Falz Prays For ‘Much Better Tomorrow’ As He Celebrates 30th Birthday

Falz aka Folarin Falana celebrates his 30th birthday amidst the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

 

Nigerian rapper and actor, Falz, clocked 30 today.

The lawyer, activist, and entertainer has endeared himself to young Nigerians more than his comedic or usual sense. Two weeks ago, alongside fellow singer Runtown, he hit the streets (the spark that ignited the demonstrations across the nation) for the #EndSARS protest, the most recent effort to make the Nigerian government address the incessant police brutality against the youth.

He also leveraged on him being one of the most recognizable faces in the social media space to educate other citizens on their constitutional rights in which he tagged “Knowledge is power.” His first educational video focused on “holding public servants accountable. They are in office to serve us and not the other way round.”

 

 

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We will continue to reiterate that this movement started as a peaceful protest and we have continued to protest peacefully all around the country. All attempts to discredit our cause will not be tolerated. #EndSars protesters have not and will never perpetrate any form of violence. In the light of all the thuggery going on, and the curfew imposed in Lagos state, it is important that we all stay safe rather than lose more lives. We are still adamant about our demands and this is just HALF TIME!! We shall be back once the curfew is lifted If you are not in Lagos state, please continue to peacefully amplify our demands in all ways! We can never be silenced!! #EndSars #EndPoliceBrutality #5for5

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The multiple award-winning actor is spending his birthday as an observer at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Enquiry, alongside journalists and other neutral observers. The NBA President, Olumide Apata, is also in attendance.

 

 

In his birthday tweet, he said, “It has been a week since we lost our brave soldiers at the toll gate.
I have also now officially been on this earth for 30 years.
I pray for a much better tomorrow. I pray for a Nigeria that I can truly be proud to call home 🙏🏽

Falz also called ‘Falz the Bahd Guy’ is the stage name of Folarin Falana, son of Nigeria’s senior advocate, Femi Falana. Falz is a Nigerian actor, rapper, and songwriter who owns Bahd Guys Records.

#EndSARS: Nigerians Protest In London Against Violence

Protestors shout slogans as they raise their fists during a protest action against police brutality in Nigeria, in New Cavendish Street in central London on October 24, 2020.  (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Around 500 demonstrators took to the streets of London on Saturday in support of youth #EndSARS protests in Nigeria that have spiralled into widespread unrest. 

President Muhammadu Buhari was the focus of the anger for his handling of anti-police brutality protests against the loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS.

Black-clad demonstrators, mostly part of Britain’s large Nigerian diaspora, held signs reading “End SARS, end police brutality” and sang “Buhari is a dead man” as they made their way through the streets of the capital.

Others waved Nigerian flags, with some splashed with red paint to make them look bloodstained, while some wore green and white masks and shouted through loudspeakers as they protested at London landmarks, including Parliament Square and the BBC.

 

Protestors raise their fists during a protest action against police brutality in Nigeria, as they kneel in New Cavendish Street in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Protestors raise their fists during a protest action against police brutality in Nigeria, as they kneel in New Cavendish Street in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Buhari scrapped the feared police unit and pledged reforms, but the demands from the young protesters broadened to calls for more sweeping change.

Police shootings of unarmed demonstrators sparked international condemnation and unleashed chaos in Africa’s biggest city of Lagos.

 

Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Nigeria was rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Protestors carry placards as they gather for a protest against police brutality in Nigeria, in Parliament Square in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

 

Shops lifted their shutters and market traders set out their stalls Saturday, as the city cautiously reopened after a curfew was eased following days of unrest.

Police stations were burnt, supermarkets looted and vehicles destroyed as violence flared across the economic hub of 20 million, with officials accusing “hoodlums” of taking advantage of the mayhem.

 

Protestors carry placards and shout slogans against police brutality in Nigeria, as they march in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Protestors shout slogans during a protest action against police brutality in Nigeria, outside the BBC offices in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Protestors carry placards as they gather for a protest against police brutality in Nigeria, in Parliament Square in central London on October 24, 2020. – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to what he called “brutality” by police in Nigeria, which has been rocked by two weeks of protests. Guterres said gunmen that opened fire on peaceful protesters Tuesday evening in Lagos caused “multiple deaths” and many injuries. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

OPC Warns Hoodlums To Stop Looting, Demands Investigation Into Lekki Shootings

A file photo of cars burnt by hoodlums during the violence in Lagos on October 21, 2020.

 

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has called for an immediate stop to the destruction of properties by hoodlums in the South-West region of the country.

