardship with restraint and respect for freedom of assembly, using force only when absolutely necessary and doing so proportionately. Police impunity has long been a concern in Tunisia – to break the cycle of violence, judicial authorities should investigate all incidents of unlawful use of force, including tear gas, and ensure that police are held to account.”

The rights group also called for a thorough probe into Mahmoudi’s serious injury.

Relatives of both men told Amnesty International that the two were hit by tear gas canisters when they were passing by the area of protests.

The NGO said, citing Subaytilah residents, that riot police fired tear gas indiscriminately during protests, often in the middle of densely populated residential neighborhoods, with some canisters even landing in people’s homes.

The group urged the Tunisian authorities to respect people’s freedom of assembly and stop reckless use of tear gas.

Nationwide demonstrations broke out in Tunisia in mid-January after the government imposed a new coronavirus lockdown.

The unrest coincided with the anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution, with the protesters expressing frustration over a lack of political and economic reforms a decade on.

The protests are accompanied by road blockades, acts of vandalism and clashes with police.

Hundreds of demonstrators have been detained, the majority of whom are under 25 years old.

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Rowdy Session at PIB Public Hearing as Host Communities Exchange Blows.

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A fight has broken out at the ongoing public hearing organised by the House of Representatives on the Petroleum Industry Bill as members of the host communities engaged in physical combat.

The fight broke out when the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas was called to the podium to make a presentation.

Some other bodies of host communities, however, stood up, leading to a rowdy session.

Security operatives however have intervened and calmed the situation.

The host communities promised to address the press on the issue later.

The situation became worse when members of the opposing sides began to exchange blows, forcing the lawmakers to seek the intervention of security operatives.

The leaders of the oil-rich areas under the aegis of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas had on Tuesday, openly rejected the 2.5 per cent proposed for them in the Petroleum Industry Bill 2020, being considered by the joint Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, (Downstream, Upstream and Gas).

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