Death Of Fish Seller Triggers Protests In Morocco

Death Of Fish Seller Triggers Protests In MoroccoThousands of Moroccans have held protests in several towns and cities after a fish seller was crushed to death in a refuse lorry trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police.

The death of Mouhcine Fikri in the northern town of al-Hoceima on Friday drew widespread anger on social media over what is seen as police violence.

His death drew parallels to that of a Tunisian fruit seller in 2010 which helped spark the Arab spring uprisings.

The interior ministry said in a statement Sunday that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has asked interior minister, Mohammed Hassad to visit Fikri’s family and to ensure a “meticulous” investigation.

The interior and justice ministries have also pledged to hold an investigation.

Footage circulating online appears to show Fikri jumping into a garbage truck to retrieve his fish, before being crushed to death by the truck’s compactor.

The general directorate for national security released a statement on Sunday denying its local officers were involved in Fikri’s death. Authorities have not commented on the circumstances of his death.

The Moroccan Human Rights Association condemned the “heinous” incident and recalled another incident in Hoceima, in which five youths died during 2011 protests of the February 20th Movement.

Obiano Inspects Flyover Bridge Projects, Assures Completion In April

Obiano-Second-Niger-BridgeThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured citizens in Anambra that all the three flyover bridge projects in Awka will be completed by April this year.

He gave the assurance during his tour to the  three flyover bridges at Kwata junction where he expressed satisfaction over the quality of work done and the pace at which the contracting firm is pursuing the project in order to deliver on record time.

The bridge when completed will not only ease traffic but will also enhance the aesthetics of the capital city, encourage tourism and boost the state’s economic status.

Governor Obiano also inspected the ongoing coshed Rice Farm road in Anaku and expressed hope that the challenges of last year experienced by the investing firm, coshed farms, other farmers in the area in accessing their farms and evacuating their produce will be tackled as the contractor handling the project has been urged to expedite action towards accelerated construction before the rains come.

The contractor handling the project also allayed fears of any challenge and said major work on the swamp will begin next week.

The governor impulsively patronized a fish seller in the vicinity while making inquiries on how to improve fish drying in the area for surplus production and attainment of fish sufficiency and affordability for all.