The group warned that if the hoodlums responsible for the violence do not withdraw from the streets, it might be forced to bring out its men to guarantee security. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Friday by Wasiu Afolabi, Deputy President to the late Founder, Dr Frederick Fasehun after a meeting by OPC executives in Lagos.

The group also lamented over Lekki Tollgate shootings and called for President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to immediately set up a panel of enquiry into the incident.

“Such a heinous crime must not be swept under the carpet; or else we shall be nurturing a licence-to-kill mentality in our military men and security operatives as well as open up our civilian citizenry to the abuse and impunity of those supposed to protect us,” Afolabi said.

OPC said the peaceful conduct of the #EndSARS protests had been hijacked by hoodlums who now found an opportunity to loot, cause mayhem and destroy the economic basis of the South West region.

“Private businesses should not suffer for the ineptitude of the government and the criminality of evil policemen.”OPC as an organisation will not fold its arms and watch the region turned into the scapegoat of the #EndSARS protests,” the OPC Deputy President added.

However, the organisation noted that every agitation must end on the negotiation table and time had come for campaigners to step back and see whether or not the government would fulfil its promise to end SARS and bring about massive reforms in the police.

“The #EndSARS campaigns got our unflinching support and we fully backed the protesters.”Not only is it their legitimate and constitutionally-guaranteed right to express our collective pain, but indeed and in fact, that arm of the Nigeria Police had turned itself into an unruly terrorist clique with clear and verifiable abuses of citizens’ rights to life, movement and liberty.”

As citizens, those protesting had a duty to denounce SARS and FSARS operatives in order to prevent them from continuing their evil business as usual,” Afolabi said.

The group said further that the destruction of businesses and tools of businesses amounted to a huge loss to the people of the South-West.

Many of the owners of the vandalised businesses as well as those who were gainfully employed in those places could end up losing their jobs.

He, therefore, concluded that OPC would not tolerate a situation where South-West citizens become the biggest losers of the anti-SARS campaign.

France Arrrests Italian Over 160 Child Rapes, Assaults

52-year-old Italian was arrested on October 16 following a European arrest warrant issued by Germany suspecting 160 rape sexual assaults, police said on Friday November 23. October.

 

An Italian has been arrested in France on a warrant issued by Germany, where is wanted on 160 counts of rape or sexual assault of his daughter and other minors, police told AFP on Friday.

The 52-year-old was arrested on a European warrant last Friday south of Strasbourg near the German border for the alleged crimes committed over a 14-year period starting in 2000.

Germany has 122 open investigations against him, said France’s BNRF fugitive-tracking brigade.

The Italian is accused of having raped his own daughter for a period of about 10 years starting in 2000. He is alleged to have done the same, over the same period, with the minor daughters of a different partner.

“He operated in his various family circles,” said the BNRF.

German police alerted the BNRF in early October that the wanted man had fled from Germany to Alsace in eastern France.

He was arrested at a partner’s house in Rumersheim-Le-Haut, south of Strasbourg.

The man is being held in prison in nearby Colmar to be handed over to German authorities, the BNRF said.

Makinde Visits Scenes Of Violence, Vows To Compensate Victims Of Attack

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday visited scenes of violence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, assuring to compensate victims of the attack.

Accompanied by security aides, the governor visited different spots in which violence has erupted in the state. Makinde visited Idi Ape/Iwo Road axis, where he spoke to the protesters in English and Yoruba languages.

He said his administration is committed to securing the lives and properties of the residents of the state but warned youths to stop fomenting trouble or destroying properties.

 

 

At Testing Ground in Iwo Road area, Makinde engaged with youths and residents in the area. He promised that those arrested would be released and those who lost their properties will be compensated.

Makinde said further that, “Whatever affects the eyes equally affects the nose. Whatever affects you also affects me. So, I urge you to be peaceful, because I don’t want this to escalate beyond this point.

“He also promised to meet with the Commissioner of Police in the state.

“I am going to meet with the Commissioner of Police now, but, in the meantime, my people will wait here in this school to collect the list of those who were affected; those whose houses were burnt, those whose property was destroyed.

 

 

Even if you are part of those whose cars were set ablaze, write down your name too . “Let me also assure you that those who have been arrested will be released before the end of the day,” he said.

Death Toll In Ghana Church Collapse Rises To 21

A file picture of the Ghanaian Flag
A file picture of the Ghanaian Flag

 

The death toll in the collapse of a three-story church building in eastern Ghana rose to 21, rescue officials said on Friday, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble.

“The deceased include 12 women and nine men,” the National Disaster Management Organisation said in a statement, upping the toll from 17 dead on Thursday.

It said eight people had been rescued alive at the scene since rescue workers began combing the disaster site.

The Church of Prosperity collapsed Tuesday in the town of Akyem Batabi just after worshippers had concluded a prayer meeting.

 

Church building collapses at Akyem Batabi in Eastern region, Ghana

 

One survivor told local media that some 60 people were inside the building when it came down.

The causes of the accident were still unknown but the church’s founder, Prophet Isaac Ofori, popularly known as Akoa Isaac, was assisting police with its investigation.

 

 

 

-AFP

Buhari Holds Virtual Meeting With Former Nigerian Leaders

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a virtual meeting with former Nigerian leaders.

The meeting started at 9:00 am with President Buhari presiding from the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Former leaders participating virtually from their homes include Generals Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), Goodluck Jonathan, and Ernest Shonekan.

Those physically present at the Council Chambers with the President include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno.

Others include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanisakin; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai.

The meeting is currently going on behind closed doors but the agenda might be related to the mood of the nation and how to find a solution to the present security challenges.

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Six Police Officers Dismissed In Kwara For Misconduct

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Kwara State Police Command says six police officers have been dismissed in the state for various forms of misconduct.

The four officers were dismissed at different times within the period of four months while many others were served various forms of punishment.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Kayode Egbetokun announced this on Thursday while meeting with the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Hotel Owners Association, Okada Riders Association, Students’ Union Leaders, and Human Rights Activists in the state.

The police boss said 15 armed robbery cases were tackled between May and October with the arrest of 27 suspects and recovery of 15 AK-47 rifles.

Speaking concerning police brutality he claimed Kwara State has not witnessed cases of extrajudicial killing, brutality, and harassment.

Egbetokun, therefore, appealed to the stakeholders to talk with their members on the need to maintain existing peace in the state.

He hailed the youths for their peaceful conduct during the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and high handedness of the now-disbanded SARS operatives.

Trump-Biden Final Debate: Coronavirus, Wind And Hitler

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photos by SAUL LOEB and JIM WATSON / AFP)

 

President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden’s final debate on Thursday was a starkly more civil affair than their messy first showdown.

But that did not prevent the pair from clashing on everything from immigration to racism and even Adolf Hitler.

Here is a look some of the key moments of debate:

– Covid: ‘I will end this’ –
With the pandemic at the top of American voters’ minds, Biden pledged to get a handle on the virus that has killed over 220,000 in the US — while charging that “anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths” should not remain president.

“We’re about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter,” warned the former vice president, vowing, “I will end this” — though he didn’t say how.

Trump, just past his own brush with the virus, offered his usual sunny take despite cases surging again.

“It’s going away,” he said.

– ‘Criminal’ separations at US border –
Biden fumed over the report this week that parents could not be located for 545 migrant children separated from their families at the border with Mexico due to US immigration policy.

“Those kids are alone. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to go. It’s criminal,” Biden said, charging that the policy “violates every notion of who we are as a nation”.

Trump retorted that the children were being “so well taken of” while separated from their families.

“They’re in facilities that were so clean,” he said.

 

Trump or Lincoln?

Biden laced into Trump over his attacks on Muslims, insults against Mexico and his failure to condemn far-right extremists at the last debate.

“Come on, this guy is a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn,” Biden growled sarcastically, in a reference to subtle, so-called dog whistle racism.

Trump, for his part, claimed his four years in office have been a time of historic improvement for African Americans.

“I’m the least racist person in this room,” he said.

“Not since Abraham Lincoln has anybody done what I have done for the Black community,” Trump added, referencing the US president who moved to abolish slavery in 1863.

‘Innocent baby’

As promised, Trump pressed Biden to explain himself to the American people regarding allegations of corruption tied to his son Hunter in China and Ukraine.

“So don’t give me this stuff about how you are this innocent baby,” Trump charged.

“Take a look at the laptop from hell,” he said — pressing Biden on dubiously-sourced reports that incriminating emails had been found on a device belonging to his son.

“Joe, they are calling you a corrupt politician.”

Biden said he has never taken a “penny” from a foreign source.

Trump, wind expert-in-chief

Trump has always been dubious about human-caused climate change and attacked Biden about his plans to transition the US away from fossil fuels and toward green energy.

“He thinks wind causes cancer, windmills,” Biden said, launching a zinger.

Trump took exception to that allegation, saying “I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive. Kills all the birds. It’s very intermittent.”

Kim Jong Un and… Hitler

Trump’s bromance with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was targeted by Biden, who accused the president of legitimizing a dictator.

“You know what, North Korea, we’re not in a war. We have a good relationship,” an outraged Trump said.

“Having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing,” he said as the moderator tried to cut him off.

Biden slyly retorted that there were some previous examples of America’s friendly ties with certain leaders not working out in the long run.

“I understand we had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe.”

Britain Signs Post-Brexit Trade Deal With Japan

British Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss (L) and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi exchange documents during a signing ceremony for economic partnership between Japan and Britain at the Iikura Annex of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on October 23, 2020. (Photo by Kimimasa MAYAMA / POOL / AFP)

 

Britain hailed its first major post-Brexit trade deal Friday after signing an agreement with Japan that it said shows it can stand alone on the global stage, as talks on a pact with the European Union remain bogged down.

London said the pact, which was agreed after just a few months of talks over the summer, would boost business between the two by £15.2 billion ($19.5 billion) and proved others could be signed elsewhere.

The deal comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pursues his “Global Britain” strategy that seeks potentially more advantageous trade deals than those that were negotiated while it was an EU member.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement covers sectors including food, textiles and technology and largely replicates the existing EU-Japan arrangement, which will no longer apply to Britain at the end of this year.

It is due to take effect on January 1 — the end of a transition period in which London and Brussels are trying to thrash out the terms of their own new relationship.

British-Japanese trade was worth around £30 billion last year, while Britain’s imports and exports to the European Union, its biggest trading partner, totalled $670 billion.

After the signing ceremony in Tokyo, Britain’s International Trade Minister Liz Truss said: “It used to be said that an independent UK would not be able to strike independent trade deals, or they would take years to conclude. But today we prove the naysayers wrong.”

Truss also said the deal “paves the way” for Britain to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership between 11 countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

But joining is likely to be a complex manoeuvre that will take years.

Long-running post-Brexit talks with the EU resumed Thursday after Britain ended a week of threats to abandon them.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier arrived in London vowing to work around the clock to salvage a trade deal and avert potential economic chaos at the end of the year — although key sticking points still remain.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Friday highlighted the importance of a smooth end to the Brexit transition period, especially for Japanese businesses that see the UK as a “gateway to continental Europe”.

“It is of paramount importance that the supply chains between the UK and EU are maintained even after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Japan has high hopes that an agreement is reached soon,” he said.

Britain formally left the EU in January, following a seismic referendum in 2016 that saw voters opt to end five decades of European integration.

INEC Postpones Bye-Elections In 11 States

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed bye-elections in eleven states billed to hold on October 31st, 2020.

It said the decision followed a meeting of the electoral body with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to review preparations for the 15 bye-elections.

“On Wednesday 21st October 2020, the Commission notified the nation that having taken cognizance of the current security situation in parts of the country, a meeting with the 37 RECs will be held to evaluate the situation in the States and Constituencies where bye-elections have been scheduled,” INEC explained in a statement, signed Thursday, by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.

“Accordingly, the Commission has decided to postpone the bye-elections in the 6 Senatorial Districts and 9 State Constituencies.

“This decision is in compliance with Section 26 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which gives the Commission the power to postpone an election if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date, or that it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies. “

INEC, however, disclosed that it would continue to monitor the situation in the states where the elections are to be held and meet in two weeks to review the situation and also pick a feasible date for the polls.

While appealing for calm among stakeholders and voters in the affected areas, it reiterated that the safety of the voting public, election officials, and other stakeholders is important to the Commission.

“We are convinced that the country will emerge from the current challenges stronger while our electoral process will continue to improve,” the electoral body added.

Protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have rocked the country in recent weeks, grounding economic activities in some towns and cities.
Although the federal government disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following the protests, the agitations gathered more steam.

On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on the #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos, a development that triggered the burning of buildings, vehicles, among others.

The military had denied any involvement in the matter but Amnesty International claims twelve persons were killed during the shooting. Twenty-eight people were confirmed to have also been wounded but witnesses claim the casualties are higher than that.

Shops, Bank Buildings, ATMs Vandalized In Surulere

 

Vandals on Wednesday night attacked some shops including a branch of a popular mall, Shoprite, located on Adeniran Ogunsanya and Bode Thomas in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The shops which include phone stores were forced opened and looted by the hoodlums. Banks were not left out as ATMs were destroyed and some of the glass windows at the banks were shattered.

Residents in the area are however appealing for security presence. They claim the miscreants have promised to return and unleash more havoc.

Also, Lekki Circle Mall in Jakande area of Lagos State was on Wednesday night looted by hoodlums who eventually razed some sections of the mall.

See the video below showing shops affected in Surulere: